World news in brief - August 28, 2012

Britain's Daily Mail newspaper leads with the lion sighting.

Ex-boyfriend arrested in body parts case

Tuesday, 28 August, 2012, 4:53am

Hold your head up high

As a child, Paul Chan Lai-cheung grew up surrounded by Chinese art. His father, Bun, laboured daily at a small paper shop in Central. On the side, Bun would make and sell Big Head Buddhas: papier-mache masks worn by performers at Chinese festivals. At the age of 10, Chan decided to help out his dad, who worked incredibly long hours. His family chipped in, too.

16 May 2012 - 12:00am

Roar of the lion

To make the Lunar New Year celebration complete, you must have a lion dance. It is common to see it being performed in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and on the mainland.Yet is the traditional and culturally important event seen among people celebrating the Lunar New Year in other parts of the world?

30 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

The Lion Dance

In the past, the lion dance was a form of martial art. To inflict maximum pain on the enemy, the lion head was hard and heavy. But the nature of the dance changed over the years to become a celebratory performance and, consequently, the materials used to make the lion head are much lighter.

27 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

From roar beginnings

Not being indigenous to China, lions were probably introduced along with Buddhism from West Asia via the Silk Road - as gifts to Chinese emperors to help secure trading rights. The first records of lion dancing date to the Han dynasty (206BC-AD220), but many tales surround its origins.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Whose lion is it anyway?

On the first day of the year, more than 1,111 lions and 88 dragons - operated by more than 2,000 performers ranging from elderly men to young girls - collectively strutted their way from Central to Wan Chai.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Assegai by Wilbur Smith Macmillan HK$224

19 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Africa, continent of light and bounty

Many people call Africa the 'dark continent'. Although I am not from Africa, and have never been there, I think this is doing an injustice to Africa.

Africa is a continent like any other and has more to give than a lot of other places. Africa is very fertile in some areas and some African nations export food to local and foreign countries.

15 May 2009 - 12:00am

Sea lion trainer says attack was a 'one-off'

The Ocean Park trainer who was injured by a sea lion on Thursday said the attack was an unavoidable one-off.

The 33-year-old assistant supervisor of marine mammals, surnamed Chan, resumed work at the park yesterday.

'Animals have different characters ... they have moods as well,' Mr Chan said yesterday.

4 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Hiker's body found on Lion Rock Hill

A 26-year-old hiker has been found dead on Lion Rock Hill two days after he was reported missing. Police last night confirmed that a body spotted by the Government Flying Service yesterday afternoon, some 40 metres from the hilltop, was that of the missing man. The man, surnamed So, 26, had left home on Wednesday to go hiking. He was reported missing on Friday.

15 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

How the law helped China progress

All developed countries in the world have effective birth control policies. Conversely, those with loose birth controls are often developing countries.

The one-child policy was introduced in 1979 to curb rampant population growth. Without birth control, China would still have been a recipient of world food aid, whereas today it is a donor.

18 Jun 2008 - 12:00am


Paper 1a

What type of writing is this? Match the following texts with the items in the list of different types of writing.

A I refer to your editorial of June 15 ('Save the old'), and wish to express my strong support for your proposal to increase social welfare payments to the growing number of poor old people in Hong Kong.

3 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Lion rocks for Nepalis learning Chinese dance

Gongs clang, cymbals clash and the drum bangs as six children leap and bow to mimic the stylised movements of the king of the jungle.

It is a familiar sight in a city where centuries-old Chinese traditions continue side by side with skyscrapers and Starbucks.

26 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

The lure of the jungle

Dawn breaks, with a crash.

26 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Game's up for lion-skin tourist as Customs pounces

A stuffed lion's head with its skin, four limbs and tail still attached has been found in the luggage of a returning tourist stopped by Customs officers at Chek Lap Kok airport.

Astonished officers made the discovery when they asked the businessman, 47, to open a box he was carrying. The traveller and his wife arrived in Hong Kong on Monday afternoon from Johannesburg.

31 Jan 2001 - 12:00am