Compulsory safety checks on buildings more than 30 years old will be launched this summer - but many of those who will be affected by the checks have never heard of the scheme, a survey found.Monday, 16 April, 2012, 12:00am
The 31st Hong Kong Film Awards are a week away and excitement is already building around which stars will be hits and misses on the red carpet. Swiss watchmaker and jeweller Piaget is sponsoring the gala night and released some behind-the-scenes photos of nominees this week that could make a girl swoon.6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am
Dong Zhenxiang of Beijing's Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant will bring a team of chefs to cook at Mandarin Oriental's Man Wah from April 14-22. There is a choice of a la carte or set lunch and dinner menus. Dong will host a 12-course wine-pairing dinner for HK$2,188 plus 10 per cent on April 20.5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am
It's Friday night and you and the significant other are stuck with the weekly dinner dilemma: settle for the same old SoHo staple, or try somewhere new? With an estimated 13,000 to 18,000 restaurants in our fair city, finding a fresh restaurant shouldn't be as difficult as it usually feels.29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
Tai Hung Fai Enterprise, a small property developer, plans to launch its first luxury-home project in Ho Man Tin this year, with flat prices pitched at about HK$20,000 per square foot.
Some market watchers say the pricing is quite aggressive.28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
In the dead of night, when the streets are empty and people are at rest, night workers keep Hong Kong moving. Yet the efforts of taxi drivers, security guards, street cleaners and others who toil 'behind the scenes' often go unnoticed.25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
When urban planner Peter Cookson-Smith steps out of his Wan Chai office, he does not like what he sees.25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
Gymnast Shek Wai-hung believes an Olympic medal is not beyond his reach when he competes in London this summer. But first he will have to perfect a routine that can compare with the best in the world.23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
Whenever there is a fatal blaze, we get assurances and crocodile tears from officials. But despite a number of tragedies in the city over the past few years, the government's fire and buildings inspectors are still failing to do sufficient checks to ensure the safety of Hong Kong residents, especially in older blocks.15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
This Saturday there is an oyster and Austrian wine dinner at Chez Les Copains in Sai Kung, hosted by Christine Saahs, owner and winemaker of the Nikolaihof estate.8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
Debaters from Diocesan Girls' School and TWGHs Kap Yan Directors' College reached for the moon at yesterday's grand final debate. But only DGS walked away as the new champions of the 12th Nesta-SCMP Debating Competition.
Kap Yan, last year's winners, put up an admirable fight, but they lost their title during a rousing debate at Baptist University in Kowloon Tong.7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
For families new to Hong Kong and staying in serviced apartments, the choice of location can have an impact on how quickly they feel settled.
Fortunately, the city has a wide range of interesting locations, ranging from the town centre to beautiful countryside.2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
A cook who lit a chain of fires in a 'drunken prank' that left a HK$20 million trail of destruction would spend a long time in jail, a judge said yesterday.1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
One in every 14 buildings checked for fire hazards is a potential death trap, the Fire Services Department warned yesterday following safety inspections prompted by last year's blaze at a Mong Kok market that left nine people dead.
Eleven out of 157 mixed-use buildings at markets across the city presented fire hazards, according to the department.1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
The chaos of street markets is one of the reasons they are so appealing. Jumbles of stalls stacked high with an eclectic mix of goods, hawkers shouting for attention and crowds of shoppers seeking bargains make them worth preserving.26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am