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When a Cathay Pacific plane became victim of world’s first hijacking of a commercial flight

World’s first commercial airline hijacking ends in disaster after the Miss Macao flying boat crashes en route to Hong Kong

19 Jul 2019 - 7:33AM

World’s first commercial airline hijacking ends in disaster after the Miss Macao flying boat crashes en route to Hong Kong

When a Cathay Pacific plane became victim of world’s first hijacking of a commercial flight
How bank’s security questions left one user angry and helpless

When did validating an account get so complicated, wonders journalist, as he realises refusal to provide personal information can lead to his HSBC account being restricted.

2 Jul 2019 - 12:44PM

When did validating an account get so complicated, wonders journalist, as he realises refusal to provide personal information can lead to his HSBC account being restricted.

How bank’s security questions left one user angry and helpless
The Beijing-born British translator who survived solitary confinement during the Cultural Revolution

Gladys Yang studied at Oxford University, where she became the first person to graduate in Chinese Literature and also met her husband, before returning to China to teach and later translate some of the nation’s finest authors into English

18 Jan 2019 - 7:15AM

Gladys Yang studied at Oxford University, where she became the first person to graduate in Chinese Literature and also met her husband, before returning to China to teach and later translate some of the nation’s finest authors into English

The Beijing-born British translator who survived solitary confinement during the Cultural Revolution
Why Shaun Tan’s The Arrival, a wordless graphic novel, could be the book to unite Hongkongers

Shaun Tan’s The Arrival tells the story of an immigrant’s experience, exploring themes of diversity, community and acceptance

5 Jan 2019 - 9:33AM

Shaun Tan’s The Arrival tells the story of an immigrant’s experience, exploring themes of diversity, community and acceptance

Why Shaun Tan’s The Arrival, a wordless graphic novel, could be the book to unite Hongkongers
100 years since end of first world war: how Hong Kong celebrated ‘the most noteworthy anniversary in the history of the nations’

The South China Morning Post’s archives reveal how Hong Kong and the Allies celebrated after the armistice that ended the first world war was signed on November 11, 1918

11 Nov 2018 - 10:03AM

The South China Morning Post’s archives reveal how Hong Kong and the Allies celebrated after the armistice that ended the first world war was signed on November 11, 1918

100 years since end of first world war: how Hong Kong celebrated ‘the most noteworthy anniversary in the history of the nations’
US-China relations in the 1950s: how American bishop became political pawn

James Edward Walsh, was arrested in Shanghai in 1958 and sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment for ‘plotting to overthrow the new China’. His early release was seen as a ‘significant step in the thawing of Sino-US relations’

29 Jun 2018 - 7:16AM

James Edward Walsh, was arrested in Shanghai in 1958 and sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment for ‘plotting to overthrow the new China’. His early release was seen as a ‘significant step in the thawing of Sino-US relations’

US-China relations in the 1950s: how American bishop became political pawn
How Taiwan saw funeral of Sun Yat-Sen’s widow as political power play by China

The middle sister of famous Shanghainese trio the Soong sisters, Soong Chingling was the first woman to become vice-president of the People’s Republic of China

25 May 2018 - 7:13AM

The middle sister of famous Shanghainese trio the Soong sisters, Soong Chingling was the first woman to become vice-president of the People’s Republic of China

How Taiwan saw funeral of Sun Yat-Sen’s widow as political power play by China
How Cheung Chau Bun Festival in 1978 left 100 injured, and why it was banned for 27 years

The midnight event, which saw dozens of teenagers scrambling up 60-foot bamboo towers to pick buns, ended in tragedy after one of the towers collapsed, bringing a second one with it

18 May 2018 - 7:00AM

The midnight event, which saw dozens of teenagers scrambling up 60-foot bamboo towers to pick buns, ended in tragedy after one of the towers collapsed, bringing a second one with it

How Cheung Chau Bun Festival in 1978 left 100 injured, and why it was banned for 27 years
How labourer became first Hong Kong man to conquer Mount Everest in 1992, without climbing partner

Of two Hong Kong mountaineers who set out to climb Mount Everest, only one – Cham Yick-kai – made it to the top, just in time to celebrate his 33rd birthday

13 May 2018 - 9:16AM

Of two Hong Kong mountaineers who set out to climb Mount Everest, only one – Cham Yick-kai – made it to the top, just in time to celebrate his 33rd birthday

How labourer became first Hong Kong man to conquer Mount Everest in 1992, without  climbing partner
Paradise found: a Maldives resort that is far from the madding crowd

Kanuhura is an island paradise aimed at the ‘gypset’, with stunning water villas and plenty of restaurants and bars to keep guests fed and watered

6 May 2018 - 9:33AM

Kanuhura is an island paradise aimed at the ‘gypset’, with stunning water villas and plenty of restaurants and bars to keep guests fed and watered

