Pearl River

Talking points

Leslie Cheung lives 10 years on

Fans of Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing commemorate the 10th anniversary of his death at various events. Among the highlights is a 20th anniversary charity screening of Farewell My Concubine - which brought Cheung international acclaim for his portrayal of a gay opera singer - at the Sunbeam Theatre in North Point. 

Monday, 1 April, 2013, 3:00am

Where the middle class reach for a glass

Ten years ago, Martin Lee, an engineer in Guangzhou, would never have imagined spending 680 yuan (HK$828) on a bottle of cabernet sauvignon. Today, he drinks at a members-only wine club in the blossoming Zhujiang New Town. The price tag? A lifetime fee of 300,000 yuan. Lee is not alone: he is part of a growing middle class on the mainland that is roughly the population of the entire US.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Going with the flow

My cameraman, Leon McCarron, and I are now nearing the final stages of our long walk from Mongolia to my home in Hong Kong. Today, we have at last reached the outer edges of Guangzhou, and from here it is just a few days' hike to Lo Wu, so the end is really in sight.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

Jewel in the crown

In the process of hosting the 2010 Asian Games, Guangzhou has transformed itself into a fully modernised city, and Pearl River New City is the jewel in its crown.

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Hong Kong looks to capitalise on Guangdong

30 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Swimathon flattery-fest does nothing for river

It's been about a month since top officials in Guangzhou made their sixth annual swimathon across the Pearl River, all in the name of convincing the public of the government's winning battle against water pollution. Local residents and media are still relishing their favourite 'significant moments' from the event, few of which concern environmental protection.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Guangdong's great rail leap

If you're travelling between Shenzhen and Guangzhou South railway stations on the high-speed train starting from August, you'd better finish that tall cup of coffee in less than 25 minutes. And the ride between Guangzhou and Beijing will be seven hours by year's end.

6 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

GRAND plan

When Guangzhou's Opera House opened earlier this year, headlines around the world were unanimous: Move over Sydney, there's a new kid on the block.

15 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Out and about

Guangzhou's Sun Yat-sen University has been a noted local feature for more than a century - but not under that name. The sprawling riverfront campus, located at Honam, on the southern side of the Pearl River, was founded as the Canton Christian College and renamed Lingnan University.

10 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Relief and pride after 16 days of sporting fever

Many Guangzhou residents sighed in relief as the Asian Games ended yesterday, hoping life would return to normal after coping with months of massive construction efforts and strict security measures.

28 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Delay to MPF reforms just takes contributors for even bigger ride

'Undersecretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Julia Leung Fung-yee cited as the main reason [for the delay] the need to better protect MPF contributors from mis-selling such as occurred in the Lehman Brothers minibonds fiasco.'

SCMP, October 1

3 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

HK Museum of Art takes you back in time

Ah, Canton. The word evokes a sumptuous realm of oriental exotica. The city will be called Guangzhou again one day, but right now we're still in the 18th and 19th centuries - it's the heyday of Europeans' colonial adventurism and blatant Latinising of foreign place names.

But time is pressing and we'd better get moving.

29 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Not the first time Swire's vessel has run into trouble

The Swire Group's Pacific Adventurer is no stranger to disaster.

At 3am on June 22, 2006, the 23,700-tonne cargo ship collided with a PLA patrol vessel, killing up to 13 Chinese naval personnel.

None of the 28 crew aboard the cargo ship were killed or injured.

14 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Can China clean up its act?

The mainland has financial, environmental and human capital issues it must deal with to progress

6 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

New crossing

Hong Kong and Guangdong have signed the deal on the HK$40 billion Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai bridge. Will this accelerate development of the Pearl River Delta, or is it a white elephant? Write to us.

6 Aug 2008 - 12:00am