Jessica Li

A group of compassionate volunteers offer support and friendship to Hong Kong’s prison population by exchanging letters, allowing inmates to feel connected, express themselves and share their stories with the outside world

Anyone carrying or storing more than 22kg of fireworks without a licence faced up to three years in prison. The total ban, however, was lifted in 1975

Book crossing, or leaving books in public places for people to read, is popular in Singapore, Taiwan and elsewhere, but in Hong Kong bookcases placed on streets have been removed by government workers or stolen; a few do thrive, though

The ‘new numbers game’ was introduced on September 1, 1975 and has captivated the public ever since, the highest prize ever won being HK$90 million


Groups from Kowloon-Canton Railway Staff Club and the St James’ Settlement, including many children, were enjoying a Sunday outing at Taipo Kau when calamity struck in 1955

The shock discovery of female body parts in 1982 triggered a manhunt but it would be 27-year-old taxi driver Lam Kor-wan himself who would lead investigators to his door, and the grisly contents hidden behind it

After discovery of tomb, officials declared it would be open to public for 10 days, then flattened. But public gatecrashed site on first day it was open, prompting a rethink and its preservation as Lei Cheng Uk museum

Night flights may not be a novelty today but when Hong Kong’s first one took off at 8.30pm on July 18, 1959 and returned 20 minutes later, guided by the Kai Tak lights, the excitement was palpable

Fans in shock after actress dies from an overdose of sleeping pills and inhalation of methane gas just a few months short of her 30th birthday

A 16-year-old who feels compelled to sell her companionship, though not her body, to earn money, a 26-year-old who sounds like a life coach - women shrug off the stigma of being girlfriends for hire, and the frequent requests for sex

Thousands of fans were distraught when Wong Ka-kui, singer for punk band Beyond, fell off a stage in Tokyo, in June 1993, and later died of a cerebral haemorrhage

A “mammoth” 25.2 inches of rainfall in 72 hours caused the disasters on June 18, 1972 in which a luxury block in Mid-Levels toppled down, claiming 67 lives, while a squatter village in Sau Mau Ping was buried earlier in the day, killing 71