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Yingxiu, Wenchuan County

Memories of Sichuan earthquake drill hard into township school

A class of third-year students at a middle school in Yingxiu township in Sichuan province were reviewing their exam papers yesterday when an ear-piercing alarm sounded across the campus.

Monday, 13 May, 2013, 5:47am

Hundreds mark fifth anniversary of Sichuan quake at mountain memorial

Chen Huaqin placed a yellow chrysanthemum at the tomb of her only son Zhu Qiang, who died age 19 in the Sichuan earthquake, and started to burn money. She was among hundreds of mourners who gathered yesterday in Yingxiu, the epicentre of the 8.0-magnitude quake that struck on May 12, 2008.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Hope flourishes among the despair of Sichuan quake five years on

A return to the epicentre of the 2008 disaster brings an emotional reunion and mixed feelings for a journalist who was among the first outsiders to reach flattened Yingxiu as it mourned its lost children

12 May 2013 - 2:36pm

Earthquake anniversary leaves bitter taste

For Tang Xiaoping, who lives near the epicentre of the 8.0-magnitude earthquake that destroyed her home in Sichuan province on May 12, 2008, today's official commemorations of the disaster's fourth anniversary are irrelevant.

12 May 2012 - 12:00am

Quake zone comes back to life

Sichuan province says it has virtually completed reconstruction work after a devastating earthquake almost four years ago - at a total cost of 1.7 trillion yuan (HK$2.09 trillion).

At a State Council press conference yesterday, deputy Sichuan governor Wei Hong said 99 per cent of projects were completed.

25 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Coping with life 3 years after deadly earthquake

They have tried to heal their wounds and move on, but life remains a struggle for those scarred by the massive earthquake that killed more than 87,000 people in Sichuan three years ago tomorrow.

Their joy at being rescued paled next to having to cope with the thought of the injured or the loss of loved ones.

11 May 2011 - 12:00am

Tourists inundate worst-hit area to pay their respects

Tens of thousands of people flocked to the ruined Beichuan town's 'old town' area on the first anniversary of the magnitude-8 Sichuan earthquake while victims in other quake-ravaged areas also mourned their devastating losses.

13 May 2009 - 12:00am

'Grandpa' Wen conspicuous by his absence

President Hu Jintao returned yesterday to the quake zone where he delivered an emotional speech almost a year ago, this time presiding over a sombre memorial service.

13 May 2009 - 12:00am

Media call for event to mark earthquake

More than a dozen media outlets are urging mainlanders to join them in observing one minute of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the Sichuan earthquake.

The Chengdu Evening News in Sichuan initiated the appeal, and more than a dozen other mainland newspapers are now asking people to take part in the public mourning service on the afternoon of May 12.

15 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Patience starts to wear thin in quake zone

Almost nine months after the devastating Wenchuan earthquake brought Sichuan and neighbouring provinces to their knees, the region is only just beginning to pull itself together.

31 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Helping to repair Sichuan, and our image

The Hong Kong media mainly focused on two stories during the recent legislators' visit to earthquake-damaged areas in Sichuan . One story was the pro-democracy members of the group, some of whom were making their first allowed visits to the interior of the mainland since 1989. The other was the money that Hong Kong would contribute to reconstruction.

18 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

HK legislators left stunned after seeing quake devastation

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen felt 'taken aback' when he saw quake-struck areas during his whirlwind visit to Pengzhou in Sichuan a week ago.

Nineteen Hong Kong lawmakers felt much more when they witnessed the devastation in Yingxiu , the town nearest the epicentre.

6 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Latest craze for ghouls: holidays in hell

They might call themselves 'volunteers'. But the earthquake in Sichuan province has created a new breed of mainland traveller: the danger tourist.

Although some might be motivated by the desire to help, others are flocking to the disaster zone out of morbid curiosity or for thrill-seeking. At least a million domestic volunteers have gone to Sichuan, mainland media estimates.

6 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Wen's meeting with Ban well scripted

Premier Wen Jiabao's press conference and meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the epicentre of the quake zone yesterday looked like a well-co-ordinated move to generate publicity for the central government's rescue and relief efforts.

25 May 2008 - 12:00am

Delight at just having a wall again

Villagers move into new wooden houses

The building is just basic sheets of wood hammered together, but Yang Yunbin says it feels like a home.

'It just felt like I finally had a real wall that I can from time to time lean against, and not just a piece of plastic that you have to be careful about even touching,' the 32-year-old says.

25 May 2008 - 12:00am