Mainland stocks rose by the most in more than two weeks, led by automakers after the nation's vehicle sales surged the most in at least 10 years, and shipping lines on higher freight rates.
Platinum climbed to a 17-month high on optimism that vehicle demand in China will continue to grow as the country leads the recovery from the global recession.
The ChiNext went up on Tuesday as 40 of the 42 shares at China's start-up board for small and medium-sized enterprises gained.
Chinese stocks closed up Tuesday with the key Shanghai bourse index rising 1.91 percent.
China's approval of short sales and stock index futures paves the way for foreign investors to bet on a convergence in valuations between Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Boasting the most attractive global location for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to go public, Deutsche Boerse AG is eying China to recruit more members.
A new index designed to measure and monitor the performance of high growth Chinese small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) trading in stock exchanges outside the mainland has been launched.
Hong Kong stocks closed up 114.77 points, or 0.51 percent, at 22,411.52 on Monday.
The ChiNext went up on Monday as 25 of the 42 shares at China's start-up board for small and medium-sized enterprises gained.
Chinese equities closed mixed on Monday with the key Shanghai index edged up 0.52 percent.
Shanghai's burgeoning initial public offering (IPO) market is shaking Hong Kong's status as the world's fundraising king and will challenge the latter's role as China's international financial center as the country moves toward a convertible currency, market observers said.
The government on Friday gave the green light for stock index futures, margin trading and short selling in a milestone move that ends the one-way trade in the capital market.