Nine-year scam under nose of justice ministry

For nine years, Zhang Ningquan was the picture of an efficient court investigator. From a bureau headquarters in Beijing, he oversaw branches in seven provinces, with men in police uniforms using 'official' cars.

Friday, 7 May, 2010, 12:00am

Lessons from the cult that sprang up around a tramp

For every action there is a reaction. Conformity, the worship of money and ostentatious displays of wealth on the mainland have provoked a critical underground counterculture that celebrates individualism, eccentricities and the unconventional.

25 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Hangzhou chief removed from post

The party secretary of Hangzhou, who once famously compared the eastern city to Dubai, has been removed from his post amid a wave of personnel reshuffles in the run-up to the annual meeting of the National People's Congress.

21 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

'Temporary rape' pair given longer jail terms

A court in Huzhou , Zhejiang province , has amended the sentences of two auxiliary police officers convicted of raping two young women after a previous ruling sparked a nationwide outcry.

3 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Violence erupts again at Ikea store

Protesters clashed with police and security guards outside Shanghai's Ikea superstore again yesterday as violence escalated.

One female protester was injured in scuffles early yesterday morning, and a man suffered a blow to the head in a second escalation around lunchtime. The protesters said they had been attacked by security guards who refused to let them inside.

22 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Hangzhou learns tough lesson in market realities after chasing Dubai 'miracle'

One is a city-state in the Arabian desert where they build islands in the sea; the other is a boom city on the shores of a picturesque lake on mainland China's east coast, famous for producing tea.

19 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

100b yuan fake-invoice ring smashed in Guangzhou

Police in Guangzhou said they had smashed a network that produced and distributed fake invoices with a face value of about 100 billion yuan (HK$113.7 billion).

20 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Shanghainese flock to the races as nation marks Dragon Boat Festival

Holidaying Shanghainese flocked in their thousands to Suzhou Creek yesterday for the city's sixth annual dragon-boat races.

They crammed along the banks, crowded onto bridges and even perched precariously on flood dykes to catch a glimpse of the action as 36 teams paddled it out in four divisions.

29 May 2009 - 12:00am

Two more cases confirmed on the mainland, taking total to 11

Mainland health authorities confirmed two new cases of swine flu yesterday, bringing to 11 the number of people infected with the H1N1 virus.

The 10th case was a student at a university in New York who flew back to his hometown Wenzhou , Zhejiang , via Shanghai on Friday, according to the Ministry of Health.

26 May 2009 - 12:00am

Zhejiang appoints Beijing official to replace dismissed director of anti-corruption body

The Zhejiang provincial government has appointed a little-known Beijing official to head its anti-graft body following the high-profile dismissal of the previous director on corruption charges.

14 May 2009 - 12:00am

Public anger at fatal accident

Hangzhou police have attempted to soothe public anger over the death of a pedestrian at the hands of a wealthy driver by vowing to handle the case according to the letter of the law.

13 May 2009 - 12:00am

Zhejiang farmers given approval to lease out agricultural land

Farmers in Zhejiang can now lease their allocated plots of land to other farmers simply by signing a government-endorsed leasing contract - a move that could generate up to 1.3 trillion yuan (HK$1.47 trillion) in capital in the province's rich countryside.

18 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Tax official punished for molesting girl, 12

A taxation official who allegedly molested a 12-year-old girl in a restaurant has been disciplined by local authorities - in a scandal reminiscent of an incident in Shenzhen a month ago that caused a national outcry.

15 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

West Lake buildings to be cut in size for shot at heritage status

Tall buildings around the famed West Lake in Hangzhou , including luxury hotels, will have to be cut in size to preserve the area's natural beauty and have the historic scenic spot listed as a Unesco world heritage site.

12 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Wenzhou looks back in wonder at time it could do no wrong

Wenzhou in Zhejiang province is full of contradictions: most of the city looks old and backward, but its dusty roads are jammed with luxury cars.

Its residents like telling visitors that their Audis and the BMWs are for everyday use. The city's rich businessmen prefer to keep their Rolls-Royces and Bentleys in the garage.

2 Dec 2008 - 12:00am