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Funny business: why Hong Kong’s stand-up comedy scene is no laughing matter

A South China Morning Post editor gets lessons from some of Hong Kong’s top stand-ups before taking to the stage and finds that making people laugh for a living is a tough gig.

3 Dec 2020 - 11:55AM

A South China Morning Post editor gets lessons from some of Hong Kong’s top stand-ups before taking to the stage and finds that making people laugh for a living is a tough gig.

Funny business: why Hong Kong’s stand-up comedy scene is no laughing matter
Dublin’s first ethnic-Chinese mayor on racism, her parents’ work ethic, and teaching poor children in China

The daughter of Hong Kong immigrants, Hazel Chu, the first Chinese mayor of a major European capital, reflects on her parents’ work ethic, the racism she has faced all her life, and the joy of teaching English in Guilin, China.

5 Aug 2020 - 4:15PM

The daughter of Hong Kong immigrants, Hazel Chu, the first Chinese mayor of a major European capital, reflects on her parents’ work ethic, the racism she has faced all her life, and the joy of teaching English in Guilin, China.

Dublin’s first ethnic-Chinese mayor on racism, her parents’ work ethic, and teaching poor children in China
Hong Kong nightlife districts Wan Chai and Lan Kwai Fong struggling to survive after year of turmoil

The devastating impact of the coronavirus on bars in Wan Chai and Lan Kwai Fong has added to a year of turmoil that has seen tourists, sports fans and even US sailors stay away in droves. Will they ever return?

22 Jun 2020 - 6:46PM

The devastating impact of the coronavirus on bars in Wan Chai and Lan Kwai Fong has added to a year of turmoil that has seen tourists, sports fans and even US sailors stay away in droves. Will they ever return?

Hong Kong nightlife districts Wan Chai and Lan Kwai Fong struggling to survive after year of turmoil
Hong Kong Elvis impersonator Melvis talks about his 28 years on the road, and how he became the King

When Elvis Presley died in 1977, it had a profound effect on Kwok Lam-sang, who had never heard of the singer. Within four years, Kwok had become an Elvis impersonator. Known as Melvis, he has been rocking Hong Kong ever since.

13 Jan 2021 - 9:50AM

When Elvis Presley died in 1977, it had a profound effect on Kwok Lam-sang, who had never heard of the singer. Within four years, Kwok had become an Elvis impersonator. Known as Melvis, he has been rocking Hong Kong ever since.

Hong Kong Elvis impersonator Melvis talks about his 28 years on the road, and how he became the King
The best places to buy property in Hong Kong right now: where prices have fallen most in past six months

Flat prices in the Shek Tong Tsui neighbourhood fell more than 15 per cent in the six months to February 28, according to data from local start-up Spacious, with similar falls in Yau Ma Tei, Repulse Bay and North Point.

11 Apr 2019 - 7:58PM

Flat prices in the Shek Tong Tsui neighbourhood fell more than 15 per cent in the six months to February 28, according to data from local start-up Spacious, with similar falls in Yau Ma Tei, Repulse Bay and North Point.

The best places to buy property in Hong Kong right now: where prices have fallen most in past six months
Five of the best Guns N’ Roses songs – the ’80s revisited

One of the most influential rock acts in the world, Gun N’ Roses have written a ridiculous number of legendary songs. Here are our five favourites.

19 Nov 2018 - 9:08PM

One of the most influential rock acts in the world, Gun N’ Roses have written a ridiculous number of legendary songs. Here are our five favourites.

Five of the best Guns N’ Roses songs – the ’80s revisited
Seven facts about Diwali, and how India’s Festival of Light crosses boundaries

Diwali is celebrated across India and around the world by different religions

7 Nov 2018 - 3:43PM

Diwali is celebrated across India and around the world by different religions

Seven facts about Diwali, and how India’s Festival of Light crosses boundaries
Will China ending ban on tiger bone, rhino horn worsen humans’ decimation of wildlife?

Country lags behind some others in wildlife conservation; overturning of ban on trade in rhino and tiger parts comes after China’s recent tightening of laws meant to protect endangered animals.

