Beggars

Call for visa crackdown on bogus Buddhist monks

Bogus monks at Lan Kwai Fong

One police source familiar with a rising trend of bogus Buddhist monks visiting Hong Kong as "professional beggars" said they may be violating their three-month visitor visas.

Sunday, 24 February, 2013, 3:43pm 3 comments

Bogus monks' nightly pub crawl with begging bowls

A bogus Buddhist monk, an all-too-familiar sight in Hong Kong these days, holds out his begging bowl to a drinker in Lan Kwai Fong. An influx of 'monks' from the mainland on tourist visas has led to calls for tighter immigration rules. Photo: Paul Yeung

In Lan Kwai Fong on Friday, a monk dressed in an orange robe was seen begging for alms by tapping men on the shoulder. 

24 Feb 2013 - 5:02am 1 comment

China Digest, February 8, 2013

The former party secretary of Chaohu's civil affairs bureau was sentenced to 10½ years in jail for embezzling 100,000 yuan (HK$124,400) from village coffers in 2005, when he was party chief of Zhonghan town. 

8 Feb 2013 - 4:43am