Tuesday, January 23, 2018

How a year-long luxury resort stay landed one Chinese man behind bars

How a year-long luxury resort stay landed one Chinese man behind bars

A court in southwestern China has detained a man for 15 days for abusing court officers over a case linked to an unpaid year-long stay at a luxury hotel resort, according to a Chinese media report. The man, a travel agent identified only as Li, and his wife moved into the unnamed resort in Kunming,…
What an ancient horse breed tells us about the ‘Chinese dream’

What an ancient horse breed tells us about the ‘Chinese dream’

An ancient breed of Asian horses that has long been the stuff of legend is gradually coming back to life in China, thanks to a billionaire’s persistence. Chen Zhifeng, founder and chairman of Yema Trading Group in Urumqi, has spent 2 billion yuan (US$312.2 million) since 2009 buying and breeding Akhal-teke horses, a national breed…
Passengers can now use phones in flight mode on several Chinese airlines

Passengers can now use phones in flight mode on several Chinese airlines

Several Chinese airlines have begun allowing passengers to use mobile phones in flight mode, as they can on many international carriers. Until Thursday, phones had to be completely switched off during any flight on a Chinese airline. Other portable electronic devices could be used in flight mode, while on planes with Wi-fi, passengers could access…
More than 100 yaks die after plunging into frozen Chinese river

More than 100 yaks die after plunging into frozen Chinese river

More than 100 yaks were killed after plunging into a frozen river in northwest China, according to Chinese media reports. A total of 107 yaks died after two herdsman were trying to herd 180 of the beasts across a river in Gade county in Qinghai province last week, China News Service reported. The animals killed…
Handsome policeman who was hero in rescue becomes Chinese heartthrob

Handsome policeman who was hero in rescue becomes Chinese heartthrob

Dozens of women and their parents have called a police station in China trying to organise dates with a handsome young police officer who saved the life of a woman threatening to jump from a high building. The calls were made to a station in Hangzhou in Zhejiang province to get contact details for Wang…
Three possible outcomes from East China Sea oil spill, according to Chinese scientists

Three possible outcomes from East China Sea oil spill, according to Chinese scientists

As the authorities battle to clean up toxic fuel leaking from the sunken wreckage of Iranian oil tanker Sanchi, scientists are looking at how the spill may affect the region and beyond. The vessel was carrying nearly one million barrels of ultralight, highly flammable crude oil when it collided with a freighter east of Shanghai…
Don’t let fake insurance policies stand in the way of a Chinese heartthrob’s true love

Don’t let fake insurance policies stand in the way of a Chinese heartthrob’s true...

China’s insurance watchdog has come out against the “love insurance” products sold online in the country, labelling them as “fake” policies. The mainland’s many such quirky online insurance policy peddlers do not have the authorisation to sell these products. Customers who buy such policies might make a certain amount, usually several times their initial payment,…
Hong Kong lecturer decries ‘political persecution’ after Polytechnic University lets him go over Chinese flag desecration

Hong Kong lecturer decries ‘political persecution’ after Polytechnic University lets him go over Chinese...

A Hong Kong localist lawmaker is set to lose his job as a university lecturer in disciplinary action over his court conviction for desecrating the Chinese and Hong Kong flags in the city’s legislature. Cheng Chung-tai, of pro-democracy party Civic Passion, on Friday said he had received notice that Polytechnic University would not renew his…
Behind US private-equity investors’ growing appetite for Chinese start-ups

Behind US private-equity investors’ growing appetite for Chinese start-ups

When Apax Partners’ billion-dollar Apax Digital fund last month led the US$60 million latest round of venture funding for five-year-old SoYoung Technology Co, a Beijing-based plastic surgery social network, it was the latest example of US private-equity investors’ voracious appetite for early-stage Chinese companies. Investment in China’s fast-growing technology sector is at its highest level…
Keep calm and carry on shopping for luxury goods, say Chinese millennials

Keep calm and carry on shopping for luxury goods, say Chinese millennials

While China’s economic growth is expected to slow down next year, at least one part of its population will not be worrying and plans to carry on shopping, especially for luxury goods, according to a recent survey. Around 70 per cent of millennial respondents of the survey, jointly conducted by consultancy KPMG and Mei.com, a…
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