33 banned for life for fixing soccer matches on mainland

Xie Yalong

Thirty-three people, including two former Chinese soccer chiefs, have been banned for life from future soccer-related activities in the latest development in the mainland's biggest sports corruption crackdown, which has brought down about 50 sports officials, soccer club

Tuesday, 19 February, 2013, 5:17am

Retirees on mainland will get allowance

Matthew Cheung Kin-chung. Photo: Sam Tsang

The old-age living allowance to be introduced in April is expected to cover Hongkongers in Guangdong by the end of next year. Welfare secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said the government would extend the means-tested HK$2,200-a-month allowance to Hongkongers who retired across the border after the scheme had been in place for more than a year.

16 Feb 2013 - 4:11am

Taiwanese officer gets 12 life terms for spying for mainland

A former Taiwanese air force officer has been given 12 life sentences for spying for the mainland, adding to a long list of espionage cases that have rocked the island.

7 Feb 2013 - 3:47am

Third of children moving to Hong Kong from mainland face hardship, survey shows

Third of children moving to Hong Kong from mainland face hardship, survey shows

Poverty afflicts more than a third of the children in mainland families that move to Hong Kong, a study released yesterday shows.

14 Dec 2012 - 3:50am

Hong Kong-mainland integration is 'inevitable and essential', Leung says

Leung Chun-ying (second from right) is flanked by his predecessors as chief executive as he proposes a toast to mark the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Photo: David Wong

Increasing integration with the mainland could boost Hong Kong's economy and help solve the city's social problems, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said yesterday in a speech marking the National Day holiday.

2 Oct 2012 - 4:08am

New mainland mandatory food labels will improve health

It is alarming that one-fifth of the world's population cannot be sure about what it is eating because it lacks a single law to ensure that people can easily find out what they are consuming and make informed choices. We are, of course, talking about mainland China and its ineffective voluntary code on nutritional labelling of food.

20 Aug 2012 - 2:28am

We're not that simple

Many mainlanders come to Hong Kong to buy genuine things. From jewellery to designer clothes, food and even baby formula; Hong Kong is trusted to deliver the real deal.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


Credit tightening in China has led to fewer mainlanders buying real estate in Hong Kong. In the first quarter, 10.6 per cent of individual homebuyers were from the mainland, down 3.8 per cent quarter-on-quarter, says Centaline Properties. Mainlanders accounted for 3.3 per cent of sellers, similar to the previous quarter.

8 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Don't be unfair or unkind to mainlanders

In the past 12 months, many incidents involving mainlanders have been given wide publicity in Hong Kong.

This has created a negative view of mainlanders who are unjustly criticised by locals.What has caused people to think this way?

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

An unwelcome reminder of the past for Hongkongers?

In recent weeks, some Hong Kong people's complaints about mainland property buyers, mainland mothers and mainland tourists on the MTR have become unpleasant, even vicious.

10 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

We are all part of the same country

There were more than 8,000 reports of minor infractions such as eating on the MTR last year. My guess is that most were committed by Hongkongers.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Opinions flare on ad

HONG KONG - Students have mixed opinions about a full-page 'anti-locust' ad in Apple Daily yesterday that was funded by netizens outraged by mainland visitors.

2 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Hitting back

Can you discriminate against your own kind? Apparently you can. We're seeing exactly that right now. Chinese against Chinese. Well, Hongkongers against mainlanders, to be more precise. It's not yet widespread, nor is it ugly. But it could come to that if left unchecked. The trouble is that no one is trying hard to check it. Maybe our leaders don't see it as a problem.

16 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

It'll be out of this world for rich mainlanders

With the rapid increase in Chinese travellers seeing the world, the mainland has the potential to become a major source of tourists rocketing to space.

The key, however, is when certain US restrictions that bar mainland tourists from joining the ranks of would-be astronauts are relaxed.

12 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Focus on mainland shoppers criticised

Local retailers have become too mainlander-oriented, resulting in a drop in shopping satisfaction for other overseas visitors, according to university research.

30 Apr 2009 - 12:00am