The chief Buddhist nun of a Hong Kong monastery has been involved in two sham marriages to mainland Chinese monks and transferred donations for maintenance of its building to a bank account which she has total control of, one of its directors alleges.


Ordering fresh poultry by selecting it on a computer screen that displays video of the chickens on sale, and a free Wi-fi connection while shopping for groceries: These are some of the 21st century shopping experiences being offered at Siu Sai Wan Market in Chai Wan following its HK$25 million overhaul by Link Asset Management.


A share market analyst is going into battle against the privacy watchdog in a dispute sparked by an order for him to remove information from his website.

A former resident of the now-demolished Tiu Keng Leng squatter area, who has been staying in the sole building left there, set fire to his arm and threatened to jump off the roof in protest at a plan to evict him.

It could take years for the shipwreck discovered in Victoria Harbour to be conserved, salvaged and exhibited, according to the marine historian who is certain it’s the remains of HMS Tamar – the famous vessel scuttled by the British Navy during the Battle of Hong Kong in the second world war.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying hit out at pan-democrat lawmakers' attempts to block funding for a proposed innovation and technology bureau as the issue made little progress in the Legislative Council on Tuesday.

Two housing ladders laid out in Leung Chun-ying’s policy address seek to give a leg-up to residents who are unable to buy flats under the government’s subsidised Home Ownership Scheme.

Live chickens returned to the city's wet markets on Sunday for the first time since a bird flu scare at the end of last month forced a mass cull - and prices rose only modestly despite a relatively small supply.

Nearly 50,000 Hongkongers flocked to get information on some 2,000 Home Ownership Scheme flats the first day it was on offer after a decade-long halt to the policy.

A flat in a Wong Tai Sin estate has become the most expensive former public rental-housing residence in Kowloon after it was sold for HK$4 million.

The government's new homes target for the next 10 years has been boosted by 10,000 - meaning a total of 480,000 public and private units are planned by 2025.

A legal expert has put forward an ambitious eight-point blueprint for "constructive dialogue and negotiations" in an attempt to end the political schism after Occupy Central.

Maverick pan-democrat Ronny Tong Ka-wah moved further away from the leadership of the party he co-founded, stepping down from the executive of the Civic Party.

Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT) yesterday suffered a landslide defeat in the island's biggest-ever local elections, a result analysts saw as voter payback for the failures of the mainland-friendly administration.

Six weeks into its struggle for democracy, the once-carefully planned Occupy movement has grown and shifted in ways beyond the imagination of organisers. And that raises a question: is the protest still a civil disobedience campaign?


Hong Kong’s colourful annual gay pride parade took on an overtly political tinge yesterday as Occupy moved in, boosting numbers, adding umbrellas as well as a dose of controversy to the traditionally diverse pageant.

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge project will cost taxpayers at least HK$3.3 billion more than its HK$83 billion budget, according to an estimate construction experts called conservative.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying should invoke his power to dissolve the Legislative Council if electoral reforms he proposes are vetoed, Occupy Central co-founder Benny Tai said.

Beijing will not use military force to disperse Occupy Central protesters as it is confident the Hong Kong police force can handle the situation, the city's first chief executive says.

In the face of prolonged pro-democracy demonstrations, it appears some opponents have resorted to sending in the clowns.

Mong Kok finally felt the presence of increased police patrols, on the third day of protest clashes that saw at least two policeman injured.

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah has admitted the government had "no experience or psychological preparation" for the "unprecedented" Occupy Central campaign.

A stark warning was issued last night that Hong Kong is on the brink of a "tragedy" unless mainly student democracy protesters clear the streets and unblock the heart of the city's government.


Public altercations between Occupy Central protesters and their opponents were reported yesterday, hours after a car narrowly missed a crowd of demonstrators in Mong Kok.

Ancient pottery from the site of the planned To Kwa Wan railway station gives a rare glimpse into everyday life during the Southern Song (1127-1279) and Yuan (1279-1368) dynasties, according to an expert.

As Central steeled itself for another morning rush hour, dozens of people at a peaceful overnight sit-in on Chater Road were ready to get out of the way of office workers.

For Chiu Wai-shing, the discovery of ancient relics in Kowloon City may not just shed more light on Hong Kong’s past but could also open a new chapter in his family’s history.

An official report completed in 2008 for the development of Kai Tak identified the area north of where Sacred Hill once stood as having "high archaeological potential" - just seven months before the MTR Corporation announced it would build a station there.

Public services may eventually be affected if an expected filibuster of the budget lasts too long, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah warned as the Legislative Council began vetting the bill.

Tens of thousands of Taiwanese gathered outside embattled President Ma Ying-jeou's office yesterday to increase pressure on him to retract a trade pact with Beijing that they say would hurt the island's economy.


Hong Kong could be as heavily indebted as Greece - facing a structural deficit of HK$1.54 trillion by 2041 - if the city's spending grows at the current pace and nothing is done to mitigate the impact of an ageing population, advisers warn.

Financial chief John Tsang Chun-wah tightened the purse strings yesterday and pledged to consider higher water tariffs and a "future fund" as he set out a worst-case scenario for public finances: a structural deficit in seven years.

The mainland is an alternative to country parks as a place for Hongkongers to relieve the stress of city life, a government adviser said amid debate on developing housing in some parks.

The government is printing fewer copies of the chief executive's policy address these days. The move raises the question: is the administration's effort encouraging people to read the policy blueprint in a more environmentally friendly way, or are they just not reading it at all.

Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po warned yesterday that the city's tourist facilities were almost saturated - a day after a government report forecast that visitor numbers would double to 100 million by 2023.

Hong Kong travel agencies could be asked to make sure mainland tourists travelling to third destinations via the city have the necessary documents to do so, in the wake of a visa fiasco that left an angry group of tourists refusing to leave the Lok Ma Chau border crossing.

Hong Kong Television Network chairman Ricky Wong Wai-kay says the company will press ahead with its broadcasting plans, despite the rejection of its bid for a free-to-air licence, by launching TV services that can be viewed through the internet from July 1.


The leader of the Catholic Church in the city chose to steer clear of controversial issues such as political reform and gay marriage and instead called for the strengthening of family ties in his Christmas message this year.

Beijing should allow Hong Kong to rejoin the Commonwealth, a British lawmaker campaigning for former colonial servicemen from the city to be given UK citizenship says.