Actress Fan Bingbing in limelight at Valentino celebration in Hong Kong

Lynn Hsieh

Although she's usually prowling the Venice Film Festival's red carpet at this time of year, mainland actress Fan Bingbing was under the spotlight at a different Italian event on Friday.

Tuesday, 4 September, 2012, 3:17am

Free fans help needy elderly cope with heat

When the mercury rises, most Hongkongers simply turn on an air conditioner. For many elderly people living in windowless cubicles, however, it's a luxury merely to have an electric fan to relieve summer's heat.

Sam Chow, 67, endures the heat without air conditioning in his 50 sq ft subdivided flat in Hoi Tan Street, Sham Shui Po.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

It's cool to save energy

Energy costs are constantly rising, so installing a ceiling fan is not only practical but also cost effective. They also look graceful.

During summer, a room can feel up to five degrees cooler thanks to a wind-chill effect. In winter, the fan can be set in reverse to recirculate escaping heat from the ceiling to the floor.

12 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

HK gives blazing reception to Friendly Fires

Diehard fans crowded the stage early on at Tuesday's Friendly Fires concert in Kitec. The opening act, Gypsy & The Cat, an Australian pop duo, had their own collection of avid fans who flew in from Thailand. Best received was their hit Gilgamesh. But after their fourth song, the crowd grew a little restless, impatient for the headliners.

21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Fans are a cool solution

As summer heats up the city, there is another way of cooling your home without the resulting exorbitant power bills and environmental damage caused by air conditioning. Fans are becoming increasingly popular, not only for their sustainable cooling abilities but their decorative possibilities.

3 Jun 2011 - 12:00am


A healthier lifestyle is key to a longer life

Many people face the prospect of premature death because of their lifestyle. Emergency rooms are packed with victims of serious accidents, which could have been avoided if more care had been taken. Every four minutes and eight seconds, a person dies in Hong Kong of various causes.

27 May 2011 - 12:00am

Chinese fans take loss to Japan sitting down

Security was tight inside and outside Guangzhou's Tianhe Sports Centre last night as bitter rivals China and Japan met in an Asian Games soccer match.

However, the game passed peacefully, despite the hosts losing 3-0.

9 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Fans are cool and healthy

Customers in ever-growing numbers are heading to Life's A Breeze on the 16th floor of Horizon Plaza, as they realise the cost savings and environmental benefits of using fans instead of air conditioners.

'Indeed, new research shows the incredible new health advantages of having fans and not using air conditioners,' says Jennifer McBride, director of Life's a Breeze.

6 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Fan supplier is a breath of fresh air

One of Horizon Plaza's top speciality shops, Life's A Breeze on the 16th floor, is entirely dedicated to ceiling fans. The shop stocks fans from around the world, from Singapore to Brazil.

Because it is such a niche brand, founder Jennifer McBride says she can be involved in every aspect of decision-making.

5 May 2010 - 12:00am


Wordybird Theatre Company Fringe Theatre, Fringe Club May 27-30, 7.30pm, also May 30, 2.30pm

21 May 2009 - 12:00am

Citic Pacific chief suspends public posts

Citic Pacific managing director Henry Fan Hung-ling has taken leave of absence from all his public duties amid investigations by the Securities and Futures Commission and Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing into his company's unauthorised currency dealings.

29 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

LSD unlikely to break rules, says Rita Fan

Having more radical lawmakers in the legislature will not make for a more disruptive chamber, outgoing Legco president Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai believes. She was commenting after the League of Social Democrats won three seats in Sunday's election, with chairman Wong Yuk-man being a newcomer.

10 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Your biggest fan

In the novel A Passage to India, a lowly fan-wafting punkah-wallah plays a mesmerising role in a crucial courtroom scene. 'Sending swirls of air over others, receiving none himself, he seemed,' E.M. Forster writes, 'a winnower of souls.'

13 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

'Running Fan' case leads to tighter code of ethics for teachers

Draft revisions to a code of ethics will hold teachers responsible for the safety of their students. They follow the case of a teacher in Sichuan who abandoned his students when the May 12 earthquake struck.

The Ministry of Education has published draft revisions to the code, the first in 11 years.

27 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Backlash after teacher admits abandoning pupils

A teacher's decision to flee ahead of his students as the earthquake shook his Dujiangyan classroom has earned him the nickname 'Runner Fan' and provoked a lively debate on morality in the mainland media.

Fan Meizhong, from the privately run Guangya School, has come under attack for his 'cowardly' abandonment of his students during the earthquake.

11 Jun 2008 - 12:00am