Paradise found: a Maldives resort that is far from the madding crowd
Why the Hong Kong Coliseum was built – to meet demand and avoid embarrassment

At a cost of HK$140 million, the stadium was hailed as a ‘tribute to leisure’ when it finally opened in 1983

26 Apr 2018 - 11:09AM

At a cost of HK$140 million, the stadium was hailed as a ‘tribute to leisure’ when it finally opened in 1983

Why the Hong Kong Coliseum was built – to meet demand and avoid embarrassment
Leslie Cheung’s suicide: how the King of Canto-pop’s death shook Hong Kong 15 years ago

The pop idol leapt to his death from the 24th floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Central on April 1, 2003, leaving thousands of fans shocked and devastated

29 Mar 2018 - 8:36PM

The pop idol leapt to his death from the 24th floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Central on April 1, 2003, leaving thousands of fans shocked and devastated

Leslie Cheung’s suicide: how the King of Canto-pop’s death shook Hong Kong 15 years ago
Unsolved murder case of ‘window-box tomb’ was one of Hong Kong’s most grisly

The discovery of the bodies of two Singaporean brothers, heirs to a goldsmith’s chain, encased in cement at a Causeway Bay flat followed their kidnapping and the tabling of a ransom demand with a photo of a severed arm – not theirs

23 Mar 2018 - 10:12AM

The discovery of the bodies of two Singaporean brothers, heirs to a goldsmith’s chain, encased in cement at a Causeway Bay flat followed their kidnapping and the tabling of a ransom demand with a photo of a severed arm – not theirs

Unsolved murder case of ‘window-box tomb’ was one of Hong Kong’s most grisly
‘Never thought it could be as cold as this in Hong Kong’: Charlie Chaplin on 1936 visit

The comedian’s short visit generated great excitement, when he dropped anchor in the city with his fiancée, actress Paulette Goddard

8 Mar 2018 - 8:02PM

The comedian’s short visit generated great excitement, when he dropped anchor in the city with his fiancée, actress Paulette Goddard

‘Never thought it could be as cold as this in Hong Kong’: Charlie Chaplin on 1936 visit
Who ‘won’ Chinese New Year?: winners and losers in Hong Kong

Did The Peninsula ‘beat’ the Mandarin Oriental? And who came out on top - Times Square or Harbour City? Instagram data shines a light on Hongkongers’ behaviour over Lunar New Year

1 Mar 2018 - 6:47PM

Did The Peninsula ‘beat’ the Mandarin Oriental? And who came out on top - Times Square or Harbour City? Instagram data shines a light on Hongkongers’ behaviour over Lunar New Year

Who ‘won’ Chinese New Year?: winners and losers in Hong Kong
When 600 died in fire at Hong Kong racecourse 100 years ago

The Happy Valley inferno remains ‘one of the most terrible calamities in the history of Hongkong’, as the South China Morning Post described it a century ago

26 Feb 2018 - 11:45AM

The Happy Valley inferno remains ‘one of the most terrible calamities in the history of Hongkong’, as the South China Morning Post described it a century ago

When 600 died in fire at Hong Kong racecourse 100 years ago
‘Hong Kong’s biggest murder case’ – 1992 fire that left 24 Vietnamese boatpeople dead 

Tragedy started as a minor dispute over hot water between north and south Vietnamese at the Sek Kong Detention camp

9 Feb 2018 - 10:58AM

Tragedy started as a minor dispute over hot water between north and south Vietnamese at the Sek Kong Detention camp

‘Hong Kong’s biggest murder case’ – 1992 fire that left 24 Vietnamese boatpeople dead 
Cabaret hall, monorail, moon rocket – how millions enjoyed Hong Kong’s ‘giant amusement park’ during its 17-year run

Construction of the Kai Tak Entertainment Park, in San Po Kong, was delayed by typhoons but it opened eventually in 1965

26 Jan 2018 - 6:10PM

Construction of the Kai Tak Entertainment Park, in San Po Kong, was delayed by typhoons but it opened eventually in 1965

Cabaret hall, monorail, moon rocket – how millions enjoyed Hong Kong’s ‘giant amusement park’ during its 17-year run
When Hong Kong’s first McDonald’s opened in 1975 ‘and they poured in’ to try hamburgers

The colony was lovin’ it when the US fast-food giant opened its first local outlet in Causeway Bay

19 Jan 2018 - 9:27AM

The colony was lovin’ it when the US fast-food giant opened its first local outlet in Causeway Bay

When Hong Kong’s first McDonald’s opened in 1975 ‘and they poured in’ to try hamburgers
When the death knell sounded for Kowloon Walled City – Hong Kong’s ‘dirty old wart’

