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  1. Business - Comment - MR. SHANGKONG

    CAAC making name over flight delays

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 04:26am by George Chen

    ... George Chen george.chen@scmp.com Frustrated travellers call the mainland aviation regulator Chinese Airlines Always Cancel CAAC making name over flight delays Did you know the mainland's aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), has a nickname given by frustrated travellers? To them, CAAC stands for "Chinese Airlines Always Cancel". ...

  2. Business - Comment - MR. SHANGKONG

    Global business best done in person- or you may regret it

    Posted May 19th 2014, 03:22am by George Chen

    ... with London, Dubai, India and Singapore, and sometimes with New York too, depending on where my supervisors were travelling. When senior executives in New York or London want to do conference calls ...

  3. Business - Comment - MR. SHANGKONG

    Asia's World City still has a few unique gifts, if you look hard

    Posted Dec 24th 2012, 12:00am by George Chen

    ... the mainland travel to Hong Kong, they often ask me what they should buy as souvenirs for their friends. What they really want is something memorable that won't be found elsewhere. I always ... for travellers. Many local people often shop there for themselves. Hong Kong is also well known for many historic members-only social clubs, including the Foreign Correspondents' Club (FCC) ...

  4. Business - Comment - MR. SHANGKONG

    Sochi Games brings back memories, but let's move on

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 04:31am by George Chen

    ... shopping strip but Putonghua was yet to become a required language for salespeople in luxury stores. Now, it is a different story, as American and Chinese travellers can tell you. This brings ... On arrival, one executive was stopped by a visa control officer and was asked the basic questions encountered by all travellers to America: "Why are you coming to America? What is the purpose ...

  5. Business - Banking & Finance - MR. SHANGKONG

    Shanghai's lofty goals a flight of fancy if key issues not fixed

    Posted Dec 09th 2013, 04:50am by George Chen

    ... I went from an Asia Society forum in Tokyo where I was recognised as one of its young leaders and met many peers from the rest of the world. Talking of travel, I guess no travellers like to see their flights delayed or cancelled. Last week, many travellers heading for Pudong International Airport, one of the world's busiest, were told they could not land there and must be diverted ...

  6. Business - Banking & Finance - MR. SHANGKONG

    Will the dealmakers go to Shanghai's financial centre?

    Posted Oct 07th 2013, 12:00am by George Chen

    ... George Chen george.chen@scmp.com International financial executives will need good reasons to travel to Shanghai, with Beijing already a more important destination for them ... in the financial industry, especially in the investment banking and private equity sectors, you may agree with me that there is not much need to travel to Shanghai from Hong Kong, London, or New York, ...

  7. Comment - Blogs - MR. SHANGKONG

    Avian visitor curries favour with Hong Kong

    Posted May 07th 2013, 11:11am by George Chen

    ... for the local economy. It’s also helping to attract the tourist dollar. In local travel forums online in Shanghai and Beijing, commentaries abound on how to organise a so-called “duck view group trip” before the show finishes in early June in Hong Kong. Travellers come to see the duck, but have to spend money at local hotels and shops. Travel agencies have already identified the unique ...

  8. Business - Comment - MR. SHANGKONG

    Luxury brands and high rents threaten old Hong Kong's character

    Posted Sep 09th 2013, 12:00am by George Chen

    ... the building was wrapped up in a cover with a huge RL logo on it, shocking some of its neighbours, including my family. I like Ralph Lauren's polo shirts and travel bags, but when I first saw ...

  9. Business - Comment - MR. SHANGKONG

    Shopping is good but ensure it does not become paradise lost

    Posted Dec 03rd 2012, 12:00am by George Chen

    ... realise at that time was that the city was on the cusp of an economic boom that would be partly driven by mainland travellers who came to Hong Kong to do their shopping. In July the following year, the Hong Kong government launched its pioneering "individual visit scheme" to allow mainland travellers from major cities such as Shanghai and Beijing to visit the former British ...

  10. Business - China Business - MR. SHANGKONG

    Hotlines spring up for China VIPs to buy luxury goods amid anti-graft drive

    Posted Jul 22nd 2013, 12:00am by George Chen

    ... their best to avoid visiting the luxury goods shops in Tsim Sha Tsui when they travel to Hong Kong, for example. Instead, they call VIP hotlines and whatever they want can be delivered to their hotel ...




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