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Housing set to gobble up Hong Kong's open space

A view of Causeway Bay and Tai Hang, with Victoria Park (centre) and Victoria Harbour. Photo: Edmond So/SCMP

Open space almost equal to the size of Victoria Park is set to be lost as part of the government's quest for more housing land. This was shown yesterday in an Audit Commission report quoting figures provided by the Planning Department.

Thursday, 18 April, 2013, 9:36am 1 comment

Beijing lays out security priorities in defence white paper

A member of a Chinese guard of honor from the People's Liberation Army in Beijing. Photo: EPA

The Ministry of National Defence document pledged to build a strong military "commensurate with China's international standing, and to meet the needs of its security and development interests".

17 Apr 2013 - 12:18pm

Malaysian electoral equation spells end of political certainy

The symbol of scales on the flag of Malaysia's ruling National Front coalition is an apt metaphor for the coming election, in which support for the government and opposition appears to be fairly evenly balanced. Photo: AFP

Malaysia's election on May 5 promises to be its closest ever, with the 56-year rule of the National Front coalition under threat. It also represents a struggle for the soul of the country's ethnic Malay majority.

15 Apr 2013 - 7:31am

Health reasons to keep off the artificial grass, experts say

Health reasons to keep off the artificial grass, experts say

Replacing natural grass pitches with artificial turf may reduce maintenance costs but it comes with a cost to public health, environment experts warn. Heavy metals such as lead and zinc are often found in the rubber layer of the turf and its use can drive up temperatures in already steamy urban hot spots, they say.

21 Mar 2013 - 7:56am 1 comment

Light pollution in Hong Kong 'worst on the planet'

Space Museum is the worst for light pollution. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong is believed to be the world's worst city for light pollution, with levels in Tsim Sha Tsui 1,200 times brighter than a normal dark sky. The findings were described as shocking by survey leader Dr Jason Pun Chun-shing, of the Department of Physics at the University of Hong Kong.

20 Mar 2013 - 8:55am 16 comments

John Tsang's 2013 budget aims to spur prosperity

John Tsang's 2013 budget aims to spur prosperity

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah in his budget yesterday stressed the need for projects that will ensure growth and jobs in the long term. Here are some of the major infrastructure works Tsang is banking on to spur Hong Kong's prosperity in the coming years, and a summary of where the city's money will go to and come from in the next financial year. 

12 Sep 2013 - 10:40am

Remembering Kowloon Walled City

Remembering Kowloon Walled City

Kowloon Walled City, located not far from the former Kai Tak Airport, was a remarkable high-rise squatter camp that by the 1980s had 50,000 residents. A historical accident of colonial Hong Kong, it existed in a lawless vacuum until it became an embarrassment for Britain. This month marks the 20th anniversary of its demolition.


12 Sep 2013 - 6:15pm

Infographic: China's new streamlined government

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China unveils a more streamlined government, dissolving some agencies and consolidating others to boost efficiency. It is the seventh reshuffle since market reforms began more than three decades ago.

12 Sep 2013 - 5:03am

Infographic: Who's who in China's new cabinet

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Premier Li Keqiang's team is expected to focus on narrowing the income gap, shifting a heavily investment-reliant economy to a more consumption-based one, as well as taming property prices.

12 Sep 2013 - 5:03am

Post wins big in the Pulitzer of news design

Simon Scarr

Plotting every one of Picasso's 5,717 paintings from his Blue Period to his last days was no easy feat, but it was work like this that won the South China Morning Post five awards at this year's "Pulitzer of news design".

19 Mar 2013 - 2:50pm

Who rules China

SCMP Graphic by Adolfo Arranz

With more than 80 million members and 3.3 million branches, China's Communist Party is one of the world's most extensive political organizations. Here is a breakdown of how power is concentrated, in just a handful of key bodies and a few dozen people. 


12 Sep 2013 - 3:19pm 5 comments