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Plain Sailing


Zhuhai becomes yachting centre in China

By Mark O’Neill in Zhuhai

In June, one of the world’s most famous makers of luxury yachts signed an agreement to invest more than three billion yuan to build its Asia-Pacific headquarters on Hengqin island. It will include a marketing and service centre, a yacht club, a navigation school and annual yacht exhibition.

The More

One College, Two Campuses


Macao University opens new campus on neighbouring island

By Ou Nian-le

The University of Macau, the oldest higher education institution in the former Portuguese enclave, began a move to a spacious new site 20 times the size of its previous campus on 20 July, turning a new page in the development of tertiary education in Macao. The new campus More

Mass Painting


Entrepreneur turns oil paintings into global industry in Shenzhen

By Mark O’Neill

Zhang Wenmin sits at his desk with a big smile on his face, surrounded by his paintings. The cheapest ones sell for just 15 yuan and the most expensive for tens of thousands.

“One day I did ten Baltic Sea pictures. I lined them up together and, while More

Standing Tall


Towers that fuse Chinese and Western architecture win UNESCO award

By Louise do Rosario

A picture of Fang Yun-wen, dressed in a smart Western suit with a waistcoat, greets visitors to his imposing six-storey home in Kaiping in western Guangdong. Next to his picture are photographs of his three wives – a local lady, a Chinese-American from New York More

The Oriental Mecca


Foreign believers revive Islam in Guangzhou

By Louise do Rosario

It is midday on Friday outside a modest green building in Guangzhou that houses the body of the first Muslim missionary to China, who arrived in AD 650.

The faithful queue up to pay their respects – Pakistanis, Hui Chinese with small, trim beards, Africans with More

International circus lifts curtain on China’s Orlando


By Mark O’Neill

On 20 November, 3,000 spectators will crowd into a brand new auditorium in Hengqin in Zhuhai for China’s first international circus festival, featuring 120 performers and 60 animals from 18 countries.

The curtain will rise not only on a circus to be held every day of the year but also China’s most More