Travellers' checks

Travellers' checks

Name of the game The new "Exotic destinations" tab on the Air France website links to an impressive display of offbeat city names, many of which look more like trivia quiz answers than realistic holiday propositions.

Sunday, 9 September, 2012, 12:38am

Travellers' checks

Island escape

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Fabulous fare can be found on local tables and shelves - but be sure to bring your credit card

Hokkaido food certainly tastes best on location, but you don't need to go all the way there to get just a taste of the island's famously pure produce.

The seafood, dairy produce, noodles, beer and whisky for which Hokkaido is famous are all available in Hong Kong - but often at a high price.

12 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

HK tourists killed in crash in Japan

Two Hong Kong tourists - one of them a nine-year-old girl - were killed and another was seriously injured in a car accident in Japan.

24 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Cross Hotel, Sapporo

What is it? A hip oasis for cosmopolitan cognoscenti travelling from Tokyo to Sapporo on one of the world's busiest air routes, with a touch of the surreal about it. In the artfully lit black, white and red reception area, the keys on a lacquer red upright piano play effortlessly all by themselves.

2 May 2010 - 12:00am

In Brief

Hokkaido scraps flights in storm

27 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

first person

Alan Tam Wai-lun, 41, was the lead artist on an ice sculpture that beat 16 entries to win the top prize at the Sapporo Ice and Snow Festival last month. He hopes to pass his skill of transforming blocks of ice into works of art on to Hong Kong's next generation.

1 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Snow business

Heavy snow has been falling in Japan's northern regions this week. In some areas, homes have collapsed under the weight of the snow, while people in other areas have had to contend with power blackouts and transport shortages.

5 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Rifles to control soccer hooligans

First they got portable high-pressure water guns, shields made of special plastic and the hi-tech 'Spiderman' gun which shoots a reinforced nylon net that can trap two or three people at a time. Then they brushed up their martial arts training, conducting drills with officers playing the role of unruly fans.

29 Apr 2002 - 12:00am


Internet retail giant is scheduled to open in Japan tomorrow. The Japanese will sell books in Japanese and English and distribute them locally in an ongoing bid to diversify and globalise operations.

The United States-based online bookstore's sites for Britain, France and Germany are already up and running.

31 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Blown away

Tokyo: The promotion race in Japanese soccer's Second Division was brought to a temporary halt - because of the threat of a volcanic eruption. J.League officials called off second-placed Consadole Sapporo's next two home games with Mount Usu looking set to blow its top again after erupting for the first time in 22 years last Friday.

8 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Capital spot to visit

THE bright city lights of Tokyo continue to outshine those of other Japanese cities when it comes to visitors from Hong Kong, according to statistics from the Japan National Tourist Organisation (JNTO).

23 Dec 1993 - 12:00am

Icy icons warm the hearts of a nation

JAPAN'S greatest winter celebration, a fantasy of ice and snow, takes place next week in Sapporo, on the northernmost island of Hokkaido.

Sapporo is a 90-minute flight from Tokyo, or a train ride through the world's longest underwater tunnel which connects the Japanese main island of Honshu with Hokkaido.

30 Jan 1993 - 12:00am