Talking points

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

Celebrity mud could fly at Stephen Chan trial

Thursday, 7 July, 2011, 12:00am

Zhejiang official is focus of graft probe

The party chief of the Zhejiang Food and Drug Administration is being investigated by anti-graft authorities, reports say.

4 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Farmers turn backs on fields

Ping Zuohu used to be a model farmer in Jianli county's Zhougou township. Today he is a migrant worker at a cotton-processing factory in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province .

And he makes about 4,000 yuan (HK$4,807) a month, or roughly triple what his brother earns back in their hometown by planting one mu (one-fifteenth of a hectare) of rice, which takes months to harvest.

4 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

World heritage listing for picturesque West Lake

For centuries, the picturesque West Lake in Hangzhou has attracted scholars, artists, lovers and tourists and now, it has garnered worldwide attention as one of five sites newly added to Unesco's World Heritage List.

26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Hundreds stricken with tinfoil lead poisoning

Hundreds of people, including 103 children, in Zhejiang province have been poisoned in the latest heavy-metal pollution scandal on the mainland, according to state media.

13 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Alarm bells over fallen tycoon's fate

Rumour and speculation still abound concerning the fate of billionaire Wu Ying, sentenced to death in 2009 over a high-profile fraud case.

The fallen tycoon, 30, who illegally took 770 million yuan (HK$923 million) from investors, is waiting to see if she will receive a stay of execution after an appeal in April.

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

'Triple Plenty' crooked vice-mayor sentenced to death

A former vice-mayor of Zhejiang's capital, Hangzhou, was sentenced to death yesterday after being found guilty of taking bribes and embezzling funds to the value of 200 million yuan (HK$239 million), state media reported yesterday.

13 May 2011 - 12:00am

Listing pioneer Zhejiang Glass faces bankruptcy

Zhejiang Glass, the first privately owned mainland company to join the Hong Kong stock market, may be plunged into bankruptcy and sold off to state-owned enterprises under plans drawn up by a local government and state-backed banks.

18 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Fallen tycoon appeals against death sentence

Wu Ying - once one of the mainland's richest people and sentenced to death in 2009 in a high-profile fraud case - has appealed to a Zhejiang court against the ruling.

Zhang Yanfeng, Wu's defence lawyer, said he was hopeful that Wu would get a lighter punishment.

11 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Chaos on icy roads as temperatures plunge

Dozens of highways and other main roads were closed as blizzards caused havoc across the mainland.

At least nine highways, two national-level expressways and two provincial-level expressways in Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Liaoning, Anhui, Sichuan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang and Guangdong were blocked because of ice and snow, the Ministry of Transport website said.

18 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

City offers housing subsidy - but only the rich need apply

Hangzhou is in a fight with other mainland cities to hang on to its talented people, and desperate times call for desperate measures.

Part of its campaign involves offering housing subsidies - a policy that caused outrage when it was attempted in Shenzhen.

8 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Exporters run 'red line' as yuan strengthens

'Every time officials seem to hold a hard line on yuan, they are actually ready to give in,' Vera Wei, a Beijing-based furniture exporter to North America complained.

16 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Zhejiang mulls rail bridge for Hangzhou Bay

The Zhejiang government is considering the construction of a second Hangzhou Bay bridge for rail transport in a bid to forge closer ties between its industrial sector and the economic development of Shanghai.

2 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Elite treat top heritage sites as their own

It may be the People's Republic and its constitution may say that its natural resources belong to the masses, but that hasn't stopped China's elite from fencing off some of the prime scenic areas.

17 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

'UFOs' cause flight delays at Hangzhou

Flight delays may be commonplace in the country. But the airport in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, offered an unusual reason for traffic disruption on Wednesday night: it said planes had to be grounded because of 'suspected UFO activities'.

9 Jul 2010 - 12:00am