China's leaning tower 'stable at present'

The Wanshou Temple in Xi'an. Who knew that China had its very own Leaning Tower? Photo: AFP

An ancient Chinese tower tilting at a perilous angle has earned comparisons with Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa and worried a school in its shadow, state media reported Thursday.

Thursday, 29 November, 2012, 4:01pm

'Giant cigarettes' in Shaanxi county draw ridicule from fuming netizens

The "giant cigarettes" welcoming visitors to Zhouzhi County. Photo: Screenshot/Chinanews.com

Zhouzhi county, Xian, in central China’s Shaanxi province, is more famous for its kiwi fruit exports than it is for good architecture, let alone landscaping.

Nevertheless, it was the subject of mass ridicule when photos of the county’s newly designed North Gate entrance surfaced on the internet.

29 Nov 2012 - 4:01pm

Video surfaces of barbaric attack during anti-Japan protests in Xi'an

51-year-old Li Jianli was left paralysed by the attack earlier this month.

26 Sep 2012 - 9:56am

Experts question need for speed in transport policy

Researchers from the mainland's top scientific institution have criticised some government officials' obsession with speed, calling for more resources to be allocated to the development of slower transportation.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Nine killed, 40 injured in Xian blast

At least nine people were killed and almost 40 injured yesterday in a massive explosion - apparently triggered by a gas leak at a small fast-food restaurant - in Xian, the capital of Shaanxi province, local media reported.

15 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Xian's cultural core seeks investors

Qujiang new district, known as Xian's cultural core, is seeking to raise money in Hong Kong to strengthen its role as a cultural hub for western China. At a ceremony yesterday, 21 projects were signed for total investment of 23 billion yuan (HK$28 billion).

27 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Big cities no longer a bright prospect

Many mainlanders believe that all the big opportunities and big money are found in the city.

Liu Yuhang graduated from a nationally known university and works in Guangzhou, a rapidly developing city. His family and friends look up to him as a model of success.

But in reality he struggles every day under the immense financial pressure of life in the big city.

14 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Cities think big - but can they all really win?

As she opens the doors to a new exhibition and conference centre, Sun Sihan, a smartly dressed public-relations official for the city of Zhengzhou, is flushed with pride.

23 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Anti-poverty drive is winning, but there's a long way to go

Seventy-year-old Zhang Shengrong has finally moved out of the cave that was the family home for generations.

His new brick home in Shaanxi's Dengjiapo village, built with the help of a government subsidy and three sons working in the provincial capital, is testament to Beijing's drive to develop the mainland's impoverished west.

12 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

First terracotta warriors dig in 24 years draws a crowd

Thousands of tourists flocked to witness the first excavation of the 2,200-year-old terracotta warriors in Xian in 24 years yesterday, after the previous excavation was cut short due to technical problems.

14 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

More must be done on heritage preservation

Many of the nation's key heritage sites are either being destroyed or commercialised. The process is threatening to become irreversible. For far too long, China has been bent on economic progress, with everything else taking a back seat.

25 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Xian, seat of the first empire, taps historic Silk Road as route to success

Nestled in the middle of the country where plains in the east meet mountains in the west, Shaanxi has played an unrivalled political and economic role in both ancient and modern China.

3 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Government hopes budding aviation centre will be 'Seattle of China'

For years, Shaanxi seemed neglected as the wealth of resources unlocked by China's opening up and reform was poured into developing the coastal provinces. But in the past five years, the central province has bounced back economically and is reaching for the sky - literally.

3 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Celebrating women's eternal beauty

'Lasting Beauty' is the theme of a new exhibition by the outstanding Chinese artist Feng Chang-jiang, opening this Saturday at Cityplaza III in Taikoo Shing.

25 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Millions hail Ching Ming's return

Provincial governments marked the return of the Ching Ming festival to the official holiday calendar with lavish ceremonies yesterday, while millions of people braved traffic jams to sweep the tombs of their forebears.

Ching Ming is a millennia-old festival during which the living pay tribute to their ancestors in a show of loyalty to family and tradition.

5 Apr 2008 - 12:00am