Mercedes Hutton

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Mercedes Hutton

Copy Editor and Post Magazine Columnist

Mercedes Hutton is a Hong Kong-based journalist. She joined the Post in 2018, where she covers travel and tourism in Asia in her weekly column, Destinations Known.

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When Ming Tak Bank’s owner went bankrupt, Hong Kong almost ran out of money

In 1965, a run on Ming Tak Bank, owned by Poon Kai-kwong, led to rumours of trouble at other Chinese banks. Following restrictions on withdrawals, confidence was eventually restored

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In 1965, a run on Ming Tak Bank, owned by Poon Kai-kwong, led to rumours of trouble at other Chinese banks. Following restrictions on withdrawals, confidence was eventually restored

When Ming Tak Bank’s owner went bankrupt, Hong Kong almost ran out of money
Destinations known | In Bali, LGBT businesses targeted for catering to the gay community and ‘tainting tourism’

Indonesia’s Island of the Gods has long been touted as one of Asia’s top gay destinations, but even Bali is not immune from the nation’s spreading anti-LGBT sentiment.

22 Jan 2020 - 8:30AM

Indonesia’s Island of the Gods has long been touted as one of Asia’s top gay destinations, but even Bali is not immune from the nation’s spreading anti-LGBT sentiment.

In Bali, LGBT businesses targeted for catering to the gay community and ‘tainting tourism’
Destinations known | Now that Taiwan has voted, will Beijing’s ban on solo tourists be lifted?

Last August, Beijing stopped issuing permits to individual travellers wanting to visit Taiwan ‘until further notice’.

15 Jan 2020 - 4:22PM

Last August, Beijing stopped issuing permits to individual travellers wanting to visit Taiwan ‘until further notice’.

Now that Taiwan has voted, will Beijing’s ban on solo tourists be lifted?
Los Angeles and Hong Kong offer opposing urban models, but architects in both cities face the same issues

Hong Kong architects’ creative designs for high-density living are on show at the ‘Island_Peninsula’ exhibition in LA.

17 Jan 2020 - 1:28PM

Hong Kong architects’ creative designs for high-density living are on show at the ‘Island_Peninsula’ exhibition in LA.

Los Angeles and Hong Kong offer opposing urban models, but architects in both cities face the same issues
Destinations known | How did seven Chinese tourists arriving in Malaysian state of Sabah slip through immigration undetected?

Travellers from China have been detained and prosecuted for bypassing immigration checks at Kota Kinabalu International Airport, something that should be a rare occurrence, surely?

8 Jan 2020 - 9:54AM

Travellers from China have been detained and prosecuted for bypassing immigration checks at Kota Kinabalu International Airport, something that should be a rare occurrence, surely?

How did seven Chinese tourists arriving in Malaysian state of Sabah slip through immigration undetected?
When the Hongkong Philharmonic Orchestra went professional, proving the colony was not ‘a cultural desert’

The orchestra’s estimated annual running cost of HK$4.5 million was deemed ‘well worth spending if we are to prove wrong those people who call Hongkong a cultural desert’.

7 Jan 2020 - 3:00PM

The orchestra’s estimated annual running cost of HK$4.5 million was deemed ‘well worth spending if we are to prove wrong those people who call Hongkong a cultural desert’.

When the Hongkong Philharmonic Orchestra went professional, proving the colony was not ‘a cultural desert’
Destinations known | Japan’s solution to expected Olympic overcrowding – free flights out of major cities

Japan Airlines is launching a campaign of complimentary jaunts to get people out of the congested capital.

1 Jan 2020 - 8:30AM

Japan Airlines is launching a campaign of complimentary jaunts to get people out of the congested capital.

Japan’s solution to expected Olympic overcrowding – free flights out of major cities
Destinations known | How Chinese tourists have changed over the past decade – from flag followers to free spirits

The 2010s were the decade that brought mass Chinese tourism to the world; these travellers did not fail to make an impression.

25 Dec 2019 - 8:30AM

The 2010s were the decade that brought mass Chinese tourism to the world; these travellers did not fail to make an impression.

How Chinese tourists have changed over the past decade – from flag followers to free spirits
A Hongkonger’s epic 4,000km charity run from Peking to Hong Kong

Hongkonger David Griffiths, general manager of a sports centre, made the 4,000km dash in aid of disabled Chinese athletes.

20 Dec 2019 - 9:30AM

Hongkonger David Griffiths, general manager of a sports centre, made the 4,000km dash in aid of disabled Chinese athletes.

A Hongkonger’s epic 4,000km charity run from Peking to Hong Kong
Destinations known | Bruised Bali faces a looming environmental crisis – and tourism is to blame

Chinese and Australian arrival numbers dropping off as a water shortage threatens Bali’s very survival.

18 Dec 2019 - 8:30AM

Chinese and Australian arrival numbers dropping off as a water shortage threatens Bali’s very survival.

Bruised Bali faces a looming environmental crisis – and tourism is to blame
When football legend Pele took Hong Kong by storm and refused to stay in the Hilton’s penthouse suite

The Brazilian soccer legend arrived in Hong Kong in December 1970 with members of his team, Santos. He insisted on staying with his teammates, reportedly saying, ‘I want no special treatment’.

