David Vetter

Hong Kong

David Vetter

Senior Reporter, City Weekend

David Vetter is a former senior reporter on the City desk. David joined the Post in 2016 as editor of HK Magazine following 10 years of reporting and editing for publications in Hong Kong, China and the UK. He holds a master's degree in international journalism.

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Opinion | Is it time to break with Lunar New Year traditions? Not if you want to have a prosperous Year of the Ox, according to Lung Siu-kwan – and after 2020, who can blame us for trying?

Lunar New Year in Chinese culture is suffused with custom and ritual – so much so that David Vetter has run into trouble more than once: Hong Kong singer and actress Lung Siu-Kwan gives him a quick refresher on the key traditions

Lunar New Year in Chinese culture is suffused with custom and ritual – so much so that David Vetter has run into trouble more than once: Hong Kong singer and actress Lung Siu-Kwan gives him a quick refresher on the key traditions

Is it time to break with Lunar New Year traditions? Not if you want to have a prosperous Year of the Ox, according to Lung Siu-kwan – and after 2020, who can blame us for trying?
22 Feb 2021 - 10:26AM
How the Scottish influenced Hong Kong’s New Year’s Eve celebrations

Hong Kong has close ties to Scotland including its own Aberdeen, streets named after Scottish colonials and hiking trails named after governors

Hong Kong has close ties to Scotland including its own Aberdeen, streets named after Scottish colonials and hiking trails named after governors

How the Scottish influenced Hong Kong’s New Year’s Eve celebrations
31 Dec 2019 - 12:00PM
Opinion | What, no chimney? How does Santa Claus deliver presents to apartment blocks, anyway?

Santa is facing a spot of bother in Christmas 2019, as Elon Musk has nabbed his electric flying sleigh idea, and children write asking not for toys, but for world peace and sustainable fuel.

Santa is facing a spot of bother in Christmas 2019, as Elon Musk has nabbed his electric flying sleigh idea, and children write asking not for toys, but for world peace and sustainable fuel.

What, no chimney? How does Santa Claus deliver presents to apartment blocks, anyway?
4 Dec 2019 - 5:30AM
How Marvel star Will Yun Lee lost 14kg in six weeks – and why starring in The Good Doctor finally made his parents proud

The Korean American actor talks equality in Hollywood, rapid weight loss and why he’d love to work with Hong Kong superstar Donnie Yen

The Korean American actor talks equality in Hollywood, rapid weight loss and why he’d love to work with Hong Kong superstar Donnie Yen

How Marvel star Will Yun Lee lost 14kg in six weeks – and why starring in The Good Doctor finally made his parents proud
10 Oct 2019 - 5:52PM
What’s so special about Xiaomi’s new US$2,800 Mi Mix Alpha phone?

The Chinese company wanted to create a smartphone ‘without considering the costs and return’ – which resulted in a $2,800 handset with bezel-less display and longer battery life

The Chinese company wanted to create a smartphone ‘without considering the costs and return’ – which resulted in a $2,800 handset with bezel-less display and longer battery life

What’s so special about Xiaomi’s new US$2,800 Mi Mix Alpha phone?
27 Sep 2019 - 2:26PM
How blockchain is revolutionising the way luxury brands do business

Luxury brands are turning to cutting-edge tech to ensure their customers are getting true authenticity, so where does blockchain fit in?

Luxury brands are turning to cutting-edge tech to ensure their customers are getting true authenticity, so where does blockchain fit in?

How blockchain is revolutionising the way luxury brands do business
12 Aug 2019 - 12:10PM
Christian von Koenigsegg talks about his un-Swedish passion for designing very fast hypercars

Koenigsegg Automotive’s CEO is a visionary who builds cars for the future, worries about the planet and would like to have met Isaac Newton

Koenigsegg Automotive’s CEO is a visionary who builds cars for the future, worries about the planet and would like to have met Isaac Newton

Christian von Koenigsegg talks about his un-Swedish passion for designing very fast hypercars
10 Jun 2019 - 12:01PM
How campaigners helped save Hong Kong’s unique post-war State Theatre from wrecker’s ball – and why majority owner New World Development had a rethink

New World Development changed its plan following a public awareness campaign and representations from government departments.

New World Development changed its plan following a public awareness campaign and representations from government departments.

How campaigners helped save Hong Kong’s unique post-war State Theatre from wrecker’s ball – and why majority owner New World Development had a rethink
2 Feb 2019 - 10:03AM
Playgrounds in Hong Kong are uninspiring, but one NGO is trying to change that with an area that hits all the right notes

The size of a football pitch, Tuen Mun Park was designed with children in mind, and unlike some other city parks, it isn’t in the least bit dull.

The size of a football pitch, Tuen Mun Park was designed with children in mind, and unlike some other city parks, it isn’t in the least bit dull.

