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8-Minute Virtual Video Ride on a Hong Kong Bus

Video footage that puts you in the front seat on the upper level of a double decker bus in Hong Kong. The trip takes you (with some gaps) from North Point, on the north side of Hong Kong Island, toward Stanley Bay, on the island's south side.

Latest Stock News from China

Shenzhen exchange explores stock pipeline with Hong Kong - China media
The Shenzhen stock exchange has submitted a plan to launch a programme letting it connect to Hong Kong's stock market like one planned for Shanghai, media reports said on Wednesday. Authorities in the southern Chinese city will promote the launch of a "through train" stock trading system similar to what is being launched between Hong Kong and Shanghai, the official China daily reported, quoting ...

Chinese stock funds are unexpected summer blockbuster
Surprise: One of the summer's hottest investments was also one of the most anxiety-inducing a few months earlier.

Alibaba profits up ahead of flotation
Profits at Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba have nearly tripled, latest filings reveal, ahead of the firm's planned US stock market debut later this year.

Chinese stock funds a surprising summer hit
Surprise: One of the summer's hottest investments was also one of the most anxiety-inducing a few months earlier.

US Investors Eye IPO for China's Alibaba
U.S. investors are preparing for Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's market debut next month, when it is expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange at a value of roughly $200 billion, potentially one of the largest initial public offerings, or IPOs, ever. Slated to go public in early September, Alibaba may become one of the most valuable companies in the world, with a market ...

Stock market dragged lower by mining shares
SUPERMARKET Morrisons enjoyed a positive session as the wider market was dragged lower by falling mining stocks and more worries over Ukraine.

Unexpected summer blockbuster: Chinese stock funds
Surprise: One of the summer's hottest investments was also one of the most anxiety-inducing a few months earlier. Dollars are pouring into China again despite worries about the country's slowing economic ...

Falling Housing Prices Are Causing Violent Protests in China
In a sign of growing public concern over fluctuations in the country’s housing market, homeowners in two Chinese cities gathered over the weekend to demonstrate against plans by property developers, an industry that has recently struggled to attract buyers, that would mean steep price cuts.

Chinese stock mutual funds have jumped this summer despite earlier worries
NEW YORK — Surprise: One of the summer's hottest investments was also one of the most anxiety-inducing a few months earlier. Dollars are pouring into China again despite worries about the country's slowing economic growth.

Two Chinese firms among potential bidders for STATS ChipPac
Two Chinese firms are among companies which have approached STATS ChipPAC Ltd about acquiring it, the Singapore provider of technology services said on Thursday. STATS ChipPAC, which has a market value of $1.2 billion and is majority owned by state investor Temasek Holdings [TEM.UL], identified Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology Co and Tianshui Huatian Technology Co as possible bidders ...


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