Five pupils drown in Shanxi water reservoir

The pupils were playing near the reservoir at Wang Bao village on Saturday and fell into the water by accident, the report said.

Monday, 11 March, 2013, 2:32pm

Daughter of Shanxi official killed in 'gas explosion'

The windows of a second-floor flat were blown out after an explosion at a home in Xiangfen county. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The daughter of a senior official in a Shanxi city in charge of legal affairs was killed in an explosion at home reportedly caused by a gas leak, but rumours online call it a bomb attack. 

21 Feb 2013 - 5:51pm

Dam breached in Shanxi leads to flooding and evacuation

The breached dam at the Quting reservoir. Photo: SCMP

The top of an irrigation duct at the Quting reservoir in Hongtong county caved in on Friday morning, leading to the partial collapse of its dam walls, the report said, citing an unidentified local official.

17 Feb 2013 - 5:38am

Shanxi investigates disciplinary official for double hukou

Zhang Yan's two hukou permits; the one below, listed under the pseudonym "Dong Yan". Photo: SCMP Pictures

Zhang Yan, an official with Yuncheng city’s Commission for Discipline Inspection, was found to have illegally registered more than one household registration permits.

29 Jan 2013 - 2:10pm

Changzhi mayor apologises for silence over aniline spill in Zhuozhang River

Changzhi mayor apologises for silence over aniline spill in Zhuozhang River

A Shanxi mayor has issued a public apology for waiting days to report a toxic spill into a river that serves as a source of drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people.

The statement by Changzhi Mayor Zhang Bao follows a days-long public uproar over the aniline leak at a chemical plant on the Zhuozhang River last Monday, which was not publicly disclosed for five days.

8 Jan 2013 - 6:57am

Calls for governor Li Xiaopeng to resign after second Shanxi disaster cover-up

A boy walks over a drain contaminated by aniline released from the Tianji Coal Chemical Industry Group in Changzhi, Shanxi province. Photo: Xinhua

The Shanxi government has come under fire for covering up another industrial disaster - this time a toxic chemical spill that has contaminated drinking water for hundreds of thousands of residents in Hebei.

7 Jan 2013 - 12:07pm 1 comment

I'll investigate killer blast cover-up, pledges acting Shanxi governor

Acting Shanxi governor Li Xiaopeng visited accident site.

Shanxi's acting governor, Li Xiaopeng, has visited the city where eight construction workers were killed on Christmas Day and promised a thorough investigation amid calls that he should be held accountable for the week-long cover-up of the accident.

2 Jan 2013 - 11:30am

Shanxi government accused of covering up tunnel explosion

Screenshot of the statement from the Shanxi province's official website, dated December 31, 2012. Photo: SCMP Pictures

An explosion at a railway tunnel construction site in Linfen city, Shanxi, left at least eight people dead and five injured, the provincial government said on Monday, days after news of the accident first appeared on Chinese soc

31 Dec 2012 - 3:48pm

Millionaire businessman-blogger running for his life missing

Wei Xianfa's profile picture on Weibo.

A Shanxi millionaire who become a hit on the Sina Weibo blogging service with his story of being robbed of his successful business by local authorities has gone missing, according to a report in a Beijing newspaper.

29 Dec 2012 - 9:00pm 2 comments

Li Peng's son, Li Xiaopeng, appointed acting governor of Shanxi

Li Xiaopeng (centre), son of former premier Li Peng, Shanxi's new acting governor. Photo: SCMP

Li Xiaopeng, who only just scraped into alternate membership of the Communist Party's Central Committee last month, has been appointed acting governor of Shanxi province, a promotion widely seen as a result of the continued influence of his father, former premier Li Peng.

20 Dec 2012 - 4:12am 2 comments

Defiant villager leaves developers stumped over gravesite

Chinese workers build around a grave mound 10 metres high, at a construction site in a village in Taiyuan, north China's Shanxi province. Photo: AFP

A villager refusing to concede to a property developer’s demands to move a family gravesite off a piece of land left construction workers no choice but to dig around the grave, leaving behind a bizarre sight that has since spread on social media.

10 Dec 2012 - 3:32pm

Shanxi hotpot restaurant blast survivors tell of escape drama

An investigation into the blast in Shanxi is ongoing. Photo: Xinhua

Survivors of a huge explosion at a rural hotpot restaurant that killed 14 people told yesterday how diners leapt two storeys to the ground to escape the blast.

The powerful blast blew out car windows and bent the iron gate of a shop across the street when it ripped through the Happy Sheep Hot Pot Restaurant in rural Shouyang county, Shanxi province, shortly before 8pm on Friday.

25 Nov 2012 - 3:58am

Unidentified student criticises exchange tour for being biased

The Home Affairs Bureau has acknowledged that it sponsored a Hong Kong students' exchange tour to the mainland that was criticised by a participant as a "brainwashing" exercise.

14 Aug 2012 - 4:14am

280b yuan to build basic services

State-owned enterprises and local governments on the mainland plan to spend more than 280 billion yuan (HK$344.11 billion) on infrastructure projects in the next four years.

'The government is clearly looking to publicly funded infrastructure to support growth this year,' said Andrew Batson, research director of Dragonomics, a mainland-based economic research house.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Bottles of Coke tainted with chlorine sold in Shanxi

Just a day after the exposure of drugs in toxic capsules, mainland media reported yesterday that contaminated bottles of Coca-Cola, made by one of the drinks giant's mainland factories, had been sold earlier this year.

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am