With the wind in your hair, starboard ho!

The sky was clear blue and the sun was bright on the morning I set out on my maiden voyage from Middle Island. My instructor was Chan Yu-ting, centre sailing instructor with the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC).

Friday, 6 July, 2012, 12:00am

All aboard on the 'Shangri-La Way'

Shangri-La hotels' corporate trainees can look forward to an exciting and speedy career development, as the deluxe hospitality chain is expanding its properties to more than 100 hotels in three to four years.

30 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Assessments cut back

Diploma of Secondary School Curriculum students will see their school-based assessments for Chinese and liberal studies cut back, starting from next year.

Students who enrol in Chinese will only need to submit their scores in the subject's elective modules twice instead of three times. Liberal studies students will only need to do so four times, down from six times.

16 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing hotels stripped of their stars

More than 130 star-rated hotels in Beijing have been stripped of their stars after they failed a review of their service and quality standards conducted by the capital's tourism authority, the Beijing Tourism Development Committee.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast

What is it? A decade has slid past since Palazzo Versace, the world's first designer-brand hotel, opened in Australia's Gold Coast, but it remains an experience worth bragging about. A sophisticated symphony of marble, glass and stone personally approved by the late Gianni Versace, this opulent temple to Greco-Roman style hasn't aged a jot.

28 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Emirates Palace

What is it? A grandiose and opulent Arabian fantasy hotel, the US$3 billion Emirates Palace (below) in Abu Dhabi took 20,000 workers three years to build. From gold flakes sprinkled on top of cappuccinos to crushed diamonds in the spa's exfoliating facials, it's the kind of place that will either captivate you or revolt you with its ostentatiousness.

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Something for the weekend

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Cleaning house

Grace Leo, is a Hong-Kong-born, Paris-based hotel management expert. Her company G.L.A. Hotels specialises in the development, re-positioning, management and marketing of deluxe hotels with a capacity of 20 to 150 rooms. Grace Leo is the first woman to serve on the board of the Leading Hotels of the World's Executive Committee, and here she discusses the state of the industry with May Chan

11 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Financial success is all in the stars

Hong Kong is a financial centre attracting highly skilled and motivated professionals. But what is the Chinese metaphysical explanation for these individuals?

23 Oct 2010 - 12:00am


'I like the night. Without the dark, we'd never see the stars.' Stephenie Meyer - Twilight (2005)

Shooting stars

A star is a shining object that we can see up there in the night sky. A star is also someone who is good at doing something or someone who is famous in sports or show business. And a star can be a symbol showing quality.

6 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

To avoid pushy salesmen, Taiwanese model might buy her next car online

Taiwanese model-actress Pace Wu Pei-tzu said her next online-shopping purchase could be a car.

25 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

100 years of grazing finest tables in world

Evolving from a guide written by Andre Michelin to promote tourism by car in France more than 100 years ago, the Michelin Guide has emerged as one of the world's most authoritative food and travel guides.

3 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Big deal

Macau celebrates Tuen Ng, the Chinese festival commemorating Wat Yuen, the heroic poet who protested against corruption by drowning himself, with the Dragon Boat Races on Sai Van Lake on May 31, June 1 and June 8. To be in town for this colourful event, check out these deals on

21 May 2008 - 12:00am

New Beijing hotel needs a dynamic F&B director

A once-in-a-lifetime opening has arisen for a high flier in the world of food and beverage management who is seeking to put their signature on a world-class hotel.

A deluxe hotel being created in the heart of Beijing seeks a director of F&B.

17 May 2008 - 12:00am

Hotel aiming to be up to platinum standard

The refurbishment of the InterContinental Hong Kong on Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront took five years and cost US$70million, but the project was finally completed at the end of last year.

19 Apr 2008 - 12:00am