30 Oct 2018 - 6:57PM

Country lags behind some others in wildlife conservation; overturning of ban on trade in rhino and tiger parts comes after China’s recent tightening of laws meant to protect endangered animals.

Will China ending ban on tiger bone, rhino horn worsen humans’ decimation of wildlife?
Seven footballers who took a shot at the entertainment field, with varying success

Following news that Lionel Messi will be the subject of a new Cirque du Soleil show next year, we look back at seven other footballers who tried their hand in film, television and music.

12 Oct 2018 - 3:42PM

Following news that Lionel Messi will be the subject of a new Cirque du Soleil show next year, we look back at seven other footballers who tried their hand in film, television and music.

Seven footballers who took a shot at the entertainment field, with varying success
Why typhoons are given names, and how pedestrian some of the names Hong Kong supplied are

Tropical cyclones were named for ease of communication, first by storm forecasters for the Atlantic Ocean, who chose Christian saints’ names; Pacific Ocean storms are given native names contributed by 14 countries and regions

13 Sep 2018 - 2:45PM

Tropical cyclones were named for ease of communication, first by storm forecasters for the Atlantic Ocean, who chose Christian saints’ names; Pacific Ocean storms are given native names contributed by 14 countries and regions

Why typhoons are given names, and how pedestrian some of the names Hong Kong supplied are
Exercises for people short of time – as little as three minutes a day is enough

More than a billion people are at risk of killer diseases because they don’t exercise enough, the World Health Organisation has warned. Here’s what you can do to avoid becoming one of them.

5 Sep 2018 - 7:08PM

More than a billion people are at risk of killer diseases because they don’t exercise enough, the World Health Organisation has warned. Here’s what you can do to avoid becoming one of them.

Exercises for  people short of time – as little as three minutes a day is enough
After YouTube’s terrifying film ad backlash, five other online controversies that put the video giant in the spotlight

The US video-sharing website was forced to remove a jump-scare ad for the film The Nun following backlash on social media. It’s not the first time YouTube has come under fire for shocking content uploaded online.

15 Aug 2018 - 6:32PM

The US video-sharing website was forced to remove a jump-scare ad for the film The Nun following backlash on social media. It’s not the first time YouTube has come under fire for shocking content uploaded online.

After YouTube’s terrifying film ad backlash, five other online controversies that put the video giant in the spotlight
CrossFit Games 2018 sounds extreme – but the fitness regime has benefited Hongkongers both in and out of the gym

As the CrossFit Games 2018 get under way in Wisconsin, we look at what some of the fitness regime’s Hong Kong pioneers and practitioners get out of it – including love.

1 Aug 2018 - 1:49PM

As the CrossFit Games 2018 get under way in Wisconsin, we look at what some of the fitness regime’s Hong Kong pioneers and practitioners get out of it – including love.

CrossFit Games 2018 sounds extreme – but the fitness regime has benefited Hongkongers both in and out of the gym
Singapore 0 Hong Kong 6 in three-Michelin-star restaurants league

Tourists would rather go to Hong Kong than Singapore after this, rueful restaurateur concedes following Michelin Guides’ failure to award three stars to any Lion City restaurants compared to six in Hong Kong with the accolade.

26 Jul 2018 - 1:54PM

Tourists would rather go to Hong Kong than Singapore after this, rueful restaurateur concedes following Michelin Guides’ failure to award three stars to any Lion City restaurants compared to six in Hong Kong with the accolade.

Singapore 0 Hong Kong 6 in three-Michelin-star restaurants league
After Haruki Murakami novel ban, five other Hong Kong censorship controversies

Celebrated Japanese writer’s new novel, deemed indecent by a tribunal, joins a book about two penguins, rooftop sculptures, and a ballet touching on recent Chinese history in the cross hairs of city censors or the politically correct

23 Jul 2018 - 5:53PM

Celebrated Japanese writer’s new novel, deemed indecent by a tribunal, joins a book about two penguins, rooftop sculptures, and a ballet touching on recent Chinese history in the cross hairs of city censors or the politically correct

After Haruki Murakami novel ban, five other Hong Kong censorship controversies
Chinese film flop has nothing on John Carter or 47 Ronin, and let’s not forget Michael Cimino and Kevin Costner follies

Producers of fantasy epic Asura have pulled the film, the most expensive made in China, from cinemas after a bad opening weekend, but if there’s any consolation for them, Hollywood studios have produced even bigger turkeys.

