Down to the river

After almost two weeks of walking along the Great Wall, we finally reached the edge of a huge valley, which we descended on a road of swerving switchbacks.

Tuesday, 14 February, 2012, 12:00am

New Year revellers in for a treat from Mr Sandman

When Li Jianhang first saw sand painting on a video clip, he started experimenting by playing with sand on his coffee table.

Three years on, he has made a name for himself on the mainland, with more than 100 performances in the past year.

13 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Manual aims to ensure volunteers are sitting pretty

Keep legs loosely crossed at the ankle, chest erect, lips slightly closed, chin forward and smile with both eyes facing forwards.

29 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Sand being used to restore beach is just like mud, says councillor

A government contractor has been accused of using poor quality sand to restore a popular beach.

District councillor Shek Kwok-keung compared the sand being used at Deep Water Bay to mud and said he was worried about the effect it would have on water quality.

10 May 2007 - 12:00am

The sand that we see

A sandy beach is made up trillions of tiny grains of rock ranging from 0.0625 to 2 millimetres across. Each beach has its unique mix of sand: the white tropical beaches in holiday brochures often have a lot of crushed limestone, while darker beaches usually consist of quartz, a mineral composed of a chemical compound called silicon dioxide.

12 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Men killed as sand pile collapses

Two mainland workers died after they were buried in sand for about 45 minutes on a barge near the former Kai Tak airport yesterday.

The men, aged 39 and 41, were working on top of a heap of sand, about 7 metres high, inside the hold of a mainland-registered barge - Jia Jin - when the accident happened at about 1.30pm.

11 May 2004 - 12:00am


Your recent articles on the possible adverse effects of the heavy silt loads in the waters of the Pearl River Delta tell us that the silt is likely to affect the region's economic development.

17 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Birthday boy Yam remembers to forget Y2K

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority was poised for action. The 30th floor of Citibank Tower hummed with staff, all running through contingency plans and awaiting '9999' havoc.

Rooms full of haggard PR people worked on 12-hour shifts, ready to respond immediately should disaster strike.

Journalists had learned of these plans days earlier.

10 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Bramble antidote to sand, silt and poverty

Farmers along the upper reaches of the Yellow River have achieved significant success in preserving soil and water by growing large areas of sand brambles, in turn helping dig themselves out of the poverty trap.

3 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Gruelling run for charity

Carol Cheng looks too petite to take on one of the most gruelling athletic challenges on Earth. But, for nine hours a night, the delicately built woman is pounding along footpaths and indoor tracks, preparing for a 240-kilometre endurance race across the Sahara.

26 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Should have acted earlier

MS Ho Sau-Ping's letter (South China Morning Post December 18) in response to my letter of December 10 regarding the ecological damage caused by road-widening work in the Lam Tsuen Valley both encouraged and saddened me.

29 Dec 1993 - 12:00am