Mark Sharp

Hong Kong

Mark Sharp

Assistant Editor, Culture

Mark Sharp joined the Post in 1996 as a business news editor, and has since held roles including production editor and deputy chief of the former Bangkok bureau.

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137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, a luxury hotel where the aesthetics of a bygone era meet modern style

With the number of pillars denoting a Thai teak house’s status, this boutique property is something quite special.

With the number of pillars denoting a Thai teak house’s status, this boutique property is something quite special.

9 Jan 2020 - 11:45AM
Where and why the Post moved offices over 115 years of changing media times

From Central to Quarry Bay to Causeway Bay via Tai Po, the Post’s various office moves often broke new ground in Hong Kong’s media landscape.

From Central to Quarry Bay to Causeway Bay via Tai Po, the Post’s various office moves often broke new ground in Hong Kong’s media landscape.

6 Nov 2018 - 3:02AM
How to quit smoking: five tips from a smoker who stopped after 35 years

Mark Sharp has smoked since he was a teenager. After a number of failed attempts, he’s now been able to avoid having a cigarette for over a month. He offers advice on how to butt out for good

Mark Sharp has smoked since he was a teenager. After a number of failed attempts, he’s now been able to avoid having a cigarette for over a month. He offers advice on how to butt out for good

5 Jul 2018 - 2:57PM
It’s raining cats and dogs, and TVs: things thrown from a height in Hong Kong despite efforts to crack down

A sledgehammer, a butcher’s cleaver, an air conditioner, a wooden pallet, scissors, pets – all have fallen or been thrown from high-rises in Hong Kong despite surveillance and efforts to educate residents about civic pride

A sledgehammer, a butcher’s cleaver, an air conditioner, a wooden pallet, scissors, pets – all have fallen or been thrown from high-rises in Hong Kong despite surveillance and efforts to educate residents about civic pride

29 Apr 2018 - 8:34PM
In pictures: how Hong Kong’s Big Buddha statue was built on Lantau Island

Twenty-five years ago the giant Buddha statue was ceremonially unveiled at the Po Lin Monastery in Ngong Ping, Lantau. Post photographers chronicled the work that went into erecting it

Twenty-five years ago the giant Buddha statue was ceremonially unveiled at the Po Lin Monastery in Ngong Ping, Lantau. Post photographers chronicled the work that went into erecting it

13 Mar 2018 - 7:17AM
Hong Kong in pictures: when squatter huts covered hillsides

Housing has often been an issue in post-war Hong Kong; today we fret over sky-high prices, subdivided flats and micro apartments, but until quite recently squalid shanty towns of settlers from China were the problem

Housing has often been an issue in post-war Hong Kong; today we fret over sky-high prices, subdivided flats and micro apartments, but until quite recently squalid shanty towns of settlers from China were the problem

6 Mar 2018 - 1:01PM
South China Morning Post moves with the times

The new year in the Chinese calendar marks an exciting new era for the 114-year-old Hong Kong newspaper publisher.

The new year in the Chinese calendar marks an exciting new era for the 114-year-old Hong Kong newspaper publisher.

14 Feb 2018 - 12:06AM
Hong Kong holidaymakers dread return more than other Asians, and keep trips short so the work doesn’t pile up, survey finds

Survey of leisure habits finds nearly two-thirds of Hongkongers didn’t use all their leave in 2017, and one in eight feel guilty when they do use all theirs

Survey of leisure habits finds nearly two-thirds of Hongkongers didn’t use all their leave in 2017, and one in eight feel guilty when they do use all theirs

22 Jan 2018 - 4:15PM
Notifications off: why I can’t stand my phone beeping with alerts all the time

Constant, unwanted and unnecessary – social media notifications are an irritating distraction from the daily grind of adulting

Constant, unwanted and unnecessary – social media notifications are an irritating distraction from the daily grind of adulting

3 Jul 2018 - 7:26PM
Made in Hong Kong: five companies that have stood the test of time and gone global

Vitasoy, Cafe de Coral, Eu Yan Sang, Po Chai Pills and Camel vacuum flasks are all household names in Hong Kong. Some date back to the 19th century and others have slightly shorter histories, but all have been resounding successes