Playgrounds in Hong Kong are uninspiring, but one NGO is trying to change that with an area that hits all the right notes
26 Jan 2019 - 11:02AM
How Hong Kong’s public housing system works: costs, waiting times and sales

Almost 45 per cent of population live in public housing, but with city’s notorious lack of land, sky-high property prices and long waiting periods for rental homes for those with low income, relief not likely to be soon.

Almost 45 per cent of population live in public housing, but with city’s notorious lack of land, sky-high property prices and long waiting periods for rental homes for those with low income, relief not likely to be soon.

How Hong Kong’s public housing system works: costs, waiting times and sales
19 Jan 2019 - 11:29AM
HK$8 meals served with a side of job coaching at this Hong Kong lunch club with a difference

Four centres run by French Chamber Foundation aim to help unemployed people and low-income workers find new jobs and improve their lives.

Four centres run by French Chamber Foundation aim to help unemployed people and low-income workers find new jobs and improve their lives.

HK$8 meals served with a side of job coaching at this Hong Kong lunch club with a difference
12 Jan 2019 - 11:06AM
Renting in Hong Kong? Here’s what you need to know

City’s red-hot property prices may be cooling down but there’s no relief in sight for rents as demand is still strong.

City’s red-hot property prices may be cooling down but there’s no relief in sight for rents as demand is still strong.

Renting in Hong Kong? Here’s what you need to know
22 Dec 2018 - 10:00AM
The Cirque de Soleil star who found rejuvenation and inspiration among the peace and creativity of Hong Kong’s Lamma Island

From the lows of having her Macau show cancelled, mezzo soprano Rose Winebrenner is back performing again and credits one of Hong Kong’s most laid-back places with her artistic rebirth.

From the lows of having her Macau show cancelled, mezzo soprano Rose Winebrenner is back performing again and credits one of Hong Kong’s most laid-back places with her artistic rebirth.

The Cirque de Soleil star who found rejuvenation and inspiration among the peace and creativity of Hong Kong’s Lamma Island
15 Dec 2018 - 2:57PM
Beyond mopping floors and renovations: Hong Kong elderly and young volunteers connect through Habitat for Humanity’s home services

Global NGO’s efforts centre on providing visits and free home improvement services for needy in Hong Kong, where ‘everyone deserves a decent place to live’.

Global NGO’s efforts centre on providing visits and free home improvement services for needy in Hong Kong, where ‘everyone deserves a decent place to live’.

Beyond mopping floors and renovations: Hong Kong elderly and young volunteers connect through Habitat for Humanity’s home services
13 Dec 2018 - 3:30PM
More Hong Kong couples turning to IVF treatment as late marriage trend and work, money constraints delay baby-making

4,000 to 5,000 embryo implants done each year, with couples prepared to pay up to HK$200,000 to have a baby.

4,000 to 5,000 embryo implants done each year, with couples prepared to pay up to HK$200,000 to have a baby.

More Hong Kong couples turning to IVF treatment as late marriage trend and work, money constraints delay baby-making
8 Dec 2018 - 10:46AM
Biggest source of air pollution in Hong Kong? It’s shipping, not cars, or mainland China

An in-depth look at the sources of harmful gases and particles that are choking the city.

An in-depth look at the sources of harmful gases and particles that are choking the city.

Biggest source of air pollution in Hong Kong? It’s shipping, not cars, or mainland China
23 Oct 2019 - 3:59PM
How ethnic minority workers are shunned in Hong Kong, and whether a new equality charter for companies will change this

Twenty major firms have signed up for first initiative of its kind in city, based on research showing population segment face widespread job challenges.

Twenty major firms have signed up for first initiative of its kind in city, based on research showing population segment face widespread job challenges.

How ethnic minority workers are shunned in Hong Kong, and whether a new equality charter for companies will change this
1 Dec 2018 - 10:30AM
Facebook could face Hong Kong prosecution over failure to hand over information on racist users

As equality watchdog weighs taking the case to the Department of Justice for prosecution, the company says its request needs to comply with law in Ireland, where the data is held.

As equality watchdog weighs taking the case to the Department of Justice for prosecution, the company says its request needs to comply with law in Ireland, where the data is held.

Facebook could face Hong Kong prosecution over failure to hand over information on racist users
26 Nov 2018 - 3:47PM
Jane Goodall on calling Interpol, the far right and eating your fingernails

Best known for her work with chimpanzees, renowned animal expert and activist says hope for planet lies in educating young to be stewards.

Best known for her work with chimpanzees, renowned animal expert and activist says hope for planet lies in educating young to be stewards.

Jane Goodall on calling Interpol, the far right and eating your fingernails
17 Nov 2018 - 10:55PM
Hong Kong urged to control rising car numbers and traffic congestion with cohesive transport policies

Vehicle ownership increasing seven times faster than population, with buyers undeterred by exorbitant costs of parking space.

Vehicle ownership increasing seven times faster than population, with buyers undeterred by exorbitant costs of parking space.

