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How Hong Kong’s prisoners are given hope by selfless pen pals and a local radio programme

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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

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

How Hong Kong’s prisoners are given hope by selfless pen pals and a local radio programme
From the archives: how 1967 riots led to Hong Kong fireworks ban

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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

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

From the archives: how 1967 riots led to Hong Kong fireworks ban
Why public book sharing hasn’t taken off in Hong Kong, and what that says about city’s street life and appetite for reading

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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

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

Why public book sharing hasn’t taken off in Hong Kong, and what that says about city’s street life and appetite for reading
Mark Six: recalling the day lottery was launched in Hong Kong

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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

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

Mark Six: recalling the day lottery was launched in Hong Kong
Salted-egg-yolk chips? The entrepreneurs behind a very Asian snack

The Golden Duck’s Singaporean founders, Christopher Hwang and Jonathan Shen, have brought their gourmet potato and fish-skin snacks to Hong Kong

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The Golden Duck’s Singaporean founders, Christopher Hwang and Jonathan Shen, have brought their gourmet potato and fish-skin snacks to Hong Kong

Salted-egg-yolk chips? The entrepreneurs behind a very Asian snack
From the archives: the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death

A look at some of the most poignant moments

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

A look at some of the most poignant moments

From the archives: the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death
Hong Kong women taxi drivers on why they love the job and how they deal with sexist colleagues and passengers

Rudeness, puncture problems and dealing with drunks – nothing deters these women, who talk about why they enjoy what they do

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Rudeness, puncture problems and dealing with drunks – nothing deters these women, who talk about why they enjoy what they do

Hong Kong women taxi drivers on why they love the job and how they deal with sexist colleagues and passengers
When ‘picnic tragedy’ flash flood in Hong Kong left 28 dead on an August day 62 years ago

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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

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

When ‘picnic tragedy’ flash flood in Hong Kong left 28 dead on an August day 62 years ago
From the archives: Grace Mugabe’s alleged assault an echo of 2009 Hong Kong incident

Diplomatic immunity saved Zimbabwean first lady from standing trial after photographer was attacked in the city

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Diplomatic immunity saved Zimbabwean first lady from standing trial after photographer was attacked in the city

From the archives: Grace Mugabe’s alleged assault an echo of 2009 Hong Kong incident
From our archives: the capture of Hong Kong’s Jars Killer

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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

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

From our archives: the capture of  Hong Kong’s Jars Killer
When Hong Kong workmen dug up 2,000-year-old tomb and were all set to demolish it until public’s enthusiasm saved the day

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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

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

When Hong Kong workmen dug up 2,000-year-old tomb and were all set to demolish it until public’s enthusiasm saved the day
The August day 55 years ago when Marilyn Monroe died

The film star and sex symbol was found dead in bed from a barbiturates overdose in August 1962

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The film star and sex symbol was found dead in bed from a barbiturates overdose in August 1962

The August day 55 years ago when Marilyn Monroe died
When Hong Kong’s first night flight took off from Kai Tak 58 years ago this month

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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

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

When Hong Kong’s first night flight took off from Kai Tak 58 years ago this month
From the archives: Hong Kong actress Lin Dai’s tragic suicide in 1964

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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

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

From the archives: Hong Kong actress Lin Dai’s tragic suicide in 1964
Hong Kong’s part-time girlfriends (and a boyfriend) tell their stories

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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

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

Hong Kong’s part-time girlfriends (and a boyfriend) tell their stories
Death of a Hong Kong pop star: when city mourned Beyond singer Wong Ka-kui in 1993

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

20 Oct 2017 - 12:45PM

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

Death of a Hong Kong pop star: when city mourned Beyond singer Wong Ka-kui in 1993
The deadly 1972 twin landslides in Hong Kong that claimed 138 lives in a day

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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

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

The deadly 1972 twin landslides in Hong Kong that claimed 138 lives in a day