Mid-air drama, expat brats and travel taboos: top stories of 2015 from the culture and lifestyle pages (part 1)

What are readers of SCMP.com’s Lifestyle pages really interested in? Is it sex, controversy, weight loss tips, deeper social issues or all of the above that capture your imagination? Watch this space as we count down to our most read article of the year

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 December, 2015, 7:45am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 December, 2015, 10:45am

As the year draws to a close and we gear up for 2016, we’ve decided to celebrate 12 months of your support by remembering your favourite culture and lifestyle stories (or in some cases, the ones that got your hackles up). Each week from now until the end of the year we’ll be looking at five of our top 15 stories, based on the number of times they were viewed online. Our countdown starts with the stories that ranked from 15-11 on the popularity charts.

15. Pilots reveal death-defying ordeal as engines failed on approach to Chek Lap Kok

When both of Flight CX780’s engines failed on approach to Chek Lap Kok, tragedy looked certain to its pilots, who hadn’t trained for such an emergency. However, outstanding airmanship led to a safe – if not smooth – landing for the 322 people on board. Here, for the first time, the unsung fliers talk publicly about their death-defying ordeal

14. Travel taboos: how not to be an obnoxious tourist - wherever you’re from

This was definitely the year of the naked selfie. While it’s the Chinese tourists that often make headlines, a closer looks reveals that bad behaviour is truly a global phenomenon

13. Expat brats: the sad by-products of colonial Hong Kong society

Third-culture kids in colonial Hong Kong had too much privilege and not enough emotional stability, according to this column by Jason Wordie - which struck such a nerve with our readers that we published a response from ‘expat brats’ themselves

12. ‘I made out with 40 girls’: Meet the Kim Jong-un impersonator who scored big at the Sevens

A finance employee’s drunken antics dressed as the North Korean despot made waves online and in the stands at Hong Kong Stadium

11. Jurassic World - dinosaurs return, bigger than ever

Our review of the fourth instalment in the Jurassic Park series, a 3D spectacle with lively characters and plenty of humour