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Chinese tourists buy 16pc of life insurance sold in Hong Kong

Mainland visitors are not buying only luxury products when they visit Hong Kong but also insurance policies. Photo: Dickson Lee

More mainland tourists are buying insurance in Hong Kong - spending HK$15 billion last year - a trend industry insiders fear could lead to complaints if sales are not handled carefully.

Tuesday, 8 April, 2014, 1:56am 2 comments

Does HK$1.38m per sq ft make sense for a shop in Causeway Bay?

This tiny shop in Matheson Street was sold for HK$180 million. Photo: Sam Tsang

The sale of a 130-square-foot shop in Causeway Bay for a record HK$1.38 million per square foot surprised the market two weeks ago.

I received many inquiries regarding the deal after the South China Morning Post reported on it. The most frequently asked question was why the acquisition was made when retail rents were peaking.

25 Mar 2014 - 1:18am 2 comments

Medical cosmetic tourism in Taiwan lures high-end mainland Chinese travellers

Dr Chu Chih-kai, head of the Beauty Plus clinic in Taipei, provides a laser cosmetic surgical treatment for a patient. Photo: SCMP

Winnie checked into a cosy Taipei clinic one recent afternoon for a full facial rejuvenation – a few Botox injections to tackle wrinkles and then filler gels to plump up folds and lips.

It took the 39-year-old business woman, just arrived that morning from Shanghai, slightly more than three hours to complete the treatment before she headed back to a five-star hotel, feeling radiant.

28 Nov 2013 - 5:13am

Letters to the Editor, June 18, 2013

The popular Happy Valley Bar & amp; Grill. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Language is a barrier to any 'HK state'

There may be some mileage in Dr Horace Chin Wan-kan's idea of Hong Kong becoming a "city state" ("Independent thinker treads bold path", June 10).

I say this if he means it would be like a state within the United States, and if Beijing could be persuaded to adopt such a federal system. But can it?

18 Jun 2013 - 3:21am 1 comment

Hong Kong must see beyond the worry of a mainland influx

A long line of mainland tourists is seen outside a Prada in Tsim Sha Tsui. Photo: Sam Tsang

Friction between Hong Kong people and mainlanders continues. We hear complaints about the effects of the influx of mainland tourists, especially about crowding and high rents driving local businesses off our streets. There were reports a couple of weeks ago of local young people raising money to publish an ad demanding fewer mainland students at our universities.

14 Jun 2013 - 2:50am 9 comments

Letters to the Editor, June 1, 2013

Joseph Estrada is proclaimed mayor-elect. Photo: AP

Colonial-era institutions' lustre fades

I refer to the report ("Exco has lost its colonial glory, says Legco chief", May 27). I agree with Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing that the Executive Council's authority and status have diminished in the past decade, and many see it as little more than a rubber stamp.

1 Jun 2013 - 1:36am

Robberies of cashed-up Chinese tourists rise steeply in Paris

The first mainland tour group to France in 2004.

A sharp increase in robberies of Chinese tourists in Paris has prompted calls for the French government to step up security and for shoppers to use credit cards instead of carrying large amounts of cash.

30 May 2013 - 9:00am 20 comments

Who's really allowed to squat on the MTR floor?

Photo: SCMP Pictures

With a look of absolute nonchalance, a long-haired lady hauling a suitcase through the MTR Corporation’s East Rail Line plops herself down onto the middle of the train compartment floor.

29 May 2013 - 5:09pm

'I was here' Chinese carving on ancient Egyptian wall is decried on Weibo

The inscription at Luxor Temple in Luxor, Egypt. Photo: SCMP Pictures

“Ding Jinhao visited this place,” a not-so-mysterious carving reads on a wall of Egypt's fabled Luxor Temple.

28 May 2013 - 8:31am 7 comments

Regulate tourist numbers for Hong Kong's benefit

Too much, too fast

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has initiated a review of Hong Kong's tourism policy. It must be a radical reassessment, as the old model is no longer relevant. Continued growth in tourism is unrealistic and it must be stabilised.

20 Apr 2013 - 3:23am 6 comments

Taipei to allow more mainland Chinese travellers

Taiwan will allow the number of solo travellers from the mainland to rise to 2,000 a day by the end of next month. Photo: Felix Wong

Taiwan will let in more independent travellers from the mainland as attractions ranging from diving to dental work push the headcount near a legal limit of 1,000 arrivals per day.

17 Apr 2013 - 4:56am

We all need a little light relief …

Fans from all over the world react during the final day of the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens tournament. Photo: AFP

Writing about such weighty subjects as the euro-zone crisis and Hong Kong's democratic reform is a heavy responsibility. To bring some light-hearted relief, my fellow writer Peter Kammerer and I like to trade politically incorrect stories, i.e. dirty jokes, whenever our bosses are out of earshot.

16 Apr 2013 - 3:27am 2 comments

Mainland Chinese travel boom is a mixed blessing for Taiwan

The number of mainland tourists visiting Taiwan rose by almost half last year, and during national holidays they often pack out second-tier hotels in Taipei. Photo: Felix Wong

Taiwan's once-quiet travel industry is embracing a steady increase in tourist arrivals from the mainland, but faces new strains from the growing influx of visitors, who threaten to overrun the island's prized landmarks.

16 Apr 2013 - 5:24am 3 comments

Does race matter in bad behaviour?

Mainland tourists in Mong Kok. Photo: Felix Wong

I am partial to sharing off-colour humour with my colleague, Alex Lo. So when he told me recently that he had witnessed a Caucasian man wearing a rugby jersey urinating in the gutter near a bus stop in Causeway Bay during the Rugby Sevens, I steeled myself for the mirth-inducing punch line.

16 Apr 2013 - 3:29am 4 comments

Clip of couple allowing child to defecate on Hong Kong train goes viral

A still from the video clip

They said they let their infant daughter defecate into a plastic bag because she had an upset stomach and “couldn’t go in the morning”.

2 Apr 2013 - 6:29pm 46 comments

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