Pearl River Delta

Hong Kong doesn't need Morlocks from the Delta to fix labour woes

Pearl River Delta residents won't solve Hong Kong's 'labour gap'. Photo: David Wong

I have another way of looking at it. The English author H.G. Wells, in his science fiction classic, The Time Machine, postulated a race far in the future of subhumans, the Morlocks, who lived underground in the dark to serve their master race, the Eloi.

Tuesday, 25 February, 2014, 5:16am 5 comments

Fears of tainted rice turn delta shoppers to Hong Kong

Fears of tainted rice turn delta shoppers to Hong Kong

Two weeks after learning nearly half the rice they buy from local markets may contain excessive levels of cadmium, a carcinogenic heavy metal, residents of the Pearl River Delta are starting to look for a solution or at least a way to avoid eating tainted rice.

Safe choices seem limited to changing a centuries-old habit of regarding rice as a staple food or buying rice in Hong Kong.

8 Jun 2013 - 4:04am 1 comment

HK$60m of contraband electronics seized from ship on Pearl River Delta

The haul included cameras, tablet computers, hard disks, LCD panels, computer motherboards and integrated circuits. Photo: Nora Tam

Acting on intelligence, officers intercepted the ship, known as a river trade vessel, shortly after it set off from Black Point in Tuen Mun for Humen in Guangdong on Thursday. They escorted the vessel to the River Trade Terminal in Tuen Mun, where X-rays revealed illicit goods hidden in three containers on board.

19 May 2013 - 5:51am

Hong Kong's prosperity is tied to rejuvenation of Pearl River Delta

Zhang Dejiang. Photo: Xinhua

National People's Congress Standing Committee chairman Zhang Dejiang recently said Hong Kong's competitive edge is weakening and may fade away. Its strongest competitors may be other Chinese cities; a recent McKinsey projection indicated that 40 per cent of the 75 most dynamic cities by 2025 will be Chinese. Mainland cities occupy six of the top 10 positions, with Shanghai and Beijing first and second.

6 May 2013 - 2:55am

Delta air quality improves, but roadside pollution worse in Hong Kong

Pedestrians cover their noses to guard against the poor air quality in the busy streets in Causeway Bay. Photo: SCMP

Air quality in the Pearl River Delta improved last year, according to the latest regional air quality report, but concerns are mounting about the deterioration of roadside air in Hong Kong.

27 Apr 2015 - 3:29pm 4 comments

Dongguan's manufacturing reputation fades but sex industry thrives

Hu Chunhua. Photo: Simon Song

Many have been asking what the future holds for Dongguan, long known as "the world's factory" but now struggling with problems of economic restructuring.

Much will depend on the direction chosen by new Guangdong party secretary Hu Chunhua to steer the province in the coming years, but in the meantime the city is attempting an image makeover.

27 Apr 2013 - 4:10am 2 comments

Planning strategy outdated, say experts

The city should review the planning strategy it formulated five years ago as it is lagging the rapidly developing Pearl River Delta region, participants in a forum say.

They floated ideas to catch up, including leveraging Hong Kong's strengths in services and shopping, and low tax rates.

13 Apr 2013 - 4:19am

Guangdong party boss Hu Chunhua keeps his cards close to his chest

Hu Chunhua. Photo: Reuters

On the sidelines of the annual session of the National People's Congress in Beijing last week, Hu Chunhua answered just one question from more than 200 journalists representing some 140 media organisations at an open session for Guangdong delegates.

16 Mar 2013 - 4:41am

Can real reform take root in Qianhai?

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Experts remain divided on whether Qianhai will meet its lofty goal of helping to transform today's China like the first special economic zones in Shenzhen and Zhuhai did 30 years ago.

4 Mar 2013 - 5:42am 1 comment

Funds to help delta factories cut emissions

Funds to help delta factories cut emissions

Smog-inducing pollutants will be targeted in the extended cleaner production scheme for Hong Kong-owned factories in the Pearl River Delta for two years, the organiser of the scheme says. These factories could start applying from April for funding from the government to help them carry out projects to reduce emissions and save energy, or to help them assess and verify their existing anti-pollution measures.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:01am 1 comment

Smog in Pearl River Delta 'worse than in Beijing'

Statues of workers appearing to paint the sky blue decorate storage tanks at a clean-energy heating plant in Beijing. Photo: EPA

Pollutants in the Pearl River Delta are more dangerous than those choking the capital because they contain higher levels of hazardous nitrogenous organic compounds, an expert said yesterday. Wu Dui, an expert in dust haze and researcher at the China Academy of Meteorological Sciences, said health-threatening PM2.5 particles in the delta region contained more nitrogenous organic compounds than in central and eastern parts of China and the Yangtze River Delta.

21 Feb 2013 - 10:25am 2 comments

Worst over as delta plants see orders rebound

The number of foreign companies in Dongguan has dropped to about 4,000 from 6,000 two years ago. Photo: May Tse

Hong Kong manufacturers in the Pearl River Delta said the worst times might be behind them as orders rose more than 10 per cent last month and more invoices were in the pipeline.

8 Feb 2013 - 3:53am

Jobs in world's factory lose allure

Recruiters are finding it tougher to lure workers to the Pearl River Delta's factories. Photo: AP

Changing demographics, tightening labour laws and competitive offers elsewhere are combining to make the Pearl River Delta, the "world's factory", a less attractive place for many migrant workers to return for work.

8 Feb 2013 - 3:53am

Wage increase to push Hong Kong factories out of Pearl delta

A factory in Guangdong. The province's Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security will announce its wage increase plans after the Lunar New Year. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong manufacturers operating in the Pearl River Delta may speed up relocating their factories elsewhere as the minimum wage in Guangdong is expected to nearly double the province's gross domestic product growth this year.

6 Feb 2013 - 5:58am

Guangdong governor to boost Pearl River Delta integration project

Guangdong governor to boost Pearl River Delta integration project

Guangdong governor Zhu Xiaodan told provincial people's congress deputies yesterday that the provincial government would unleash a new multi-year initiative to speed up the delta's integration.

26 Jan 2013 - 5:05am