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Hong Kong and Macau Doctors Allowed to Open Private Clinics on Mainland    < 2008-02-03 >

The Ministry of Health has recently issued a circular on the implementation of Supplement IV to the Mainland-Hong Kong and Mainland-Macau Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) with regard to medical services. According to this circular, qualified Hong Kong and Macau service providers who are holders of the mainland Certificate of Practising Physician (for clinical treatment, traditional Chinese medicine and oral care) may apply to open private clinics in mainland cities after 1 Janua

Fuzhou to issue expert certificates to Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan experts    < 2014-05-11 >

HKTDC has learned from the Office for the Management of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Experts in Fuzhou that as China's first integrated experimental zone for attracting talents, Fuzhou will soon be issuing its first batch of expert certificates to experts from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan who plan to engage in innovation and business start-up in the city. Six experts will be issued the Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan expert certificate in this first round, including two from Taiwan and four from Hon

Shanghai FTZ lifts small-amount foreign currency deposit rates cap    < 2014-05-10 >

On 26 February, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) Shanghai headquarters held a policy briefing meeting announcing that starting from 1 March interest rate ceilings on small-amount foreign currency deposits in the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ) are to be removed.  Upon liberalising interest rate ceilings, the pilot zone becomes the first mover in China in fully marketising interest rates on foreign currency deposits, taking the lead in setting interest rates in the course of marke

Promulgation of arbitration rules for Shanghai free trade zone    < 2014-05-16 >

The Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (Shanghai International Arbitration Centre) has earlier promulgated the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Arbitration Rules , which will take effect on 1 May 2014. According to Tu Guangshao, deputy mayor of Shanghai, the Arbitration Rules will enhance the professional and international standards of commercial arbitration at the pilot zone, and represent a significant step towards creating an international business env

Shanghai FTZ opens to foreign investment in value-added telecom services    < 2014-05-29 >

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) recently issued the Administrative Measures for the Investment in and Operation of Value-added Telecommunications Services by Foreign Businesses in the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone .  The move signals China’s effort to facilitate the integration of relevant polices and carry out the pilot scheme effectively in accordance with the State Council’s decision on temporarily adjusting the administrative rules of the China (Shangh

Polluters face stoppage under new environmental protection law    < 2014-05-29 >

The revised Environmental Protection Law adopted by the Standing Committee of the 12th National People's Congress at its eighth session on 24 April will empower the Ministry of Environmental Protection to order enterprises that discharged pollutants in excess of standards and gross volume to limit or suspend production for rectification. The new legislation will take effect on 1 January 2015. The following environmental monitoring and control measures are included in the revised Environment

Auto Trade-in Subsidies Extended to End-2010    < 2010-08-03 >

The Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Environmental Protection jointly announced in a notice issued not long ago that the policy of auto trade-in subsidies has been extended from 31 May to 31 December 2010. The notice stated that China has decided to extend the implementation of this policy to speed up the phasing out of old vehicles and so-called “yellow-label vehicles,” promote energy conservation, emission reduction and resource utilisation, and develop the circular

Draft rules on free return of family car products    < 2011-10-03 >

According to the Rules on Repair, Replacement and Return Liabilities for Family Car Products (Draft) released by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), consumers can ask for the free return of their family cars should there be serious safety failures arising out of quality problems. The AQSIQ is planning to hold legislative hearing on the proposed rules in late October this year. According to the draft rules, within 30 days of making the purchas

Subsidy threshold for energy-saving vehicles raised in October    < 2011-10-03 >

The reform on the policy of subsidising energy-saving vehicles has been finalised at long last. As disclosed by Xiang Dihai, director of the Economic Construction Department of the Ministry of Finance at the 2011 International Forum on China's Automotive Industry Development recently held in Tianjin, the subsidy will remain unchanged at Rmb3,000 per car under the new rules, but the threshold has been raised. The fuel consumption standard of qualifying vehicles will be raised from 6.9 litres to

Xian Encourages Niche Tourism and Animation Industry    < 2008-05-03 >

According to the Guiding Catalogue of Industry in Xian City (2008 version) published by Xian, niche tourism, animation and comics industry, functional robots, energy saving products, ecological and environmental protection, and convention and exhibition industry have been newly listed under the encouraged category. Under the newly amended 2008 version of the guiding catalogue of industry in Xian, there are a total of 855 items grouped under the encouraged, restricted and eliminated categori

