Lilian Cheng

Lilian Cheng

Lilian joined the Post in 2019 as senior reporter covering Hong Kong’s housing, land and development policies. She started her career at Ming Pao in 2010 and was then a principal reporter at i-Cable News. She has won awards for her reporting on a major discovery of Sung relics near the planned To Kwa Wan railway station.

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Lunar New Year market stalls in Victoria Park shut down by officials over Hong Kong protest displays

League of Social Democrats chairman calls department’s decision ‘ridiculous’. Timeline board of unrest among material judged to flout lease terms at government-run market.

21 Jan 2020 - 7:58AM

League of Social Democrats chairman calls department’s decision ‘ridiculous’. Timeline board of unrest among material judged to flout lease terms at government-run market.

Lunar New Year market stalls in Victoria Park shut down by officials over Hong Kong protest displays
Hong Kong’s Fenwick Pier to be demolished after serving United States navy and its allies for 50 years

Government terminates lease for Fenwick Pier Fleet Arcade in Wan Chai, with Servicemen’s Guides Association to vacate in two years.

20 Jan 2020 - 1:33PM

Government terminates lease for Fenwick Pier Fleet Arcade in Wan Chai, with Servicemen’s Guides Association to vacate in two years.

Hong Kong’s Fenwick Pier to be demolished after serving United States navy and its allies for 50 years
Explainer | Carrie Lam has said Hong Kong will consider a return to rent controls. But what are they?

The history, causes, and details of a policy which has been implemented widely abroad – and twice already in Hong Kong.

17 Jan 2020 - 12:16PM

The history, causes, and details of a policy which has been implemented widely abroad – and twice already in Hong Kong.

Carrie Lam has said Hong Kong will consider a return to rent controls. But what are they?
Human Rights Watch chief Kenneth Roth says barring him from Hong Kong is ‘sad and troubling’ reflection of Beijing pressure

Kenneth Roth, the group’s executive director, said immigration officials at the airport barred him from the city without explanation. Officials refuse to comment on case.

14 Jan 2020 - 1:39AM

Kenneth Roth, the group’s executive director, said immigration officials at the airport barred him from the city without explanation. Officials refuse to comment on case.

Human Rights Watch chief Kenneth Roth says barring him from Hong Kong is ‘sad and troubling’ reflection of Beijing pressure
In the wake of campus clashes, at least four Hong Kong universities restrict public access to open spaces … but should they?

PolyU, HKU, Baptist and Lingnan close off areas previously open to public. Critics say institutions should not isolate themselves, but supporters back move, citing how vandalism and violence have broken out on campuses.

13 Jan 2020 - 2:46PM

PolyU, HKU, Baptist and Lingnan close off areas previously open to public. Critics say institutions should not isolate themselves, but supporters back move, citing how vandalism and violence have broken out on campuses.

In the wake of campus clashes, at least four Hong Kong universities restrict public access to open spaces … but should they?
Wuhan ‘pneumonia’: Hong Kong health chief under pressure to seek more information from mainland authorities amid silence on latest patient numbers

Lawmakers grill Hong Kong health secretary Sophia Chan for 2½ hours on the government’s response to the pneumonia situation in Wuhan.

22 Jan 2020 - 4:49PM

Lawmakers grill Hong Kong health secretary Sophia Chan for 2½ hours on the government’s response to the pneumonia situation in Wuhan.

Wuhan ‘pneumonia’: Hong Kong health chief under pressure to seek more information from mainland authorities amid silence on latest patient numbers
Baptist University becomes second Hong Kong varsity to tighten access after trashing of city campuses during protests

Move has raised concerns over an invasion of privacy and a possible breach of land lease conditions over public’s access to an open area on campus.

8 Jan 2020 - 6:19PM

Move has raised concerns over an invasion of privacy and a possible breach of land lease conditions over public’s access to an open area on campus.

Baptist University becomes second Hong Kong varsity to tighten access after trashing of city campuses during protests
Hong Kong Disneyland urged to allow site earmarked for phase two expansion to be used for transitional housing

Housing secretary Frank Chan said he hoped Hong Kong Disneyland would consider its social responsibility and allow residential use of the site.

7 Jan 2020 - 1:22AM

Housing secretary Frank Chan said he hoped Hong Kong Disneyland would consider its social responsibility and allow residential use of the site.

Hong Kong Disneyland urged to allow site earmarked for phase two expansion to be used for transitional housing
Hong Kong lawmakers slam government for failing to meet housing targets for years

Lawmakers question why the government last month reduced the target for total housing supply in the next decade to about 430,000 flats from 480,000 in 2014.

6 Jan 2020 - 11:26PM

Lawmakers question why the government last month reduced the target for total housing supply in the next decade to about 430,000 flats from 480,000 in 2014.

Hong Kong lawmakers slam government for failing to meet housing targets for years
Hong Kong’s Tung Chung and Tuen Mun set for population surge by 2026, but are they ready?