Hong Kong urged to control rising car numbers and traffic congestion with cohesive transport policies
17 Nov 2018 - 9:47AM
Classical musician develops chart-topping apps to teach kids conservation – then gives them away for free

Shirley Choi harnesses the power of mobile technology to revolutionise the way children learn about a subject close to her heart.

Shirley Choi harnesses the power of mobile technology to revolutionise the way children learn about a subject close to her heart.

Classical musician develops chart-topping apps to teach kids conservation – then gives them away for free
10 Nov 2018 - 12:31PM
Pink Season event highlights call of Hong Kong’s LGBT community to lawmakers: we’re ready for equal rights, listen to society

Five weeks of events raise discussion of recent legal milestones and progress made to pave way for spousal rights of same-sex partners.

Five weeks of events raise discussion of recent legal milestones and progress made to pave way for spousal rights of same-sex partners.

Pink Season event highlights call of Hong Kong’s LGBT community to lawmakers: we’re ready for equal rights, listen to society
5 Nov 2018 - 11:55AM
Shark fin: Cathay Pacific among major Hong Kong firms uniting in pledge to end global trade

Four Seasons Hotel, Shangri-La Group, Conrad Hong Kong and Star Ferry Company some of the big names promising to put pressure on other businesses.

Four Seasons Hotel, Shangri-La Group, Conrad Hong Kong and Star Ferry Company some of the big names promising to put pressure on other businesses.

Shark fin: Cathay Pacific among major Hong Kong firms uniting in pledge to end global trade
29 Nov 2018 - 12:52PM
From haunted houses to abandoned villages: seven scary sites in Hong Kong to get spooked out by this Halloween

From haunted buildings that legend has it were once military brothels or mental institutions to foreboding abandoned villages and sites of ghostly visitations, there are plenty of spots to get terrified in Hong Kong

From haunted buildings that legend has it were once military brothels or mental institutions to foreboding abandoned villages and sites of ghostly visitations, there are plenty of spots to get terrified in Hong Kong

From haunted houses to abandoned villages: seven scary sites in Hong Kong to get spooked out by this Halloween
30 Oct 2018 - 3:32PM
‘Indonesian helpers are thieves’: shocking statements of prejudice toward ethnic minorities exposed by charity’s campaign to tackle racism in Hong Kong

Hong Kong describes itself as Asia’s World City, but charity’s social media movement shows attitudes to race are mired in the past

Hong Kong describes itself as Asia’s World City, but charity’s social media movement shows attitudes to race are mired in the past

‘Indonesian helpers are thieves’: shocking statements of prejudice toward ethnic minorities exposed by charity’s campaign to tackle racism in Hong Kong
27 Oct 2018 - 1:18PM
How the humble Hong Kong identity card got smart and became vital for life in the city

Modest piece of plastic due for next microchip renewal at annual recurring cost of HK$84 billion from 2019 onwards.

Modest piece of plastic due for next microchip renewal at annual recurring cost of HK$84 billion from 2019 onwards.

How the humble Hong Kong identity card got smart and became vital for life in the city
21 Oct 2018 - 9:34AM
Wildlife fights back in Hong Kong’s concrete jungle

Attitudes to nature have changed, conservation worker Paul Crow says, and the whole city seems to have embraced an increasing biodiversity.

Attitudes to nature have changed, conservation worker Paul Crow says, and the whole city seems to have embraced an increasing biodiversity.

Wildlife fights back in Hong Kong’s concrete jungle
20 Oct 2018 - 10:02AM
Educating Hong Kong youth key to stopping ivory trade, elephant charity says

A tour of local schools featuring those who see illegal poaching and its effects up close in Africa could help reduce the demand endangering the species.

A tour of local schools featuring those who see illegal poaching and its effects up close in Africa could help reduce the demand endangering the species.

Educating Hong Kong youth key to stopping ivory trade, elephant charity says
13 Oct 2018 - 4:02PM
Song dynasty fidget spinners and scholarly playthings: a history lesson from a Hong Kong-based art dealer

Taiwanese Maria Kiang had Hollywood dreams but a career detour to explore her roots landed her in the ancient Chinese fine art business.

Taiwanese Maria Kiang had Hollywood dreams but a career detour to explore her roots landed her in the ancient Chinese fine art business.

Song dynasty fidget spinners and scholarly playthings: a history lesson from a Hong Kong-based art dealer
13 Oct 2018 - 11:01AM
Animal welfare in Hong Kong: veteran campaigner hopes ‘duty of care’ law protecting pets will be fitting legacy after nearly 40 years in the city

Jacqui Green is a household name on Lantau Island, and among the city’s animal welfare community, Now she’s heading back to Britain and hopes the government is finally listening to calls for a law protecting pets.

Jacqui Green is a household name on Lantau Island, and among the city’s animal welfare community, Now she’s heading back to Britain and hopes the government is finally listening to calls for a law protecting pets.

Animal welfare in Hong Kong: veteran campaigner hopes ‘duty of care’ law protecting pets will be fitting legacy after nearly 40 years in the city
7 Oct 2018 - 10:07AM