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Wenzhou policeman gets sick saving girl from polluted river

Doctors diagnosed him as having a severe infection of the lungs, most likely contracted from the bacteria-infested river.

Thursday, 23 May, 2013, 5:18pm

The plight of Wenzhou's reform project could determine the nation's future

Wenzhou has been implementing financial reform for just one year, but its progress is attracting attention. The State Council decided last year to set up this pilot region for comprehensive financial reform, with the aim of accumulating experience for the country.

4 Apr 2013 - 3:17am

Yiyi, the little girl who survived a train crash, returns to Wenzhou

Xiang Weiyi, the little girl who miraculously survived a high-speed train crash in Wenzhou two years ago but was left an orphan, has returned to the city, her hometown, after a year-and-a-half of medical treatment and rehabilitation training.

30 Mar 2013 - 11:37am

Chasing shadows

One year after the mainland's leaders picked Wenzhou to start a pilot programme designed to curb and regulate the city's informal shadow-lending networks, it's clear the plan isn't working. Small firms it intended to benefit still can't access loans because they lack collateral and are struggling to stay afloat. 

28 Mar 2013 - 6:31am

Chinese officials launch 'green' ad to fight back against swimming challenge

Haunted by media attention after local officials were challenged to swim in polluted rivers, Wenzhou authorities fought back with a 140,000 yuan advertisement campaign boasting of their environmental protection record, Beijing Times reported on Thursday.

21 Feb 2013 - 12:57pm 1 comment

Talking points

The maximum weight limit for passengers' luggage on the MTR's East Rail Line drops from 33kg to 23kg today. This is one of the measures announced last week to crack down on mainlanders buying milk formula in Hong Kong, which has led to a shortage.

4 Feb 2013 - 3:02am

School incidents highlight China's corporal punishment debate

Corporal punishment in schools is still very much alive in many parts of China, particularly in the south.

While many see corporal punishment as a breach of children’s rights, others argue that it is an effective disciplinary tool.

Adding to the debate, two independent incidents that took place in Jiangxi and Wenzhou earlier this week caught media attention.

25 Jan 2013 - 3:45pm

Wenzhou's May Zheng eyes Hong Kong despite high stamp duty

May Zheng is a rarity among Wenzhou citizens. The 25-year-old is still considering buying a flat in Hong Kong despite seeing the property market in her hometown collapse.

"Since we are homeowners already, we cannot buy more flats in our hometown Wenzhou because of the government's purchase restrictions," Zheng said.

23 Dec 2012 - 5:26am 1 comment

Wenzhou's once-hot housing market comes crashing down

Stroll down the streets of Wenzhou and it doesn't take long to realise how dead its once red-hot property market has become. In property agencies, brokers take an afternoon nap or watch television in offices that once buzzed with activity.

23 Dec 2012 - 4:03pm

Underground banking may become thing of the past in Wenzhou

Wenzhou, the mainland's hub for private businesses, has taken a major step forward in legalising the underground banking system and liberalising capital outflow by publishing a guideline for a much-awaited financial reform.

The new rule aims to transform Wenzhou, plagued by a series of crises related to shadow banking, into the nation's financial services centre.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:59am