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Chinese-American backpacker tours China without a penny

Gu Yue tours China with no money. Photo: SCMP

Having spent much of the past decade roaming the globe as a backpacker, Chinese-American Gu Yue embarked on a three-month "travel-without-a-dime" tour of the mainland in September to learn more about the country where he was born and its people.

Sunday, 4 November, 2012, 4:31am

Montessori school told to leave Tin Hau campus

An international school could be kicked out of its campus in two years as a result of the government's plan to subsidise organisations to build hostels for young people.

The International Montessori School is on a site belonging to the Construction Association, which told the school last month it planned to build a youth hostel.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:20pm

Carry on camping!

It's summer - so you have no excuses for doing nothing. Now is the perfect time to organise a camping trip with your friends.

Young Post has done all your hard work: instead of searching online, page after page, for details about different campsites and checklists, we've found all the information you'll ever need.

Five of the best retreats

15 Aug 2012 - 11:05pm

Hydration packs

Gregory Wasatch 12

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Style meter


Sports luxe accessories

We are loving details such as mesh and piping.

Evenly bleached denim

This Phillip Lim top even transforms into a backpack.

Valentino red

Reworked with girlish glamour.


Overly fussy dresses

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Camping Gear

Arc'teryx Altra Pack

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Time to revamp land licensing

The administration of government land is a sensitive issue in Hong Kong. Inadequate supply, legacy issues and zoning restrictions mean land abuses are common. The situation in the New Territories is particularly serious due to slack enforcement and a low level of awareness of regulations. Outdated policies and red tape have aggravated the problem.

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

No place like roam

My youngest daughter went off to Year Five camp last week. She and her schoolmates went to Cheung Chau for five days, and it was hard to say goodbye. It brought home the notion that, while I have done my best to protect my daughters during their childhood, I will have to start letting them go. It also brought back memories of my own travels and journey of independence.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

It's a relief to get the weight off

Last week's section of our long walk from Mongolia to Hong Kong took us over the border from Inner Mongolia and into Shanxi province, where ridge-backed mountains roll across the landscape like huge breakers in an earthy sea.

27 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Budget hostels will help young workers

Young people setting out on their working lives will be helped to live away from home by a hostel scheme proposed in the policy address, home affairs officials said yesterday.

In last month's speech, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said the government would help NGOs build hostels on land allocated by the administration.

16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am


Hostels could help working youths

I agree with the proposal that providing hostels for single working youths can boost the motivation of people who live in relatively remote areas like Tin Shui Wai.

But it's true that such measures could increase some youngsters' dependence on government aid.

1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Young renters may have limited time in 'hostels'

Young, single people renting a home in the hostels proposed in the policy address may have to save money and move out in five years, the home affairs minister said yesterday.

15 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Backpacking star in fine spirits after European trip and happy to share his views on model forms

The One mall kicked off a week-long autumn-winter fashion preview featuring a string of brands and a different Taiwanese celebrity guest of honour each day.

1 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Panic buying of bottled water

The southwestern city of Mianyang is scrambling to dispatch water to hundreds of thousands of residents whose drinking water has been polluted by a factory's ore residue.

Grocery stores and shopping malls in the city in Sichuan province have been cleared out of bottled water after the government issued a notice on Tuesday warning against drinking tap water.

28 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

We must brush up our tourism act

Backpackers, budget travellers - call them what you will - can be found in every part of the world. Hong Kong, being a major gateway to China and Asia, would presumably be getting its fairer-than-usual share. But despite a global boom in the sector, we do not seem to be benefiting.

11 Jun 2011 - 12:00am