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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong must stand up to Egypt over probe into balloon crash

    Posted Mar 08th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com HK must stand up to the Egyptians Nine Hong Kong citizens died needlessly in the Luxor balloon crash, but Egyptian authorities say they don't need any foreign representative involved in their probe. This is worse than a snub; it's a blatant violation of international protocol and a lack of plain human decency. The Hong Kong government is at fault too ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Talking points

    Posted Mar 05th 2013, 12:00am

    ... of the Luxor balloon tragedy come home after identifying the bodies of the nine Hong Kong tourists who died in the tragedy. Ten family members, accompanied by a group of government officials, flew ...

  3. Comment - Blogs - TOURISM

    'I was here' Chinese carving on ancient Egyptian wall is decried on Weibo

    Posted May 26th 2013, 04:15pm by Ernest Kao

    ... Ernest Kao ernest.kao@scmp.com Etched into a 3,000-year-old clay wall of Luxor's most fabled temple is now a strange inscription that looks nothing like what an ancient Egyptian might ... Shen said on his Sina Weibo account. He said he apologised to the tour guide but still felt ashamed even after he was told it wasn’t his fault. Shen's photos of the vandalism at Luxor ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    An international body needed to fix ballooning problems

    Posted Jun 08th 2013, 12:00am

    ... tourist city of Luxor was the result of a gas leak that caused a mid-air fire. The pilot, who was arrested, and the manager of the balloon company, Sky Cruises, were found at fault. Egyptian operations have long been criticised for poor pilot training, low safety standards and a lack of oversight; the sport in the country was suspended in 2009 after a previous accident in Luxor ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHAT THE MAINLAND MEDIA SAY

    People's Daily's anti-American rant backfires as Chinese teen trashes ancient Egyptian temple

    Posted Jun 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Keith Zhai

    ... online of self-incriminating graffiti he left at the Temple of Luxor in Egypt. The teenager's act of vandalism - he scratched the words "Ding Jinhao was here" in Chinese characters ... to Ding Jinhao's graffiti at the Temple of Luxor. And it soon became apparent that his act was no isolated case - Sohu.com dedicated a full page to listing dozens of examples of shameful ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Microblog justice can be too harsh

    Posted May 30th 2013, 12:00am

    ... SCMP Editorial Microblog justice can be too harsh Tourists have been scrawling their names on noteworthy objects since the dawn of travel. Young mainland boy Ding Jinhao was following the well-worn, but unlawful, practice years ago when he scratched characters into a 3,500-year-old pillar while visiting a temple in the Egyptian city of Luxor with his parents. He got away ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Balloon tragedy holds painful lessons

    Posted Feb 28th 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... to see the Nile River and millennia-old sites of Luxor at dawn from a hot-air balloon is one few would have passed up. Those who could afford to signed up and boarded. There was little thought ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Moon park a heritage plan that's literally out of this world

    Posted Jul 13th 2013, 12:00am by Hari Kumar

    ... Hari Kumar hari.kumar@scmp.com A heritage plan that's out of this world Visitors to historical places indulging in activities that destroy the sanctity of the relics are a constant worry across the globe. The furore that erupted after Chinese graffiti was discovered on an artwork in Egypt's Temple of Luxor is still fresh in our memory. A teenager from Nanjing ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Talking points

    Posted Mar 11th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... 19 killed after their balloon caught fire during a sightseeing trip in Luxor. Hong Kong's Civil Aviation Department said Egyptian authorities had turned down its request to help ...

  10. Comment - Blogs

    In world's priciest luxury city, baby formula is most precious commodity

    Posted Mar 04th 2013, 10:47am by Hong Kong Around the World

    ... The total number of arrests had increased to 45 by Monday. Heartbreak in historic city The South China Morning Post splashed on the tragic accident in Luxor, Egypt, in which nine Hong Kong tourists ...




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