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China Digest, October 2, 2012

China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning.


Huge water park unveiled

Tuesday, 2 October, 2012, 4:49am

China Digest


Luxury spending falls

Consumption of luxury goods in Guangzhou has been declining since February due to an economic slowdown, according to officials with the provincial chamber of commerce, the Guangzhou Daily reports. Some high-end brands have offered considerable discounts, but sales growth has slowed this year.

Dengue fever case

28 Aug 2012 - 3:31am

Bo Xilai and his white elephants

Liao Bigang long dreamed of moving out of his 700 yuan (HK$858) a month shack in one of the slums of inner Chongqing.

Every day he feared for the health and safety of his six-year-old son, who was growing up in filthy and unsanitary conditions infested with rats and cockroaches, where drug addicts and hoodlums prowled.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:15pm

Gulf opens between residents and official media over floods

The news footage on Beijing Television showing Beijing party secretary Guo Jinlong having instant noodles at an emergency meeting over the deadly July 21 flood in the early hours of the following morning lasted only for about three seconds.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Shanghai land sale flies in face of cabinet warning

A residential site in Shanghai sold at auction for 1.64 billion yuan (HK$2.01 billion) after a fierce bidding among 11 developers, despite a State Council warning of possible tightening in property curbs.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Heaviest rain in 6 decades causes chaos in Beijing

At least 37 people were killed as the heaviest downpour in six decades hit Beijing, causing chaos and sparking criticism of officials ill-prepared to deal with an emergency situation.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Tianjin residential site gets record price

Another land sale on the mainland set a record yesterday in Tianjin, where a residential site became the city's most expensive in terms of floor area.

The record price came as the central government reiterated its determination to maintain a tight grip on the property market to damp prices.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

High expectations

Beijing and Shanghai are the best cities for expatriates to live in. However, this may indicate that the two have the largest expat populations and better amenities, services and opportunities, instead of where they prefer to live.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Planners need to discourage cars

Rushing too quickly to embrace modernity has a downside, as residents of China's car and smog-choked cities well know. Yet, as high housing costs force them to live ever-farther from jobs, buying a vehicle has become more a necessity than a status symbol. Understandably, the sudden decision by Guangzhou's traffic officials to limit new purchases has caused anger.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Guangzhou hitting the brakes on traffic growth

Guangzhou is seeking to ease traffic congestion and curb pollution by limiting the number of vehicles on the road.

It has suspended the registration of all new and used small and mid-sized vehicles this month and the monthly registration of such vehicles will be capped at 10,000.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Consumer-led economy needs happy investors

[Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa] said that over the next 20 years the mainland's economy would move from one driven by exports to one driven by domestic consumption that emphasised value-added service industries.

SCMP, June 27

28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Shanghai publishing more air quality readings

Shanghai began publishing readings of fine, inhalable particulate matter, known as PM2.5, from eight more monitoring stations yesterday, taking the total in the city to 10.

The readings are announced every hour on the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau's website and microblog.

28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Delegate deadline a hard ask for Beijing

Beijing said yesterday the city's party congress would be held from June 29 to July 3, but analysts said the later-than-usual start suggested that preparations for the upcoming national congress of the Communist Party might not be going as smoothly as planned.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Funding problems delaying super transport hubs

Although Beijing plans to spend billions of yuan on transport hubs, many are being delayed and pared back because of funding problems, the recent China International Forum on Urban Mass Transit in Shanghai heard.

A comprehensive transport hub typically combines metro railway, high-speed rail, an intercity station, an airport and a port.

9 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing makes urban rail sector stimulus moves

With the Chinese economy slowing down, there are signs that Beijing is 'discreetly' introducing stimulating measures by injecting money into urban rail systems, with trillions of yuan in new spending planned.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am