Gender police on the beat at Underground washrooms

Not only are the Chinese swimmers being labelled as drug cheats, but now their sex is also being called into question as Li Xuanxu, the bronze medallist in the women's 400 individual medley, found out.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 10:49pm

Loo and behold!

This column is called So Near, Yet So Feared for obvious reasons. The mainland is our hinterland and yet that large and looming entity is greatly dreaded by many in Hong Kong.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Rules for toilets create a buzz

For Beijing's public toilets, three flies are one too many.

The city government is setting new standards in an attempt to clean up its dirty, smelly public toilets.

And in a series of guidelines, it says the number of flies inside should not exceed two.

24 May 2012 - 12:00am

Flush of anger

How lazy do they think we are? I'm referring, of course, to the people behind the automatic toilets and taps that are popping up all over Hong Kong.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing puts lid on toilet activist

Police have barred a university student behind the mainland's Occupy Men's Toilet Movement from leaving Beijing for the next two weeks, with the authorities wary of grass-roots gatherings during two key annual meetings in Beijing.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Relief for women - half a century on

Who hasn't experienced the misery of having to wait in line to answer the call of nature from time to time? For women, the experience may be even more frustrating. Inadequate female toilets and longer usage time mean they often have to endure a longer queue. After a decade of government studies and consultations, relief is under way.

27 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Modernisation to disturb history

Parts of historic foundations and an old underground toilet will be disturbed in revitalisation of the former Police Married Quarters in Hollywood Road.

22 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Cathay launches loo sticker campaign to stop its flight service going down the toilet

Cathay Pacific is placing warning stickers on the toilets of its entire fleet in an effort to stop passengers flushing away items the airline believes are responsible for blockages in lavatories on its Airbuses.

2 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Public toilets lacking soap, paper

One in 10 public washrooms do not have soap dispensers installed, officials revealed yesterday.

Government figures show that of the 3,509 public toilets in Hong Kong, 368 do not have sensor-activated or manual soap dispensers and 556 do not have electric hand dryers.

18 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Hotel is architecture at its creative best

The architect responsible for much of the interior design at the Grand Hyatt Guangzhou, California-based Peter Remedios, has described the new hotel as 'an architectural tour de force'.

The dedicated business and function areas on the hotel's third floor can be accessed by a separate entrance to the main lobby.

19 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Le Dossier

Le Dossier

translated by Sarah Long

John Murray, HK$109

13 Jul 2008 - 12:00am


What do you think about broadband services?

There is much more that broadband operators must do than meet their own targets ('Nearly all broadband firms meet own targets', April 28).

I replied to the survey carried out by Hong Kong Broadband Network.

30 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Quotes of The Week

My mother already told the banker that she was dying but the banker still sold her hard, saying she was the most important and the smartest investor in the bank.

26 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Caught short by a lack of Olympic facilities

As the Olympic torch relay was launched in Beijing last week, a number of landmark infrastructure projects reached completion. These included Terminal 3 at Beijing Capital International Airport; the Beijing National Stadium, commonly known as the Bird's Nest; and the National Aquatics Centre, or Water Cube.

8 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Child-friendly toilets on the way

The government will provide child-friendly facilities in public toilets, the Legislative Council has been told.

18 Oct 2007 - 12:00am