Like many mainland cities, Suzhou is struggling to hold on to its past as sleek malls, luxury high-rises and indus- trial parks intrude.Sunday, 27 November, 2011, 12:00am
Every weekend, dozens of parents gather at subway stations or markets in Shanghai to campaign for equal education opportunities for their children, who are not eligible to sit high school or college entrance exams in the city. Even though many of these migrant parents have been working in Shanghai for years, they are not entitled to permanent residency there.20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
Last weekend, I was a groomsman at a friend's wedding, a British man marrying a Shanghainese girl. I say girl, but she was 33 years old. She had left it late; an unmarried woman over 30 in Shanghai is roundly considered a sheng nu - a leftover woman. Yet, looking at the five bridesmaids, all contemporaries of the bride, it occurred to me that four of them were still single.13 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
Suzhou - a popular day trip from Shanghai, as the journey takes about half an hour on the zippy Shanghai-Nanjing bullet train - is feted for its Ming dynasty gardens, well-preserved temples and canals framed by ancient stone bridges.4 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
First it was Wenzhou, then Yiwu, and now Huzhou. Small and medium-sized businesses in Zhejiang province seem to be in trouble.
In the past few weeks, the mainland media has focused on Yiwu, the private-business boom town, after hundreds of entrepreneurs absconded after being burned by underground banks in Wenzhou.29 Oct 2011 - 12:00am
The 200 or so mainland property developers listed on Hong Kong and mainland exchanges are tipped to have a tough time in the next few years, with some likely to shut down because of the squeeze on credit and the property market, analysts say.26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am
The central government's continued austerity measures targeting the property market are taking a toll on sales in the major cities, with Shanghai seeing average monthly sales of private homes from January to September falling to the lowest level in seven years.26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am
The first two weeks of the National Basketball Association's upcoming season, which should have started on November 1, have been cancelled due to a labour dispute between the players' union and the franchise owners. Numerous NBA players have already signed contracts to play in China, raising the possibility that the entire 2011-12 NBA season may be cancelled.16 Oct 2011 - 12:00am
Shanghai's service sector is expected to contribute two-thirds of the city's economic output by 2015 as the city sharpens its edge in finance and logistics.14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am
On the death of Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs:
Philip Ho - Steve Jobs was a talent in IT. His untimely death is a great sadness.
Davood Jalili - I was awestruck when I heard the news. He will remain as one of the most innovative minds of our time. May God bless his departed soul!
Patrick Lo - What a pity!12 Oct 2011 - 12:00am