Projected figures show both areas will be growth centres as new towns take hold and rising home prices drive residents out of city’s heart.

5 Jan 2020 - 8:00AM

Projected figures show both areas will be growth centres as new towns take hold and rising home prices drive residents out of city’s heart.

Hong Kong’s Tung Chung and Tuen Mun set for population surge by 2026, but are they ready?
Hong Kong’s Ocean Park will freeze salaries to avoid lay-offs with visitor numbers slumping 60 per cent as protests take hefty toll

Iconic Ocean Park said pay freeze, starting from January, was a difficult budgetary decision to make but it would avert lay-offs that might otherwise be necessary.

3 Jan 2020 - 11:16PM

Iconic Ocean Park said pay freeze, starting from January, was a difficult budgetary decision to make but it would avert lay-offs that might otherwise be necessary.

Hong Kong’s Ocean Park will freeze salaries to avoid lay-offs with visitor numbers slumping 60 per cent as protests take hefty toll
Hong Kong protests: three people arrested for hitting man over the head with drain cover while he was clearing roadblocks

Trio, aged between 33 and 34, were arrested separately in Ap Lei Chau, Tsuen Wan and Central, based on surveillance footage a month after incident.

1 Jan 2020 - 2:30AM

Trio, aged between 33 and 34, were arrested separately in Ap Lei Chau, Tsuen Wan and Central, based on surveillance footage a month after incident.

Hong Kong protests: three people arrested for hitting man over the head with drain cover while he was clearing roadblocks
Tourist arrivals take sharpest plunge in November since protests began in Hong Kong

Only 2.65 million people visited Hong Kong in the month, a decline of 56 per cent from same period last year.

1 Jan 2020 - 7:09PM

Only 2.65 million people visited Hong Kong in the month, a decline of 56 per cent from same period last year.

Tourist arrivals take sharpest plunge in November since protests began in Hong Kong
Hong Kong takes emergency measures as mystery ‘pneumonia’ infects dozens in China’s Wuhan city

Most cases have originated from a single seafood market and health workers are still trying to identify virus responsible.

22 Jan 2020 - 4:49PM

Most cases have originated from a single seafood market and health workers are still trying to identify virus responsible.

Hong Kong takes emergency measures as mystery ‘pneumonia’ infects dozens in China’s Wuhan city
Hong Kong’s historic gas lamps along Duddell Steps reinstalled 15 months after they were shattered by Typhoon Mangkhut

Technicians from Town gas on Friday put their finishing touches to the lamps, which were shattered by Typhoon Mangkhut in September 2018.

29 Dec 2019 - 2:14PM

Technicians from Town gas on Friday put their finishing touches to the lamps, which were shattered by Typhoon Mangkhut in September 2018.

Hong Kong’s historic gas lamps along Duddell Steps reinstalled 15 months after they were shattered by Typhoon Mangkhut
Mong Kok heritage project reveals 100 years of Hong Kong’s street-side history

Standing on Shanghai Street since the 1920s, these 10 blocks have been home to generations of Hongkongers and seen decade upon decade of change.

27 Dec 2019 - 4:29PM

Standing on Shanghai Street since the 1920s, these 10 blocks have been home to generations of Hongkongers and seen decade upon decade of change.

Mong Kok heritage project reveals 100 years of Hong Kong’s street-side history
Thousands join Hong Kong rally to condemn crackdown on fundraising platform and call for sanctions against HSBC

There were minor scuffles between protesters and riot police in Central before the rally began.

24 Dec 2019 - 7:48AM

There were minor scuffles between protesters and riot police in Central before the rally began.

Thousands join Hong Kong rally to condemn crackdown on fundraising platform and call for sanctions against HSBC
Can the term ‘cockroach’ actually be a compliment for Hong Kong protesters? Officers from police’s public relations unit contradict each other on pesky issue

Police chief inspector says insect is resilient, but senior colleague admits at press conference such language from the force is not ideal.

24 Dec 2019 - 3:51PM

Police chief inspector says insect is resilient, but senior colleague admits at press conference such language from the force is not ideal.

Can the term ‘cockroach’ actually be a compliment for Hong Kong protesters? Officers from police’s public relations unit contradict each other on pesky issue
Amid economic downturn in Hong Kong, a lukewarm response to latest batch of subsidised homes

At four out of six estates, fewer than 10 per cent of available flats sold in first 10 working days on the market.

23 Dec 2019 - 11:26PM

At four out of six estates, fewer than 10 per cent of available flats sold in first 10 working days on the market.

Amid economic downturn in Hong Kong, a lukewarm response to latest batch of subsidised homes
Hong Kong’s subsidised flats unappealing to families because of ‘small size and remote location’

Housing Authority members admit the batch of homes will be less popular, but still expect a high application rate.

20 Dec 2019 - 11:03PM

Housing Authority members admit the batch of homes will be less popular, but still expect a high application rate.

