SCMP.com's top 10 videos of 2012
SCMP.com's video team put us on the map this year when we collected a gong at the Asian Digital Media Awards for footage accompanying the Neighbourhood Sounds series. More readers than ever are watching and sharing our videos which cover everything from news to entertainment.
Here, we look at the top 10 most viewed news videos of 2012.
Ding ping-kwan, 62, told how he was at Na ga wan on Lamma island on October 1, 2012, the night of the ferry tragedy that saw 38 people die. He told SCMP.com how he had witnessed the rescue mission shortly after Sea Smooth and the Lamma IV collided in waters off Yung Shue Wan. "It was a very chaotic time," he said. "I watched for 20 minutes after the accident happened and the ferry sank very slowly."
Flight attendants of Hong Kong's flagship airline kept passengers on tenterhooks as they entered into a dispute with airline bosses over their annual pay increase. Management had offered a 2% rise, citing rising fuel costs, whereas staff were asking for 5%. Finally, in late December both sides reached an agreement. Here, Cathay Pacific staff demonstrate on December 3 over the pay increase.
Lucas "Skibs" Scibetta, a young Hong Kong rapper, ruffled feathers in September when his controversial music video has sparked a debate about the life of privileged expat children in a city with one of the world's biggest income gaps. The title track, Hong Kong Kids, comes with a video that attracted more than 35,000 views on YouTube.
Flags flew at half mast across Hong Kong, marking the start of three days’ mourning for the 38 people killed in the ferry disaster. A boat owned by Hongkong Electric carrying more than 100 staff workers and their family members collided with a ferry in waters off Lamma Island at about 8.23pm on October 1, 2012.
Thousands of university students in Hong Kong skipped classes to protest against national education. Waving banners and Chinese national flags, participants chanted "support national education" and "give us back the right to learn" as they marched from Victoria Park in Causeway Bay to government headquarters in Admiralty. The organisers, Caring Hong Kong Power, said there were 1,000 participants, but police estimated the turnout was about 600.
A concert by musicians of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra raised HK$575,000 for Kenzo Wilson, an 11-year-old boy who is battling leukaemia and lung complication after a bone marrow transplant. More than 600 people packed the University of Hong Kong's Loke Yew Hall for the concert to help the Japanese-British boy, whose father formerly played cello with the orchestra and whose mother plays viola with it.
Property developer Cecil Chao Sze-tsung, 76, whose life seems to have been inspired more by emulating Casanova than nurturing his business interests, turned out to have a very traditional view of marriage after all. In September, he set himself on a collision course with his openly gay daughter, socialite Gigi Chao, 33, by offering HK$500 million to any man who can win her heart and become his son-in-law.
The release from jail of a triad boss known as "Broken Tooth" in December fuelled speculation that the Chinese gambling playground of Macau could be on the verge of a return to the vicious gang violence of its colonial past. In this interview criminology professor Jianhong Liu revealed how the situation has much improved since the violence of the 1990s.
James Bond, Super Mario Bros characters, the Simpsons and even London's Big Ben put in an appearance at the annual sedan chair race on The Peak in October. And passers-by probably thought Halloween had arrived early as a group of wizards, witches and six-pack ancient Greek warriors showed off their costumes at the fundraising event that started and ended at the Matilda International Hospital.
Rush of shoppers on October 1 in Hong Kong
The wave of deep-pocketed mainland shoppers that normally hits Hong Kong for a holiday shopping spree may be more of a trickle than a flood, with popular shopping areas around the city, particularly Times Square less thronged than usual this year.