17 Jul 2018 - 7:39PM

Producers of fantasy epic Asura have pulled the film, the most expensive made in China, from cinemas after a bad opening weekend, but if there’s any consolation for them, Hollywood studios have produced even bigger turkeys.

Chinese film flop has nothing on John Carter or 47 Ronin, and let’s not forget Michael Cimino and Kevin Costner follies
Nine rescues that give hope to the boys found in Thailand cave – and prove miracles do happen

From the Chilean mining incident to the Miracle on the Hudson to the Apollo 13 sensation, we look at stunning rescue missions that give Thailand’s people hope 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped by floodwaters will make it out

3 Jul 2018 - 5:33PM

From the Chilean mining incident to the Miracle on the Hudson to the Apollo 13 sensation, we look at stunning rescue missions that give Thailand’s people hope 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped by floodwaters will make it out

Nine rescues that give hope to the boys found in Thailand cave – and prove miracles do happen
After XXXTentacion’s murder, five other singers shot dead in their prime

From Beatles legend John Lennon to King of Soul Sam Cooke and Motown superstar Marvin Gaye, bullets have ended quite a few musical careers. Here are five rappers and singers who died before their time

20 Jun 2018 - 6:48PM

From Beatles legend John Lennon to King of Soul Sam Cooke and Motown superstar Marvin Gaye, bullets have ended quite a few musical careers. Here are five rappers and singers who died before their time

After XXXTentacion’s murder, five other singers shot dead in their prime
Five medical blunders as bad as the rapping, dancing surgeon

From left behind tools to removing the wrong body parts to walking out in the middle of an operation; here are some gruesome examples of medical malpractice and mishaps

7 Jun 2018 - 3:40PM

From left behind tools to removing the wrong body parts to walking out in the middle of an operation; here are some gruesome examples of medical malpractice and mishaps

Five medical blunders as bad as the rapping, dancing surgeon
Seven classic Hong Kong scams, from fake China crime probes to romance cons

Following news this week of a woman who became the city’s biggest victim yet of an online love scam, we look at some of the other common financial cons that have cost Hong Kong citizens millions over the years.

31 May 2018 - 4:14PM

Following news this week of a woman who became the city’s biggest victim yet of an online love scam, we look at some of the other common financial cons that have cost Hong Kong citizens millions over the years.

Seven classic Hong Kong scams, from fake China crime probes to romance cons
Who’ll be the next Lil Tay? Five wholesome Asian child prodigies who could rival the controversial young rapper on road to stardom

Videos of her foul-mouthed raps have blown up social media, but this nine-year-old is not the only Asian young rising star. Here are five others who’ve been making a name for themselves in less controversial ways 

8 May 2018 - 1:24PM

Videos of her foul-mouthed raps have blown up social media, but this nine-year-old is not the only Asian young rising star. Here are five others who’ve been making a name for themselves in less controversial ways 

Who’ll be the next Lil Tay? Five wholesome Asian child prodigies who could rival the controversial young rapper on road to stardom
The five longest non-stop flights in the world (revised); is Mars next?  

In the two years since Emirates began 17-hour-plus flights between Dubai and Auckland, the envelope has regularly been stretched. With Singapore Airlines announcing 19-hour direct flights to New York, is anywhere out of bounds? 

1 May 2018 - 7:06PM

In the two years since Emirates began 17-hour-plus flights between Dubai and Auckland, the envelope has regularly been stretched. With Singapore Airlines announcing 19-hour direct flights to New York, is anywhere out of bounds? 

