Queue Area

A busy dining room is fine, but where to draw the line?

A friend who often joins me on restaurant reviews has given me an ultimatum: no more queues. He's refusing to eat with me at restaurants that are so hyped and/or popular that diners have to queue to get a table.

Thursday, 12 July, 2012, 12:00am

Start-up takes the wait out of queuing

Attention, busy people of Hong Kong: a new mobile service to be launched in the city might just save you up to 30 minutes a day.

QLess, a US-based start-up, aims to free people from the need to wait in line at stores.

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Two in hospital after iPad2 shopping frenzy

The frenzy caused by the iPad 2's debut on the mainland turned bloody on Saturday, as a small riot broke out and at least two people were sent to hospital, mainland media reported.

8 May 2015 - 4:18pm

Theme parks act to ease the queues for visitors

For theme park visitors as much as their owners, the queue is the enemy. Long waits reduce the fun for customers, and they may not come back for more.

But with combined visitor numbers exceeding 10 million for the first time last year, Disneyland and Ocean Park are fighting an uphill battle.

5 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Temple defends urn niche lottery

Operators of a Taoist temple criticised for abruptly changing the sale system for its urn niches from first-come-first-served to a lottery last week responded for the first time yesterday, saying the arrangement was the best solution for most people.

9 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

In search of a silver lineup

If death and tax are unavoidable, the same could be said for queuing. Queuing is entrenched in every facet of modern living. We queue for buses, trains, bank machines, supermarket checkouts, movie tickets, marriage certificates, travel visas, new flats and even initial public offerings.

The list can run on and on.

10 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Equestrian queue pain might turn to big gain

Hundreds queued to buy Olympic equestrian event tickets yesterday - not for entry to the venues at Sha Tin and Beas River but mostly to resell them.

About 500 people queued at Macpherson Playground near the Mong Kok branch of the China Travel Service.

30 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Chaos shows flaws in sales system and police readiness

The chaos at ticket offices of the major Olympic sports venues in Beijing yesterday does not bode well for the peaceful Games mainland authorities are hoping for.

It has also laid bare the shortcomings of the police and other authorities in crowd management and the poor co-ordination between the Games organising committee, or Bocog, and the police.

26 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Fewer people join queues outside banks

Fewer people waited outside six Bank of China (Hong Kong) branches for commemorative Olympic banknotes yesterday, but the bank said it was preparing for another overnight distribution of tickets that entitle holders to buy the notes.

The first phase of the sale kicked off yesterday at 50 branches across the city, with just six branches selling all five packages of the notes.

17 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Views from the queue

Wu Man-har, 58, queued for 17 hours in To Kwa Wan with friend Ng Fong-yee, 62, whom she met when doing morning exercise together

'We are happy but in extreme agony after the long queuing process.'

Lee Chun-wing, 66, retired, suffering from diabetes, kidney problems and heart disease, started queuing at 10am yesterday in To Kwa Wan

16 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Marathon efforts to land the money an ideal case for a little Olympic glory

If queuing ever becomes an Olympic sport, Hong Kong should have plenty of potential medallists.

Thousands of people have braved a thunderstorm, fought back hunger and fatigue and even resisted the call of nature in the past two days in a quest for Olympic prizes.

16 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Exemptions from ban on idling 'unlikely'

No leeway for taxis, minibuses

Public vehicles should not expect much leeway on a proposed ban on idling engines because pedestrians will not want to breathe in vehicle exhaust while drivers enjoy air conditioning inside the car, a government source said.

15 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Parents head queue for Rugby Sevens tickets

Desire for the 5,000 Hong Kong Rugby Sevens tickets is so intense this year that elderly parents of diehard fans have been drafted into overnight queues outside Hong Kong Stadium.

Tickets for the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens go on sale today at 11am and are expected to sell out within hours.

8 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Rationing fashion was bound to stir passions

Freedom of assembly is subject to respect for other people's rights to go about their normal activities. For example, rallies and marches need permission to ensure a reasonable balance is struck between the two. Even so, things can get out of hand, such as when an estimated half a million people marched in opposition to security legislation in 2003.

7 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

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28 Aug 2006 - 12:00am