New Year's Day

Late night anti-CY protesters block roads amid scuffles with police

Protesters from from the League of Social Democrats, People Power and other groups chant "Down with CY" in Central on Tuesday. Photo: Jennifer Ngo

The contrast could hardly have been starker. The day that started with an elderly crowd keenly marshalled and with few outward signs of enthusiasm ended with scuffles and blocked roads as hundreds of younger protesters went too far.

Wednesday, 2 January, 2013, 4:17am 2 comments

Rival protests turn up the heat on Leung Chun-ying

Anti-chief executive protesters march in Tin Hau. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hong Kong's political divisions intensified yesterday as tens of thousands of protesters called on Leung Chun-ying to step down while pro-government groups mobilised supporters to back the embattled chief executive.

2 Jan 2013 - 11:52pm 3 comments

Anti-CY protesters explain why they took to the streets

Protestors (left) wearing Guy Fawkes masks are removed from Des Voeux Road Central at an anti-Leung rally and marchers. Photos: Edward Wong, Nora Tam

They came from across the city, carrying different banners and with a wide range of concerns. About the only thing that united them was a wish to see Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying ousted, just six months into the job.

For some, the reasons for marching were deeply personal. For others, the march was about wider concerns and the future direction of Hong Kong.

2 Jan 2013 - 10:03am 20 comments

'Silent majority' reluctant to say why they back CY amid report of handout

Pro-government supporters rally in Admiralty. Photo: AFP

Marchers opposed to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying were eager to declare their reasons for protesting, but many of the thousands who turned out to support the administration were reticent.

2 Jan 2013 - 6:11pm 37 comments

'Fantastic' meeting brings cheers to amazed HKJC

Jockey Club delight as 2013 starts with a bang. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Hong Kong racing fans embraced the coming of a new calendar year with unbridled enthusiasm yesterday at Sha Tin, with both the attendance and betting soaring higher than they have been in more than a decade.

2 Jan 2013 - 5:06am

New Year's Day chill-out at swim race

Competitors set the South China Sea churning during the 37th annual swimming race at Repulse Bay yesterday. Photo: Edward Wong

From just four years old to 78, Hong Kong's hardiest gathered on the shores of Repulse Bay for the annual New Year's Day swimming race.

2 Jan 2013 - 4:00am

Burglars cash in while Hong Kong celebrated

Hong Kong's New Year celebrations. Photo: Xinhua

Thieves netted more than HK$450,000 worth of cash and valuables from three properties late on Monday night and early yesterday when Hongkongers were welcoming the new year.

A 52-year-old woman whose name was given only as Yeung called police around 10pm on Monday to report that her flat in Wong Tai Sin had been broken into.

2 Jan 2013 - 11:19am

Leung Chun-ying protesters pledge to defy police ban on stalls

Thousands of people are expected to protest. Photo: David Wong

Pan-democrats have vowed to defy a surprise police ban on roadside political stalls during a march against Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on New Year's Day in which they hope to draw thousands of protesters.

28 Dec 2012 - 6:19am

Anti-CY protests planned for New Year's Day spark chaos fears

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying

Protesters in Causeway Bay next Tuesday to urge Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to step down might find themselves confused as two separate marches - with the same theme - will be held within half an hour of each other.

24 Dec 2012 - 5:15am 4 comments

Greedy landlords are strangling hard-working small entrepreneurs

In the past, if entrepreneurs put their hearts and souls into their businesses, they would, more often than not, be rewarded for their hard work.

When it came time to expand, they would either move locations or acquire neighbouring units. Consequently, this mode of development culminated in thriving businesses. This is what is meant by success through diligence.

21 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

HKMA stays vigilant

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) plans to maintain its prudent requirements on mortgage lending, according to its half-yearly report on monetary and financial stability. The HKMA says the risks of renewed exuberance could send housing prices up again. The report notes property prices have dropped 4 to 5 per cent since last year, though rental demand remains resilient.

30 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Growth in HK retail sales weaker than expected

Hong Kong retailers are heading for turbulence as the year-on-year growth in retail sales unexpectedly weakened to 15 per cent in January from 23.5 per cent in December.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Cosmetics drive lifts ad spending to holiday high

Campaigns for cosmetics and skin-care products highly prized by mainland shoppers helped drive advertising spending in Hong Kong to a record high this Lunar New Year holiday.

1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Goddess pilgrims take 'loans', but just want happiness

Most Buddhist believers on this annual pilgrimage want wealth, but this year people queueing up to 'borrow' money from the Goddess of Mercy, Kwun Yum, seek good health and a peaceful society.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Annual rural-policy ritual goes nowhere

The central government's policies on rural development are not being implemented effectively, say scholars.

Every October since 2004, officials and researchers have gathered behind closed doors at a Beijing hotel to start drafting a lengthy document for release during Lunar New Year.

28 Jan 2012 - 12:00am