Vitasoy, Cafe de Coral, Eu Yan Sang, Po Chai Pills and Camel vacuum flasks are all household names in Hong Kong. Some date back to the 19th century and others have slightly shorter histories, but all have been resounding successes

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
The history behind some iconic Hong Kong neighbourhoods, and how they’ve changed

From Causeway Bay, Mid-Levels and Pok Fu Lam, to Ngau Chi Wan and Tsuen Wan, residents have seen their streetscapes transformed over the years as the city moves with the times

From Causeway Bay, Mid-Levels and Pok Fu Lam, to Ngau Chi Wan and Tsuen Wan, residents have seen their streetscapes transformed over the years as the city moves with the times

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
The 10 Hong Kong lifestyle stories you liked best in 2017, and some of our own favourites too

From the African-American woman who successfully tracked down her Chinese grandfather to the confessions of an unrepentant, underage drinker: we round up some of most read lifestyle stories of the year

From the African-American woman who successfully tracked down her Chinese grandfather to the confessions of an unrepentant, underage drinker: we round up some of most read lifestyle stories of the year

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Best fish and chips in Hong Kong: we cast a wide net over the city in search of a good catch

While some popular chippies have unplugged their fryers in recent years, there are still a number of batter specialists around the city who are frying up a storm for hungry Hongkongers

While some popular chippies have unplugged their fryers in recent years, there are still a number of batter specialists around the city who are frying up a storm for hungry Hongkongers

7 Dec 2017 - 8:39PM
Why David Beckham thinks China will win the World Cup soon, plus his love of Asia, brand success – and newest Chinese tattoo

Travelling through Asia as global ambassador for Las Vegas Sands, Beckham talks to the Post about the secret behind his growing business empire, why he spends so much time in the region and the bright future of Chinese football

Travelling through Asia as global ambassador for Las Vegas Sands, Beckham talks to the Post about the secret behind his growing business empire, why he spends so much time in the region and the bright future of Chinese football

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Opinion: cut smokers’ pay to reclaim the 40 working days a year lost to breaks

If the average smoker wastes weeks’ worth of productivity a year, why should they be paid the same as non-smokers?

If the average smoker wastes weeks’ worth of productivity a year, why should they be paid the same as non-smokers?

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Hong Kong men go the full Monty for charity calendar, with tools strategically placed

What started as a conversation about power tools ended up with a group of men being snapped naked in Sai Kung with only items like drills and strimmers protecting their modesty, all in aid of charity

What started as a conversation about power tools ended up with a group of men being snapped naked in Sai Kung with only items like drills and strimmers protecting their modesty, all in aid of charity

27 Nov 2017 - 2:56PM
New Hong Kong endurance race Gurkha Trailblazer honours soldiers’ sacrifice to city and the world

Charity trail race in northeast New Territories in January is a nod to the 100km Oxfam Trailwalker, first staged along city’s Maclehose Trail as a training run for Nepali soldiers in the British Army protecting Hong Kong

Charity trail race in northeast New Territories in January is a nod to the 100km Oxfam Trailwalker, first staged along city’s Maclehose Trail as a training run for Nepali soldiers in the British Army protecting Hong Kong

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Photo book Hong Kong Market Cats, sequel to shop cats, shows wilder side of city’s felines

Following last year’s Hong Kong Shop Cats, photographer Marcel Heijnen is releasing a second book on the shier, more transient felines seen around the city’s market stalls, with alley cats and China shop cats possible future titles

Following last year’s Hong Kong Shop Cats, photographer Marcel Heijnen is releasing a second book on the shier, more transient felines seen around the city’s market stalls, with alley cats and China shop cats possible future titles

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Opinion: Hey, Hong Kong pedestrians! We’re driving here

Why do so many Hongkongers think nothing of stepping into roads without looking?

Why do so many Hongkongers think nothing of stepping into roads without looking?

