Zhujiang New Town

Guangzhou urban villagers defend homes

Yao Qijiu stands in Tan, the last urban village in Zhujiang New Town. More than 20 villagers are fighting to keep their homes. Photo: Mimi Lau

With eight centuries of history, Tan is the last urban village left in Guangzhou's Zhujiang New Town, a prime site filled with high-end office buildings. Like the 137 other urban villages in Guangzhou, old Tan is gradually being reduced to concrete rubble by the wreckers' ball.

Wednesday, 24 April, 2013, 6:07pm

Residents of Guangzhou new town's last urban village battle against eviction

Most of Tan village is buried under concrete rubble. There is no telephone line, internet access or street lights. Photo: Mimi Lau

Angry Guangzhou natives in the ramshackle village of Tan, the last urban village left standing in the posh Zhujiang New Town, have stepped up their fight in court this week to protect their ancient homes. Four families from Tan appeared before the Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court on Wednesday, trying to get their eviction orders overturned. And more than 200 people showed up from Tan and other urban villages that are seeing forced evictions without what the residents consider fair compensation.

24 Apr 2013 - 6:13pm 2 comments


Business travellers to Guangdong's capital have a new option with the opening in October of the Guangzhou International Finance Centre (GZIFC).

At 103 storeys, the 432-metre construction on the main axis of the Pearl River New City is among the 10 tallest buildings in the world and true to its chosen title - the 'Standing City'.

11 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Pearl River Tower to give tenants green image

The futuristic 71-storey Pearl River Tower now rising 310 metres into the skyline above Guangdong will offer tenants 'green' credentials and an address that aims to become known as the world's most environmentally friendly office building when it opens next year.

16 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Guangzhou Investment eyes office tower rents

Guangzhou Investment, the listed investment arm of the city government, aims to boost recurrent income to 50 per cent of total income with contributions from the soon to be completed Guangzhou International Finance Centre.

1 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Evergrande, Trump eye Guangzhou tower

Guangzhou-based Evergrande Real Estate Group has teamed up with developer Donald Trump of the United States and a Hong Kong-based fund to bid on developing a landmark office tower in Guangzhou, sources said.

The consortium will vie for the development rights of the East Tower, one of the Guangzhou Twin Tower projects in the Zhujiang New Town financial centre.

27 Feb 2008 - 12:00am