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Shenzhen construction on hold after alert over cheap sand in concrete

An artist's impression of the Pingan Financial Centre.

More projects are likely to be affected as the Shenzhen government ordered a citywide inspection into the practice, which they said was common throughout the Pearl River Delta. Untreated sea sand contains high levels of salt and chloride that could corrode steel reinforcements, causing buildings to collapse.

Saturday, 16 March, 2013, 4:57am 1 comment

Making castles in the sand

More than just sand castles

The beach town of Fulong will host its annual Beach Sand Sculpture Festival from May 5 to June 24.

The event, in its fifth year, will feature teams from eight countries competing to craft towering masterpieces using the fine golden sand.

16 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Manual aims to ensure volunteers are sitting pretty

Keep legs loosely crossed at the ankle, chest erect, lips slightly closed, chin forward and smile with both eyes facing forwards.

29 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Sand being used to restore beach is just like mud, says councillor

A government contractor has been accused of using poor quality sand to restore a popular beach.

District councillor Shek Kwok-keung compared the sand being used at Deep Water Bay to mud and said he was worried about the effect it would have on water quality.

10 May 2007 - 12:00am


There are some very impressive sand castles at New Town Plaza in Sha Tin. That's right, inside the mall's Atrium Gallery (first floor, Phase 3) are 30 tonnes of sand transformed into sculptures based on elements of the Brothers Grimm's original Snow White (hence, no Dopey, Sneezy or Doc). The castles were created by four Dutch sand-sculpting maestros from the World Sculpting Association.

16 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Be an oyster

Have you ever been in a situation where you're struggling, but there's no one around to help?

Do you sometimes feel abandoned and grumble that everything is always your responsibility? Let me share a story with you.

19 May 2006 - 12:00am

Men killed as sand pile collapses

Two mainland workers died after they were buried in sand for about 45 minutes on a barge near the former Kai Tak airport yesterday.

The men, aged 39 and 41, were working on top of a heap of sand, about 7 metres high, inside the hold of a mainland-registered barge - Jia Jin - when the accident happened at about 1.30pm.

11 May 2004 - 12:00am