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Year of the Snake

Only time can tell what to make of this 'wicked' lot

Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat draws fortune sticks for Hong Kong in Che Kung Temple. Photo: Felix Wong

In the annual ceremony at Sha Tin's Che Kung temple, Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat drew a stick bearing the number 95. The message on the stick, loosely translated, read: "In a splendid carriage you embarked on your journey. Today, you came home barefoot. Is it that you failed the imperial examination? Or did you lose all your gold in business?"

Monday, 18 February, 2013, 5:09am

Year of the Snake festivities charm Sha Tin race-goers

Liza Wang

The Lunar New Year race meeting at the Sha Tin Racecourse on Tuesday was not short of festive elements.

Actors Liza Wang Ming-chuen and Wayne Lai Yiu-cheung - who said they had spent most of the Lunar New Year working - entertained guests with their singing.

15 Feb 2013 - 3:16am

Taoist omen warns Hongkongers to beware of 'wicked people'

Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat. Photo: Felix Wong

A stick bearing the number 95 was drawn by Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat at Sha Tin's Che Kung Temple in the annual ritual. The prediction for stick 95 says: "In a splendid carriage you embarked on your journey. Today, you came home barefoot. Is it that you failed the imperial exam? Or did you lose all your gold in business?"

12 Feb 2013 - 9:39am 3 comments

Hong Kong tougher than any snake

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's first policy speech last month paved the way for better development. Photo: Felix Wong

The Year of the Snake does not stand out as a particularly auspicious one in the Chinese zodiac. Yet Hongkongers and other Chinese communities around the world have ushered in the new lunar year with the usual fanfare. As the Dragon fades away, with the woes it delivered last year, we pray that the Snake slithers in with more blessings.

12 Feb 2013 - 2:45am

Year of the Snake is a year to buy gold

According to fung shui master Wong Man-chiu, gold will have an upward trend and people will buy the precious metal as a safe haven. Photo: Bloomberg

The Year of the Snake, according to fung shui master Wong Man-chiu, will continue to be a volatile year in both the macro economy and the stock and property markets.

12 Feb 2013 - 5:08am 1 comment

John Tsang sees better economy in Year of the Snake

Financial Secretary John Tsang

"The European and US markets seem to be more stable than last year, while there are signs that the mainland economic growth is accelerating," Tsang said on his blog on Sunday. "Hong Kong's economy will improve slightly from the Year of the Dragon."

12 Feb 2013 - 5:07am

Good year, bad year? Hong Kong weighs the scales

There's ssssomething about sssnakes. The Lunar New Year fair at Victoria Park draws a crowd. Photo: Sam Tsang

The Year of the Snake kicks off with the launch of’s newest blog HKEye, where we take a look how the world’s media are covering Hong Kong. Stories about snake soup, snake fortunes and live snakes have been slithering around in recent days.

How charming

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Zhejiang 'Snake Village' seeks New Year boom

A snake farmer checks the snakes being air-dried in Zisiqiao village, Zhejiang Province. Photo: AP

In the 1980s, villagers began raising snakes for food and traditional Chinese medicine, transforming the Zhejiang village economically.

10 Feb 2013 - 12:50pm

Snake species creeping up in Hong Kong

A Chinese Cobra. Placed fifth in the Chinese zodiac of a 12-year cycle, the snake gives the least auspicious impression. Photo: AFCD

Exotic snake species from Africa, Southeast Asia and elsewhere are making homes for themselves in Hong Kong, after being abandoned by pet owners or escaping from food shops, according to conservation officials.

9 Feb 2013 - 4:25am

Psy and CY flip-flops among Lunar New Year fair's hot items

Visitors indulge the festive colour at Victoria Park's Lunar New Year fair. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hello Kitty helium balloons, stuffed toys and silky dog outfits. These are some of the more popular items still up for grabs at the Lunar New Year fair, which ends tomorrow morning.

9 Feb 2013 - 4:25am

Talking points

World sees in Year of the Snake

World sees in Year of the Snake

9 Feb 2013 - 2:57am

It's snakes and ladders on CLSA's Fung Shui Index

Snake years usually spell gloom for the Hang Seng Index, but broker CLSA predicted yesterday that this year could be different. Its fung shui team (from left) Emily Lam, Oliver Lam, Mariana Kou, and Francis Cheung, said the local benchmark would continue climbing until early August, then slump and fluctuate before bouncing back next year. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The Hang Seng was likely to continue climbing to an intrayear high in August on the back of a strong performance in the resources sector, the broker said. Afterwards, it would slump and fluctuate between losses and gains before bouncing back to positive territory in January.

7 Feb 2013 - 5:16am

CLSA nails custard to the wall for tongue-in-cheek report

Belt up or be busted on the 21M

Whither the slither? This and other compelling questions for investors in the Year of the Snake are raised and answered in CLSA's 19th Fung Shui Index.

7 Feb 2013 - 5:16am 1 comment

NBA to stage big Lunar New Year bash with live games for China fans

Washington Wizards' Trevor Booker (left) takes on Sacramento Kings' Thomas Robinson on Monday. The Wizards will play the Brooklyn Nets on February 8. Photo: AP

The NBA announced plans on Monday to stage its biggest international tribute ever when it honours the Lunar New Year celebration next month.

The NBA will welcome the Year of the Snake with 23 live games shown and streamed on the internet in China from February 7 to 14. Five clubs will host Chinese-themed tributes in their arenas.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am