Valentine's Day

My funny Valentine

A woman smiles as she poses for a picture by a Valentine's Day cut-out displayed outside a shopping mall in Hong Kong on February 12, 2014. Photo: AFP

Valentine’s Day is, for many, the most dreaded holiday on the calendar. Those who are already spoken for go along with it and pretend to enjoy it.

Friday, 14 February, 2014, 12:05pm 1 comment

Love don't cost a thing? Hongkongers disagree ahead of 'double Valentine's Day'

A couple pose in Times Square in Causeway Bay. This year's Yuen Siu festival, also known as Chinese Valentine's Day, falls on February 14. Photo: Sam Tsang

Many young locals say they can't afford the expense of dating and relationships, a survey says, as romantics prepare for rare Valentine's clash.

13 Feb 2014 - 5:32pm 6 comments

Love, sex, reproduction and a rose grown in space: science for Valentine's Day

You're welcome. African penguins receive valentines from biologist Crystal Crimbchin at The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco on Wednesday. How appropriate the valentines will be used as nesting material. Photo: AP

You knew the scientists were going to be all over this.

14 Feb 2013 - 5:16pm

People's Daily denounces Valentine's Day 'debauchery of decadent cadres'

Valentine's Day is big business in the mainland today. Photo: AP

On the eve of Valentine's Day, as businesses in big cities across the mainland geared up to cash in on the romantic occasion, the Communist Party's mouthpiece newspaper warned yesterday that in recent years it had turned into a "breeding-ground" of corruption and debauchery for a minority of party members.

14 Feb 2013 - 12:22pm

Talking points

World gets in the mood for love

Romantics around the world prepare to take their loved ones somewhere extra special for the day of the year most associated with love. 

14 Feb 2013 - 1:29am

The way to a Valentine's heart is through St Betty's chocolate cherry mousse …

This dessert is one of many culinary delights the Central eatery has for food lovers on February 14. Photo: SCMP

In Hong Kong, lovers tend to celebrate Valentine's Day by eating. In response, restaurants across town roll out special romantic set meals for two. These range from boozy brunches to over-the-top love fests - think pink candles and heart-shaped slabs of foie gras.

14 Feb 2013 - 2:38am

Roses are good, but sometimes just the bucket of water would be better

Melting moment: Lu Lu and her boyfriend Ai Jie share a kiss at Harbour City's chocolate art exhibition yesterday. Photo: Nora Tam

Lovers' bouquets are winging their way from florists all across the city on Valentine's Day today, but romance does not always blossom at the other end. On their busiest day of the year, flower deliverymen and women are usually met with huge smiles. But Wu Sau-bing, who has been doing the job for the past 12 years, remembers one exception from last year.

14 Feb 2013 - 12:23pm

Pet Peeve: Valentine's day meals

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

One February 14, at some otherwise unspecified point in the third century AD, a Roman christian named Valentinus is believed to have been martyred for his faith.

14 Feb 2013 - 9:38am

Chefs miss night of romance on Valentine's Day

Serge Theriault (left) met girlfriend Andrea Ford working in a restaurant, and now the two of them cook together on Valentine's Day. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Many couples will be out tonight, wining and dining with their loved ones. But while the masses are giggling over complimentary glasses of prosecco and sniffing red roses, chefs' partners get a raw deal.

14 Feb 2013 - 5:41pm

Florists count the cost as Valentine's Day is so close to Lunar New Year

Mong Kok flower market is blooming in preparation for Valentine's Day tomorrow. What retailers are lamenting is a shortage of ardent suitors. Photos: Felix Wong

Valentine's Day isn't looking so enchanting this year for florists, who expect orders to be down by one-third because February 14 is so close to the Lunar New Year holiday.

Last year the lovers' day came more than two weeks after Lunar New Year.

13 Feb 2013 - 5:50am

Find love, wealth and friendship with fung shui flying

Men's Valentine's choice?

Looking for love, wealth or health? Then Jetstar Asia may have just the thing for you.

8 Feb 2013 - 2:19am 1 comment

No Valentine's Day weddings this year, says Beijing

Unfortunately for Beijing romantics, February 14 falls on a national holiday this year.

7 Feb 2013 - 12:09pm 1 comment

Places to find the food of love

Watermark at Pier 7 has stunning harbour views.

It's that time of year again when couples scramble to make reservations at the city's most romantic restaurants. 

7 Feb 2013 - 9:26am

Millions of singles - and their parents - looking for love this Lunar New Year

A couple walk by a snake drum in a Beijing park. Photo: Reuters

Xiong Jian, a 26-year-old communications engineer working in Hunan, thought marriage was a distant prospect until two weeks ago when he received a call from his mother in Wuhan telling him she had found a girl he could meet during this month's Lunar New Year holiday.

6 Feb 2013 - 5:43am

New taxi driver scams prey on overseas visitors to city

Breathing uneasily in Beijing

In one of the scams the driver feigns engine trouble and pulls over on to the hard shoulder, explaining that he needs to check out the car. So he has a look under the bonnet and moves round to the boot. He scans the passenger's luggage and anything valuable and accessible, like a laptop computer, and hides it in the boot. Then he tells the passenger that the mechanical problems are serious and he can't continue the journey. But he phones a friend who appears in another taxi. There's a quick transfer of luggage and off the passenger goes, unwittingly without his computer. Then the other taxi driver roars off and sells whatever he has looted.

5 Feb 2013 - 5:03am