Mercedes Hutton

Hong Kong

Mercedes Hutton

Copy Editor and Post Magazine Columnist

Mercedes Hutton is a Hong Kong-based journalist. She joined the Post in 2018, where she writes about culture, the environment and history for Post Magazine, and covers travel and tourism in Asia in a weekly column, Destinations Known.

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Destinations known | Tourist-free Koh Samui welcomes back hordes of turtle hatchlings, but pandemic is not all good news for nature

While nature is reasserting itself during pandemic lockdowns, animals across Asia used to attract tourists are suffering, with their keepers idle and unable to feed them.

8 Jul 2020 - 10:38AM

While nature is reasserting itself during pandemic lockdowns, animals across Asia used to attract tourists are suffering, with their keepers idle and unable to feed them.

Tourist-free Koh Samui welcomes back hordes of turtle hatchlings, but pandemic is not all good news for nature
Destinations known | The Maldives reopens on July 15, but can it tempt travellers back?

Visitors from around the world are permitted to enter with no quarantine on arrival, but the country’s very openness could work against it.

1 Jul 2020 - 10:54AM

Visitors from around the world are permitted to enter with no quarantine on arrival, but the country’s very openness could work against it.

The Maldives reopens on July 15, but can it tempt travellers back?
How Hong Kong got the Tate’s Cairn Tunnel

The multibillion-dollar tunnel opened in 1991, cutting travel from Sha Tin to Central from an hour to 25 minutes.

30 Jun 2020 - 12:45PM

The multibillion-dollar tunnel opened in 1991, cutting travel from Sha Tin to Central from an hour to 25 minutes.

How Hong Kong got the Tate’s Cairn Tunnel
Destinations known | Flying was the worst – will travel in a post-pandemic world be any different?

The coronavirus brought travel to a standstill across the globe but countries are opening up gradually, offering hope to those with itchy feet. In the new normal, however, travellers are likely to opt for fewer but further away trips.

24 Jun 2020 - 8:45AM

The coronavirus brought travel to a standstill across the globe but countries are opening up gradually, offering hope to those with itchy feet. In the new normal, however, travellers are likely to opt for fewer but further away trips.

Flying was the worst – will travel in a post-pandemic world be any different?
Elisabeth Frink’s nude New Man sculpture was ‘too much to bare’ – Hong Kong covered it up

Dame Elisabeth Frink’s New Man had his ‘distinguishing features’ hidden behind a cardboard fig leaf before censors came to their senses.

19 Jun 2020 - 10:00AM

Dame Elisabeth Frink’s New Man had his ‘distinguishing features’ hidden behind a cardboard fig leaf before censors came to their senses.

Elisabeth Frink’s nude New Man sculpture was ‘too much to bare’ – Hong Kong covered it up
Destinations known | Is national security law exactly what Hong Kong’s tourism industry needs?

Protests and the coronavirus pandemic have caused visitor numbers to slump, led by a decline in mainland Chinese sightseers.

17 Jun 2020 - 8:45AM

Protests and the coronavirus pandemic have caused visitor numbers to slump, led by a decline in mainland Chinese sightseers.

Is national security law exactly what Hong Kong’s tourism industry needs?
When Liverpool FC came, saw and conquered Hong Kong side Bulova

Despite missing a trio of star players – Dalglish, Rush, Whelan – the English side dominated, earning a slow clap from the local, capacity crowd.

12 Jun 2020 - 10:00AM

Despite missing a trio of star players – Dalglish, Rush, Whelan – the English side dominated, earning a slow clap from the local, capacity crowd.

When Liverpool FC came, saw and conquered Hong Kong side Bulova
Destinations known | Asian tourism is in crisis. Will it be Chinese tourists to the rescue?

As countries begin to open up for home-grown tourists, destinations fear that they cannot depend on domestic arrivals alone and are praying for the return of Chinese travellers.

10 Jun 2020 - 11:01AM

As countries begin to open up for home-grown tourists, destinations fear that they cannot depend on domestic arrivals alone and are praying for the return of Chinese travellers.

Asian tourism is in crisis. Will it be Chinese tourists to the rescue?
‘We can’t build Hong Kong on fatalities’: Chris Patten’s plea after lift crash killed 12

In 1993, 12 died when a lift plunged 17 floors on a construction site, resulting in the city’s first corporate manslaughter conviction.

10 Jun 2020 - 10:16AM

In 1993, 12 died when a lift plunged 17 floors on a construction site, resulting in the city’s first corporate manslaughter conviction.

‘We can’t build Hong Kong on fatalities’: Chris Patten’s plea after lift crash killed 12
Destinations known | As Thailand prepares to reopen to tourists, will Bangkok’s red-light district stay dark?

Thailand will start to welcome some international visitors from July, but special ‘long-stay packages’ that send travellers to specific destinations could have a lasting effect on the nation’s go-go bars.

10 Jun 2020 - 2:45PM

Thailand will start to welcome some international visitors from July, but special ‘long-stay packages’ that send travellers to specific destinations could have a lasting effect on the nation’s go-go bars.

