Fanny Fung

Tourism-industry workers should exercise "self-discipline" in upholding the good name of Hong Kong as any new regulatory legislation will take time to come into effect, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said yesterday.


It is politically unrealistic for the mainland and Taiwan to jointly write an official history of their resistance against Japanese invasion, three academics said on Tuesday at a forum to mark the 70th anniversary of China’s liberation from the island nation during the second world war.

A plan to build more shops and attractions on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront could mean an extension of New World Development's management role on the Avenue of Stars to 2035.

Where is the "central government office" in Hong Kong under "one country, two systems"? It proved to be a tricky question that apparently confused the US State Department.

A veteran buildings surveyor has been appointed interim managing director of the Urban Renewal Authority following the abrupt resignation of the previous incumbent amid a split in the statutory body's top management.

Hong Kong lawmakers have given the green light for the government to spend an extra HK$17.5 billion on the construction of the city's seventh border crossing to Shenzhen, after 10 hours of debate that spanned three weeks.

A baggage name plate that appears to have been dropped by a British marine during the first world war a century ago has recently been found at the bottom of Victoria Harbour, and may enrich the story behind Hong Kong's most famous military ship - HMS Tamar.

Owners of a dilapidated building in Tai Kok Tsui had their wishes granted, when the Urban Renewal Authority earmarked the 474 square metre plot for redevelopment.

All-powerful rural kingpin Lau Wong-fat will finally relinquish the chairmanship of the Heung Yee Kuk - after 35 years at the helm of the statutory body representing indigenous New Territories residents and acting as chief negotiator in talks between villagers and the government.

The government is facing growing pressure to step up scrutiny of private care homes for elderly people after a media investigation revealed residents at one home were left naked or half-naked on an open-air podium while they waited to shower.

A middle-class elderly residential project under construction in North Point is to house two full-fledged Chinese and Western medical clinics, under plans to cope with the needs of the ageing population.

The Civil Service Bureau says the door is still open for talks with police staff over salaries, even after unions snubbed a meeting with the minister because previous discussions had proved fruitless.

A century-old tree at the former government headquarters in Central was chopped down after being diagnosed with brown root rot disease, the latest in a series of sick trees being removed from the area in recent years.

Hong Kong retailers should look to diversify and not just target mainland shoppers, a major mall developer said yesterday - a month after a cap was introduced on visits by Shenzhen residents.

Fresh doubts have emerged over the delayed Hong Kong-Shenzhen-Guangzhou high-speed railway link, after a local deputy to the National People's Congress warned that travelling Hongkongers might not get a joint immigration checkpoint after all.

Hongkongers working regular Mondays to Fridays will enjoy 10 long weekends next year, spelling extra opportunities for both holidaymakers and businesses in outbound travel.

Former public housing tenants who become homeowners under a new subsidised housing scheme will be bound by restrictions if they resell their flats within five years of purchase.

A grocery and a Chinese herbal shop became the first retailers fined HK$2,000 each for giving out plastic bags to consumers without charging them 50 cents.

Less than 1 per cent of shops inspected in the first month of the expanded plastic shopping bag levy scheme breached the new law, the Environment Protection Department announced at the conclusion of the grace period.

The government plans to rezone 150 sites of various types of usage to increase residential land. We selected 79 sites that required rezoning and mapped them against the backdrop of current zonings.

Residents fret as they move into new housing estates, but find there are not enough school places, transport links and open space in their district; not-in-my-backyard attitudes complicate matters.

When a retired government town planner turned maverick planning consultant appeared before former colleagues a few weeks ago, he presented them with a politically sensitive demand.

The authors of the Basic Law never intended candidates for the city's leadership elections to be put forward by the Hong Kong public, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said.

The managing director of the Urban Renewal Authority revealed in an email to staff on Tuesday that she left because of "fundamental differences" with its chairman over its direction.

A study that the government commissioned from a "reputable international consultancy firm" in 2008 to identify possible shake-up measures for struggling Hongkong Post was never finished, the South China Morning Post has learned.

Former boss says the department should useits links with hundreds of cities around the world to develop its own e-commerce network.

Remains of a large suspected shipwreck have been found in the sea bed off Wan Chai during dredging works for the construction of the Central-Wan Chai Bypass.

The Housing Authority will consider setting aside a proportion of future Home Ownership Scheme flats for single people wishing to buy subsidised homes.

London has turned down a renewed appeal to grant full British citizenship to former British-Hong Kong soldiers left in the territory after the handover.

Hong Kong-style cha chaan teng and shops selling domestic necessities will fill a row of historic shophouses on Shanghai Street in Mong Kok under a HK$200 million revitalisation project.

After surging rent at a prime Mid-Levels location forced a secondary school to move out just a few months ago, the building's owner has found a buyer: nearby Hong Kong Baptist Church.

Nearly 130,000 applications have been made for just 2,160 bargain flats on sale under Hong Kong's relaunched Home Ownership Scheme.

Measures to stop speculators cashing in could form part of the rules for the city's latest subsidised housing scheme, the housing minister said yesterday.

Soldiers who served under the command of the colonial government have seized the moment to step up their fight for right of abode in the United Kingdom.

More incentives will be offered to private owners of historic buildings to encourage their conservation, but no firm measures will be introduced against demolition.

Hong Kong's deputy transport minister remained non-committal yesterday on the establishment of a joint immigration checkpoint at the West Kowloon terminus of the trouble-plagued Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong express rail link.

More large public rental housing flats will be completed in the future to meet the demands of low-income families with four or more members.

Owners of dilapidated buildings on small-sized lots will face more difficulty in persuading the Urban Renewal Authority to redevelop them, under tightened application criteria of its demand-led redevelopment scheme.

Democratic Progressive Party stalwart Lin Chia-lung, who seized the long-time Kuomintang stronghold of Taichung on Saturday, has been an outspoken figure on the mainland’s democracy and rights campaigns.

The Taiwan local elections were intense races but there was one area of political ground that candidates from both the pro-Beijing and pro-independence camps tiptoed around - cross-strait ties.