Property, sex, nudity and the MTR - the top 10 stories you liked most in 2016, and our own top 10 favourites

From haunted-flat bargains to nude hikers, daredevil Russian model to Hong Kong’s best local snacks: we round up some of our favourite lifestyle stories of the year, and the ones you liked most

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 December, 2016, 8:16am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 December, 2016, 8:16am

Torn between sharing a list of our favourite stories this year or yours, we decided to share both. Below are some of the top reads produced by our culture and lifestyle team in 2016. There’s food, bare bums, murder and property speculation on both lists, as well as some of those simple stories that remind us of Hong Kong’s true colours.

10 of our favourite SCMP.com lifestyle and culture stories this year

Why every Hong Kong MTR station is a different colour – the reason may surprise you

When Hong Kong’s mass transit railway lines were being built, it was decided the stations should be colourful – not just for looks, but because different colours would help travellers who couldn’t read identify stations.

Hong Kong point-and-view app that finds ‘haunted flat’ bargains

Inspired by Pokemon Go, Spacious.hk augmented reality app shows prices of flats in buildings you pass, including any where untimely deaths occurred, while Room3 uses virtual reality to show flats in comfort of your home.

Bare with us: Hong Kong’s nudists struggle for acceptance

Hong Kong’s nudists undress at the drop of a hat for aesthetic and leisure activities but they have trouble convincing Hong Kong’s prudish bureaucrats it is harmless enjoyment.

Mixed fortunes for Hong Kong rich kids: three stories from inside the gilded cage

Three rich kids make their case that, even though they don’t have to worry about making rent on a tiny flat or providing for ageing parents, they still have it tough. You decide whether or not to roll your eyes.

Why good sex is bad for older men’s health but great for older women

A conundrum for older couples: men over 57 who have sex once a week or more, and enjoy it, have a higher risk of heart attack, but women of the same age who have pleasurable sex have a reduced risk of hypertension.

Best of the best Hong Kong foods list: ultimate must try local dishes

So much food, so little time. These are the Hong Kong foods you just have to try.

A murder in Toronto and the dark side of the Asian immigrant dream

Jennifer Pan appeared to be the successful child of Chinese-Vietnamese refugee parents in Canada, but when her gilded story began to unravel she hired hitmen to kill them. Jeremy Grimaldi investigated how seemingly decent people can do dreadful things.

With the paedophile-hunters on the streets of Phnom Penh

For 13 years, an NGO’s investigators have tracked Western and Asian men who sexually exploit Cambodian children, turning dossiers over to authorities. Now it aims to step back and help police gather evidence against suspects.

Meet the 20-something women who are shaking up Hong Kong’s bar and restaurant scene

Young, determined and passionate about food – this entrepreneurial trio have turned their dreams of business ownership into reality.

Hong Kong’s 7 best wonton noodle restaurants

Eggy ribbon-shaped noodles, rich broth and wonton filled with shrimp and pork – it’s the ultimate combination for the city’s hungry hordes. We’ve tried seven places that serve this ubiquitous meal and found our favourite.

The 10 lifestyle and culture stories readers liked most in 2016, ranked in order:

1. Why every Hong Kong MTR station is a different colour – the reason may surprise you

2. Hong Kong point-and-view app that finds ‘haunted flat’ bargains

3. Ten areas in Hong Kong where rents rose or fell the most this year, and why

4. Hong Kong expats and locals leaving the island, seeking flats in West Kowloon, real estate data shows

5. Bare with us: Hong Kong’s nudists struggle for acceptance

6. Rooftop selfies: Russian model poses on top of some of the tallest structures in Hong Kong and China

7. Sex, fries and videotape: the bizarre food porn of S Korean web sensation Showry

8. Asia for nudists: the best places to bare it all on holiday

9. The Asian men who buy sex with Cambodian virgins

10. Rich mainland girl in the US flaunts her wealth on social media