Church does not practise what it preaches with development plans

Your articles on the giant advert on the front wall of the Chinese Methodist Church in Wan Chai, 'This city is dying, but God is living', should have taken a more critical look at the church's own failings with regard to issues of civic responsibility and altruism.

Wednesday, 2 May, 2012, 12:00am

First steps on a long journey

He is the most protected and the most mysterious person in China. Perhaps we should not even address him as a 'person', because to many he is more than that. The Panchen Lama is a reincarnation, a revered spiritual figure, and one of the two highest spiritual leaders of Tibet, together with the Dalai Lama.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

A new age for the sage

Although he has been revered through the centuries in China as a great sage and teacher, Confucius has also ruffled some feathers. Leading reformers in the late Qing dynasty, including Liang Qichao, labelled him the 'scurrilous thief of freedom of thought and expression'. Even today, many view Confucianism as a tool of autocracy that impedes free and independent learning.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (read by Becca Battoe) Random House (audiobook)

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Buddhism 'the sweet dew to end suffering'

The first speech outside the mainland by the man Beijing recognises as the Panchen Lama was praised as 'well rounded' and representing mainstream Buddhist thinking by scholars yesterday.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Bone relic from Buddha arrives from mainland

By coincidence or a miracle, a patch of the leaden skies covering Hong Kong cleared at the airport yesterday as a plane carrying a 2,500-year-old Buddhist relic landed, raising the spirits of followers who gathered to greet it.

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Exposed in the West, the pope looks East

His organisation lords it over 1.3 billion souls. Authoritarian and unconstrained by electoral cycles, it is sometimes credited with the mythical ability to plan years, if not decades, ahead. Its authority rests on doctrinal rigidity and to enforce it, it periodically engages in purges of followers suspected of becoming too independent.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Signs of the chimes

DING! DONG! A bell isn't a bell until someone rings it.

The 2012 Olympics Bell

At exactly 9pm on Friday, July 27, the sound of a mighty bell will ring out all over the world to signal the opening of the London Olympic Games.

Thanks to modern technology, the tolling of the bell will be heard at the same time all around the world.

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

A city that keeps rising from the dead

'This city is dying, you know?' Somehow this painfully pseudo-profound statement from a TVB soap opera has taken root and was recently adopted by an 'anti-locust' campaign against the influx of mainland tourists and pregnant women.

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Church says banner a sign of the times

It is a prominent spot to make a point about governance, pollution and the other problems the city faces.

15 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

A time of soul-searching for a leader of 1.3 billion who has lost his way

The immense crowds that greeted Pope Benedict in Cuba, with hundreds of thousands of people turning out for his mass in Havana's Revolution Square, shows the popular strength of the papacy, but cannot obscure the fact that the Catholic Church is facing a deep crisis on many levels.

7 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

A totem of his respect

Until last week, a totem pole in Hong Kong would have been a rare sight. But now, our city is home to at least two of these traditional structures.

After two months of skilful carving, totem artist Bill Helin finally erected his two masterpieces last Wednesday at the Canadian International School. Helin has been at the school as an artist-in-residence since late January.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Paws for thought

Happy, hoppy Easter, pupketeers! Easter is one of my favourite times of the year. I know, I know: dogs aren't supposed to eat chocolate. But the YP team always manage to find delicious doggy-friendly Easter eggs and - even better - bunnies to hide around the office.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Tao Heung cooks up growth plan

Cantonese restaurant group Tao Heung says it is poised to double in size to 200 restaurants and bakeries by 2017, banking on the growth of the mainland's middle class.

The firm, famed for offering a whole chicken at HK$1, plans to expand into mainland provinces outside of Guangdong this year.

5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Developers brought back down to earth

Central Plaza, the 78-storey skyscraper run by Sun Hung Kai Properties in Wan Chai North, has many distinctions to its credit. Among these is the record for Hong Kong's tallest building, a title which it held until 2003 when Two IFC - in which its developer SHKP also has a stake - was completed.

5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

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