In April, about $5 million (€4.5 million) was removed from a Ryanair account by electronic transfer via a Chinese bank. The Criminal Assets Bureau in Dublin was asked to assist in its recovery via counterpart agencies in Asia, and the authorities were able to track down the funds, which were reportedly returned. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

Perhaps it’s the slowing economy, but there has been a rash of reports of high-profile bank scams taking place in China recently. While oversight is i(...)

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(...)

Waves  hit  the sea shore in Wenling in east China’s Zhejiang province as Typhoon  Chan-Hom makes landfall. Photograph: EPA

Nearly one million people have been forced to flee as Typhoon Chan-hom hit the Chinese coast south of Shanghai with winds of up to 160km/h. Hundreds o(...)

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(...)

Unfinished apartment blocks in China: ghost cities are becoming emblematic of the slowdown hitting the real estate market in China. Photograph: Reuters

Ghost estates were one of the hallmarks of the property downturn in Ireland; in China, ghost cities are becoming emblematic of the slowdown hitting th(...)

 China’s real estate investment rose 16.8 percent in first three months of 2014 from a year earlier, and revenues from property sales dropped an annual 5.2 per cent, the National Bureau of Statistics said.

The slowdown in China’s real estate market was evident in the recent Q1 data, prompting a few people to ask: has China’s property bubble alread(...)

Worries that China is facing a “Lehman-style” financial crisis have been dismissed. Photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP

One of the more startling headlines in our inbox this week was “Why China is not facing a Lehman moment” atop a piece of research by UBS analys(...)

Consular assistance is being provided to the family of an Irish man who has died in Jiaxing in eastern China. Image: Google Maps.  Chinese police have confirmed the death of Galway man Robert McHale and said the 23-year-old English teacher’s family was due in Jiaxing. Image: Google Maps.

Consular assistance is being provided to the family of an Irish man who has died in China. The man has been named locally as Robert McHa(...)

Broken shoes on a hill in Wenzhou: the city was hard hit by 2011’s credit crunch. photograph: qilai shen/bloomberg

On the surface it sounds sinister, a world of shadow banking and underground lending which has sown confusion across the country, especially i(...)

Take 3: futuristic hotels

Miura Hotel, Celadna, Czech Republic Miura.cz Giant figures by sculptor David Cerny lean against and sit on this sleek hotel giving the sharp, (...)