World Heritage Sites in China

Ming-style luxury on sale for a humble 500m yuan

A luxury Chinese-style garden villa project in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, has been launched in Hong Kong, with the biggest unit going for a whopping 500 million yuan (HK$608 million).

Tuesday, 31 July, 2012, 12:00am

A mountain to climb for Buddhist site IPO

Plans to list on the stock exchange by the manager of iconic Buddhist shrine Putuo Mountain are likely to inflame a row over commercialising important religious sites.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Emperor no garden-variety ruler

The secrets of Emperor Qianlong's Forbidden City garden will be revealed in Hong Kong today.

They form an exhibition - A Lofty Retreat from the Red Dust: The Secret Garden of Emperor Qianlong - that opens at the Hong Kong Museum of Art. It features 93 artefacts from the garden.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Imperial secrets

For centuries it was one of China's best-kept secrets. Tucked away in the northeast corner of the Forbidden City in Beijing is a leafy landscape garden that the Qianlong emperor built for his retirement after a 60-year reign between 1736 and 1795.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

A privileged glimpse into Qianlong's private garden

Hongkongers will be among the first to get a two-centuries-old glimpse into a legendary emperor's private garden in the Forbidden City, when a blockbuster exhibition opens at the Museum of Art in June.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

City's imperial past

Most visitors to Northeast China may not know that the original Forbidden City lies in Shenyang, the first capital of the Manchu people. The Mukden Palace is a reminder of days when Shenyang was one of the preeminent cities of Chinese civilisation.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

A walk in the park

Like many mainland cities, Suzhou is struggling to hold on to its past as sleek malls, luxury high-rises and indus- trial parks intrude. But look beyond the rapidly expanding skyline and busy thoroughfares of this Jiangsu province metropolis and you'll find an ancient beating heart.

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Caves into the past

Some brush off the Mogao Caves - also known as Thousand Buddha Caves - in Dunhuang, Gansu province , as a site of nothing more than fading wall paintings. Three Hong Kong students disagree. They see the murals as a legacy of a fascinating bygone era.

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Palace Museum burglar reveals how he got away

The man accused of stealing nine valuable artefacts from the Palace Museum in Beijing purportedly made his way out of the highly secure Forbidden City by jumping from a 10-metre-high palace wall.

16 May 2011 - 12:00am

Palace Museum is accused of renting hall to super rich

Beijing's Forbidden City is embroiled in another scandal days after artefacts were stolen from the former imperial palace.

The Palace Museum, which manages the five-century-old site, has been accused of renting out one of its best imperial-era halls and turning it into a private, members-only club for billionaires from around the world.

14 May 2011 - 12:00am

Day trips reveal ancient splendour

There are some tremendous sights near Chengdu and they are easily accessible for day trips. The highlights are the Leshan Grand Buddha, Emei Mountain, the Dujiangyan Irrigation System and a series of old towns that ring the municipality, most notably Luodai, the centre of Sichuan's Hakka culture.

26 Apr 2011 - 12:00am


Jiuzhaigou is a fairyland of spectacular biodiversity and topography. The National Reserve spans almost 800 square metres and includes a landscape of lush valleys, jagged peaks, a dozen large waterfalls and, most famously, a collection of iridescent mountain lakes and pools.

26 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

History in the making

At first sight, the city of Datong, in Shanxi province, seems to have little to set it apart from other burgeoning, third-tier cities in the mainland's vast interior. Its downtown skyline is crisscrossed with construction cranes swinging back and forth. The streets below teem with compact, domestic-brand cars.

7 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

PCCW Solutions wins digital theatre contract

PCCW Solutions, the information-technology services arm of Hong Kong telecommunications giant PCCW Group, has secured for an undisclosed amount a contract to build four digital theatre systems for the Dunhuang Academy, a mainland conservation agency.

29 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Cultural heritage at risk as cash trumps conservation

Chinese people like to trumpet the country's 5,000-year history. But when it comes to preserving the magnificent cultural heritage of their ancestors, they're not doing a very good job.

11 Sep 2010 - 12:00am