housing market

Ghost Towns: No Place To Live If There’s No Work

Government efforts to urbanize China's population by building new towns are failing due to a lack of local jobs; one of the many newly constructed towns, Tieling, remains empty because residents cannot find employment: Urban...

Outspoken Singer Detained Over Explosion Remarks

AP reports that Wu Hongfei, singer for the Beijing-based rock outfit Happy Avenue (幸福大街), has been detained for comments that she posted on her Weibo account: Police have detained an activist singer who wrote that she wanted to...

Misused Funds In Government Construction Projects

Xinhua reports that a top auditor in China found that 5.8 billion yuan (US$943 million) for  low-income housing had been embezzled in the past year: The goal of the project construction was reached as governmentshave allocated...

“Affordable Housing” Numbers Don’t Quite Add Up

Reuters investigates Beijing’s progress in increasing the country’s supply of affordable accommodation: To gauge the status of the scheme, Reuters visited a dozen building sites in the dusty city of Shijiazhuang...

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