Municipal Government

Online outrage at 4 billion yuan municipal office in Jinan, Shandong

Jinan municipal government's offices. Photo: SCMP

The Jinan municipal government's massive 4 billion yuan (HK$4.96 billion) offices have sparked online outrage, amid the Communist leadership's repeated discouragement of displays of luxury among its cadres after the 18th party congress.

Wednesday, 12 December, 2012, 4:00am

China Digest, October 24, 2012


Hero gets his reward

24 Oct 2012 - 12:35am

Beijing curbs force agents to axe 700 outlets

The downturn in the Beijing property market and a sharp fall in commission revenue forced the closure of 12 per cent of the capital's property agents, after home-purchase restrictions killed demand, a survey said.

15 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Ceiling on Beijing agents' fees to cool home sales

Beijing property agents face a squeeze after the municipal government reduced the maximum commission they can charge on the sale of homes in the secondary market.

From today, people who buy homes on the secondary market in Beijing will pay set fees on a sliding scale from 2 per cent to 0.5 per cent; the higher the price, the lower the percentage fee chargeable.

31 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

The culprits will pay for this: Wen

Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday visited the site of Saturday's fatal high-speed-train crash and pledged to find the cause of the disaster through an open and transparent investigation that would be 'accountable to the people'.

29 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

City bridges great divide

Chongqing is one of China's most important cities and the country's fourth municipality, after Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai, to fall directly under the administration of the central government.

17 May 2011 - 12:00am

Airport residents say noise work will make lives worse

Shanghai residents again protested against noise pollution from Hongqiao International Airport yesterday as sound-insulation barriers were installed on the outside walls of their flats, saying they would make living conditions even worse.

8 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

As a decade of Disney hype ends in a whimper, Shanghai villagers wonder what's next

Barely a month ago, many in Shanghai were rejoicing at news they had long been waiting for: Disney was coming to town. The past couple of weeks have left some wondering why they wanted the theme park in the first place.

5 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Tax on furniture trade sparks riot

Thousands rioted in Nankang , Jiangxi province , yesterday after the local government levied new taxes and clamped down on the city's furniture industry.

Protesters took to the streets and paralysed traffic. They also attacked government offices and overturned police cars.

16 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Poor given vouchers

Hundreds of low-income residents in Chengdu , Sichuan , received 100 yuan (HK$113) municipal government vouchers on Monday to spend at supermarkets and chain stores as part of government efforts to boost consumption.

17 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Threats over land deal alleged

A city government in Jiangxi province forced civil servants and employees working in state-owned enterprises to persuade relatives to give up their homes for a land acquisition deal under threat of punishment, residents and mainland media said yesterday.

11 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Shenzhen Investment to slow land acquisitions after reaching target

Shenzhen Investment, the property arm of the municipal government, plans to slow land acquisitions from next year if it manages to add plots with a total gross floor area of 10.34 million square metres this year, according to a senior executive.

2 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Forbidden love

In a fit of prudishness, authorities in Tokyo are waging a campaign against one of the favourite pastimes of visitors to the Shibuya entertainment district. Its 15-block Maruyama-cho area is a destination in its own right for tourists, due to the many gaudy 'love hotels' that line its streets.

5 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Disputes threaten developers

Land-related income provides the bulk of funding for local government, and to keep it they have courted cashed-up investors and tended to favour the interests of developers over local residents.

1 May 2006 - 12:00am

Shenzhen puts brakes on property projects

Shenzhen will not approve development of new luxury villas, high-grade office buildings, internet cafes and golf courses. It is part of the central government's efforts to cool down the overheated property market and reduce defaulting bank loans.

22 Jun 2003 - 12:00am