People shopping at the new Costco store in Shenzhen, China.

Rise of warehouse stores in China as consumers opt for low-cost bulk buying

Warehouse stores were the preferred shopping format for Chinese consumers during the pandemic due to the vast space ideal for social distancing and the low cost for bulk items needed to reduce the number of trips outside. However, even with the end of the pandemic, this consumer trend remains. Lianhe Zaobao journalist Daryl Lim looks into the matter.
The flags of the US and China fly from a lamppost in the Chinatown neighbourhood of Boston, Massachusetts, US, on 1 November 2021. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

How the weakening of major powers affects the world

Chinese academic Xiang Lanxin believes that over the past few years, not only have the relationships between the major powers deteriorated, but these powers are also becoming weaker in different ways. How will such changes impact the world and the powers?
Apartment blocks are pictured in Beijing, China, on 16 December 2017. (Jason Lee/Reuters)

Real estate sector in China’s first-tier cities still in a slump

The real estate sector in China’s first-tier cities such as Beijing and Shanghai has recorded declining performance since the pandemic, with a full rebound still nowhere to be seen. Given the usual lag in the effectiveness of policies after implementation, will the real estate market see a silver lining ahead? Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing tells us more.
A shot of The Colorful Community.

[Video] End of pandemic: What now for China’s makeshift quarantine facilities?

Despite its end, the pandemic in China has left behind some issues, in particular the makeshift quarantine facilities that cost the government millions of RMB to build. While some have been converted to residential apartments, these temporary structures could be on the road to a pricey demolition. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Wong Siew Fong takes a closer look at one of these quarantine-turned-housing facilities.
A couple poses with their marriage certificate during a photo shooting session on a snowy day in Beijing, China, on 11 December 2023. (Tingshu Wang/Reuters)

[Big read] Young people in China unwilling to settle, not inclined to marry

Even as Chinese parents and the Chinese government are encouraging — and pressuring — young people to get married and have children, an increasing number of young people are more aware of themselves and what they want to get out of relationships, and are saying no to simply getting married for the sake of it.
A shot of people entering PKU in 2005. (Apple Daily) 

A Peking University professor’s movement to break down walls

Peking University professor Li Zhi recently made the news for getting chased down by campus security after refusing to submit to facial scans and going over the turnstiles at the university. Lianhe Zaobao’s China Desk looks into the professor’s call to break down the walls — literal and figurative — around academic grounds.
People taking photos at the Jubilee Bridge overlooking the CBD/Raffles Place financial district on 1 March 2023. (SPH Media)

Singapore’s role as a neutral interpreter of China to the West

Professor Walter Woon says that Singapore’s close relationship with both the West and China gives it a unique advantage as a more neutral interpreter of China for the Western world. The country is also well-placed to help reduce tensions between the US and China.
Healthcare workers in protective gear give residents their Covid-19 tests in Shanghai, China, on 10 July 2022. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)

China reinstating the health code to combat respiratory disease?

Following a recent spike in respiratory illness in China, people in some areas have found that the green codes on their long-dormant health code apps have been reactivated, prompting speculation that this particular measure from the pandemic days might be coming back, and also reviving memories of the painful days of lockdown.
Children and their parents wait at an outpatient area at a children's hospital in Beijing, China, on 23 November 2023. (Jade Gao/AFP)

Packed children’s hospitals in Beijing reflects China's social conditions

Academic Zhang Tiankan notes that crowded children’s hospitals in Beijing actually reflect social conditions, such as mindsets towards hospital treatment being the best and also the stressful education system, as children do their homework even while hooked up to IV drips. In many cases, rushing to the hospital as an immediate response could do more harm than good and be a great drain on public resources.