Combining green living with urban convenience

A mesmerising blend of space, healthy living and the convenience of having both nature and the best of city life on their doorsteps has for decades drawn Hong Kong's professional elite to Mid-Levels.

Wednesday, 9 December, 2009, 12:00am

The basketball's in the government's court

The Olympic flame has gone out, and the athletes have gone home. Already, Chinese everywhere are awash in instant nostalgia.

Here in Hong Kong, we have nervously passed the Olympic test. But there is one test we have failed. It is the un-Olympic way in which we feed a basic need.

26 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Gimlet-eyed grannies watch for the unusual ... and direct traffic

They don't have X-ray scanners or weapons, and most of them are untrained retirees, but together they are keeping watch on Beijing in case of suspicious activity.

6 Aug 2008 - 12:00am


Sherry Lee's article headlined 'Home truths' (South China Morning Post, January 20), highlighted the problems faced by many elderly residents, as a consequence of the government's urban redevelopment schemes.

Because of these projects thousands of people may be forced to leave their old neighbourhoods and relocate to areas of Hong Kong with which they are not familiar.

8 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Organisers of successful poll to urge more neighbourhood elections

Organisers of Beijing's first direct elections of a neighbourhood committee say they will urge government authorities to hold further polls in the same area and other parts of the capital.

24 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Local committees to gain more power

Beijing may abolish the lowest level of local administration to give more power to urban community neighbourhood committees, according to Civil Affairs Ministry sources.

23 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Urban elections to go national

The mainland plans to make its experiment of direct elections of urban neighbourhood committees a nationwide practice, but officials say they face political indifference from voters.

In 1999, an experiment was launched to increase grassroots democracy by allowing 26 districts in more-developed cities to directly elect neighbourhood committees.

5 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

City gets first taste of grassroots polls

Guangzhou residents have cast votes for neighbourhood committee representatives in the city's first experiment with grassroots democracy.

About 10,000 residents attended polling stations in two communities in the Dongshan district of the city last Friday.

The turnout was said to be about 80 per cent in the two districts.

15 Jan 2002 - 12:00am