August 8, 2004 |
Zuo Kuanxun wrinkles his face in skepticism, and you can hardly blame him. A foreign visitor has appeared without warning to inform him that his great-great-great grandfather -- battlefield hero and crusher of rebellions against the imperial Qing court -- is renowned on restaurant menus across the sea. Gen. Zuo Zongtang, a hometown legend in his south-central province of China, was the fiercest of 19th century warriors.
February 4, 1990 |
An Israeli scientific academy will open an office in Beijing next month, establishing the Jewish state's first presence in the Chinese capital, an Israeli diplomatic source said Friday.
December 31, 1986 |
The Chinese capital is running out of water and will face acute shortages after 1990 unless drastic saving measures are implemented immediately, the official Beijing Review said Tuesday.
January 21, 1988 |
The Beijing government plans to make its 7 million cyclists pay for the privilege of pedaling around the Chinese capital in a bid to raise cash for schools. The official New China News Agency quoted Mayor Chen Xitong as saying that a tax on bicycles could bring in $8 million to be spent on improving education in the city.
June 4, 1986 |
Scorching 101-degree weather, Peking's hottest for early June since 1922, struck the Chinese capital this week, the official New China News Agency reported Tuesday. Temperatures climbed to 101 degrees in Peking on Monday as a freak hot airstream swept into northern China. The unusual heat is expected to continue for a few days.
December 23, 1990 |
Three men were executed in the Chinese capital Friday for murder, one for gassing his wife and son while they slept so that he could live with his lover, the Beijing Evening News said. Details of the crimes of the other two men were not given.
November 8, 1992 |
Rival Cambodian factions and the multinational brokers of their stalled peace plan held talks in Beijing on how to overcome intransigence by the Khmer Rouge guerrillas. But the Khmer Rouge group did not attend the talks because of the delayed arrival of its representatives in the Chinese capital, and there was no news of progress by day's end.
July 12, 1986 |
China's State Council has dropped Coca-Cola from state banquet menus and has named the locally bottled Heavenly Palace Cola to replace it, the official China Light Industry Newspaper reported Friday. Coca-Cola has been the standard soft drink served at state banquets and official gatherings in the Chinese capital since 1981, when production of the drink began here.
June 14, 2003 |
The World Health Organization lifted SARS warnings against travel to mainland China except Beijing, in a further sign the potentially fatal disease is being tamed. But the WHO kept up its call to avoid unnecessary trips to the Chinese capital and to Taiwan because of lingering worries about severe acute respiratory syndrome. The U.N. agency also expressed concern about Toronto after a visitor from North Carolina became infected.
August 12, 2004 |
Former James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore took aim at hotels and schools in the Chinese capital on Wednesday for turning away a group of AIDS orphans in town for a three-day summer camp. Now a UNICEF goodwill envoy who is visiting China to draw attention to the problems of children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS crisis, Moore said Beijing hotels, hostels and schools "should hang their heads in shame" for not helping the 72 children.