Chongqing Halts Red Theme Park Plan

As Mickey Mouse and Hello Kitty prepare to fight for visitors outside Shanghai, plans for a Communist Party theme park in Chongqing have fallen apart. From China Daily: The park, which was planned to occupy more than 128...

Photos: Ray of Sunlight

Southern Weekend covers the bedspace apartments, or cage homes, in Hong Kong. Translated by CDT: In the summer of 2009, the air was heavy. Only the creaking of the fan could be heard. The sour stench of urine mixed with the...

China Addresses Care for Increasingly Aging Population

Like many countries, China faces the demographic issue of an increasing aging population that is living longer.  11% of the Chinese population (153 million people) are age 60 or over, and this demographic is expected to increase...

Wind Knocked out of China’s Housing Prices

From Economic Observer Online: In the post-Olympic era, a wave of price cuts for real estate appeared to have swept across major cities in China, which earlier this year was still a property hotspot. Property developers in...

New Measures To Ensure Affordable Housing – Hu Yinan

From China Daily: National guidelines on economically affordable housing were released on Friday night along with new State measures on housing for low-income families, which come into effect on Saturday. Economically affordable houses ought to be around 60 sq m per unit, said the guidelines jointly released by the Ministry of Construction, the National Development […]

Shanghai Cracking Down on Group-Rentals – Guangzhou Daily

Chinese are a hard working people. But faced with skyrocketing housing prices, Chinese also have to think hard how to live cheap, such as refugee-like group rentals (Áæ§Áßü) in Shanghai. Translated from Guangzhou Daily: In Shanghai, the average new-apartment price has gone up from 8,818 yuan per square meter in August 2006 to 10,280 yuan […]

Slideshow: The Longtang Project – theshanghaieye

Amidst China’s rush to modernity, some hidden neighborhoods in Shanghai, yet untouched by urbanization, embody a sense of history and nostalgia. From theshanghaieye via Flickr: Ever wonder why most Chinese don’t have any concept of personal space? The answer to this riddle is hidden at home. Take a peek at one of the numerous Longtangs […]

Michael Wolf: 100 x 100 – Jonah Samson

From Cool Hunting blog: Shek Kip Mei Estate, Hong Kong’s oldest public housing estate, is composed of 100 rooms, each closet-like in size at only 100 square feet and built in response to a devastating fire in the 1950s that left thousands homeless. In a new series of photographs called “100 x 100,” Michael Wolf […]

No Place to Call Home – The Economist

From The Economist: In a narrow alleyway in Liguanzhuang village, residents idle away a hot afternoon near a stinking rubbish dump, worrying about when the bulldozers will come. To prepare for the Olympic Games next year, Beijing’s authorities are removing such eyesores. Old villages surrounded by the expanding city are being demolished. With them goes […]

Ownership or Housing Right? РLui Qiu Luwei (闾丘露薇)

Lui Qiu Luwei (Èóæ‰∏òÈú≤Ëñá), a Hong Kong journalist/blogger wrote a post about China’s property market. Hegel Chong translated on his Reading China blog: Today I attended a conference. I agree with the view of one of the scholars on China’s problem of property market. He pointed out a crucial issue. Now our aim is to […]

Nailing Down a Setttlement – Simon Elegant

From The China Blog – TIME: My colleague in the Time Beijing bureau Jodi Xu writes: the media frenzy over the Chongqing “nail house” has highlighted similar cases in other parts of China, and may ultimately encourage other homeowners to also dig in their heels. A similar case in Shanghai (see picture below) ended a […]

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