The Little Red Guard

The Little Red Guard by Huang Wenguang Riverhead Books

Sunday, 6 May, 2012, 12:00am

High roads and byroads

Crossing to the western bank of Huang He (Yellow River) at Hukou was a major landmark for us on our 5,000 kilometre Walking Home From Mongolia expedition. Our final sight of the river - which was still almost entirely frozen - was of where it ran south through a narrow gap in the cliffs, spanned by a huge, half-built motorway bridge.

6 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Mainlanders do have a moral compass

That hundreds of people rioted in Xian at the weekend over the death of a child provides a bleak sense of hope. Unbearably sad as reports of 10-year-old Xu Yueqi's death in a traffic accident undoubtedly are, this shows that mainlanders do indeed care about the well-being of their children.

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Girl's death triggers riot over road safety

Hundreds of people in Xian, Shaanxi province, overturned police and government cars in a show of anger on Friday night over the death of a 10-year-old schoolgirl in a truck accident, according to Xinhua.

4 Dec 2011 - 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

One pilot missing in Xian air show crash

A mainland-made JH-7 fighter-bomber plunged nose-first into the ground at an air show in Xian yesterday morning. One pilot who ejected was injured, while the other was missing, state media reported.

15 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

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

Master layout for West Kowloon arts hub

5 May 2015 - 11:46am

Guangzhou slum residents battle police

Hundreds of residents and police in Guangzhou clashed early yesterday after the authorities started demolishing parts of a slum area slated to come under the wrecking ball ahead of the Asian Games.

City authorities have embarked on an ambitious drive to clear all slum areas as part of an image makeover for the games in November.

14 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Actress lands her first beauty campaign but she really wants a different kind of glow

Sandra Ng Kwan-yue didn't win best actress at the Hong Kong Film Awards, but she got a consolation of sorts from Japanese brand Kos? when it gave her a big tacky 'Medal of Beauty' on Monday.

29 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Hijacker killed after taking Australians hostage

A hijacker armed with explosives who took 10 Australian tourists and their translator hostage in the central mainland city of Xian was shot dead by police yesterday after negotiations broke down.

Xia Tao hijacked a coach at the Bell and Drum Tower square shortly before 10am, Xinhua reported.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:12pm

Licence to kiln

Time was when potters could be executed for failing to please the emperor, but things have changed since then, says Beijing ceramic artist Feng Shu, exhaling in mock relief. Feng's refusal to bow to traditional grandeur makes him part of an emerging wave of ceramic artists on the mainland.

23 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Rank outsider

The contrast is striking. In the foreground stands one of the many watchtowers that line the medieval wall of Xian, a former imperial Chinese capital; in the distance an apartment building under construction rises skywards.

9 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Developers put plans into place for Xian

Top builders look to historic city for growth

The city of Xian has caught the eye of two of Hong Kong's top developers.

The Hong Kong-listed subsidiary of China's biggest construction group plans to spend 20 billion yuan on a development project in Xian, the capital of Shaanxi province.

18 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Beijing endorses HK campaign for Confucian holiday

A senior state official in charge of religious affairs yesterday indicated Beijing's first public support for a plan in Hong Kong to make Confucius' birthday a public holiday, saying the long-standing demand by Confucians should be realised as 'a natural development'.

23 Apr 2007 - 12:00am