Often described as the City of Darkness, the fate of this 2.8 hectare plot of lawlessness, one of the most densely populated places on the planet,

was sealed in 1987 when China gave approval for its demolition

5 Feb 2018 - 5:32PM

Often described as the City of Darkness, the fate of this 2.8 hectare plot of lawlessness, one of the most densely populated places on the planet,

was sealed in 1987 when China gave approval for its demolition

When the death knell sounded for Kowloon Walled City – Hong Kong’s ‘dirty old wart’
Remembering Hong Kong’s first kidney transplant

How the Post reported the breakthrough 1969 operation on 39-year-old ferry worker, who received lifesaving organ from a woman 20 years his junior

5 Jan 2018 - 6:48AM

How the Post reported the breakthrough 1969 operation on 39-year-old ferry worker, who received lifesaving organ from a woman 20 years his junior

Remembering Hong Kong’s first kidney transplant
Some of world’s best young conductors in Hong Kong contest, and a judge is impressed by the quality of entrants

Hong Kong Sinfonietta is behind inaugural competition to nurture global talent, and its principal guest conductor, Christoph Poppen, looks forward to discovering some new stars

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Hong Kong Sinfonietta is behind inaugural competition to nurture global talent, and its principal guest conductor, Christoph Poppen, looks forward to discovering some new stars

Some of world’s best young conductors in Hong Kong contest, and a judge is impressed by the quality of entrants
When Hong Kong’s striking horse handlers brought racing to a stop

Action by stable boys at Sha Tin racecourse in dispute over pay led to three cancelled meetings before an intransigent Jockey Club manager quit, ending the stand-off

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Action by stable boys at Sha Tin racecourse in dispute over pay led to three cancelled meetings before an intransigent Jockey Club manager quit, ending the stand-off

When Hong Kong’s striking horse handlers brought racing to a stop
Murder in Hong Kong: when three foreigners were hanged for sampan killing in 1904

The killing of a Chinese woman on a sampan and a four-year-old were deemed particularly heinous having been committed by ‘a class superior’ – two Americans and a Swede

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The killing of a Chinese woman on a sampan and a four-year-old were deemed particularly heinous having been committed by ‘a class superior’ – two Americans and a Swede

Murder in Hong Kong: when three foreigners were hanged for sampan killing in 1904
How Hong Kong reacted to the shooting of John Lennon

The former Beatle’s murder in New York sent shock waves around the world, not least in Hong Kong, where broadcasters were quick to air tributes

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The former Beatle’s murder in New York sent shock waves around the world, not least in Hong Kong, where broadcasters were quick to air tributes

How Hong Kong reacted to the shooting of John Lennon
When Pope Paul VI came to Hong Kong

The pontiff was in Hong Kong for all of three hours, during which time the 73-year-old preached to many of the colony’s Catholics and delivered a special message to China

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The pontiff was in Hong Kong for all of three hours, during which time the 73-year-old preached to many of the colony’s Catholics and delivered a special message to China

When Pope Paul VI came to Hong Kong
When Hong Kong got its very own princess: the 1995 wedding of Denmark’s Prince Joachim and Disco Bay’s Alexandra Manley

When Alexandra Manley, investment banker and former Island School girl, wed Prince Joachim of Denmark in 1995 it seemed like a fairy tale; as we later reported, their marriage was not to last

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

When Alexandra Manley, investment banker and former Island School girl, wed Prince Joachim of Denmark in 1995 it seemed like a fairy tale; as we later reported, their marriage was not to last

When Hong Kong got its very own princess: the 1995 wedding of Denmark’s Prince Joachim and Disco Bay’s Alexandra Manley
How Hong Kong built the Lion Rock Tunnel – reports from our archives

The 4,677ft tunnel that links Kowloon and Sha Tin opened in 1967 after a 23-month dig that averaged seven feet a day

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The 4,677ft tunnel that links Kowloon and Sha Tin opened in 1967 after a 23-month dig that averaged seven feet a day

How Hong Kong built the Lion Rock Tunnel – reports from our archives
When Concorde first landed in Hong Kong, in November 1976

The supersonic airliner that would later crash in Paris, ending the Concorde era, arrived in Hong Kong 41 years ago with, among its passengers, a certain Mrs Marcos on a shopping trip from Manila

11 Nov 2017 - 10:58PM

The supersonic airliner that would later crash in Paris, ending the Concorde era, arrived in Hong Kong 41 years ago with, among its passengers, a certain Mrs Marcos on a shopping trip from Manila

When Concorde first landed in Hong Kong, in November 1976
1976, and a topless Australian is first to swim around Hong Kong Island

In the week another swimmer attempts to break the record for circumnavigating the island, we trace Olympian Linda McGill’s soggy footprints back to a time of saucy sponsorship and dubious descriptions

4 Nov 2017 - 11:16PM

In the week another swimmer attempts to break the record for circumnavigating the island, we trace Olympian Linda McGill’s soggy footprints back to a time of saucy sponsorship and dubious descriptions

1976, and a topless Australian is first to swim around Hong Kong Island