17 Dec 2019 - 1:28PM

The Brazilian soccer legend arrived in Hong Kong in December 1970 with members of his team, Santos. He insisted on staying with his teammates, reportedly saying, ‘I want no special treatment’.

When football legend Pele took Hong Kong by storm and refused to stay in the Hilton’s penthouse suite
Destinations known | Have mainland Chinese tourists ever really been welcome in Hong Kong?

Economist warns that it might be ‘some time’ before visitors from mainland China return to the territory.

11 Dec 2019 - 8:30AM

Economist warns that it might be ‘some time’ before visitors from mainland China return to the territory.

Have mainland Chinese tourists ever really been welcome in Hong Kong?
When a Hong Kong tram workers strike descended into violence in 1949

Tear gas, a pitched battle with police and 42 arrests followed when Hongkong Tramways employees took to the streets to press their demand for a HK$3 increase in ‘High Cost of Living Allowance’.

10 Dec 2019 - 1:00PM

Tear gas, a pitched battle with police and 42 arrests followed when Hongkong Tramways employees took to the streets to press their demand for a HK$3 increase in ‘High Cost of Living Allowance’.

When a Hong Kong tram workers strike descended into violence in 1949
Destinations known | Chinese tourists will be educated on how to behave in Malaysia, even though they already know, says ambassador

China’s ambassador to the Muslim-majority nation acknowledges that complaints regarding the conduct of citizens are a cause of embarrassment.

5 Dec 2019 - 6:27AM

China’s ambassador to the Muslim-majority nation acknowledges that complaints regarding the conduct of citizens are a cause of embarrassment.

Chinese tourists will be educated on how to behave in Malaysia, even though they already know, says ambassador
Destinations known | How the Hong Kong protests are affecting Asia’s tourism industry – the winners and losers

As travellers from the region choose to stay away from the territory, other destinations benefit from big spenders. But it is not good news for everyone – proximity to political turmoil seems to turn arrivals off Macau and Shenzhen.

27 Nov 2019 - 8:36AM

As travellers from the region choose to stay away from the territory, other destinations benefit from big spenders. But it is not good news for everyone – proximity to political turmoil seems to turn arrivals off Macau and Shenzhen.

How the Hong Kong protests are affecting Asia’s tourism industry – the winners and losers
A murder and kidnapping in Hong Kong: how ‘Wild Wolf’ haunted a wealthy family

The cracking of Wong Sik-pun’s kidnapping case in 1961 led police to the body of the Hong Kong banker’s son, who had disappeared more than two years earlier

24 Nov 2019 - 8:56AM

The cracking of Wong Sik-pun’s kidnapping case in 1961 led police to the body of the Hong Kong banker’s son, who had disappeared more than two years earlier

A murder and kidnapping in Hong Kong: how ‘Wild Wolf’ haunted a wealthy family
Destinations known | How to travel as a vegan in Asia - the best and worst cities for those eschewing animal products

Singapore, Taipei and Sri Lanka frequently top vegan-friendly lists while Japan, one of the least-friendly countries for vegetarians and vegans, is also hoping to benefit from the growing trend by offering more plant-based options

20 Nov 2019 - 8:45AM

Singapore, Taipei and Sri Lanka frequently top vegan-friendly lists while Japan, one of the least-friendly countries for vegetarians and vegans, is also hoping to benefit from the growing trend by offering more plant-based options

How to travel as a vegan in Asia - the best and worst cities for those eschewing animal products
When Mother Teresa prayed for the future of post-handover Hong Kong

The Nobel Peace Prize winner visited Hong Kong in 1983, bringing a message of love, joy and family planning.

15 Nov 2019 - 8:15AM

The Nobel Peace Prize winner visited Hong Kong in 1983, bringing a message of love, joy and family planning.

When Mother Teresa prayed for the future of post-handover Hong Kong
Destinations known | Indian tourists prefer Singapore: Malaysia is trying to work out why and how to attract more

Singapore currently tops the list for travellers from the subcontinent but its northern neighbour is doing all it can to knock it from the top spot.

13 Nov 2019 - 8:30AM

Singapore currently tops the list for travellers from the subcontinent but its northern neighbour is doing all it can to knock it from the top spot.

Indian tourists prefer Singapore: Malaysia is trying to work out why and how to attract more
When Janet Jackson was ‘found guilty of helping Hongkong discover what a good time is’

The youngest of the Jackson clan gave power-packed performances for three nights at the Hong Kong Coliseum in 1990 as part of her Rhythm Nation tour.

8 Nov 2019 - 10:00AM

The youngest of the Jackson clan gave power-packed performances for three nights at the Hong Kong Coliseum in 1990 as part of her Rhythm Nation tour.

When Janet Jackson was ‘found guilty of helping Hongkong discover what a good time is’
Destinations known | Chinese tourists in North Korea: ‘almost a necessary evil’

A surge in visitors from China is likely to have financial benefits and has led to improvements at hotels, but North Korean guides are overwhelmed by large groups and unable to stop travellers from wandering off unaccompanied.

