Once upon a time it was an unremarkable village in the former East Germany, with a rather misleading name: Himmelpfort, or Heaven's Gate, though there is not that much heavenly about it.Tuesday, 18 December, 2012, 4:08am
Nothing could be much worse at this time of year than for a young child to write to Santa Claus but get no reply back from the North Pole. The good news is in Hong Kong, this does not happen.9 Dec 2012 - 3:59am
On World Post Day on October 9, the Hongkong Post held a Free Post Day for everyone to send a letter for free. Seven junior reporters took an exclusive tour at the General Post Office, where they mailed their letters. Read some of their reflections below. Check out some further comments online.
1 Dhruv Singh, 13, YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College19 Oct 2010 - 12:00am
For Steve Lau Chi-fung, nothing quite beats the magic of receiving a letter in the post - one written on paper that he can keep forever and read again and again. Lau, senior manager (local mail) of Hongkong Post's product development, marketing and sales division, has been working with the organisation since 1998.8 Oct 2010 - 12:00am
Nowadays, electronic mail is essential. In my view, e-mail is one of the most important inventions in human history. You can't live or work without e-mail. E-mail has a wide variety of functions. For example, I used e-mail to send this letter to the Young Post.24 Aug 2010 - 12:00am
People have been invited to post a personal local letter for free on Friday, World Post Day. About 48,000 free letters were posted last year. The words 'personal letter' and the receiver's name and address must be on the front of the envelope and the sender's name and address on the back. Special posting boxes will be placed at post offices to collect the letters.6 Oct 2009 - 12:00am
The Immigration Department pledges: 'We will treat each member of the public with respect, consideration, courtesy and compassion. We will be empathetic, appreciative of different perspectives and flexible in the application of policies to meet specific needs.'21 Dec 2008 - 12:00am
Name: Tam Wing-pong
Occupation: Postmaster General
Star sign: Leo
On my playlist: Classical
Hobbies: Reading, listening to music and watching operas
The Man: Before I started working at the Post Office, I didn't know much about what was involved, other than being able to post a letter.23 Oct 2008 - 12:00am
Many students in Hong Kong live in their own little world. They gain knowledge from textbooks and make friends in school. But this is not enough.
To broaden our horizons, we can write letters to pen pals.
Pen friends can help us learn more about their countries and cultures.25 Jan 2008 - 12:00am
A visit to the General Post Office in Central rekindled interest in the lost art of letter writing for a group of primary school students.
Thirty eight Primary Four to Six students from Pui Tak Canossian Primary School got a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into how the post office works.15 Oct 2007 - 12:00am
Most people will agree that it's a lovely feeling to receive a letter. Because they're handwritten, you can tell that someone has taken the time and trouble to deliver their thoughts and wishes to you personally.
With technology making such great strides, however, many of us have forgotten about this more traditional approach to staying in touch.20 Feb 2006 - 12:00am
Most of us use e-mail to communicate with friends, family and workplace colleagues. But few of us pay much attention to our online manners. Some people never reply to their e-mails, while others send long, complicated messages that no one has time to read. Like any form of communication, e-mail sends a message about you. Here's how to make sure it's a positive one.20 Feb 2006 - 12:00am
Size matters Sending large attachments is one of the worst faux pas, according to Judith Kallos, who runs www.netmanners.com. Try to compress or 'zip' files or, at least, warn the recipient beforehand.8 Oct 2005 - 12:00am
Frederick Yeung Ka-ching, 44, associate professor at the University of Hong Kong, co-ordinates the Uncle-Long-Legs Letter Box project, which over the past 11 years has provided anonymous pen friends for more than 9,000 children in need of emotional support14 Jul 2005 - 12:00am
THE WORST THING one can do after an interview is nothing. Doing nothing and waiting for the company to contact you is like waiting for a phone that will never ring.
Employers are accustomed to the dance that occurs during the early 'wooing period'. You must make the initial contact after your first meeting - and they expect you to.21 May 2005 - 12:00am