In praise of China's high-speed trains

Passengers on the first high-speed rail train from Guangzhou to Beijing. Photo: Simon Song

The 50-minute high-speed rail trip from Guangzhou South station to Shaoguan in northern Guangdong province isn't one of the world's great train journeys.

Tuesday, 14 May, 2013, 2:57am 3 comments

Tickets still in demand as Mo-mania hits the capital

After two weeks of intense drama, fun and excitement, you might have been forgiven if you thought the enthusiasm for the Games was dwindling. Think again. People have been queuing for 18 hours in a desperate bid to buy tickets for the remaining few events, mainly he men's 5,000 metres today.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:27pm

We will see swift return of corruption if legislation curbing touts is scrapped

David M. Webb suggests that the legislation against the scalping of tickets should be rescinded ('Scalping already prohibited by law, but that provision should be abolished', March 16).

Regrettably he needs a lesson in Hong Kong's history about previously widespread corruption.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Scalping already prohibited by law, but that provision should be abolished

Your correspondent J. Ferencova calls for the outlawing of ticket resales at a profit ('It is time to outlaw ticket scalpers', March 8). Section 6 of the Places of Public Entertainment Ordinance already does so. It says: 'No person shall sell ... any ticket or voucher authorising ... admission to any place of public entertainment ...

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Company is trying to stop touts from getting hold of concert tickets

HK Ticketing appreciates the views expressed by J. Ferencova ('It is time to outlaw ticket scalpers', March 8).

Our first objective is to maximise the availability of tickets at their original price to those people who genuinely want to attend the event.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Sevens tickets could be sold by lottery next year

Hong Kong Sevens organisers are planning to allocate tickets for next year's event by lottery in a further bid to reduce the influence of ticket touts.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Forbidden City in new scandal over ticket scam

The credibility of the Forbidden City is being further battered amid accusations that it paid hush money to cover up the embezzlement of ticket revenue in 2009, though administrators at the historic Beijing site deny the claim.

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Urbtix makes collection easier

Users of the Urbtix internet or credit card telephone booking systems can now collect their pre-paid tickets at any of the 36 ticket dispensing machines at performance venues across the city. Previously, they could only collect tickets over the counter. Users can also opt for postal delivery of tickets up to seven days before a performance. More information is available on urbtix.hk.

10 May 2011 - 12:00am

Olympic sale opens, but best seats HK$21,000 more than in Beijing

If you want one of the best seats at the opening of next year's London Olympics, you will have to pay HK$21,685 more than the equivalent at the 2008 Beijing Games cost, and be quick - only 22 opening ceremony tickets have been allocated to Hong Kong.

The best tickets are HK$26,685, compared to HK$5,000 at the Beijing Games. The cheapest are HK$2,342.

12 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Why fast trains are bad news for migrant workers

Three lawyers are urging the Ministry of Railways to start a pilot programme that reduces the price of high-speed rail tickets for migrant labourers during the peak travel period around the Lunar New Year.

The proposal, in a letter sent at the weekend, wants the migrant workers to pay no more than 20 per cent extra for express train tickets.

19 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

UK scalpers win the scrum for Sevens tickets

Next month's Hong Kong Sevens may be a sell-out - as usual - but a British agency is still offering rugby fans tickets for up to HK$3,300.

All tickets are classed as 'unreserved seating within the Hong Kong Stadium', its website says, and 'all tickets will be posted to our customers in early March'.

21 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Fans snap up 10,000 tickets for Spurs-South China clash

Hong Kong fans have snapped up 10,000 tickets for next Sunday's Tottenham Hotspur v South China game at Hong Kong Stadium - thanks to the most expensive seats being reasonably priced.

26 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Ticketing scam costs HK woman US$2,000

A Hong Kong resident who spent US$2,000 on tickets for the Olympic equestrian events yesterday found she was the victim of a worldwide scam.

Helen Williams received a mass e-mail overnight from 'Alan Scott' of beijingticketing.com, telling her the company's suppliers 'have not been able to honour their commitments to us in supplying tickets for the summer Olympics'.

6 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Equestrian queue pain might turn to big gain

Hundreds queued to buy Olympic equestrian event tickets yesterday - not for entry to the venues at Sha Tin and Beas River but mostly to resell them.

About 500 people queued at Macpherson Playground near the Mong Kok branch of the China Travel Service.

30 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Tempers flare in queue for last batch of Games tickets

HK crew held for filming brawl as thousands seek seats

Thousands of people braved sweltering weather yesterday in Beijing to queue for the last batch of Olympics tickets going on sale today.

Amid the queues, a Hong Kong-based television network claimed, a crew was detained by police and requested to erase a video clip taken of a brawl.

25 Jul 2008 - 12:00am