On a toll-free investment road to nowhere in China

Cars back up at the Dujiakan tollgate in Beijing on Sunday at the start of a week-long break that includes the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day. Photo: Xinhua

The mainland's new toll-free policy has not only created widespread traffic jams on the country's highways over the National Day break, but will also deter investment in highways, casting further uncertainty over Beijing's aggressive road-building plan to reignite the slo

Tuesday, 2 October, 2012, 4:02am

The Concrete bungle

Every autumn, race organiser Keith Noyes heads out into Hong Kong's country parks to determine the route for his King of the Hills trail race and is met with the same sight: 'We go back out to look at the courses and discover new sections have been concreted.' Previously natural trails are paved over and uphill sections fitted with concrete steps.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing urged to ease curbs on luxury housing

The country's top political advisory body has urged the government to relax curbs on luxury property in first-tier cities in order to maintain strong economic growth.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Councillors seek legal backing for fencing of trails

Unable to persuade their constituents that a safety rail is needed on a popular Pok Fu Lam walking trail, local politicians have asked the Department of Justice if they could be legally liable for any accidents there in future.

21 May 2011 - 12:00am

Needless railings on paths spoil our surroundings

The path to ruin is paved with good intentions. Nowhere is this adage literally truer than on footpaths across our city. Iron railings have been erected along extended stretches of roads and trails in Mid-Levels and other districts.

7 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Pebble walking trails can offer 'pain and no gain', say experts

Strolling along a pebble walking trail may be relaxing for some, but many health experts warn that it actually provides few health benefits, and they caution against the idea of 'no pain, no gain'.

The trails have pebbles of different sizes and shapes embedded in them, which are thought to improve health by massaging pressure points on bare or sock-covered feet.

4 May 2009 - 12:00am

On the road to a better society

Charity group Roads, which aims to prepare young people for future employment, arranged for 80 students to visit a group of mentally handicapped children earlier this month.

The students, who come from Tin Shui Wai and Ho Man Tin, set up activity booths at the Heaven of Hope Sunnyside School.

12 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Paving some eroded trails is a necessary compromise

'Concreting of natural trail halted amid hikers' uproar'

SCMP headline, January 10

This is meant to be a finance column so let's give this story a finance angle first. If a government contract to pave a 99-metre stretch of the Hong Kong trail at Tai Long Wan is worth HK$336,000, then I want to be a paving contractor. Someone must be growing rich here.

14 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Concrete jungles not needed on rural trails

Urban areas in Hong Kong have, with good reason, often been described as concrete jungles. Fortunately, our large country parks and extensive trails offer scenic open spaces to give us relief from the city's claustrophobic environment. Sadly, however, there is no escape from drab concrete paths on many country trails whose natural scenic look is often ruined as a result.

10 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Concreting of natural trail halted amid hikers' uproar

Work on path brought to a standstill following complaints

The government has halted concreting work on a footpath at the last leg of the Hong Kong Trail near Big Wave Bay Village, in Shek O, following sustained pressure and complaints from hikers.

10 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Repaving of trail has ruined natural look, hikers complain

A century-old trail built with granite stones has been paved over in Western, prompting hikers to prepare a complaint to the Ombudsman. They say the work is a waste of money and has ruined the look of the path.

18 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Land curbs on projects

The central authorities have banned local governments from approving certain types of projects and imposed conditions on others as part of efforts to curb encroachment on farmland.

19 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Hiker urges upgrade of 'dangerous' walking trail

A hiker is urging the government to upgrade a walking trail from Repulse Bay to Tai Tam Country Park, saying it has become a hazard for walkers and elderly residents taking their early-morning exercise.

25 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Residents prefer swamped trail to safer road

The short cut that Cheung So-ngo is believed to have taken is a mountain trail, just wide enough for one person, that becomes swamped when it rains heavily. It has no lights and, for the most part, has no handrail.

But it is a trail that locals said they want to keep, even after learning Cheung was supposedly swept from it into a stream.

28 Sep 2005 - 12:00am


I refer to Michela Metcalf's letter headlined 'Lovely path ruined' (South China Morning Post, February 5).

17 Feb 2003 - 12:00am