China Digest, September 22, 2012


'Love capital' ambitions

Saturday, 22 September, 2012, 3:32am

Paper launches drive to boost party chiefs

In a new propaganda blitz, the People's Daily is publishing a series of special reports heaping praise on the economic success of certain regions - a move aimed at helping their party chiefs secure promotion at the next party congress, analysts say.

Ranging from four to eight pages, the reports focus on the progress the regions have made over the past five years.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:15pm

Dessert chain offers place to chill out

Hong Kong dessert shop chain Hui Lau Shan is speeding up its expansion across the border with the aim of becoming a popular hangout modelled after Starbucks.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

Tianjin residential site gets record price

Another land sale on the mainland set a record yesterday in Tianjin, where a residential site became the city's most expensive in terms of floor area.

The record price came as the central government reiterated its determination to maintain a tight grip on the property market to damp prices.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Crowd gathers to mourn fire victims

A large crowd gathered in the centre of Jixian county, Tianjin , yesterday to mourn the victims of a deadly fire that engulfed a department store last Saturday - amid growing suspicions that the true death toll has been covered up.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Spreading its wings

Tropical Storm Talim has been closing in on the Pearl River Delta for the past 24 hours and it seems to have sucked all the air south and out of the suburbs of Dongguan.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

St Regis, Tianjin

Why would anyone want to visit Tianjin? A 30-minute ride on a high-speed train from Beijing, Tianjin is a relatively stress-free getaway for the busy executive. Once unarguably second-tier, Tianjin is now one of the fastest changing cities in the country and is establishing itself as a lifestyle destination, making the most of its riverside views and historic buildings. .

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

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

There's amore where that came from

Three emerging Italian designers showed their collections last Friday and Saturday at the St Regis Tianjin, at what the organisers - the hotel, Greber Management, Bridge IT and Fun & Fan magazine - dubbed the city's first fully fledged fashion week.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Group eyes US$1b stake in Tianjin

An international financial consortium is in the final stage of talks to invest in a state-owned financial conglomerate in Tianjin, one of China's biggest cities.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

Rent-a-sweep trade is a grave offence to some

Businesses on the mainland that help people sweep their relatives' graves during the annual Ching Ming festival have come under a media spotlight, and sparked controversy over the commercialisation of filial piety.

4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Boom time for developer

Tianjin-based property developer Sunac China Holdings announced a sharp rise in its revenue for the financial year ended December 31, 2011. Revenue for the reporting period rose by 59.4 per cent year-on-year to 10.6 billion yuan (HK$13.1 billion), while operating profit rose 41.2 per cent to 3.72 billion yuan.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Tianjin party chief warms to explaining low profile

Tianjin party secretary Zhang Gaoli appeared relaxed and was open to questions from the foreign media during a press conference on the sidelines of the annual sessions of the NPC and CPPCC. However, his expression remained stern.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

A hundred amazing storeys

It seems tall buildings are springing up all over the world these days. The king would have to be the Dubai skyscraper, Burj Khalifa, which stands at 829.84 metres.

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Future sold down the river

In almost riverless Beijing, a length of the once-proud but long-arid Yongding River is running again.

As part of a 17 billion yuan (HK$20.8 billion) reclamation effort, water now fills 30 kilometres of river bed in the capital's western suburbs, a stretch parched for nearly three decades.

24 Dec 2011 - 12:00am