Shenzhen ad agency gets flak for billboard with nude children

The words "for rent" are sinister for some. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

A Shenzhen advertising firm has come under fire for using the image of four naked boys on an eight-metre-high billboard dominating a busy highway on the border with Hong Kong.

Monday, 24 December, 2012, 10:03am 3 comments

A glimpse of Xi Jinping's charm up close

Xi Jinping talks with residents at a community in Shenzhen. Photo: Xinhua

"Will you ever wash your hand again?" friends in the media have been asking me since an unexpectedly close encounter a week ago with new Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping.

More than a dozen Shenzhen residents shook hands with the president-in-waiting at the city's Lotus Hill Park during his five-day inspection trip to the Pearl River Delta. I was one of them.

15 Dec 2012 - 6:24am 3 comments

Police beat strikers during Xi Jinping's Guangdong tour

China's Communist Party boss Xi Jinping meets visitors in Shenzhen's Lotus Hill Park on Saturday. Photo: He Huifeng

New Communist Party chief Xi Jinping continued his low-profile tour of southern China yesterday with a trip to Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong, after stopping over in Zhuhai and Foshan.

The vice-president's first stop in Shenzhen coincided with a strike by about 3,000 workers at a printing factory on Friday evening, witnesses told the South China Morning Post yesterday.

10 Dec 2012 - 11:10am 3 comments

Xi Jinping adopts casual, open air on visit to Shenzhen

The leader mingled briefly and even shook hands with visitors at Lotus Hill Park. Photo: He Huifeng

About 200 Shenzhen residents had an unexpectedly close encounter with Xi Jinping yesterday as the new Communist Party chief turned on the charm during the second day of his southern tour.

Xi, the president-to-be, shook hands with several people who had gathered in advance of his 10am visit to Lotus Hill, and even answered questions from a pair of Hong Kong journalists in  the crowd.

9 Dec 2012 - 4:30am 1 comment

Xi Jinping keeps things low key in trip to Shenzhen

Xi Jinping: new style

New Communist Party chief Xi Jinping began his two-day inspection trip to Shenzhen yesterday with low-key visits to the Qianhai experimental zone and information technology giant Tencent.

Political commentators and economists said they hoped Xi's trip could generate concrete measures to rejuvenate the stagnant regional economy.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Hard times come to gadget Mecca of Huaqiangbei

Huaqiangbei is the hub of the city's electronic products. Photo: Sally Wong

Many avid consumers of the latest technology must have been shocked by recent reports of double-digit increases in vacancy rates for shops and offices in Shenzhen's Huaqiangbei commercial area - the mainland's best place to shop for electronics, digital products and hi-tech knock-offs.

8 Dec 2012 - 4:41am

Echoes of Deng Xiaoping as Xi Jinping heads to Shenzhen on first inspection trip

A billboard of former leader Deng Xiaoping overlooks Shenzhen. Photo: Dickson Lee

New party boss evokes memories of Deng Xiaoping's 1992 tour and issues a signal of his commitment to deepening reform by heading to Shenzhen on his first inspection trip.

7 Dec 2012 - 8:33am 1 comment

Details emerge in graft investigation into former Shenzhen vice-mayor

Liang was in charge of the preparation and construction work for the World University Games, which were held in Shenzhen last year.

More details about a graft probe into former Shenzhen vice-mayor Liang Daoxing emerged yesterday after party disciplinary authorities in Guangdong formally announced last week that he was under investigation for corruption.

4 Dec 2012 - 4:08am

Shenzhen abortions hold high risks for Hong Kong women

The number of legal terminations recorded in Hong Kong has gone down from more than 20,000 in 2001, to around 11,000 in 2010.

While pregnant women from the mainland have flocked to Hong Kong to give birth at the city's top-notch hospitals, thousands of pregnant Hongkongers are making the reverse journey - for a rather different reason.

3 Dec 2012 - 10:29am

Dozens charged in Shenzhen's biggest triad trial

Shenzhen's biggest triad trial has opened in the city's Intermediate People's Court, with 41 people charged with links to Hong Kong's Sun Yee On gang and a string of organised crime offences.

30 Nov 2012 - 3:06am

Shenzhen village official's accuser taken into custody

A man who accused a senior village official in Shenzhen of being corrupt and owning more than 80 properties and 20 cars was arrested by police on Tuesday before he was scheduled to provide more evidence to reporters.

29 Nov 2012 - 5:04am

Shenzhen man arrested after posting online complaint about corruption

The police statement said Zhou was arrested for alsely registering financial details about his company. Photo: screenshot from Sina Weibo.

A Shenzhen resident was arrested on Tuesday after posting a letter online accusing senior village official Zhou Weisi of corruption, China’s Tianya online forum  reported on Wednesday.

28 Nov 2012 - 2:28pm

Shenzhen official being probed for assets worth two billion yuan

A village deputy head has been suspended from his office and is being investigated for allegedly owning more than 80 properties and 20 cars, valued at over 2 billion yuan (HK$2.47 billion), a district-level government spokesman in Shenzhen said yesterday.

28 Nov 2012 - 3:46am

Shrinking Shenzhen mangrove forests poses threat to migratory birds

Shenzhen has just 130 hectares of mangrove forest, compared with more than 530 hectares in the early 1980s. Photo: Chow Chung-yan

The dramatic shrinking of Shenzhen's mangrove forests over the past three decades poses a threat to the many migratory birds that visit Hong Kong's Mai Po Nature Reserve each autumn, winter and spring, experts in both cities warn.

28 Nov 2012 - 4:04am

What the local media says

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CityU plan to switch courses to online forum is criticised

10 Nov 2012 - 2:25am