China defends forex strategy

China, the No 1 holder of US debts, has defended its overseas investments, with the country's foreign exchange regulator claiming it made money from its outbound assets every year over the past eight years.

Tuesday, 1 May, 2012, 12:00am

Experts agree, teenager Guan set for greatness

Guan Tianlang is destined for greatness. His parents know it, mainland golf knows it and now the world knows it.

The 13-year-old missed the cut at the US$3 million Volvo China Open yesterday, but created a buzz by becoming the youngest player to qualify for a European Tour event.

21 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Chinese boy, 13, to take on Euro pros

Thirteen-year-old world junior champion Guan Tianlang will make history next week at the Volvo China Open in Tianjin when he becomes the youngest player ever to compete in a European Tour event.

Guangzhou-born Guan is expected to add to that remarkable feat at the Australian Open and the Australian Masters later this year, although qualifying is still taking place.

14 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

The many faces of the Goddess of Mercy

Guan Yin descends from the heavens on a lotus flower. In a white robe, the Goddess of Mercy is surrounded by a soft, golden light. She dips a sprig of willow in a vase and sprinkles holy water from home to home.

13 May 2011 - 12:00am

Blade to order

The director-scriptwriter duo Alan Mak Siu-fai and Felix Chong Man-keung made their names with crime thrillers such as Infernal Affairs and Overheard.

While these movies brought them awards galore and fame aplenty, they also shaped what financiers and film-goers expect from them.

14 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Masterpieces in chocolate

Chocolate is not just a tasty treat: it can also be used to create art. Koo Ka-chun, executive chef of Vero Chocolates, and a master chocolate sculptor, is exhibiting some of his artistic creations made from the treat.

9 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Photographic preservation in Xi Guan

On August 8, 80 teenage photographers visited Xi Guan, a historic area of Guangzhou famous for its old streets and distinctive architecture.

1 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Newspaper stands by detained reporter

The employer of a Beijing-based journalist arrested by Hebei police during an investigation in Shanxi province has vowed to stand by its employee and criticised police's handling of the case.

17 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Ancient rituals distorted in materialistic age, expert says

Hongkongers who line up for 'loans' from the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin, or ask old ladies to beat paper effigies of their enemies with shoes are distorting the true meanings of two ancient rituals, according to an expert on local customs.

9 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Sisters and buddhas

IMAGES OF THE female bodhisattva Guanyin aren't unusual in Hong Kong. Revered by Buddhists and Taoists alike, representations of the merciful and compassionate figure often turn up in vegetarian restaurants and in Buddhist pamphlets about food, among other places.

7 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Seekers of good fortune flock to borrow from goddess

The economy may be recovering, but the Goddess of Mercy remains as popular as ever for those seeking their fortune.

About 35,000 worshippers prayed to the goddess for monetary rewards during the Guanyin Treasury-Opening Festival over the weekend. About 3,000 people queued outside the Guanyin Temple at Hunghom to wait for it to open at 11pm on Saturday.

7 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

The Performance

The Performance

Meeting with Vajrasattva

31 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Top Ten

Tattoos requested from Ricky Tattoo in Wan Chai in 2000 (all from $400)

1 Dragon 2 Tiger

3 Hawk

4 Phoenix

5 Snake

6 Leopard

7 Guan Di (Warrior God)

8 Monkey King

9 Na Zha (Child God)

10 American Indian patterns

21 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Honouring tradition

Chinese Opera Extravaganza: This Arts Festival production is a showcase of Beijing, Kun and Cantonese operas, with all-star casts. All the performances feature Chinese surtitles and an English synopsis. Pictured is an actor as the heroic character Guan Yu. Four separate programmes, today-February 11, 7.30pm. Lyric Theatre, Academy for Performing Arts, Wan Chai. $120-$280 Urbtix: 2734 9009.

8 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Show mercy on treasured old temple

Hatton Road, which winds up the Peak from the west end of Conduit Road, has always been a delightful area. Old folk start wending their way up 'long life road' - as some call it - as early as 4am to exercise, meditate or just to while away the time. In frenetic Hong Kong, it helps many stay sane.

29 Jun 1999 - 12:00am