The five longest non-stop flights in the world (revised); is Mars next?  
Five jobs likely to be replaced in the future by artificial intelligence

With the growth of AI and China’s heavy investment in the tech, and the pursuit of improved productivity and profits, humans may lose out to machines in a number of roles. We look at five posts likely to be affected

24 Apr 2018 - 6:32PM

With the growth of AI and China’s heavy investment in the tech, and the pursuit of improved productivity and profits, humans may lose out to machines in a number of roles. We look at five posts likely to be affected

Five jobs likely to be replaced in the future by artificial intelligence
Six ways to solve Hong Kong housing problem – from water pipes to plastic bottles

With plans in place to turn shipping containers into public housing in Kowloon, we’ve found six other intriguing building alternatives that could be implemented to help ease the city’s growing affordability crisis

20 Apr 2018 - 8:03PM

With plans in place to turn shipping containers into public housing in Kowloon, we’ve found six other intriguing building alternatives that could be implemented to help ease the city’s growing affordability crisis

Six ways to solve Hong Kong housing problem – from water pipes to plastic bottles
Five facts about corgis, favourite dog of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth – who bade farewell to her last of the breed this week

Monarch who got first corgi on her 18th birthday saw her last one put down this week, ending a love affair with the breed that often made headlines. We set the record straight about a dog that’s been unfairly painted as ill-natured

19 Apr 2018 - 5:44PM

Monarch who got first corgi on her 18th birthday saw her last one put down this week, ending a love affair with the breed that often made headlines. We set the record straight about a dog that’s been unfairly painted as ill-natured

Five facts about corgis, favourite dog of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth – who bade farewell to her last of the breed this week
Ho Man Tin and Shouson Hill tipped for Hong Kong’s highest residential rent increases in 2018

Convenience and accessibility seem to be the main drivers: areas affected by new MTR line and stations predicted to have the highest increases. Meanwhile Sham Shui Po, Prince Edward and Braemar Hill are expected to have the steepest drops

7 Feb 2018 - 10:33AM

Convenience and accessibility seem to be the main drivers: areas affected by new MTR line and stations predicted to have the highest increases. Meanwhile Sham Shui Po, Prince Edward and Braemar Hill are expected to have the steepest drops

Ho Man Tin and Shouson Hill tipped for Hong Kong’s highest residential rent increases in 2018
Blind Chinese teen violinist who commutes 12 hours for lessons in Hong Kong sets bar high for herself

Ding Yijie became blind at 15, but that didn’t dampen her positive spirit nor her passion for playing the violin. Every few weeks she travels from Foshan with her mother to study at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

18 Jan 2018 - 2:45PM

Ding Yijie became blind at 15, but that didn’t dampen her positive spirit nor her passion for playing the violin. Every few weeks she travels from Foshan with her mother to study at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Blind Chinese teen violinist who commutes 12 hours for lessons in Hong Kong sets bar high for herself
Battle of Hong Kong toy soldiers, 19th century streets in miniature – toy shop owner revels in city’s history

After talking to Canadian second world war veterans, King & Country’s Andy Neilson promised to commemorate their bravery in defence of the city. Years later, he’s ready to release first battle figures on anniversary of battle’s launch

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

After talking to Canadian second world war veterans, King & Country’s Andy Neilson promised to commemorate their bravery in defence of the city. Years later, he’s ready to release first battle figures on anniversary of battle’s launch

Battle of Hong Kong toy soldiers, 19th century streets in miniature – toy shop owner revels in city’s history
Students take record bid lying down

School uses 1,500 old chairs to stage what it hopes is the world’s biggest simultaneous planking event.

18 Jul 2017 - 12:40PM

School uses 1,500 old chairs to stage what it hopes is the world’s biggest simultaneous planking event.

Students take record bid lying down
South Africa beat Wales to win Plate, but rue loss of World Series lead

Blitzbokke take consolation in their Plate final victory over the Welsh, but are disappointed at being unable to make a strong run in the Cup and for conceding their lead over New Zealand in the HSBC Sevens World Series.

31 Mar 2014 - 12:09AM

Blitzbokke take consolation in their Plate final victory over the Welsh, but are disappointed at being unable to make a strong run in the Cup and for conceding their lead over New Zealand in the HSBC Sevens World Series.

South Africa beat Wales to win Plate, but rue loss of World Series lead