A Bad Week for ... , June 2, 2013

Francis Liu Hon-por

Francis Liu Hon-por, the Marine Department chief, finally managed to issue an apology to the Lamma ferry tragedy victims and their families, but it did little to ease criticism of Liu and his department.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 3:59am

Time to restore China's mahjong glory

Time to restore China's mahjong glory

My fellow Chinese citizens, it brings me no pleasure to report to you this terrible news. A great calamity has befallen our nation. Our pride, our dignity, nay, the very integrity of our national soul is at stake.

29 May 2013 - 6:16am 5 comments

French beat Chinese at their own game: mahjong

Europeans collect their prizes at a mahjong championship in France on May 20. Photo: Blue Frog Mah-jong Club Toulouse website

Allez les bleus! A sweeping victory by France over China at an international mahjong tournament has left the nation that invented the game of tiles in shock.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Tai chi, mahjong offer hope for dementia patients

Memorising moves exercises the mind. Photo: May Tse

It seems two popular pastimes in Hong Kong - mahjong and tai chi - have more than just sweeping hand movements in common. A recent study indicates they can both keep elderly minds sharp.

22 Apr 2013 - 9:42am

China Digest, January 21, 2013

A former village party secretary in Miyun county has been charged with taking more than 4.65 million yuan (HK$5.74 million) in bribes, the Beijing Times reports.

21 Jan 2013 - 5:32am

China Digest, December 21, 2012

The former site of Fuyang Theatre was destroyed in a fire early yesterday morning, Anhui Business Times reports.

21 Dec 2012 - 4:34am

Hong Kong’s secrets to longevity – tea, tai chi and mahjong

Ng Chiu-chung, master of tai chi, which is known to improve balance and boost cardiovascular strength. Photo: Nora Tam

Covered in smog and cramped apartment towers, Hong Kong is not usually associated with a healthy lifestyle. But new figures show that Hongkongers are the longest-living people in the world.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

City Digest

Tests confirm H5N1 in dead black-headed gulls

6 May 2015 - 4:39pm

Nothing lucky in children taking Mark Six gamble

Parents asking their children to pick lucky numbers for tonight's HK$100 million Mark Six draw plays down the risks of gambling, an addiction centre warned.

20 May 2011 - 12:00am

Quotes of the Week

Rare earth is the only issue where China can grab the US by the balls, and we should squeeze as hard as we can.

Wang Zhan, Former chairman of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Regional Committee of the CPPCC

12 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Leo Ku gets the Lunar New Year off to a winning start by picking up a fortune playing mahjong

Singer Leo Ku Kui-kei starred as a skilled mahjong player in the 2006 film My Kung Fu Sweetheart. Apparently, that's what he is in real life, too.

'Yes, I won a lot of money,' Ku said of his mahjong activities over the holidays. 'I win every time I play.'

10 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Artist B. Wing helps give Yahoo a makeover

With Social Media Week Hong Kong kicking off and, coincidentally, Facebook opening a local office, this is shaping up to be an eventful week for social media. Yahoo is trying not to get left in the dust, with a redesign and new product.

10 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Ringing in the Rabbit

Lunar New Year offers a feast of festivities, from fireworks over the harbour to the annual parade, local lion dances and throwing your wishes on a tree in Lam Tsuen. But how best to ring in the new year? Unlike Western traditions that revolve around alcohol and bars, the lunar festival is all about getting outside to gather under the moonlight. Revellers can always mix the two.

27 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Mahjong wins over keen expats

A common source of curiosity for many visitors or newly arrived expatriates in Hong Kong is the clickety-clackety sound of shuffling mahjong tiles coming from behind closed doors or windows, either above or below street level. For those who follow their curiosity and begin playing mahjong, they experience a small taste of Chinese culture.

18 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

In Brief

Temperatures about to drop

Hong Kong is set to shiver tonight with temperatures forecast to fall around eight degrees following the arrival of an intense winter monsoon. The Observatory said the temperature would drop from about 23 degrees in the morning to around 15 degrees in the evening. The cooler weather is forecast to last until the weekend.

7 Dec 2010 - 12:00am