8 Nov 2019 - 5:36PM

A surge in visitors from China is likely to have financial benefits and has led to improvements at hotels, but North Korean guides are overwhelmed by large groups and unable to stop travellers from wandering off unaccompanied.

Chinese tourists in North Korea: ‘almost a necessary evil’
It took HK$600 million and four years to build the Tseung Kwan O Tunnel

Costing HK$200 million more than estimated, the tunnel was opened in 1990, linking Kwun Tong with the new town of Tseung Kwan O.

5 Nov 2019 - 8:00AM

Costing HK$200 million more than estimated, the tunnel was opened in 1990, linking Kwun Tong with the new town of Tseung Kwan O.

It took HK$600 million and four years to build the Tseung Kwan O Tunnel
Destinations known | Will South Korea’s Jeju Island become the first blockchain destination in the world?

After receiving more than 15 million visitors in 2016, the island’s tourism industry has seen a downturn. A consortium of businesses hopes that a new digital ecosystem can breathe new life into the declining destination.

30 Oct 2019 - 8:30AM

After receiving more than 15 million visitors in 2016, the island’s tourism industry has seen a downturn. A consortium of businesses hopes that a new digital ecosystem can breathe new life into the declining destination.

Will South Korea’s Jeju Island become the first blockchain destination in the world?
‘Sex has nothing to do with it’, said Hong Kong’s first female judge Helen Lo

Helen Lo, who specialised in family law, broke through the all-male stronghold when she was appointed to the District Court.

25 Oct 2019 - 8:30AM

Helen Lo, who specialised in family law, broke through the all-male stronghold when she was appointed to the District Court.

‘Sex has nothing to do with it’, said Hong Kong’s first female judge Helen Lo
Destinations known | Mainland Chinese tourists are staying away from Taiwan, but the self-ruled island doesn’t seem to mind

Beijing’s recent ban on solo travellers to Taiwan likely to see visitor numbers fall by 700,000. But impact is expected to be limited as Taiwan has started to focus on alternative markets, such as Thailand, Vietnam and India.

23 Oct 2019 - 8:34AM

Beijing’s recent ban on solo travellers to Taiwan likely to see visitor numbers fall by 700,000. But impact is expected to be limited as Taiwan has started to focus on alternative markets, such as Thailand, Vietnam and India.

Mainland Chinese tourists are staying away from Taiwan, but the self-ruled island doesn’t seem to mind
Princess Anne’s one worry about her first trip to Hong Kong: ‘rich and exotic Oriental food’

Food was a concern as the queen’s ‘tall, blonde, 21-year-old daughter likes her food simple and straightforward’, according to her friends.

21 Oct 2019 - 11:00AM

Food was a concern as the queen’s ‘tall, blonde, 21-year-old daughter likes her food simple and straightforward’, according to her friends.

Princess Anne’s one worry about her first trip to Hong Kong: ‘rich and exotic Oriental food’
When Hong Kong’s Legislative Council got a new home in the old Supreme Court building

Designed by the architects behind Buckingham Palace facade, the Supreme Court building opened in 1912, with Legco calling it home from 1985.

16 Oct 2019 - 11:53AM

Designed by the architects behind Buckingham Palace facade, the Supreme Court building opened in 1912, with Legco calling it home from 1985.

When Hong Kong’s Legislative Council got a new home in the old Supreme Court building
Destinations known | Sex tourism is changing as travellers seek pleasure in adult-only resorts. Can Asia keep up?

In the region, sex tourism is often equated with prostitution; however, young adventurers want to make sex-related travel safe and consensual, and a growing number of resorts are springing up internationally to offer that.

18 Oct 2019 - 11:20AM

In the region, sex tourism is often equated with prostitution; however, young adventurers want to make sex-related travel safe and consensual, and a growing number of resorts are springing up internationally to offer that.

Sex tourism is changing as travellers seek pleasure in adult-only resorts. Can Asia keep up?
Destinations known | Komodo National Park is staying open, but at US$1,000 to visit its dragons, will anyone go?

After months of uncertainty, the Indonesian government has announced that the popular destination will not be closing to tourists. Instead, the number of visitors will be limited and a two-tier ‘membership’ scheme will be implemented.

9 Oct 2019 - 8:30AM

After months of uncertainty, the Indonesian government has announced that the popular destination will not be closing to tourists. Instead, the number of visitors will be limited and a two-tier ‘membership’ scheme will be implemented.

Komodo National Park is staying open, but at US$1,000 to visit its dragons, will anyone go?
Remembering Hong Kong’s first Chinese bishop, Francis Hsu

The Oxford-educated Shanghai native put his consecration down to the Catholic Church’s rapid expansion in the colony.

3 Oct 2019 - 4:30PM

The Oxford-educated Shanghai native put his consecration down to the Catholic Church’s rapid expansion in the colony.

Remembering Hong Kong’s first Chinese bishop, Francis Hsu