Chinese industrialist Li Jinyuan  brought 6,400 of his employees on holiday to France in May – a trip that cost more than €13million – where they formed a record-breaking ‘longest human phrase’, reading ‘Tiens’ dream is Nice in the Côte d’Azur’. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

It starts with a pennant flag held aloft by a scarily enthusiastic twenty-something tour guide, skilled in speaking high-tempo Mandarin without pau(...)

Rescuers right the cruise ship Dong Fang Zhi Xing which capsized in the Yangtze River. The death toll of the accident is expected to be over 400. The starboard side of the Eastern Star, which capsized late Monday in bad weather, was visible above the water. Photograph: Yuan Zheng/EPA 1:23

Emergency workers were hoisting the Eastern Star from the Yangtze River on Friday after righting it early in the day, as the grim search for bodies i(...)

The Jin Mao Tower and the World Financial Centre of Shanghai: the city is home to more than 50,000 of China’s super-rich, as is the case in Beijing and the provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shandong and Sichuan. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

China, the world’s second-largest economy, may not be growing as quickly as it was a couple of years ago but its number of super-rich keeps rising s(...)

Enjoy a classic Beijing specialty at Duck de Chine.  Photograph: Adam Dean/The New York Times
Weekend in . . . Beijing
  • Travel
  • March 21, 2015, 01:30

It seems like only yesterday that Beijing had its much-ballyhooed “coming out” party – the 2008 Summer Olympics – but things don’t slow down much i(...)

China has formally arrested former security czar Zhou Yongkang, pictured above in a 2012 file photograph, and expelled him from the Communist Party, making him the highest ranking official yet to be investigated for corruption. Photograph: Reuters

China has formally arrested former security czar Zhou Yongkang and expelled him from the Communist Party, making him the highest ranking official yet (...)

A labourer works atop the Shanghai Tower in the financial district, which is the world’s second-largest skyscraper and the latest addition to the city’s famous skyline. Photograph: Reuters

Not far from the grey-bricked street where the Chinese Communist Party held its inaugural meeting in 1921, there is a Langham boutique hotel, a Tiffan(...)

Enda Winters: now works for Beijing’s premier craft brewer, Great Leap Brewing

Chinese beer is pretty good, and is about the best thing you can drink with Chinese food – pairing wine is difficult – but increasingly the country’s (...)

Newborn giant panda triplets, which were born to giant panda Juxiao, inside an incubator at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters 1:34

China has announced the birth of extremely rare panda triplets in a further success for the country’s artificial breeding programme.The three cubs wer(...)

The Electric Picnic takes place between Friday, August 29th and Sunday, August 31st at Stradbally, Co Laois. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Electric Picnic fans have been invited to participate in a five-star meal at this year’s festival in a fundraising event in aid of suicide prevention.(...)

A paramilitary policeman carries a baby in his arms after an earthquake hit Ludian county of Zhaotong, Yunnan province today. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

A strong earthquake in southern China’s Yunnan province has toppled thousands of homes, killing at least 367 people and injuring more than 1,800.About(...)