Talking points

The maximum weight limit for passengers' luggage on the MTR's East Rail Line drops from 33kg to 23kg.

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.

Monday, 4 February, 2013, 3:02am

Praise for President Hu Jintao's 'common touch' in visit to hometown

Hu Jintao holds an umbrella for a village official while visiting Yancheng, Jiangsu. Photo: SCMP

Pictures showing the usually stiff and expressionless President Hu Jintao making simple gestures of compassion while visiting his home area last week have won praise among a mainland public increasingly tired of entitled official behaviour.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:37am

Online fury at life of luxury in prisons

They come with sumptuous sports facilities, meandering water features and even buildings in the style of the White House, but they are not government offices, corporate headquarters or new schools.

28 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Hopeful sign on pollution amid smelter clash

Another factory pollution row has triggered a confrontation between villagers and police on the mainland. Up to a thousand residents of Fengxiang, in the northwestern province of Shaanxi, clashed with police yesterday outside a lead smelter they believe has poisoned more than 600 children.

18 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Shake-up of penal system signalled

The nation's penal system is being reformed, with prisons being set up directly under the administration of the Ministry of Justice.

Zhang Jinsang, a vice-director of the ministry's Prison Administration Bureau, told Xinhua yesterday that the opening of Yancheng prison on the outskirts of Beijing marked the first step in the reform.

12 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Add-on services best prospect for growth

One way the mainland car industry can prepare to meet foreign competition is by developing a wider range of customer services, a car-manufacturers' seminar has been told.

China National Automotive Industry Corp vice-president Shi Xiongwei said car-makers should diversify into maintenance, accessory production, financing and insurance.

26 Nov 2001 - 12:00am