Consumer Fraud

Half of the silk on sale in Beijing contains little or no silk, study finds

Panels of handmade gambiered silk are laid out to dry in Guangdong province's Shunde district. Photo: EPA

Just weeks after it emerged that Shanghai hotpot was found to contain rat meat instead of lamb, a survey in Beijing has found that half of the silk products on sale in China's capital contain little or no silk. Quilts that claimed to be filled with 100 per cent silk, including one sold under a licensed Pierre Cardin label, contained mostly synthetic polyester and viscose, the study found.

Monday, 20 May, 2013, 5:05pm 9 comments

Is invisible web surfing an illusion?

Is invisible web surfing an illusion?

Could there soon be a data black hole threatening the internet economy?

10 May 2013 - 7:32am

Sanya scuba tours accused of price gouging with photo packages

Hainan island is a popular destination for mainland Chinese and overseas tourists during the Lunar New Year. Photo: Xinhua

Diving packages, priced at 400 yuan to 500 yuan, would usually include “some photos”, but tour operators would often make visitors pay more for separate photo packages.

18 Feb 2013 - 5:07pm 2 comments

Turning the Tables

Ready meal makers as well as supermarket chains in France and Britain have had to withdraw products over the past weeks after tests revealed that they contained horse meat when they were labelled as containing beef. Photo: EPA

One intriguing aspect of watching Europe tear itself apart over the horsemeat for beef scandal is the different reactions of various parts of society.

14 Feb 2013 - 9:17am

Shocked housewife's bargain eggs no yolk

A Henan housewife who was conned into buying 2.5 kilograms of fake eggs at the weekend found they were inedible after she boiled them.

She told the Dahe Daily that she bought the eggs from a van outside a food market in Luoyang on Sunday because the vendor was undercutting market prices by 80 fen (about HK$1) a kilogram.

7 Nov 2012 - 4:09am

Mortgage scheme boost for preservation

The idea that there is a better way of dealing with old buildings than simply knocking them down has long been recognised - and acted upon - in big cities around the world. Sadly, it has been slow to surface in Hong Kong.

28 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

City Briefs


1 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Lukewarm reaction to flats sale

THE first major property sale of the year received a lukewarm response yesterday, with mortgage sellers almost outnumbering home buyers.

Only about 37 per cent of 1,911 prospective buyers registered for the sale at Island Resort, Siu Sai Wan, showed up, with 703 out of 828 units sold by 6pm yesterday.

10 Jun 2015 - 9:01am

Couple face fraud charge

Police yesterday charged a solicitor and his wife over an alleged mortgage fraud involving $17 million.

Lui Chor-hung, 38, and wife Leung Wing-shan, 40, were charged with conspiracy to defraud and theft. They will appear in Eastern Court today. It is alleged Lui obtained cash by presenting forged papers while his wife played the role of fake buyer.

24 Nov 1999 - 12:00am