As Thailand prepares to reopen to tourists, will Bangkok’s red-light district stay dark?
Statue Square: Hong Kong’s ‘showpiece’ park for people, not cars

The plans for a ‘modern park’ in a space previously occupied by a car park were criticised with demands for more grass and less concrete.

2 Jun 2020 - 10:45AM

The plans for a ‘modern park’ in a space previously occupied by a car park were criticised with demands for more grass and less concrete.

Statue Square: Hong Kong’s ‘showpiece’ park for people, not cars
Destinations known | Japan wants tourists to return so much it’s offering to pay for half of their travel expenses, perhaps

For a country that is notoriously costly to see, the prospect of the destination being discounted is undeniably appealing

27 May 2020 - 8:45AM

For a country that is notoriously costly to see, the prospect of the destination being discounted is undeniably appealing

Japan wants tourists to return so much it’s offering to pay for half of their travel expenses, perhaps
How the Hong Kong cenotaph rose to the post-war occasion, albeit slowly

Plans for the war memorial were announced in March 1920, several months after Shanghai’s ‘very excellent plan’ was unveiled. But it wasn’t until 1923 that the colony had a monument of its own.

25 May 2020 - 8:45AM

Plans for the war memorial were announced in March 1920, several months after Shanghai’s ‘very excellent plan’ was unveiled. But it wasn’t until 1923 that the colony had a monument of its own.

How the Hong Kong cenotaph rose to the post-war occasion, albeit slowly
Destinations known | With all this talk of ‘travel bubbles’, where – and when – can Hongkongers go on holiday?

As quarantine-free corridors become a possibility, the promise of regional travel is hard to resist. But don’t dust off that passport just yet, as destinations from Taiwan to Vietnam remain cautious about receiving arrivals.

1 Jun 2020 - 11:16AM

As quarantine-free corridors become a possibility, the promise of regional travel is hard to resist. But don’t dust off that passport just yet, as destinations from Taiwan to Vietnam remain cautious about receiving arrivals.

With all this talk of ‘travel bubbles’, where – and when – can Hongkongers go on holiday?
A young Hong Kong couple were murdered in 1970, their suspected killer was never convicted

A 35-year-old man was arrested and charged with the 1970 murders of Luk Kwan-sau and Francesca Leung Yee-ching, who were ‘united in death as they were pledged to be united in marriage’.

18 May 2020 - 10:02AM

A 35-year-old man was arrested and charged with the 1970 murders of Luk Kwan-sau and Francesca Leung Yee-ching, who were ‘united in death as they were pledged to be united in marriage’.

A young Hong Kong couple were murdered in 1970, their suspected killer was never convicted
Destinations known | Could Covid-19 spell the end of Chinese group tourism? Survey sees rise in independent travel aspirations

According to a recent survey, young residents of China’s tier one cities are keen to travel abroad, and, unlike older generations, they want to do so independently.

13 May 2020 - 3:10PM

According to a recent survey, young residents of China’s tier one cities are keen to travel abroad, and, unlike older generations, they want to do so independently.

Could Covid-19 spell the end of Chinese group tourism? Survey sees rise in independent travel aspirations
Teresa Teng’s music was banned by Beijing but that didn’t stop Chinese fans from loving the Taiwanese singer

The Taiwanese singer, who died suddenly while on holiday in Thailand, in 1995, achieved ‘cult status’ in Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China and Japan, ‘becoming a barometer of cross-strait relations’.

10 May 2020 - 10:30AM

The Taiwanese singer, who died suddenly while on holiday in Thailand, in 1995, achieved ‘cult status’ in Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China and Japan, ‘becoming a barometer of cross-strait relations’.

Teresa Teng’s music was banned by Beijing but that didn’t stop Chinese fans from loving the Taiwanese singer
Destinations known | Wuhan tops Chinese tourists’ domestic destination wish list, but very few are actually visiting

The city that became ground zero for the coronavirus outbreak recently topped Chinese tourists’ domestic destination wish list, but visitor numbers for the recent public holiday suggest that sentiment is yet to translate into real-life trips.

6 May 2020 - 8:45AM

The city that became ground zero for the coronavirus outbreak recently topped Chinese tourists’ domestic destination wish list, but visitor numbers for the recent public holiday suggest that sentiment is yet to translate into real-life trips.

Wuhan tops Chinese tourists’ domestic destination wish list, but very few are actually visiting
Destinations known | It is not all bad news from Bali – expat-founded charities give back to the island’s inhabitants

A number of charitable organisations have sprung up to help those on the Indonesian island who rely on tourism for their livelihood as the coronavirus pandemic paralyses the industry.

29 Apr 2020 - 10:03AM

A number of charitable organisations have sprung up to help those on the Indonesian island who rely on tourism for their livelihood as the coronavirus pandemic paralyses the industry.

It is not all bad news from Bali – expat-founded charities give back to the island’s inhabitants
Destinations known | Bali’s ‘trash’ foreigners cause tension with locals over social distancing

In lieu of an official lockdown, locals follow official advisories to stay at home and are justifiably angry at those who do not do the same.

