Urban Geography

Border protection emblem unveiled

Beijing will officially launch a national emblem for border control and coastal defence on Wednesday as part of the country's overall effort to strengthen sovereignty claims over the disputed territories.

Monday, 30 July, 2012, 12:00am

Dreams of most liveable city go down the drain

Two years ago, Guo Jinlong, who recently stepped down as Beijing mayor following his promotion as the municipality's party chief, basked in praise when he vowed to ensure the capital would become a 'most livable' world-class metropolis in the next decade.

26 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing unites in rescue efforts

Reports of chaos and tragedy abounded in the wake of Beijing's worst rainstorm in more than six decades, but there were also reports of unprecedented kindness and stories of Good Samaritans coming to others' rescue.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Mainland violence may be brewing

Recently, a rowdy protest in Sichuan province caused the authorities to back down over their plans to build a billion-dollar chemical plant in the area.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Retiring boss urges 'party purity' at Beijing meet

Beijing's party boss called on members to safeguard the 'unity and purity' of the party as its long-delayed congress got under way in the capital yesterday.

The congress must elect new delegates who will join others in representing the city at the National Party Congress, scheduled for autumn, where China's next leadership will be decided.

30 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

'Despicable' Jerome Lau faces jail sentence

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Hukou reform vital to nation's growth

The mainland expects to attain the milestone of having more than half of its population living in cities this year. With urbanisation acknowledged as a crucial driver of economic growth, that neatly fits the central government's plans.

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Mainland sales start the year on lacklustre note

Mainland home sales started the year on a painfully slow note in most major cities, dropping nearly 70 per cent in the first week from the same period last year as buyers deferred purchases in expectation of a further fall in prices.

14 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Treat lab animals with humanity

Animals are widely used for scientific research, but is this moral?

Creatures are cut open and injected with chemicals as scientists experiment on new medicine. Millions of non-human lives have been taken because of human selfishness.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Crash probe may hurt overseas sale

Beijing's handling of the probe into the high-speed train crash of July 23 will hurt China's attempts to sell trains abroad, especially in developed markets, say experts.

5 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing railway chief axed in wake of crash

In another indication that more reshuffles are looming in the nation's embattled railway system, the railways minister has announced plans to 'remove' Beijing Railway's bureau chief, Huang Guizhang, and transfer him to another position, state media reported.

Sheng Guangzu made the announcement during a conference call on Thursday, The Beijing News reported yesterday.

17 Oct 2011 - 12:00am


WFJ Development moves into Beijing retail world

17 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Flexibility is an essential skill in an evolving market

Chloe Ho (left) applied for the HSBC internship in business planning and strategy through her university's career services website. She says the summer internship has helped her explore opportunities that come with renminbi (RMB) internationalisation. She talks to Wong Yat-hei

What is your academic background?

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Built on ignorance

When Hedy Lee moved to a posh serviced apartment in the capital's Beijing Yintai Centre, she expected to enjoy a life of luxury. After all, her neighbours included basketball player Yao Ming and Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi. Instead, she has found herself having to pamper to the building's problems.

16 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Public Eye

Why waste money on a pricey 'rubber stamp'?

13 Jul 2011 - 12:00am