housing

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...

Hong Kong to Subsidise Housing after Public Anger

The recent boom in Hong Kong housing prices led to the discontent and frustration of many families. The government now plans to make thousands of homes available to lower income families by reinstating a revision of a housing...

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 […]

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