The Wall Street Journal on Monday tweeted an astounding fact on the high cost of living in Hong Kong.
In Hong Kong, milk goes for about $10.22 a gallon and gas sells for about $8.10 a gallon. on.wsj.com/12htLAf 
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) March 4, 2013 
Among the top 10 cities for luxury living - including New York, Paris, London and Sydney - Hong Kong is the priciest, according to a wealth report .
Luxury two-bedroom apartments there typically sell for US$4.81 million. The cost of consumer products is also high, with milk going for about US$10.22 a gallon and gasoline selling for about US$8.10 a gallon, according to Knight Frank, a U.K.-based real-estate consultancy.
In New York, a typical luxury two-bedroom apartment sells for much less, US$2.135 million. And consumer goods in the survey are far cheaper, relative to Hong Kong.
But wealth is relative. Milk may cost more than gasoline, but infant milk formula in the city is less expensive than in the mainland.
That fact has driven up demand for the commodity as parallel-goods traders cross the Shenzhen-Hong Kong border to buy up milk powder for mainland mums sceptical of the quality of domestic products.
As such, baby formula is a precious commodity - “kept under lock and key”, the Los Angeles Times reports - as locals complain of a shortage.
The LA Times article  points out that the dispute boils down to local fears that Hong Kong is being swamped by “1.3 billion mainlanders, who are increasingly affluent and mobile”.
Heartbreak in historic city
The South China Morning Post splashed on the tragic accident in Luxor, Egypt, in which nine Hong Kong tourists were killed when a hot-air balloon burst into flames in the air. Ten other victims were from France, Japan, Britain, Hungary and Egypt.
Everyone's a critic
Hong Kong returned to international headlines later that week with Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah’s budget speech. A Wall Street Journal editorial  points out that the Hong Kong government has increased public expenditures since the handover in 1997, an indication that the territory is “abandoning its tradition of positive noninterventionism”, or a limited government.
Hong Kong journalist Philip Bowring, writing  for the Wall Street Journal, notes that Tsang’s budget lacks a coherent strategy, with one-off relief measures contradicting fiscal principles. Bowring targets handouts including the rent waiver and electric subsidy.
Both articles zero in on property prices as a major contribution to the government’s HK$64.9 billion budget surplus. But the New York Times also notes  that Hong Kong has low social spending and no military.
Haunted? Who knows
- Hong Kong’s abandoned television studios in Sha Tin , via Hong Wrong  blog
For the explorer
Conde Nast’s The Daily Traveler’s A to Z guide 
R is for reflexology
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- Canada’s golden immigrants from China remembered  Exhibit called “Who Am I? Bridging the Pacific from Guangdong to Barkerville and Back” opens in Hong Kong.
- Hong Kong prefers portable bank account number, survey finds 
- Urban density and landscape: creative solutions in Hong Kong  The Mid-Level escalators, a tourist attraction unto itself, remain a well-traversed commuter corridor with nearly 43,000 people a day.
- Truckers chafe in Hong Kong air row  City blames old trucks for 80 per cent of roadside pollution, the Wall Street Journal reports, but one trucker says “It’s unfair. Already our life isn’t easy.”
- Hong Kong is making its financial markets less transparent  The Economist on the row over the trade-off between directors’ privacy and the public good.
- In cramped Hong Kong, a home under the bridge  Group campaigns to build youth hostels, offices and temporary housing under flyovers.
Hong Kong police on field trial with body-worn video camera