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Video: Aspiring students deface Peking University temple with graffiti

Tourists take pictures at the Ciji Temple, also known as Goddess of Flower Temple, inside Peking University on Jun. 19, 2013. Photo: Simon Song

As students at Beijing’s prestigious Peking University returned to campus this week after a long summer break, many of them had a rude welcome back.

Tuesday, 3 September, 2013, 5:29pm

China law professor blasts 'hired guns of western power' in commencement speech

Jiang Shigong. Photo: Screenshot via Peking University

Weeks after US Vice-President Joe Biden referred to China as the nation that cannot “think different” in a commencement speech, a law professor at Peking University urged his students to think very differently when mapping out their lives and careers

26 Jun 2013 - 5:26pm 7 comments

Martial arts novelist Louis Cha earns doctorate from Peking University, say reports

Louis Cha Leung-yung. Photo: SCMP

Hong Kong novelist Louis Cha Leung-yung – who wrote The Legend of the Condor Heroes and is better known by his pen name Jin Yong – will be adding another doctorate to his long list of scholarly and literary achievements, said mainland media reports.

5 Jun 2013 - 2:51pm 2 comments

Peking University's new president Wang Enge faces huge challenge

Wang Enge succeeds Zhou Qifeng. Photo: China Foto Press

Wang succeeds the controversial and flamboyant former president Zhou Qifeng, who became president in November 2008 but had been dogged by a number of controversies, including leading a delegation to Chongqing in November to pay tribute to "creative reforms" launched by Bo Xilai , the municipality's disgraced former party secretary.

2 Apr 2013 - 4:33am

David Beckham's Chinese tattoo inspires amusing Photoshop fakes

The original photo of Beckham revealing his Chinese tattoo. Photo: Reuters

April Fool’s Day is just around the corner, so perhaps China’s soccer fans decided to act early and make fun of their favourite star.

When David Beckham lifted up his shirt on Sunday at Peking University to reveal a string of Chinese characters on the left side of his torso, China’s young people cheered and screamed for a rare opportunity to see the popular soccer player's body.

26 Mar 2013 - 11:58am 2 comments

'Beijing cough' an insult to capital, says doctor

Severe air pollution has blanketed Beijing and large swathes of China in recent weeks. Photo: AFP

A top doctor has claimed that naming a chronic respiratory problem "Beijing cough" is an insult to the capital.

22 Jan 2013 - 8:52pm 12 comments

Exposé on commentator Kato Yoshikazu draws mixed reaction

Kato Yoshikazu

With his sharp social criticism and incisive commentary on Sino-Japanese relations, Kato Yoshikazu has been a darling of the Chinese media since he arrived in 2003 not knowing a word of Chinese.

4 Nov 2012 - 3:36am 1 comment

Peking University to sue ex-professor Zou Hengfu over sex allegations

Zou Hengfu

Peking University has filed a lawsuit against one of its former professors after he accused faculty members of preying on young female workers at a nearby restaurant and giving them degrees in exchange for sex.

3 Sep 2012 - 4:36am

Peking University professor's 'lechery' post goes viral

Raymond Li

Professor Zou Hengfu, a mainland economist, has demonstrated the truth behind the Chinese idiom "evil deeds spread a thousand miles".

In just two days, a microblog entry he wrote last Tuesday alleging that Peking University academics had been forcing themselves on waitresses at a campus restaurant was reposted more than 71,000 times and received 18,767 comments.

26 Aug 2012 - 4:47am

Rights lawyers push enrolment policy reform

Eight human rights lawyers have urged the Ministry of Education to abolish discriminatory enrolment policies at elite universities which put students from some impoverished and populous regions at a great disadvantage.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Sceptics mock professor's mother-hugging display

Flamboyant Peking University president Zhou Qifeng has sparked a public debate over filial piety after returning to his ancestral home in Hunan province for his mother's 90th birthday.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

'Social stability should be key in demolition cases'

The country's top court has stressed the need to consider potential impacts on social stability before demolition requests are granted.

11 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

University urges 'rational' debate after 'dogs' jibe

Peking University called on its teachers and students to take a 'rational' view of cultural differences between Hong Kong and the mainland yesterday, following an incident where one of its professors called Hongkongers 'dogs'.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Quotes of the week

In front of imperialists, [Hongkongers] are dogs. But in front of Chinese, they are wolves. These people are residues of colonialism

Peking University intellectual Kong Qingdong

You go on board! Is that clear? Do you hear me? It is an order. Don't make any more excuses

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

In front of imperialists, [Hongkongers] are dogs. But in front of Chinese, they are wolves. These people are residues of colonialism

Peking University intellectual Kong Qingdong

What I ask for is to let me demolish the house and live here happily, and not to disturb me

21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

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