24 Apr 2020 - 10:14PM

In lieu of an official lockdown, locals follow official advisories to stay at home and are justifiably angry at those who do not do the same.

Bali’s ‘trash’ foreigners cause tension with locals over social distancing
Hong Kong’s last craft masters and the artists trying to keep their skills alive

A birdcage maker and a mahjong tile carver worked with local and international artists to share their decades of experience. The fruits of their combined labours are exhibited on one of the city’s iconic trams for all to see.

19 Apr 2020 - 4:46PM

A birdcage maker and a mahjong tile carver worked with local and international artists to share their decades of experience. The fruits of their combined labours are exhibited on one of the city’s iconic trams for all to see.

Hong Kong’s last craft masters and the artists trying to keep their skills alive
Destinations known | Chinese tourists are travelling domestically and already getting blacklisted

After being locked in for months, it looks like business as usual in China as domestic travellers throng tourist sites in large numbers.

15 Apr 2020 - 8:45AM

After being locked in for months, it looks like business as usual in China as domestic travellers throng tourist sites in large numbers.

Chinese tourists are travelling domestically and already getting blacklisted
Destinations known | ‘Coronavirus crisis tourists’: fleeing the pandemic is not only selfish, it’s a privilege only the rich can afford

From Australia and South Korea to France and the US, people are trying to escape the pandemic while incorporating a holiday at the same time, potentially aiding the spread of the virus and placing the destinations they travel to at greater risk.

8 Apr 2020 - 12:57PM

From Australia and South Korea to France and the US, people are trying to escape the pandemic while incorporating a holiday at the same time, potentially aiding the spread of the virus and placing the destinations they travel to at greater risk.

‘Coronavirus crisis tourists’: fleeing the pandemic is not only selfish, it’s a privilege only the rich can afford
When tennis star John McEnroe, and his temper, came to Hong Kong to play Ivan Lendl

Pre-match drama began a month before the match against Ivan Lendl, when McEnroe injured his back, but the ‘five-set thriller’ between the world’s top two players went ahead as scheduled, in April 1984. .

6 Apr 2020 - 7:00PM

Pre-match drama began a month before the match against Ivan Lendl, when McEnroe injured his back, but the ‘five-set thriller’ between the world’s top two players went ahead as scheduled, in April 1984. .

When tennis star John McEnroe, and his temper, came to Hong Kong to play Ivan Lendl
Destinations known | Think a Hong Kong hotel quarantine sounds like a comfortable confinement? Think again

Hospitality groups and properties across Asia are offering 14-day ‘quarantine packages’ for arrivals who need to self-isolate, but life in a 250 sq ft, climate-controlled room leaves plenty to be desired, namely, fresh air.

1 Apr 2020 - 8:30AM

Hospitality groups and properties across Asia are offering 14-day ‘quarantine packages’ for arrivals who need to self-isolate, but life in a 250 sq ft, climate-controlled room leaves plenty to be desired, namely, fresh air.

Think a Hong Kong hotel quarantine sounds like a comfortable confinement? Think again
Birth of a legend: when Hong Kong held its first international rugby sevens event

Now the world’s most prestigious sevens event, the tournament started in 1976, with 12 teams – and a win for New Zealand.

28 Mar 2020 - 4:00PM

Now the world’s most prestigious sevens event, the tournament started in 1976, with 12 teams – and a win for New Zealand.

Birth of a legend: when Hong Kong held its first international rugby sevens event
Blasts bandits and boats on the Pearl River Delta: when 100 people died in a bombing

On a sailing from Canton to Hong Kong, the Miss Orient was targeted by gangs seeking extortion money.

25 Mar 2020 - 9:00AM

On a sailing from Canton to Hong Kong, the Miss Orient was targeted by gangs seeking extortion money.

Blasts bandits and boats on the Pearl River Delta: when 100 people died in a bombing
Destinations known | Thai health minister blames ‘dirty’ Western tourists for country’s coronavirus cases

Tweets posted by an account associated with Anutin Charnvirakul suggested ‘farang’ travellers should be feared more than Asians.

25 Mar 2020 - 9:03AM

Tweets posted by an account associated with Anutin Charnvirakul suggested ‘farang’ travellers should be feared more than Asians.

Thai health minister blames ‘dirty’ Western tourists for country’s coronavirus cases
Destinations known | In Bhutan, tourists were once welcomed – now they are feared and face hostility

After a US arrival tested positive for Covid-19, visitors and tour guides have experienced a backlash.

18 Mar 2020 - 8:30AM

After a US arrival tested positive for Covid-19, visitors and tour guides have experienced a backlash.

In Bhutan, tourists were once welcomed – now they are feared and face hostility
When Hong Kong’s Da Da Department Stores closed with ‘cut-throat’ clearance sale

Hong Kong shoppers ripped apart the gates of the Mong Kok store to get at the bargains during the month-long clearance sale.

12 Mar 2020 - 11:00AM

Hong Kong shoppers ripped apart the gates of the Mong Kok store to get at the bargains during the month-long clearance sale.

When Hong Kong’s Da Da Department Stores closed with ‘cut-throat’ clearance sale