No-shows, do-nothings mar key gatherings in Shenzhen

Mayor Xu Qin

Mainland media and internet users have expressed disappointment about the high level of absenteeism and lack of concrete reform proposals at the Shenzhen Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and People's Congress.

Friday, 18 January, 2013, 3:55am

Shenzhen party chief ditches Audi for electric car

Shenzhen's party chief Wang recently replaced his Audi with a BYD electric car. Photo: screenshot from Weibo.

Shenzhen’s Communist Party chief Wang Rong recently replaced his Audi A6 with a China-made electric car in a bid to promote green living, reported China's Southern Metropolis Daily on Thursday.

17 Jan 2013 - 2:26pm 1 comment

Shenzhen Mayor Xu Qin expects decades-low 9pc growth for 2013

Shenzhen Mayor Xu Qin expects decades-low 9pc growth for 2013

Shenzhen has set a GDP growth target of 9 per cent this year, the lowest in decades, with the city government admitting that double-digit growth rates are a thing of the past.

16 Jan 2013 - 4:11am

Time to fix the problems of a porous border

Only five in 100 mainland visitors from Shenzhen are "genuine" tourists. Photo: EPA

When travel convenience is abused by visitors for tax-free trading, when the country's import tax revenue is compromised, and when household goods prices and cross-border tensions surge as a result of such activities, something is clearly amiss. These problems appear to be what the mainland and Hong Kong are suffering after multi-trip permits have been issued for residents in Shenzhen.

15 Jan 2013 - 3:52am 4 comments

Shenzhen closes loophole on mainland visitors to Hong Kong

Shenzhen's plan to allow millions of its migrant residents easier access to Hong Kong was put on hold in September. File photo: SCMP

Shenzhen has closed an apparent loophole involving mainland tourists travelling to Hong Kong, by requiring those who are not entitled to the individual visit scheme to be part of tour groups.

10 Jan 2013 - 10:18am 1 comment

Doctor slain in Shenzhen returns to Hong Kong

Colette Tsang Shi-lok

The body of a Hong Kong doctor murdered in a Shenzhen hotel has been brought back to the city.

Tuen Mun Hospital ophthalmologist Colette Tsang Shi-lok was found dead in her hotel room at Dameisha, Shenzhen, late last month.

The case was kept quiet until it was reported in Hong Kong media yesterday. Mainland authorities are categorising the case as "assault causing death".

7 Jan 2013 - 5:44am

Workers' voice of Shenzhen takes a beating in crackdown

NGOs in Shenzhen help migrant workers understand their rights and provide counselling in job disputes. Photo: Reuters

Shenzhen NGO worker Su Yuan has been forced to fight for her rights after about 60 men evicted her and five colleagues from their office in August. Their ordeal was part of a seven-month Guangdong crackdown that shuttered at least eight non-governmental labour organisations in Shenzhen. Su talks about how they and their group, called the Little Grass Workers' Home, were mistreated.

6 Jan 2013 - 4:46am

Video: Hongkonger in Shenzhen accused of taking 'upskirt' video

Video: Hongkonger in Shenzhen accused of taking 'upskirt' video

A video posted on Sina Video on Tuesday, of what is believed to be a man from Hong Kong secretly filming under the skirt of a woman on a busy Shenzhen street, has been circulating on microblogging site Sina Weibo.

3 Jan 2013 - 4:35pm

Video: knife-wielding man kills one, injures 6 in Shenzhen

A knife-wielding man kills 1 while injuring 6 others in Shenzhen on Wednesday. Photo: screenshot from Weibo.

A knife-wielding man, having trouble finding a job, launched a savage attack in Shenzhen’s Baoan district on Wednesday.

3 Jan 2013 - 2:39pm 1 comment

Shenzhen wasted billions on World University Games, audit finds

Opening and closing events cost 337 million yuan. Photo: Xinhua

Shenzhen lost 12.8 billion yuan (HK$15.7 billion) on the World University Games last year, a review by the city's auditor has found.

29 Dec 2012 - 5:11am 3 comments

Wealthier Shenzhen parents with second child face 1m yuan fine

A shenzhen mother with her child in a local supermarket. Photo: Oliver Tsang/SCMP

Wealthier Shenzhen parents who plan to give birth to a second child in Hong Kong or overseas could be fined as much as 1 million yuan (HK$1.22 million), according to a new regulation that will come into effect on Tuesday.

28 Dec 2012 - 11:46am 2 comments

Hong Kong banks may extend yuan loans to firms in Shenzhen's Qianhai zone

Firms in Shenzhen's Qianhai development zone will be allowed to borrow directly from Hong Kong banks in yuan. Photo: Edward Wong

Firms in Shenzhen's Qianhai development zone will be allowed to borrow directly from Hong Kong banks in yuan, the People's Bank of China branch in the mainland city said yesterday.

28 Dec 2012 - 6:11am

Plan to limit Shenzhen-Hong Kong border crossings

Parallel traders are seen outside Sheung Shui MTR station with their goods. Photo: David Wong

Mainland authorities may limit the number of times Shenzhen residents can cross the Hong Kong border in a day as part of efforts to clamp down on parallel trading.

28 Dec 2012 - 7:42am 8 comments

Shenzhen kayakers rescued from Chek Chau thank medics for care

Two mainlanders who spent eight hours in the sea and almost 48 hours on an uninhabited island after being tossed out of their kayak have thanked the Hong Kong hospital where they are recovering.

The letter from Mo Jiaquan, 24, and Shen Qi, 23, was handed to their doctors at Tseung Kwan O Hospital yesterday.

28 Dec 2012 - 5:21am

New Guangdong party chief makes first visit to province

Guangdong's new party chief Hu Chunhua meets with locals at Shenzhen's Lotus Hill during his first official visit to the province. Photo: SCMP

Guangdong's new party chief Hu Chunhua followed in the footsteps of president-to-be Xi Jinping when he headed to Shenzhen for his first inspection tour after taking over the powerful job from Wang Yang last week.

27 Dec 2012 - 3:20am