Chongqing to Impose Heavier Penalty for Damaging Scenic Spots    < 2008-08-03 >

According to the Chongqing municipal bureau of landscape and forestry, under the new Regulations of Chongqing on Scenic Spots and Historic Sites implemented on 1 August 2008, heavier penalty will be imposed on offenders who damage these resources. The new regulation stipulates harsh sentences against damages made to scenic spots and historic sites, such as building convalescent homes without prior authorisation, seizing public green plots for personal use, making films against regulations a

Real Identity Needed for Overnight Stays at Massage Parlours    < 2008-08-03 >

As announced by Guangzhou's Public Security Bureau, people wanting to stay overnight in sauna and massage parlours must reveal their real identity. Clients staying in these venues between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. are required to show their ID and complete accommodation registration formalities. Pursuant to the Measures for the Control of Security in the Hotel Industry and other relevant regulations, Guangzhou's Public Security Bureau, Industry and Commerce Administration Bureau and Public Health B

Shenzhen's Longgang Plans Ski Resort Using LNG Cryogenic Energy    < 2008-10-03 >

Building a ski resort in subtropical Shenzhen seems to be an impossible dream, but this dream may come true in the next few years. Shenzhen's Longgang district plans to use cryogenic energy generated by the Guangdong liquefied petroleum gas (LNG) project to build a large ski resort on Dapeng Peninsula. The project is now seeking Hong Kong investment. A delegation from Hong Kong's New World Group inspected the "Icy World" project in Dapeng, Longgang, on 9 September. After studying the overal

Better Shopping Protection under Guangzhou's New Tourism Rules    < 2008-11-03 >

The Tourism Regulations of Guangzhou recently passed by the city will come into effect on 1 December 2008. Under the new rules, industry players will face greater risks but the rights and interests of travel agents and consumers will be better balanced. The new rules were adopted with an aim to address disputes arising from the purchase of counterfeited or inferior goods by tourists who are often arranged or even compelled by tour guides to shop at various venues in recent years. The regula

Guangdong Takes Lead to Launch National Leisure Programme    < 2009-01-03 >

One of the measures discussed at the Central Economic Work Conference for boosting economic development was to build national pilots for comprehensive tourism reform. Relevant decisions will soon be announced and the system of paid leave will be enforced. Guangdong is taking the lead to draw up relevant plans. Gist of the programme: Build Guangdong into a national pilot for comprehensive tourism reform. Actively promote the paid leave system. Travel agencies may be commission

Access Threshold Lowered for Inbound Tourism Market    < 2009-05-03 >

The Regulations on Travel Agencies due to go into force on 1 May this year have made an across-the-board revision of the former Administrative Regulations on Travel Agencies. The new legislation will give Hong Kong tour operators new opportunities to expand their business. It is understood that the Regulations on Travel Agencies have unified the access thresholds for operators of domestic and inbound travel services. After obtaining an operation permit, travel agencies are allowed to provid

Colour-Coded Travel Alert System to Launch in October    < 2009-08-03 >

Tourist safety will soon be given statutory protection in China. According to China's National Tourism Administration, views are being collected on the Measures for Protecting Tourist Safety (Draft) which are scheduled to take effect in October. As stated in the Measures, China will establish a travel alert dissemination system based on four colours: red, orange, yellow and blue. Each member of an outbound tour group will be given a safety guarantee card with their personal information writ

Number of Jin Jiang Inn Hotels to Top 1,000    < 2010-05-03 >

In a major expansion drive, Jin Jiang Inn plans to open over 100 new hotels this year, which may include hotels acquired from other economy hotel brands. Hit by the financial crisis last year, Jin Jiang Inn has seen signs of gradual recovery starting April and May last year. Business has since grown at a normal pace, and occupancy rate recently has outperformed that in the same period last year. Up to the end of February this year, Jin Jiang Inn has signed agreements with 428 hotels, of which

Private Investment Encouraged in Tourism    < 2010-09-03 >

The State Council published Several Opinions on Encouraging and Guiding the Healthy Development of Private Investment earlier this year. The State Council General Office recently issued another document further clarifying the specific tasks of various central and local governments in encouraging and guiding the healthy development of private investment. More than 20 departments, including the National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Finance, are charged w

Hainan scores handsome sales of duty-free goods    < 2012-05-03 >

The domestic duty-free policy has been tried out in Hainan for a year now. According to Haikou Customs statistics, over 900,000 tourists left Hainan with about 2.9 million pieces of duty-free goods worth more than Rmb1.8 billion as of 15 April this year. Daily turnover amounted to about Rmb5 million. This figure actually exceeds the annual turnover of the Sanya Downtown Duty-Free Shop before the implementation of the domestic duty-free policy.  Highest daily turnover exceeds Rmb10 million  

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