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#missingseats campaign in Hong Kong, city where there's no place to sit

Tourists sit on the ground in Wan Chai's Golden Bauhinia Square in the absence of public seating. Photo: Felix Wong

Students have launched a social media project to highlight the lack of public seating in Hong Kong, using the hashtag #missingseats.

Thursday, 28 May, 2015, 6:38am 9 comments

Can you do a perfect handstand? Health editor gives herself 5 weeks to learn

Pure Fitness gymnastic movement coach Amy Ridge takes Jeanette Wang through some exercises.

Want to gauge how strong your body really is?

26 May 2015 - 6:26am

How a Cathay pilot and Hong Kong rugby sevens player keeps fit

Robertson was first selected to play for Hong Kong at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha.

What does it take to be at the top of your game and your career? We meet the third and final Hong Kong sports representative in this series on people who fly high in the workplace and on the sports field.

4 Jun 2015 - 1:47pm

Vet fees a lottery in Hong Kong, pet owners complain - but vets hit back

Lam Sze-ting with her Maltese, Nana. Photos: Edmond So, Jonathan Wong,  K.Y. Cheng

Living with 21 cats, housewife Cheung Ling ends up goin

26 May 2015 - 6:10am 2 comments

Hong Kong celebrated in English-language books for children

Matthew Cooper with his book Black Rain Day. Photos: Dickson Lee

While reading books can transport us to distant lands, there is also a special pleasure in finding one's own place in a book, a joy Hong Kong children reading in English often miss due to the lack of home-grown children's literature.

26 May 2015 - 2:35pm 1 comment

Forgotten Singapore: evicted islanders grieve for lost 'paradise'

Bedah Bte Din, 76, swims off St John’s Island, Singapore. More than 70 former residents of St John’s and Lazarus islands recently returned for a day trip. Photos: Edwin Koo/Captured; Teo Yen Teck; Dr Ivan Polunin

From the 1960s on, residents of Singapore's idyllic southern islands were forced out of fishing villages and into high rises. A documentary finds many still grieving for their old way of life, writes Jenni Marsh.

28 Jun 2015 - 5:15pm 1 comment

How Hong Kong has made Tin Hau festival its own

Worshippers celebrate the Tin Hau Festival at Joss House Bay in 1971 (above) and on May 10 this year (below).

Celebration of Queen of Heaven's 'birthday' began with boat dwellers and spread from Fujian, but is now considered a fully local affair.

23 May 2015 - 10:35pm

10 laws that are broken in Hong Kong every day

More traffic wardens may be needed to help alleviate the continuing problem of illegal parking. Photos: May Tse, Sam Tsang, Felix Wong

From illegal parking to taxi drivers refusing hire to littering, feeding wild monkeys and underage drinking, Hongkongers are breaking laws daily.

20 May 2015 - 9:13am 28 comments

Golden opportunities: Hong Kong's corporate gift giving down the ages

Above and below: corporate gifts have ranged from the silver-gilt champagne bucket to high-quality wines. Photos: SCMP

From gilt champagne buckets to sea cucumbers, luxury chocolate and vintage wine, the city's gift culture has come a long way.

16 May 2015 - 11:06pm

Wedding photographs in Chinese shop window tell a story, but what?

A family wedding photo in a studio in Guangdong. Why are the happy couple middle-aged and who are the people on either side, the writer wonders. Photo: Cecilie Gamst Berg

Amid the relentless modernisation of mainland China can be found odd flashbacks to the halcyon days of yore. For example, despite being selfie-mongers of the highest order, mainlanders still like to go to studios and have their photo taken.

16 May 2015 - 10:51pm

Rage against the curocracy: why web has bred too many 'curators'

Rage against the curocracy: why web has bred too many 'curators'

On Twitter, someone recently posted that they had curated a cup of tea, whatever that means.

When did "curating" become a skill possessed by anyone who could shop, edit or make decisions, such as choosing between skimmed and full-cream milk?

18 May 2015 - 12:51pm

Peter Choi, 93, on wartime spying, raising seven kids alone, and Typhoon Wendy

Peter Choi. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong World War II Veterans' Association chairman, who went to work at 13  and opened a restaurant when he retired, looks back at a life lived to the full.

20 May 2015 - 9:20am 1 comment

Why does world swoon over ramen when China had noodles first?

Illustration: Bay Leung

The world can’t get enough of ramen. Like pho and pad thai, the Japanese street food has become well-known around the world. Chinese noodle dishes such as dandan mian, zhajiang mian or Shaanxi liangpi, however, don’t quite enjoy the same recognition.

16 May 2015 - 10:50pm 1 comment

Rock climbing in Hong Kong: thrill seekers scale city's many dizzy heights

Bouldering in Hong Kong. Cover image: Stuart Millis. Photos: Dickson Lee; Ron Yue; SCMP

Hong Kong's ideal geology and sheer beauty have got rock climbers hooked on the city's cliffs and crags. They tell Post Magazine what makes Hong Kong special for climbing and where they like to practise the sport. 

18 May 2015 - 6:19pm

Holy cow! Push to outlaw beef in India seen as cultural oppression

Cows graze on rubbish in a dump on the outskirts of Delhi, India. Photos: AFP; Simon de Trey-White

As Hindu politicians campaign to ban beef throughout India, critics blast the move as food fundamentalism, unfair on the diverse nation's Muslim, Christian and Dalit populations.

18 May 2015 - 6:24pm 1 comment