On October 12, the CCP Central Committee adopted the Chinese Communist Party Standards on...
by Sophie Beach | Aug 18, 2010
Dan Washburn, among others, has written about the social, environmental and economic implications of the increasing popularity of golf in China. Far West China blog now looks at elite golf courses that are popping up in...
by Sophie Beach | Apr 25, 2010
In the Guardian, Jonathan Watts writes about the recent craze for building golf course on protected land in Hainan: On the park’s map, the course is inside the core conservation zone, which is supposed to be off-limits to...
by Sophie Beach | Dec 7, 2008
According to MarketWatch, another sign of a shrinking Chinese economy is the rising number of unemployed golf caddies: In recent weeks, China has gone from optimism it could escape the global slowdown to a realization its export...
by Sophie Beach | May 6, 2007
From the Washington Post: Golf was once banned by Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong, who saw it as a decadent and elitist game. But golf has become the latest fashion among wealthy Chinese — a way to exercise and, more important, a way to affirm one’s status. In the past 20 years, more than 200 […]
by Sophia Cao | Jan 1, 2007
From China.org: Because of the grass quality, golf courses require several times more water than normally used. And to keep the grass up to golfing standards, pesticides and other chemical preparations are used heavily on it. Relevant statistics show that over 50 chemical preparations are applied to golf course grass a year. And some seep […]
by Xiao Qiang | Nov 10, 2006
From Financial Times: A few weeks ago, some young Chinese women wearing identical red uniforms were walking across the countryside near Beijing. It was a fine afternoon but a bitter north wind whipped across from the mountains in the distance and they looked cold as they paused every few yards to listen to a man […]
by Michael Zhao | Oct 28, 2006
A China News Agency article via sina.com quoted Beijing University President Xu Zhihong saying that a plan to build a golf practice field the size of a soccer field was suspended, due to a outpouring of criticism over the Internet. The project was razzed by Chinese netizens, who criticized the plan as catering to luxurious […]
by Xiao Qiang | Oct 17, 2006
From BBC News: Golf lessons are going to be made compulsory for some students at one Chinese university, reports say. The president of Xiamen University in south-east China was quoted as saying it would help produce “socially elite people with the best education”. Golf, once frowned upon by China’s Communist Party, is now enjoyed by […]
by Sophie Beach | Apr 24, 2005
From the Times: Thirty-five miles north of Beijing, the capital, the opulent Pine Valley Golf Resort and Country Club is in a spectacular setting. Surrounded by mountains, there are places on the course where it is possible to view the Great Wall snaking its way up the precipitous slopes. But most obvious for all to […]
by Sophie Beach | May 6, 2004
China now ranks fifth in the world for number of golf courses, but the country’s golfing craze is causing a myriad of problems, including destruction of crucial farmland, lost revenue, and encouragement of a corrupt lifestyle. Some even call golf “green opium”. Asia Times writes: Many investors jumped into the market in search of cheap […]
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