National Day

New fee put off May Day visitors, Fenghuang hotel operators claim

A visitor takes in the scenic Tuo River near the ancient town of Fenghuang in Hunan province. Photo: Xinhua

Tourism operators in the historic city of Fenghuang, Hunan province, claim the introduction of an entry fee caused a sharp drop in visitors over the three-day May Day holiday.

Sunday, 5 May, 2013, 5:32am

Is it time to scrap National Day fireworks for good?

Is it time to scrap National Day fireworks for good?

The government's decision to cancel the National Day fireworks has alarmed some in the tourism trade while also sparking a debate over whether the display should ever take place again.

1 May 2013 - 7:54am 2 comments

Our celebrations need not always go off with a bang

The sponsorship search for this year's National Day fireworks show just six months after the Lamma ferry tragedy has sparked criticism.

It is supposed to be a day of celebration. But last year, National Day turned to tragedy in Hong Kong when two ferries collided, claiming the lives of 39 people - including eight children.

22 Apr 2013 - 4:52am

Taiwan's Ma Ying-jeou seeks to make cross-strait ties easier

As part of the Double Tenth celebrations, people wearing hats in the colours of the Taiwanese flag parade in Taipei. Photo: Reuters

Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou promised to continue his Beijing-friendly policies but made no mention of possible cross-strait political dialogue as the island celebrated the Double Tenth national day yesterday.

11 Oct 2012 - 12:49pm

Experts call for scrapping of mainland 'golden weeks'

Experts call for scrapping of mainland 'golden weeks'

As millions of mainlanders returned to work yesterday after an eight-day holiday, the debate over whether to scrap such "golden weeks" is raging on the mainland, with some holidaymakers recalling horror stories from the past week.

9 Oct 2012 - 3:29am

Extra day off for golden week boosts tourist numbers 21 per cent

The number of tourists at 119 major scenic spots across the country rose by 21 per cent during the eight-day "golden week" holiday, compared with the same period last year, the National Tourism Administration said.

8 Oct 2012 - 3:15am

Chaotic scenes as tourists flock to top mainland scenic spots for 'golden week' holiday

Security guards hold back a crowd at Mount Huashan. Photo: SCMP

Popular tourist spots across the mainland were swamped with, in some cases, hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers during the long National Day holiday, sparking traffic mayhem and clashes between tourists and administrators.

4 Oct 2012 - 4:50am

Why National Day fireworks weren't cancelled sparks debate

The decision to go ahead with the National Day fireworks display 30 minutes after the ferry collision has caused much debate online.

Some argued the government was trying not to spoil the happy mood of the holiday, while others thought the administration was trying to cover up the accident.

4 Oct 2012 - 4:27am 1 comment

Seeking answers amid our sorrow over Lamma sea tragedy

Firemen inspect the back end of the badly damaged Lamma IV passenger boat, near Lamma island on October 3, 2012. Photo: AFP

A terrible tragedy has befallen Hong Kong, in the very waters that have made our city so great. Dozens of loved ones, friends and colleagues have been senselessly taken from us in Monday night's collision of two passenger boats off Lamma Island. Three days of official mourning begin tomorrow, but we have been grieving for the victims and their families since hearing of the catastrophe.

3 Oct 2012 - 6:01pm 1 comment

Ferry crash raises safety questions about HK shipping hub

A half-submerged passenger boat is lifted by cranes in waters off Lamma Island on Tuesday. Photo: AP

Hong Kong has thrived as Asia’s throbbing transport hub, but a deadly ferry accident on the busy National Day holiday has raised questions about safety on the city’s frenetic harbour.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Ferry reportedly did not stop to help sinking boat

The bow was chewed up and chunks missing in the ferry involved, the Sea Smooth. Photo: AFP

Investigators on Tuesday boarded a half-submerged boat that collided with a ferry a night earlier, killing at least 38 people who had been on their way to a holiday fireworks show. It was Hong Kong’s worst accident in well over a decade.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Mainland 'golden week' tourists shun Hong Kong's traditional attractions

Fireworks explode above Victoria Harbour in celebration of China's National Day. Photo: EPA

Supermarkets instead of luxury goods stores and shopping malls; island campsites instead of Golden Bauhinia Square and The Peak - the tastes of mainland "golden week" visitors have changed radically as the gloss wears off traditional attractions.

2 Oct 2012 - 7:24am 4 comments

Activists hauled away from National Day flag-raising event in Hong Kong

Scholarism convenor Joshua Wong shouts slogans in a stand-off with police yesterday. Photo: Nora Tam

Black-shirted activists were hauled away minutes before a National Day flag-raising ceremony, as other protesters reported clashing with police after being blocked from public areas.

2 Oct 2012 - 4:09am 4 comments

Be a statesman CY, not a chameleon

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.  Photo: David Wong

Does Leung Chun-ying want greater or less border integration with the mainland?

3 Oct 2012 - 9:31am 6 comments

National Day fireworks draw thousands to harbour

Photo: AFP

Fireworks celebrating National Day drew some 250,000 locals and tourists to both sides of the Victoria Harbour on Monday night. Starting at 9pm, the 23-minute extravaganza launched a total of 23,888 fireworks into the sky, telling the story of a young man from birth to maturity in eight scenes. The tale symbolised the growth of the nation.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am