Borders closed to apples and bananas
Travellers entering the mainland will find inspectors at the borders standing ready to confiscate any fresh fruit or vegetables they may be carrying. The new regulations that take effect today also ban edible bird's nests, except in cans, and all live animals except pet cats and dogs, which are limited to one per traveller. The rules are designed to bring China into line with international quarantine standards and protect "domestic agriculture from biological pollution".
Burberry opens amid controversy
British fashion brand Burberry opens the doors on its new Hong Kong flagship store at the Pacific Place mall in Admiralty. While another high-fashion outlet will please shopaholics, the growth of luxury brand stores has been accused of edging out local businesses. At Pacific Place, Burberry is taking over the former Lane Crawford store, setting off a chain reaction of relocations as the department store moved to the cheaper Causeway Centre nearby, pushing up rents.
UN hands over East Timor security duties
United Nations peacekeepers hand over responsibility for policing East Timor to the local government as they continue their withdrawal from Asia's youngest nation. The UN mission was sent into East Timor in 2006 after a violent political crisis in which dozens were killed and 15 per cent of its 1 million-strong population fled their homes. The last peacekeepers are due to leave by December 15.
Under-21s barred from casinos
A new law banning anyone under the age of 21 from working in or entering any of Macau's casinos comes into effect, leading to concerns about reduced job opportunities for the city's young people. The Macau government, which approved the law earlier this year, said the legislation was needed to stop people picking up the gambling habit at an early age.
Signs of hope in PMI survey
Economists expect an official mainland purchasing managers index survey to show that growth in the world's second-largest economy may be starting to pick up again. China recently said its economy grew just 7.4 per cent in the September quarter compared with a year earlier. It was the seventh quarterly slowdown in a row and its worst performance since the first three months of 2009.
Bootleg Beatles have a ticket to ride
The next best thing to the Fab Four is in town, in the shape of The Bootleg Beatles. The internationally acclaimed tribute act start a four-night stint at the Lyric Theatre at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts. The British-based band has been touring the world since the 1980s and played more than 4,000 shows, a longevity the original Beatles never achieved - they split up in 1970 after 10 years.