Swift subway rescue efforts urged

Leaders demand action amid charge builder ignored warning signs

Tuesday, 18 November, 2008, 12:00am

Downturn taking spark out of business, says lighter tycoon

Sitting in a spacious office about the size of an average Hong Kong flat, Zhou Dahu , the mainland's most well-known maker of lighters, looked tired and distracted.

13 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Boom town official in Parisian mystery

A municipal Communist Party official from the boom town of Wenzhou has gone walkabout in Paris in a drama that looks increasingly like a defection.

22 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Deputy mayor held over alleged bribery

A deputy mayor of Shaoxing , Zhejiang province , has been arrested for allegedly taking bribes for favours in land deals, mainland media reported yesterday.

11 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Gold medallist showed determination as polio-ravaged child

Gold medal winner Du Jianping was unlucky to be struck with a disease that paralysed him from an early age, but he found fortune in a persistent mother who raised him to become a talented swimmer.

Born into a poor village family in Jinhua , Zhejiang province , Du caught polio when he was five months old, leaving him paralysed and only able to move his head.

8 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Detours: Moganshan

The true pleasures of Moganshan lie under the peaceful canopy of the bamboo forest. Don't be surprised to see iridescent caterpillars, giant beetles and multicoloured butterflies in the groves. Pass by quaint villas and hike far down into the valley to Sword Pond Waterfall where you'll find vendors selling knick-knacks, ice cream and cold drinks.

6 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Tracking the torch

From May until the Games open in August, the Olympic torch is travelling from hand to hand through China. As it reaches each new province, this page will feature an in-depth profile, with relevant interviews, on the day it arrives in the province.

Today: Jilin

What is the torch route?

14 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Wenzhou lenders seek to legalise 60b yuan capital

Underground lenders controlling an estimated 60 billion yuan (HK$68.62 billion) of capital in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, are grabbing the chance to become legal operators, hoping to win an equal footing with banks and better serve companies with tight money supply.

14 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Marksman kills knife-wielding hostage-taker

Police in Guizhou province shot dead a knife-wielding man who took a woman hostage on a city bus and then demanded guns and 1 million yuan (HK$1.13 million) in cash, a spokesman for the Guiyang police bureau said yesterday.

20 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Thousands stranded as trains cancelled

Thousands of quake victims trying to flee Sichuan were stranded at Chengdu's main railway station after at least 11 trains were cancelled yesterday.

A woman in her 50s with her 76-year-old father and her three-year-old great-niece searched for hours to get tickets to Jiangsu but failed.

23 May 2008 - 12:00am

Businesses buffeted as 'waste land' plots its shift to hi-tech future

In the workshops of Duhao Leather Products in Baixiang township, in the port city of Wenzhou , Zhejiang , hundreds of employees are making belts.

17 May 2008 - 12:00am

Zhejiang factfile


Population: 50.6m

GDP up 14.5 per cent year on year to Zhejiang factfile:1.86tr yuan


17 May 2008 - 12:00am

A good egg

After much public grumbling about elitism and costly tickets, Beijing's National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) is finally honouring its pledge to be a force for good.

4 May 2008 - 12:00am

Engineering veteran lauds bridge project

Hangzhou Bay span called a tribute to Chinese construction prowess, innovation

When he first saw the construction site for the Hangzhou Bay Bridge in 2002, chief engineer Lin Guoxiong thought the project would be impossible.

Six years later, he is justifiably proud of the world's longest trans-oceanic bridge.

14 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Nearby cities worry about economic impact

Not everyone is happy about the Hangzhou Bay Bridge.

While the Ningbo city government is snapping up prime-time commercial slots on China Central Television to advertise the opening of the bridge, nearby cities fear they may lose out as the flow of business and investment is redirected.

14 Apr 2008 - 12:00am