Hong Kong

Flagging up fears over threat to Hong Kong's autonomy

Protestors wave Hong Kong colonial flags outside Sheung Shui MTR station.

Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, recently denounced Hong Kong activists who waved colonial flags during protests, and warned that "opposition" and "centrifugal forces" would not be allowed to rule the city after universal suffrage was introduce

Tuesday, 12 March, 2013, 3:14am 4 comments

ANZ plans to boost its street-level presence in Hong Kong

Susan Yuen says street-level branches are important in terms of providing a personalised service to customers. Photo: Paul Yeung

ANZ has declared itself among those banks that still attach great importance to providing its customers with traditional branch services, despite bank clients turning in increasing numbers to the internet to manage their accounts.

11 Mar 2013 - 4:29am

Hong Kong drinkers' tastes in wine maturing


Hongkongers are drinking more wine than ever, and of a higher quality - proof that the city has become a mature, important international wine market, says Robert Beynat, founder and chief executive of the Vinexpo wine show.

9 Mar 2013 - 6:21am

Hong Kong universities ranked highly but lack international students

Local and overseas students learn dancing at Baptist University. Photo: Nora Tam

Hong Kong's elite universities are basking in global recognition. But despite high rankings for outstanding teaching and research, one thing is lacking on the campuses of Asia's "World City" - truly international students.

9 Mar 2013 - 6:22am 1 comment

Lower tuition fees at Hong Kong universities may tempt UK students

The University of Hong Kong. Photo: Sam Tsang

Soaring tuition fees are leading more British students to look abroad and many could be tempted to come to Hong Kong - if they knew what the city's universities had to offer.

That's according to students contemplating coming to the city in the belief that it will work out cheaper than studying at home.

9 Mar 2013 - 5:03am

Hong Kong drops 3 places in tourism rankings

Is Hong Kong losing its charm as the Pearl of the Orient?

The city slipped from 12th to 15th place in the World Economic Forum's tourism competitiveness rankings yesterday.

Singapore scored top marks in the Asia-Pacific region, maintaining the 10th slot where it also sat in the previous WEF survey of 140 countries in 2011.

8 Mar 2013 - 3:42am

Second state leader stresses Hong Kong's role in national security

Zhang Dejiang shakes hands with Hong Kong NPC delegates at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing yesterday. Photo: Simon Song

Politburo Standing Committee member Zhang Dejiang, who will supervise Hong Kong and Macau Affairs and head the nation's top legislature, called on Hong Kong delegates to help deepen the implementation of the "one country, two systems" concept.

8 Mar 2013 - 11:29am 6 comments

Patriotic appeal states the obvious

Yu Zhengsheng. Photo: Xinhua

For some in Hong Kong, the truth can be hard to swallow. State officials have several times over the past week reiterated a long-standing dictum that whoever leads our city has to be able to work with Beijing. Their comments have rekindled a debate that raged nine years ago over patriotism and the criteria for choosing our chief executive and lawmakers.

8 Mar 2013 - 3:48am 1 comment

Artists drawn to Hong Kong's bright lights

Meyerson poses with his self-portrait.

"Hong Kong sucks. It's expensive and stressful," says Korean-American artist Jin Meyerson. A big name in the art world, he has worked in New York, Paris and, most recently, Seoul. This morning, however, he is standing in his new studio, a converted industrial space in Fo Tan.

10 Mar 2013 - 3:31pm 1 comment

Computer security in Hong Kong lags behind Japan

Computer security in Hong Kong lags behind Japan

A study by Finnish company F-Secure found that 25 out of every 1,000 of the city's computers were infected with a virus last year, making the city the third-most vulnerable among six Asian locations studied.

7 Mar 2013 - 4:29am

Wen devotes fewer words to Hong Kong, Macau at NPC

Wen stressed the importance of unity between Hong Kong and Macau and the mainland. Photo: Simon Song

Wen dropped references to "developing the economy", "improving people's livelihoods" and "facilitating democracy" in the two cities, a feature of previous reports.

6 Mar 2013 - 9:09am

Is paternity leave a benefit just for Hong Kong's married men?

Happy father Ivan Wong and his wife, Shelley Lo, with their sons at home in Kowloon City. Thanks to new company policy, Ivan was able to enjoy paternity leave when they gave birth to their children. Photo: Edmond So

As employers prepare their policies and procedures for the introduction of paternity leave legislation, questions are being asked about whether denying unmarried employees these benefits would be unlawful.

6 Mar 2013 - 5:05am

Hong Kong table tennis coach Hui Jun quits

Hui Jun. Photo: David Wong

A former world mixed doubles champion from the mainland, Hui joined the China national team as a coach in the late 1980s after retiring from playing. He has been coaching in Hong Kong since 1998 and took up the head coaching job at the Sports Institute in 2002.

5 Mar 2013 - 6:41am

In Hong Kong, affordability is off the menu

A modern Japanese restaurant in Tin Hau. Photo: Nora Tam

A friend has come back to Hong Kong after a five-year absence with a view to again live in China, either here or in Beijing. Having just returned from a few months on the mainland, he is well versed in what to expect there. A wander around his old haunts in our city have left him somewhat shaken, though.

5 Mar 2013 - 3:59am 2 comments

YPSN: Maritime industry needs future direction in Hong Kong

Young Professionals in Shipping Network's Marija Pospisil, Tabitha Logan and Su Yin Anand believe shipping needs greater promotion as a pillar of HK's economy. Photo: Warton Li

A blueprint setting out the future direction of Hong Kong's maritime industry should be prepared and the government should then commit to implementing the plan if Hong Kong is to stave-off competition from other regional shipping sectors, says a group of shipping directors.

4 Mar 2013 - 4:30am