Hong Kong’s subsidised flats unappealing to families because of ‘small size and remote location’
Hong Kong public housing: increased land supply and reduced demand to cause drop in shortfall, but government still lagging behind targets

Target for total housing supply in next decade will be reduced to about 430,000 flats mainly due to the slowing growth in the number of households.

19 Dec 2019 - 12:30AM

Target for total housing supply in next decade will be reduced to about 430,000 flats mainly due to the slowing growth in the number of households.

Hong Kong public housing: increased land supply and reduced demand to cause drop in shortfall, but government still lagging behind targets
New hostel targets Hong Kong’s young adults, but advocate says rents are still too expensive

Federation of Youth Groups will provide 78 units for adults aged between 18 and 31, with rents starting at HK$4,248 a month.

17 Dec 2019 - 2:04PM

Federation of Youth Groups will provide 78 units for adults aged between 18 and 31, with rents starting at HK$4,248 a month.

New hostel targets Hong Kong’s young adults, but advocate says rents are still too expensive
Empty flats near Hong Kong universities a sign protests are keeping mainland students away

Anti-mainland sentiment, violence of protests keeping some students away, as property agents say rents are down 10 per cent.

14 Dec 2019 - 11:37PM

Anti-mainland sentiment, violence of protests keeping some students away, as property agents say rents are down 10 per cent.

Empty flats near Hong Kong universities a sign protests are keeping mainland students away
Ng Cho-nam, Hong Kong environmental crusader and government adviser, dies at 59

Former Conservancy Association leader played key role in rescuing Long Valley wetlands in 1999 – a rare success in the city’s conservation history.

13 Dec 2019 - 11:07PM

Former Conservancy Association leader played key role in rescuing Long Valley wetlands in 1999 – a rare success in the city’s conservation history.

Ng Cho-nam, Hong Kong environmental crusader and  government adviser, dies at 59
Even Hong Kong’s happiest places have their problems

Baptist University survey suggests North district ranks highest on the city’s happiness scale, but social workers and youth groups disagree.

10 Dec 2019 - 8:59AM

Baptist University survey suggests North district ranks highest on the city’s happiness scale, but social workers and youth groups disagree.

Even Hong Kong’s happiest places  have their problems
Hong Kong homebuyers scramble for new batch of subsidised flats – with HK$5.29 million home snapped up in 30 minutes

The 4,871 flats from six estates was largest number of subsidised homes put on the market since the Home Ownership Scheme was restarted in 2011.

9 Dec 2019 - 10:00PM

The 4,871 flats from six estates was largest number of subsidised homes put on the market since the Home Ownership Scheme was restarted in 2011.

Hong Kong homebuyers scramble for new batch of subsidised flats – with HK$5.29 million home snapped up in 30 minutes
Macau dismisses suggestion high-profile Americans were barred in retaliation against Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

Security chief says entry decisions based on ‘risks and threats’ and calls alternative theory ‘speculation’, after Hong Kong-based business chamber bosses turned away.

9 Dec 2019 - 10:00PM

Security chief says entry decisions based on ‘risks and threats’ and calls alternative theory ‘speculation’, after Hong Kong-based business chamber bosses turned away.

Macau dismisses suggestion high-profile Americans were barred in retaliation against Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act
Tranquillity descends on once-bustling Cha Kwo Ling, as Hakka villagers await news of changes to come

Locals hope treasures will be saved, including Tin Hau temple, old school and dragon boat.

9 Dec 2019 - 2:18PM

Locals hope treasures will be saved, including Tin Hau temple, old school and dragon boat.

Tranquillity descends on once-bustling Cha Kwo Ling, as Hakka villagers await news of changes to come
Hong Kong protests: only a few dozen people show up at lunchtime demonstrations as citywide strike turns out to be non-event

Only a few dozen protesters show up at lunchtime rallies in Sha Tin, Cheung Sha Wan, and Tuen Mun.

9 Dec 2019 - 10:00PM

Only a few dozen protesters show up at lunchtime rallies in Sha Tin, Cheung Sha Wan, and Tuen Mun.

Hong Kong protests: only a few dozen people show up at lunchtime demonstrations as citywide strike turns out to be non-event
Top Chinese public security official Zhao Kezhi backs new Hong Kong police chief Chris Tang and heaps praise on force for efforts during ongoing protests

Public security minister Zhao Kezhi says the central government is giving the ‘strongest backing’ to the Hong Kong Police Force as the city’s ongoing social unrest reaches its sixth month.

7 Dec 2019 - 12:23PM

Public security minister Zhao Kezhi says the central government is giving the ‘strongest backing’ to the Hong Kong Police Force as the city’s ongoing social unrest reaches its sixth month.

Top Chinese public security official Zhao Kezhi backs new Hong Kong police chief Chris Tang and heaps praise on force for efforts during ongoing protests