Mainlander attacks national flag

A 74-year-old man who had just arrived from the mainland pulled down the national flag flying in Golden Bauhinia Square yesterday and tried to set fire to it.

Saturday, 23 July, 2011, 12:00am

'Bauhinia Heroine' movie plan takes shape

Hong Kong's 'Bauhinia Heroine' - the masked crusader who came to media prominence by handing out cash to the needy - has inspired the next project for the maker of the hit 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy.

9 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Superwoman on a mission to fight poverty

She's the tai-tai with a heart of a gold, a love of Hong Kong 1960s cinema and, evidently, lots of cash to spare.

What we don't know, though, is her real name and where she gets all the money that she has been seen doling out to the city's poorest residents, handfuls at a time.

29 May 2011 - 12:00am

flower power

Stylised bauhinia flowers feature prominently on flags and public buildings all over Hong Kong. Deep purple and spectacular, the flower is sometimes referred to as the Hong Kong orchid

due to its shape. Blake's bauhinia, or Bauhinia blakeana, was adopted as Hong Kong's floral emblem in 1965 but has only be used extensively since 1997.

20 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

First Person

Lack of information on the abundance of flowers and trees in Hong Kong and southern China inspired botanist Rhona Baptiste, a teacher in Guangzhou and Beijing, to research and write her own book.

18 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Luke Ching Chin-wai: Two in One

Luke Ching Chin-wai: Two in One

Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre

Reviewed: June 16

19 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

A man for all seasons

Chang Hsin-kang, head of the City University of Hong Kong who will retire at the end of the month, started his career teaching in the US nearly four decades ago. A renowned biomedical engineering expert, he has been the president of the Biomedical Engineering Society in the US and is a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK.

28 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Gran's artistic talent blooms

Budding artist Chang Xiufeng, dubbed 'Grandma Van Gogh', presents her art work Bauhinia in Hong Kong to mark the 10th anniversary of the handover. The artistic talents of the illiterate 73-year-old grandmother from Henan province were unearthed when her son uploaded her style of drawing to a weblog three years ago. The drawing drew more than 80,000 hits in a month.

12 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Potent symbol for young generation

Since our government has been telling us to go forth and multiply in a bid to reverse an ageing population, we have often wondered why the bauhinia is still our city's flower.

22 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

More to the Bauhinia than meets the eye

You may be aware that the floral emblem of Hong Kong is the Bauhinia (more specifically the Hong Kong Orchid Tree, or Bauhinia Blakeana), but you may not realise the plant is a hybrid.

A leading tree expert in the city has published Bauhinia Trees - From Obscurity to Celebrity, which offers illuminating stories and botanical details about the beautiful genus.

19 Jul 2006 - 12:00am


'These Korean people are very mild and kind protesters and not violent people and so they surely did not deserve such treatment.'

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, responding to the acquittal of

farmer-protester Yun Il-kwon

'They spend their time drinking coffee, tea and alcohol with those who can speak English with them. They are absolutely clueless.'

1 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Socialite set for space journey

To boldly go where no Hongkonger has gone before?

Socialite Perveen Crawford, who became Hong Kong's first female pilot in 1995, is no stranger to pushing the limits. But in 2008 she hopes to go one further - carrying the Bauhinia flag beyond the final frontier.

19 Feb 2006 - 12:00am


Hong Kong racing driver Matthew Marsh says we made a good point in last week's column about the use of the Bauhinia flag on cars. His Noble Group-GruppeM Racing team did its homework before its Porsche GT3 RSR revved for the Le Mans Endurance Series.

8 Oct 2005 - 12:00am


Happy National Day It's not too late to get your patriotic show on the road, by flying the national or Hong Kong flags on your car. The truly patriotic car-spares shops will be closed today, a public holiday, but you might find a national flag or bauhinia sticker for your bumper in a Mongkok parts shop, or in the tourist alleys off Nathan Road.

1 Oct 2005 - 12:00am


Rough transit

I refer to the letter from an American citizen travelling to Hainan Island ('Rude immigration', October 14).

16 Oct 2003 - 12:00am