Life in the fast lane: “Some of the ‘fuerdai’ have a crush on the life of luxury ... they drive Bentley, Maserati, Porsche and so on”

When news broke online that Wang Sicong, son of Wang Jianlin, China’s richest man, had spent €350,000 in a single night at a karaoke bar in Beijing, (...)

Chelsea’s former Brazilian midfielder Ramires is to join Jiangsu Suning.  Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Transfer deadline day may have been fairly tame in England this year – Pep Guardiola’s bombshell move to Manchester City aside – but in China, the bus(...)

A file picture dated shows vehicles in front of the Qianmen Gate Tower during hazy day in Beijing, China. Photograph: EPA

The Chinese capital Beijing issued a “red alert” for air pollution on Friday morning, saying it was enacting for the second time the highest-level eme(...)

Beijing: China plans to link up the capital with the nearby city of Tianjin and the neighbouring province of Hebei into a city that will be as big as Uruguay and have a population of 100 million people. Photograph: Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

China’s urbanisation programme is the foundation on which the country’s economic boom has been built, and the reason why analysts are not too worried (...)

File photograph of Hebei where five people  have died in a shooting. Photograph:  Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Five people have died in a shooting in a village in China’s northern Hebei province, state media reported. Two police officers and the suspected gunma(...)

Beijing, China: data shows seven out of 10 cities with the dirtiest air are in Hebei province around the capital. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

It was a bad week for China in its efforts to control air pollution, after the mayor of Beijing described how smog had rendered the city “unliveable”(...)

Power plant in Xingtai, southern Hebei province, south of Beijing. Xingtai produces some 20 million metric tonnes of coal annually and is one of the world’s most polluted cities.  Photograph:  Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

Based on the most reliable air-pollution index in China, the country’s most polluted city is Xingtai, one of the oldest cities in northern China, w(...)

A man wears a mask in heavily polluted Beijing, in China; where 670,000 deaths occurred in 2012 from smog-related causes. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Lee

Pollution was back in the headlines ahead of this week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit, as the Chinese government scrambled to clea(...)

Mounted gardaí on duty yesterday on day two of the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska , Co Laois. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Another record was broken at the National Ploughing Championships today when it attracted its largest ever crowd of 124,500 people and got the seal of(...)

A woman (C) wearing a mask stands besides her bicycle as vehicles stop at a traffic junction on a busy street amid thick haze in Beijing: companies that specialise in making vehicle emissions cleaner are rushing to take advantage of Beijing’s war on pollution. Photograph:  Barry Huang/Reuters

It has been more than a week since the last heavy pollution, with occasional rainstorms keeping the smog at bay, and it is easy to forget the pollutio(...)