Urban Geography

Eco-city of the future takes shape

A futuristic city, a model for the world to deal with the challenges presented by high-density urban living, is taking shape on the coast of Bohai Bay, 40 kilometres from Tianjin's city centre.

Tuesday, 7 June, 2011, 12:00am

Theatre group rides wave of 3-D sex live on stage

If the silver-screen version of 3-D sex was a flop for you, head to Discovery Bay this month for a real-life adults-only show by the same author who inspired the movie - and all for the price of a cinema ticket.

1 May 2011 - 12:00am

GLOBAL village

To get a true perspective of Beijing - from imperial to contemporary times - savvy visitors take the ear-popping ride to the 80th floor of the China World Summit Wing hotel, where, on a clear day, the vast city can be viewed in its entirety.

15 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Home prices cool as policies bite

Home prices on the mainland are showing signs of stabilising in reaction to a series of central government measures to cool off the property sector.

The average price in 100 cities rose just 0.59 per cent month-on-month to 8,738 yuan (HK$10,364) per square metre, according to a survey conducted by mainland property website Soufun.com.cn.

2 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Who was that masked man?

Venetian carnival cocktail party

Where: Osteria Ristorante Italiano

When: March 10

What: Osteria Ristorante Italiano, the Holiday Inn Golden Mile's dining venue, was turned into a Venetian carnival with costumes and masks for guests to wear.

1 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Tokyu reaches out to Chinese investors via seminar

Japanese developer Tokyu Group will hold a seminar in Beijing on Saturday, aimed at attracting wealthy mainlanders to invest in Japan. A spokeswoman for the organiser said rich people were checking out overseas property markets after Beijing introduced limits on home buying.

2 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

Yesterday's report, 'Intime ready to hop on the subway' on page B3, wrongly said Beijing Youyi Luthansa operates four high-end department stores in Beijing and Shaanxi province. The report should have said the stores are in Beijing and Shanxi province. The error was introduced in the editing process.

30 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Beijing transport well off world-class mark

Beijing still has a long way to go to match world-class cities like New York, London and Hong Kong for public transport, according to a World Bank transport specialist.

2 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Bursting at the seams

Who wants to live in the mainland countryside? Not many people, according to a recent survey published in the China Business News. The poll revealed that almost 80 per cent of rural residents aged 18 to 30 believed they would be better off if they lived in cities. Unsurprisingly, their overwhelming preference is to move to first-tier metropolises like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

30 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

High-speed trains barrelling towards a financial precipice

'High-speed trains between Wuhan, in Hubei, and Guangzhou run at 350km/h. A standard one-way ticket for the three-hour journey costs 490 yuan, rising to 780 yuan for a deluxe seat.

23 May 2010 - 12:00am

HK 5s biggest of its kind in Asia

27 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Beijing subway relaxes newspaper sales ban

Beijing subway authorities have relaxed a ban on newspaper sales on subway platforms after sharp criticism from publishers and commuters.

23 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Good village relations are key

Buying a village house is quite a different process from buying an apartment in Hong Kong. While apartment purchases are quite standard, and the process is well-established, there are more variables involved in acquiring a village home.

30 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

On the mainland, all crooked politics is local

There can be no more damning verdict on the mainland's officials than the fact that they are regarded by the public as less trustworthy than sex workers. But that was the conclusion of a new survey conducted by the magazine Xiaokang.

12 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Subway security to remain tight

Security checks will become a permanent fixture at Beijing's subway stations as the city seeks to translate measures introduced during the Olympic Games into long-term regulations.

19 Mar 2009 - 12:00am