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Chinese Folklore

Gu Kailai poured poison into Heywood's mouth

Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced Politburo member Bo Xilai, murdered a British business associate by pouring poison into his mouth after he had become drunk and vomited, a court official said yesterday after China's most sensational criminal trial in decades.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:15pm


Wong Fei-hung is one of Hong Kong's most important cultural icons: for the past six decades, 'Master Wong' - a real-life martial arts practitioner made famous on screen first by Kwan Tak-hing, and later by Jet Li Lianjie - dazzled local audiences with his dexterous kung fu and unwavering patriotism.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Paws for thought

We dogs are naturally nosy creatures. We love getting our snouts into all sorts of nooks and crannies.

If we get a sniff of something new, we usually want to investigate. And if that something tastes yummy, we usually want to try eating it.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am


Ask Shawn Ku about the inspiration behind his latest film, the gut-wrenching drama Beautiful Boy, and his response is as startling as it is clarifying: a good friend of his, a 40-year-old man in good health, fell asleep in Ku's guest room one night, and never woke up.

19 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Snakes and bladders

Mak Tai-kwong deftly takes a snake from one of the many drawers of a large brown cupboard labelled with the warning, 'poisonous snake' in Chinese characters. He cuts into the reptile's abdomen then squeezes out a little black organ - its gall bladder.

9 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Guangzhou 'won't be locked down for Games'

Guangzhou would not be subjected to a Beijing Olympics-style security lockdown during next year's Asian Games, government sports officials pledged yesterday.

The Guangzhou 16th Asian Games Organising Committee assured travellers planning to visit the trading hub that it would be business as usual in the run-up to and during the November 12-27 event.

16 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Don't let children pay the price for development

China's economic miracle has brought incalculable benefits to hundreds of millions of people - not simply by alleviating poverty but by helping build a foundation for a better future. The price of such supercharged growth - industrial pollution and environmental degradation, among others - is sometimes discounted as the inevitable cost of development.

23 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Families allowed to reclaim bodies

The sound of weeping filled the funeral parlours in Urumqi yesterday as families rushed to claim bodies of their beloved killed in the deadly riots on Sunday.

Five days after the worst ethnic violence in recent decades ripped the once-peaceful city apart, victims' families were finally allowed to claim bodies of their family members. Some bodies were badly mutilated.

11 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Bootleg Butterfly

Bootleg Butterfly Mcmuimui Dansemble Shouson Theatre, HK Arts Centre Reviewed: May 15

19 May 2009 - 12:00am

A prize for those who deserve it

A king discovers the value of hard work and honesty and the cost of greed

Once upon a time, a poor peasant was going to plough his fields when he found his ox had died. He was distraught, but he didn't want his field to go to waste, so he visited his neighbour.

'Since I have no ox to pull my plough, I wonder if you would like to lease my field,' he asked.

26 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Poetry in motion

Song of Mulan, the Chinese poem about a filial daughter who disguises as a warrior to spare her ageing father from fighting on the battlefield, makes great material for a dance drama. Based on the popular folklore of Hua Mulan, it is both a tender tale of love and a bloody account of war, laced with dramatic narratives.

20 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Mulan ballet will bring legend to life

The spectacular dance drama Mulan is to be staged this month by the Hong Kong Dance Company.

The story of Mulan celebrates the triumphs of a legendary female warrior against prejudice and adversity.

10 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Hua Mulan

Hua Mulan

Li Liuyi New Drama

Studio Theatre, HK Cultural Centre

Reviewed: Feb 23

26 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Hua Mulan

Playwright and director Li Liuyi reinterprets the legend of a Chinese heroine who disguises herself as a man and takes her elderly father's place in war. The drama combines Peking opera-style vocals and modern stage design. Stars Yingzi as Mulan (below). In Putonghua with Chinese and English surtitles. Sat-Feb 24, 7.30pm, HK Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$120, HK$220 Urbtix.

17 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

I need help, wife-beater tells court

Within days of holding one of his babies hostage at knifepoint, an unemployed father of triplets and twins was convicted in Kwun Tong Court yesterday of assaulting his wife last week.

After pleading guilty to three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm, Chong Wai-Hung, 27, said he could not control himself and needed help.

10 Aug 2006 - 12:00am