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Opinion: Whitewashing rife in Asia, too. Just look at the adverts in Hong Kong

Those accusing Hollywood of “whitewashing” Asian roles should take a look at the advertisements in Asia. Hong Kong brands such as Giordano, Bossini and Baleno; Japanese label Uniqlo; and Chinese brand Huawei, all use Caucasian models

Those accusing Hollywood of “whitewashing” Asian roles should take a look at the advertisements in Asia. Hong Kong brands such as Giordano, Bossini and Baleno; Japanese label Uniqlo; and Chinese brand Huawei, all use Caucasian models

18 Jun 2017 - 12:32AM
New photo book captures colonial Hong Kong and old Macau, from the historic to the everyday

Photojournalist Wong Kan-tai’s book depicts pre-handover life in black and white: Queen Elizabeth’s visits to Hong Kong, the infamous Kowloon Walled City, eating dim sum at a tea shop and more

Photojournalist Wong Kan-tai’s book depicts pre-handover life in black and white: Queen Elizabeth’s visits to Hong Kong, the infamous Kowloon Walled City, eating dim sum at a tea shop and more

8 Jun 2017 - 5:46PM
Where to buy the best avocados in Hong Kong: readers offer tips after our rant about being ripped off

Responding to column about how hard it is to find good avocados in city, you tip some stores and markets, and tell us where to find ‘fantastic’ ones for less than HK$10 and ‘huge, ripe and buttery’ ones for HK$50

Responding to column about how hard it is to find good avocados in city, you tip some stores and markets, and tell us where to find ‘fantastic’ ones for less than HK$10 and ‘huge, ripe and buttery’ ones for HK$50

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Finding the perfect avocado in Hong Kong: why it’s harder than it looks

What rotten luck! This writer finds that gambling on avocados is like throwing good money in the bin

What rotten luck! This writer finds that gambling on avocados is like throwing good money in the bin

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
The search for Hong Kong’s best Sunday roasts: Yorkshire puds, potatoes and all the trimmings

There may not be as many places in Hong Kong serving the traditional British blowout, but we selflessly visited a number of restaurants to test their various versions

There may not be as many places in Hong Kong serving the traditional British blowout, but we selflessly visited a number of restaurants to test their various versions

24 Mar 2017 - 12:03PM
The party’s back on in Bangkok, even if the neon lights are still down

Nightlife has resumed in Thailand’s capital after a brief halt following the death of the kingdom’s revered monarch, and tourists still plan on having a good time in the country, as some join in mourning

Nightlife has resumed in Thailand’s capital after a brief halt following the death of the kingdom’s revered monarch, and tourists still plan on having a good time in the country, as some join in mourning

3 Nov 2016 - 5:22PM
Hong Kong point-and-view app that finds 'haunted flat' bargains

Inspired by Pokemon Go, Spacious.hk app uses augmented reality to show prices of flats in buildings you pass, including any where untimely deaths occurred, while Room3 uses virtual reality to show flats in comfort of your home

Inspired by Pokemon Go, Spacious.hk app uses augmented reality to show prices of flats in buildings you pass, including any where untimely deaths occurred, while Room3 uses virtual reality to show flats in comfort of your home

31 Oct 2016 - 12:33PM
Typhoon top ten: best leisurely long reads for a rainy day in Hong Kong

We’ve delved into our archives to bring you a list of great stories to keep you entertained if you’re cooped up at home as Typhoon Haima hammers the city

We’ve delved into our archives to bring you a list of great stories to keep you entertained if you’re cooped up at home as Typhoon Haima hammers the city

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Ten areas in Hong Kong where rents rose or fell the most this year, and why

With banks shedding staff and cutting housing budgets, flats became cheaper in places such as Quarry Bay, Central and Repulse Bay; Sham Shui Po, Tsuen Wan and trendy Tai Hang among areas where rents rose

With banks shedding staff and cutting housing budgets, flats became cheaper in places such as Quarry Bay, Central and Repulse Bay; Sham Shui Po, Tsuen Wan and trendy Tai Hang among areas where rents rose

29 Sep 2016 - 12:25PM
Wild behaviour on Hong Kong’s Monkey Mountain

On a recent visit to Kowloon’s Kam Shan Country Park, the writer finds out how obnoxious they can be – not the monkeys, the Homo sapiens

On a recent visit to Kowloon’s Kam Shan Country Park, the writer finds out how obnoxious they can be – not the monkeys, the Homo sapiens

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
‘Happiest man in the world’ has a tip for Hongkongers on how to be less stressed out

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Tibetan monk and bestselling author, explains how a near-death experience made him appreciate life more, and how meditation can ease all our problems

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Tibetan monk and bestselling author, explains how a near-death experience made him appreciate life more, and how meditation can ease all our problems

10 Apr 2018 - 12:12PM