Here comes the jetty set

There aren't many downtown hotels in the world where you can walk straight into the foyer after mooring your private yacht on the doorstep, but the Four Seasons Hotel Beirut is one of them.

Friday, 16 September, 2011, 12:00am

Two boys collide in an ancient war

Crusade Elizabeth Laird Published by MacMillan ISBN 978 230 01869 3

In 1076, the Muslims captured Jerusalem, the city where Jesus spent most of his life. The First Crusade (1096-1099) to drive the Muslims out was a great victory, and Christians ruled Jerusalem for many decades after.

30 Mar 2009 - 12:00am


A bank is a place where people store their money for safety. But banks were around even before money was invented.

Making money

Long before money was invented, traders would store their goods at palaces or temples. These places would give them a note to prove the goods were stored.

22 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

God's War - A New History of the Crusades

God's War - A New History of the Crusades

by Christopher Tyerman

Penguin, HK$221

7 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Chinese embassies help Hong Kong residents flee to Syria

Hong Kong residents fled to Syria from missile-torn Beirut with the help of Chinese embassies on both sides of the border.

Chinese authorities made arrangements with Syria to allow visa-free access to mainland Chinese and Hong Kong people entering at the border, an official at the Chinese embassy in Beirut said.

18 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Two brothers, one damsel

A traditional historical adventure tale, Blood Red Horse is set in the 12th century at the time of the Crusades, when Christian forces were fighting to win back the Holy Land from the Muslims.

28 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Two injured in tyre fight

A 16-year-old boy and his father were injured in a dispute over two tyres with three men armed with water pipes and what appeared to be a pistol in Pokfulam Village. The trio stole $2,300.

21 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Beirut begins comeback bid

The port of Beirut has launched a US$102 million modernisation project aimed at regaining its prominent role in the region before the 1975-1990 civil war.

The project, including $57 million provided by the European Investment Bank, was due to be launched early last year but was hit by delays in awarding tenders.

14 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

Girl injured by tyre

A spare tyre fell off a vehicle on the Hunghom flyover and crashed into a store in Chatham Road North, injuring a 16-year-old girl.

17 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Family's award

The family of a teenager killed on his second day at work was awarded $600,000 at the High Court. Chan Hung-tak, 17, was changing a tyre on a 40-tonne truck at Ming Kee Tyre, Sha Tau Kok, in September 1991.

3 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Change at tyre firm

CHINA Tire Holdings has appointed Mar Shaw-hsiang as president and chief executive.

Mr Mar has 25 years' experience in the tyre industry and extensive experience in doing business with China.

3 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

Harmony in Beirut

NOW that Hongkong's first authentic Lebanese restaurant, Beirut, is up and running in Lan Kwai Fong (and very complimentary the first reports are, too), perhaps Middle Eastern politicians who are constantly agonising over peace in their region and the inability of Arab and Jew to live in harmony with one another could take a lesson from the new venture.

17 May 1993 - 12:00am