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Artistic impressions

Hong Kong is a festival-loving city. From mooncakes to beer, literature to film, there is almost nothing not worth celebrating. And of course there is the Hong Kong Arts Festival, which has just unveiled the line-up for its 40th anniversary in January.

Sunday, 16 October, 2011, 12:00am


Rich must pay higher tax rate

Christine Loh Kung-wai ('Final polish', September 15) urges Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen to cut profits tax to 15 per cent in line with old promises.

It is hard to conceive of a measure that would do less to reverse his popularity slump. Hong Kong is already a de facto tax haven for tycoons and multinational companies.

21 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Discarded mooncakes can cover 25 ball courts

Hongkongers last year threw away enough mooncakes to cover 25 basketball courts, a survey by an environmental protection group found.

More than 2.12 million mooncakes were discarded last year, up 12 per cent from 2009.

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Mourners put celebrations on hold after tragic weeks

For the relatives of Wenzhou train crash victim Lin Xiao, there was little reason to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival yesterday.

13 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

A tradition under siege

Standing next to a 4.5-metre-long oven churning out caramel-coloured mooncakes stuffed with salted egg yolks and lotus seed paste, mooncake baker Tse Ching-yuen is feeling not only the heat of the kitchen but the hot air of inflation blowing from the north.

8 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Signature dish

The past few weeks have seen a steady stream of deliveries to my already crowded desk. If I'm away from the office for more than a day, my desk, chair and any nearby floor space are covered with bags - and a fruit-filled hamper or two - bearing the names of hotels and restaurants.

Yes, it's mooncake season once again.

8 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Howling at the mooncake

Who says mooncakes are boring and predictable? The variety of styles and fillings available these days means that whether you have a taste for chocolate, durian or the classic lotus seed paste and preserved egg yolk filling, there's sure to be a mooncake for you. Let's just hope you don't get too many.

1 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Crowds find appetite for bargains

Casually leaning against the wall, Ken Chen watches over two carts and several bags full of biscuits, frozen dumplings and seaweed. He is also waiting for his wife to return with more goods. Although she holds the purse strings in the household, she is now busy loosening them.

16 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Novel about friendship with a twist

A Year Without Autumn Liz Kessler Published by Orion ISBN 978 1 84255 586 6

Liz Kessler is a British author popular among young female readers for her series of Emily Windsnap and Philippa Fisher books. With A Year Without Autumn, she has made a brave move by adding a science-fiction twist to her latest youth novel which deals with women's isues.

26 Jul 2011 - 12:00am


Welfare system needs review

Recently it was reported that an amputee, Lee Shing-leung, had been refused a disability allowance. Having lost his right leg in an industrial accident, he was not able to earn money doing the manual work he had done before.

22 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

A special night with family

Today is Mid-Autumn Festival. Chinese people gather to have dinner with the entire family. Everyone goes to the dinner, even family members that have not shown up for a while.

22 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Dealing with a sea of Mid-Autumn Festival leftovers

With the Mid-Autumn Festival more than a week behind us, many people probably still have uneaten mooncakes at home.

A survey conducted by the environmental group Green Power found that each Hong Kong family threw away 1.25 uneaten mooncakes on average last year. If those cakes were piled up, they would tower 27 times higher than the IFC.

12 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Tragedy on a day of celebration

On eve of the Mid-Autumn Festival a tragedy occurred. Around 130 people were left homeless due to a fire in a Lai Chi Kok village. Their homes were all destroyed by the fire.

9 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Small firms stay put and pass the test of time

Tai Tung Bakery, founded during one of the darkest periods of Hong Kong's history, is still battling the odds.

No one expected the family-owned Yuen Long business, which was started during the Japanese occupation of the city in 1943 - a time when money was so useless that it was used to wrap the bakery's sweets - to survive.

28 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Raids bust gang stealing Maxim's mooncakes with fake coupons

A syndicate that produced fake Maxim's mooncake redemption coupons, used them and sold the mooncakes on the mainland was broken yesterday with the arrest of three leaders, police said.

The capture of three Hong Kong men came after the gang cheated 26 outlets of the bakery chain out of 500 boxes of mooncakes worth about HK$100,000 with the fake coupons early this month.

26 Sep 2009 - 12:00am