Last week's section of our long walk from Mongolia to Hong Kong took us over the border from Inner Mongolia and into Shanxi province, where ridge-backed mountains roll across the landscape like huge breakers in an earthy sea.Tuesday, 27 December, 2011, 12:00am
Energy-conscious homeowners who want to minimise the cost of heating and cooling their homes use efficient windows. But the key is knowing what upgrades are the best value for money.
Interior designer Gary Lai renovated a Mid-Levels home in which he installed double-glazed windows in the living area to buffer noise from the street.18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
Only one out of 12 electric fans recently tested for safety by two watchdogs passed all the assessments for insulation and heat resistance.16 Aug 2011 - 12:00am
Three days after a fatal blaze razed a Shanghai apartment block, the question on the lips of many residents is how the building had effectively been lined with firelighters - on government orders - and just how many other homes are at risk of a similar fate.19 Nov 2010 - 12:00am
The green roof movement is slowly taking root in Hong Kong. A green roof, as opposed to the collection of potted plants typically found on Hong Kong rooftops, refers to a continuous layer of soil and vegetation that covers the surface of a roof. Think of it as a lawn on the roof that you can play, relax, lie on and walk on.9 Sep 2009 - 12:00am
New spring-loaded umbrellas - which expand and collapse with a push of a button - may cause injuries, the Consumer Council warned yesterday.
The council said trying to push the handle into place could cause injuries after recent reports that handles have sprung back and hit people.17 Sep 2008 - 12:00am
HKU's Sam Hui lists the public and private benefits
Mitigate urban heat island effect
Reduce dust and pollutant levels
Natural habitat for animals/plants
More natural look for urban landscape
Increase life expectancy of roofs9 Jul 2008 - 12:00am
Ten tips to arrive in style:
1. Don't use too many hair-styling products prior to taking a long-haul flight - it will result in sticky, flat hair, according to one Hong Kong hair stylist. Instead, if you are a frequent flyer, opt for a shorter, layered cut that will look natural even after a long flight.5 Jun 2005 - 12:00am
Sick of shivering outside at the mercy of the elements, then shivering inside at the mercy of Arctic air-conditioning?
The management at the new Palace IFC cinema in Central have solved this dilemma by loaning cosy blankets to patrons who want to snuggle up in the smart new cinema's leather seats.29 Jan 2004 - 12:00am
Children in one of the mainland's coldest provinces stayed snug during a freezing winter, thanks to a 'warm school' donated by an insulation company.24 Mar 1998 - 12:00am
In one of the coldest places on Earth, a gift from the Pink Panther means 200 Inner Mongolian students will be a lot warmer this winter.10 Dec 1997 - 12:00am
At least $2 million is required to buy blankets and jackets to keep thousands of poor and elderly warm. The Hong Kong Red Cross has made an urgent appeal for donations to purchase 10,000 blankets and 10,000 jackets because its stock is running out.8 Jan 1997 - 12:00am
PETROCHEMICALS (Malaysia) aims to achieve ISO 9001 next year with the implementation of an aggressive computerisation project.
Petrochemicals, the first polystyrene manufacturer in Malaysia, has purchased SSA's BPCS system as part of its efforts to improve customer services.7 Jun 1993 - 12:00am
AS temperatures dropped over the weekend, the Social Welfare Department distributed 542 blankets to street sleepers throughout the territory. The Royal Observatory says the cold weather will continue until Wednesday.18 Jan 1993 - 12:00am