Once-tranquil towns being transformed by major shopping malls for tourists

Residents in the New Territories have expressed frustration over what they see as the transformation of their communities into major shopping districts, with malls increasingly geared towards the surging number of tourists flooding into the city.

Monday, 27 January, 2014, 9:10am 6 comments

Lily Chiang fails in final appeal bid against conviction in HK$3 million scam


Businesswoman Lily Chiang Lai-lei has failed to take to the top court an appeal against her conviction over a HK$3 million share-option scam for which she was jailed three-and-a-half years.

27 Jan 2014 - 4:07pm 1 comment More on Lily Chiang Lai-Lei

Private hospitals to set out cost of treatment in advance under new law

Private hospitals and doctors would have to tell patients the likely cost of their treatment in advance under a law the government plans to introduce this year. This would help patients to better estimate their medical bills and make comparisons between providers, and reduce disputes.

27 Jan 2014 - 9:39am 7 comments

Jailing of activist Xu Zhiyong 'breaks reform promise'


A Beijing court's sentencing of activist Xu Zhiyong to four years in jail undermined President Xi Jinping's pledge to fight corruption and reform the justice system, legal experts and rights groups said.

27 Jan 2014 - 12:02pm 6 comments

Air in Sham Shui Po so polluted it's unsafe: green group

Residents in more than half of Sham Shui Po breathe in more pollutants than the World Health Organisation deems safe and government figures are not showing the real picture, an environmental concern group says.

27 Jan 2014 - 2:33pm 6 comments

Jade Rabbit moon rover may be beyond repair, state media hints

Scientists may not be able to repair China's lunar rover, Jade Rabbit, that has broken down on the surface of the moon, a report on state media suggested. The report from Xinhua, written as if it sent by the rover itself, said the problems could prove insoluble.

27 Jan 2014 - 4:22am 2 comments More on Jade Rabbit lunar rover

Land row heats up over 'illegal' water sports hub in Sai Kung park


The Lands Department is monitoring an alleged unauthorised development in a pristine enclave of a Sai Kung country park, following complaints from local residents.

27 Jan 2014 - 10:10am 4 comments

JPMorgan, Credit Suisse among 10 banks to join Shuanghui IPO syndicate


Shuanghui International, China’s biggest pork producer which acquired Smithfield Foods for US$4.7 billion last year, has added another 10 underwriting banks to the syndicate for its ongoing US$5 billion Hong Kong initial public offering, according to people familiar w

27 Jan 2014 - 2:44pm More on Shuanghui International

Could Zhuhai's new Ocean Kingdom create a market for imported killer whales?

25 Jan 2014 - 11:12pm 2 comments

Second employer arrested for allegedly hitting maid 'for not working fast enough'

27 Jan 2014 - 11:48am

Toy guns with 'Diaoyu Islands are China's territory' on sale to Hong Kong children

27 Jan 2014 - 12:06pm

Hong Kong babies 'being sent to tutors at the age of 15 months'

27 Jan 2014 - 9:13am 8 comments

Ministers' hands tied over public nomination because Beijing has final say: Carrie Lam

27 Jan 2014 - 4:30am 4 comments

Accountant who claimed retired policeman attacked him at rally calls for appeal

27 Jan 2014 - 9:24am

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A China investor's lessons from 2013

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New security commission to be led by top three in Communist Party

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24 Jan 2014
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24 Jan 2014 7 comments
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24 Jan 2014

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24 Jan 2014

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23 Jan 2014 5 comments

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22 Jan 2014 2 comments



A China investor's lessons from 2013


Just before the Year of the Snake ends, the market is roiled by a dramatic sell-off across the globe.

27 Jan 2014 - 3:44pm

Shareholders on alert over poor corporate earnings of 100 Hong Kong companies

Shareholders have been put on alert over poor corporate earnings for last year, with a rash of warnings from Hong Kong-listed companies underscoring challenges as the mainland economy remains mired in its weakest growth in 14 years.

27 Jan 2014 - 9:17am



Cifi sets ambitious target for growth

Cifi chairman Lin Zhong believes there is only one way his company can go up against the giants of the mainland property industry: get big, and soon.

27 Jan 2014 - 2:29am

Compromise as Minnesota Orchestra's labour dispute ends

After 15 months of an acrimonious labour dispute that cost the Minnesota Orchestra an entire season and a host of musicians, including its music director, Osmo Vanska, the orchestra will resume concerts next month.

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Hong Kong's vegetarian and healthy eating restaurants are slowly winning fans

Hong Kong Vegetarian Society founder Dr Simon Chau is the impossibly youthful, 66-year-old poster child for the city's raw food movement. Among the claimed benefits of his diet are looking even younger every year, a brain that works at turbo speed and an overall feeling of total contentment.

24 Jan 2014 - 7:07pm More on LIFE

Nosh's pastry chef offers French classics with a Japanese twist

24 Jan 2014

Slovenian winemakers seek apostles to spread the word on best labels

24 Jan 2014

Nasa's Opportunity chalks up10 years roving Mars surface

A decade after landing on Mars, the rover Opportunity is still chugging along. Sure, it has some wear and tear. One of its six wheels and two instruments stopped working long ago. It has an arthritic joint. Its flash memory occasionally suffers a senior moment. But these problems are considered minor for a journey that was supposed to be just a three-month adventure.

26 Jan 2014 - 4:53am

In praise of the low-tech

26 Jan 2014

Google Glass app allows you to see what your partner sees during sex

26 Jan 2014 4 comments



Jose Mourinho plays down Manchester City match-up after seeing off Stoke City in FA Cup

Jose Mourinho got something of a bittersweet birthday present when his Chelsea side beat Stoke City 1-0 in the FA Cup fourth round at Stamford Bridge on Sunday – and were then drawn to play at Manchester City.

27 Jan 2014 - 10:21am


Could Zhuhai's new Ocean Kingdom create a market for imported killer whales?

As one of China's biggest theme parks opens its doors in Zhuhai, conservationists fear killer whales may soon be put on show there, opening the floodgates on demand for orcas around the country, writes Simon Parry.

25 Jan 2014 - 11:12pm 2 comments

Imperfectly perfect: Kate Moss at 40

Most models can only dream of a 25-year career but Kate Moss, who turned 40 this month, shows no sign of relinquishing her position as fashion's No1 femme fatale. Imogen Fox reports.

25 Jan 2014 - 11:47pm

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