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An Oktoberfest survival guide

An Oktoberfest survival guide

The biggest German party of the year is only a few days away. Oktoberfest is celebrated - oddly, mostly in September - not only in Munich, where the festival was inaugurated just over 200 years ago, but in cities with expatriate German communities all over the world.

Thursday, 20 September, 2012, 12:37pm

Manufacturers warned against overexpansion

Carmakers were warned against overexpanding their capacities and dealerships as the number of dealers reporting shrinking profits or even losses was rising.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Raise a stein to celebrate Oktoberfest

From the German-themed beer displays in the city's 7-Eleven stores to traditional festivities at the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, local enthusiasm for Oktoberfest is hard to escape.

What began as a wedding celebration in a Bavarian city 200 years ago, has gone on to inspire a season of parties around the world, with Hong Kong joining the fun since the early 1990s.

3 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Full of Surprises

TO THE uninitiated, Munich seems an unlikely fashion centre. Fiercely traditional and more famous for beer than brands, it's hard to equate it with more glamorous European names such as Paris or Milan. But to stroll further afield than Oktoberfest is to discover an interesting mix of global design giants and local artisans.

9 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

e-pal germany

Connecting with teens around the world

Name Maria Magdalena Tamara Holzhammer

Age 16

City Passau

Star sign Gemini

23 Mar 2008 - 12:00am


Gearing up for the Olympics

The Collectors Car Club of Hong Kong (below) celebrated the 200-day countdown to the Olympic Games with a 25-car display at the Anchor Street Football Ground and then drove for 20 minutes around neighbouring Tai Kok Tsui. 'We encountered a lot of happy faces and welcome hands along the streets,' says the club's spokeswoman, Connie Lau.

26 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Election exposes Germany's east-west divide

Disillusioned voters are pinning hopes on new socialist party

Fifteen years after reunification, Germany has been plunged into a bitter election campaign exposing simmering resentments and a widening rift between the two halves of the country.

22 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Nurses should be kind, caring and educated

The letters from Arthur van Langenberg ('Graduate nurse trouble', March 14) and Mary Thompson ('Good nurses go jobless', March 17) make a number of assertions that cannot go unchallenged. For example, where is the evidence that hospital-trained nurses are better versed in practical nursing than graduate nurses?

23 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Tempted by a Teutonic tempo? Tell us and win

Following the recent success of the Mexican-themed Music Beyond Borders concert brought to you by RTHK last month, music lovers now have the opportunity to enjoy the latest musical offerings from Germany and Austria.

8 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Halloween and lederhosen? Now that's scary

It was hard to pick which was scarier - the Halloween masks or the leather shorts.

One young bystander was reduced to tears by the sight of ghosts, goblins and German musicians, as the Marco Polo Hongkong's wandering Bierfest/Halloween promotion oompahed its way onto the Star Ferry yesterday.

31 Oct 2003 - 12:00am