Luxury brands and high rents threaten old Hong Kong's character

An antique shop on Hollywood Road. Photo: SCMP

I live on Hollywood Road, which has been known as "antique street" for many years, thanks to all the antique and artwork shops scattered around the area. However, I am not sure if the street will keep its unique character in the years to come.

Monday, 9 September, 2013, 6:56am 3 comments

District councillors may get 20pc more in rent subsidy

Lawmaker Ip Kwok-him

The government is set to improve district councillors' remuneration packages, and this could include a HK$6,000 rise in their operating expenses subsidy to help them with their office rent.

27 May 2013 - 4:21am

Greedy landlords and worship of luxury goods are killing best of old Hong Kong

Ngau Kee Food Cafe in Gough Street. Photo: Diskson Lee

Another Hong Kong-style restaurant bites the dust. Ngau Kee Food Cafe, which has been serving neighbours and office workers in Sheung Wan and Central for 62 years, said farewell to its last customers on Sunday, another casualty of landlords seeking higher rents and more prestigious tenants.

23 Apr 2013 - 3:51am 11 comments

Long-time Lamma residents feel pinch of rising rents

Karen Carmen is moving to a smaller place on Lamma Island because her landlord has raised the rent. But finding cheaper accommodation is not easy. Photo: Felix Wong

Boxes surround Karen Carmen in her Sha Po village flat on Lamma Island. Faced with a rent increase from HK$18,000 to HK$23,000 a month, she has had to search for a new home. However, when she started scouting around at the property agencies, she was shocked by the prices.

22 Apr 2013 - 6:07am

Luxury homes to see slower rent growth

Expatriates have seen their housing allowances cut because of the global slump, leading to a decline in demand for luxury homes. Photo: AFP

Rents for luxury homes in Hong Kong may rise just 2 per cent this year, but those for mass-market flats could jump as much as 10 per cent, Jones Lang LaSalle said.

The property consultancy found rents for luxury homes continued to drop in the first quarter as a sluggish global economy dampened demand.

16 Apr 2013 - 5:24am

Rents rise as luxury brands return to West Berlin

The Kurfuerstendamm boulevard in Berlin. Photo: Reuters

West Berlin's Kurfuerstendamm is in fashion for the first time since Germany's reunification as luxury brands snub the east, pushing rents higher.

30 Jan 2013 - 3:44am

What the local media says

Former champion horse trainer Brian Kan Ping-chee. Photo: Edward Wong

Sunday, Oriental Daily

Retired horse trainer Brian Kan released from jail

12 Jan 2013 - 2:46am

Lawmakers want transparency for West Kowloon arts hub rent policy

Hong Kong band Chochukmo perform on the first day of the Clockenflap festival yesterday on the West Kowloon harbourfront. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The body running the West Kowloon arts hub site needs to be more transparent about rental charges, lawmakers say.

2 Dec 2012 - 3:39am

Opting out has its own rewards

Mok Ho-kwong is no ordinary environmentalist.

He doesn't just preach his ideals but puts most of them into practice. He lives in a remote village house in Fanling, where he grows his own vegetables.

While his house is connected to the power grid and has an internet connection, he has few electrical appliances, spurning air-conditioning and a television.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Recreate the essence of French chic ... chez toi

Hongkongers' love affair with French cafes and restaurants seems inexhaustible. Every month a new bistro or brasserie opens that looks as though it's been plucked straight from France and placed incongruously on a street in Hong Kong. And long-established haute cuisine establishments remain firm favourites among residents here.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Young gun aims for the Great White Way

Viveca Chow Hung-ka was just nine when she first set foot on the stage, as an ensemble member in a local production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. That moment eight years ago changed her life.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

La Boheme

La Boheme Opera Hong Kong HK Cultural Centre Grand Theatre Reviewed: Oct 8

12 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Retailers hope for longer rent-free period

Shop tenants welcomed the new management team of the Ngong Ping 360 cable car, with some saying they hoped their rent-free period could be extended when the tourist attraction reopened later this year.

8 May 2015 - 12:15pm

We're here!

A group of budding actors will flex their acting muscles at the Hong Kong Arts Centre in a theatrical production called Planet WE!!.

7 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

What a good Idea

For Dan Baron Cohen, theatre is a lot more than just putting a play on stage. He says it has the power to heal and can cultivate the courage to dream - even in such an inhospitable environment as recently war-torn Bosnia.

15 Jul 2007 - 12:00am