'It was a dream to push mum across China'

Fan Meng, 26, and his 53-year-old mother Kou Minjun hit the road with supplies. Photo: Imaginechina

Fan Meng, 26, made headlines across the mainland recently for pushing his wheelchair-bound mother, Kou Minjun, more than 3,500 kilometres in a three-month odyssey from Beijing to Yunnan.

Sunday, 28 October, 2012, 5:51am

Customers file harassment complaint

After paying more than HK$3 million to a travel company that they say provided no services, a group of Hongkongers have complained to police that the company is continuing to harass them for more money.

22 Oct 2012 - 5:42am

Field Trip: Dark lessons from a colonial past

Field Trip: Dark lessons from a colonial past

On our way to Noosa, a beach resort on Australia's east coast, we came across a place called Murdering Creek and a road with a similar name.

They seemed out of place in what is now a pleasant town crammed with boutique hotels, designer clothes shops and a government-protected nature reserve. But Noosa, like many places in Australia, has a dark side to its history.

22 Oct 2012 - 12:38pm

Residents upset US visa-free status continues to evade HK

The cover of a Hong Kong passport. Photo: SCMP

Travel and business leaders have expressed frustration that Hongkongers continue to be denied visa-free access to the US, after it was announced that the privilege would be extended to Taiwan beginning next month.

4 Oct 2012 - 3:11pm 23 comments

Kitesurfing takes off in Mui Ne, Vietnam

When conditions are right, the beach is filled with kites. Photo: Jeffrey Lau

For Mike Scribner, a suntanned and fast-talking American, the small landscaping business he has back home is simply a way to fund the four-month kitesurfing trips he takes to Vietnam every year.

24 Sep 2012 - 10:11am

Making the planet a bit more Lonely

Lonely Planet, the travel bible for backpackers across the globe, is to triple its publications on the mainland in the next five years, at a time when outbound tourism is approaching 100 million a year.

17 Sep 2012 - 3:11am

Mainland passengers come to blows on flight to Shanghai

Two groups of mainland passengers brawled on an international flight from Saipan to Shanghai last Friday in the second such incident in a week.

Friday's brawl reportedly erupted when two Chinese men fought for a seat on Sichuan Airlines flight 3U8648, which left Saipan at 6.10am.

12 Sep 2012 - 3:45am 1 comment

Relaxed travel rules spark rally in shares of HK retailers

The share prices of Hong Kong retailers surged yesterday on expectations that eased regulations for mainlanders visiting the city would bring more shoppers from across the border.

Cosmetics retailers, department store operators, and high-end jewellery and watch sellers, which may benefit from the new policy, rose up to 7 per cent despite a 0.41 per cent fall in the Hang Seng Index.

28 Aug 2012 - 3:38am

Sky-high Wi-fi club prepares for liftoff

On-board Wi-fi plus a captive audience equals advertising revenue. It's a formula that airlines hope will turn what has always been a cost centre - their in-flight entertainment systems - into a profit generator.

More airlines in Asia plan to install wireless systems on aircraft that will be able to broadcast commercials in addition to entertainment such as music and movies.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:29pm

Business travellers turning to Singapore

The region's business travellers are increasingly heading to Singapore rather than Hong Kong as the mainland economy slows and opportunities open up in Southeast Asia.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:15pm

Carrier plans to dump HK-London cash-guzzler

Hong Kong Airlines is set to terminate its cash-guzzling, all-business-class service between Hong Kong and London from next month.

The daily Hong Kong-Gatwick route operated by three Airbus 330-200s with all-business-class configuration, was seen as a trunk, or major, route for the carrier to tap into the intercontinental market.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:11pm

HK Airlines works on passenger backlog

Hong Kong Airlines was still struggling to clear a backlog of passengers at Chek Lap Kok airport yesterday following last week's flight disruption because of storms.

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing's turbulent flight path

Mainland airlines are hoping that when Beijing's second airport is finally opened, they will not be forced to schedule flights from two airfields in the city, which they say will add to their costs and curb flexibility.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Airlines rise on state's vow to lift industry

Shares of mainland airlines soared in Hong Kong yesterday after the central government issued a circular aimed at boosting the aviation industry, predicting a tripling of the mainland's air transport volume by 2020.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Check the overhead bins - your goods may have flown

The audacity of mainland theft syndicates has soared sky-high - literally.

Well-dressed crooks posing as travellers are stealing valuables worth hundreds of thousands of dollars from the overhead lockers of Hong Kong-bound flights, police say.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am