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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When the Golden Hinde, a replica of Francis Drake’s ship, sailed into Hong Kong

The captain of the contemporary vessel, which was built as closely as possible to 16th-century specifications, called the Hinde ‘a pig to steer’.

15 Jan 2021 - 10:45AM

The captain of the contemporary vessel, which was built as closely as possible to 16th-century specifications, called the Hinde ‘a pig to steer’.

When the Golden Hinde, a replica of Francis Drake’s ship, sailed into Hong Kong
Destinations known | Can young Chinese tourists help save a backpacker-free Bangkok when international travel returns?

Although easy to dismiss, the youth travel sector has significant spending power. In China, the post-1990 generation, known as jiulinghou, has been the driving force behind domestic tourism recovery.

13 Jan 2021 - 8:45AM

Although easy to dismiss, the youth travel sector has significant spending power. In China, the post-1990 generation, known as jiulinghou, has been the driving force behind domestic tourism recovery.

Can young Chinese tourists help save a backpacker-free Bangkok when international travel returns?
How a taxi drivers’ strike sparked ‘the worst rioting in Hong Kong since 1967’

To protest against dramatic rises in taxes and licence fees, taxi drivers went on strike in January 1984, violence, looting and an ‘embarrassing’ government climbdown followed.

8 Jan 2021 - 10:15AM

To protest against dramatic rises in taxes and licence fees, taxi drivers went on strike in January 1984, violence, looting and an ‘embarrassing’ government climbdown followed.

How a taxi drivers’ strike sparked ‘the worst rioting in Hong Kong since 1967’
Destinations known | The Thailand Authority of Thailand has partnered with Tinder – like many Covid-19 unions, it’s already being tested

The Tourism Authority of Thailand and dating app Tinder have coupled up to promote domestic travel among uncoupled individuals, but the partnership is already being tested by the pandemic.

6 Jan 2021 - 8:45AM

The Tourism Authority of Thailand and dating app Tinder have coupled up to promote domestic travel among uncoupled individuals, but the partnership is already being tested by the pandemic.

The Thailand Authority of Thailand has partnered with Tinder – like many Covid-19 unions, it’s already being tested
When Richard Brooks and Peter O’Toole were in Hong Kong to film Lord Jim

Shooting of the film adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s novel Lord Jim took about six weeks, with much of it focused on the colony’s harbour.

1 Jan 2021 - 3:15PM

Shooting of the film adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s novel Lord Jim took about six weeks, with much of it focused on the colony’s harbour.

When Richard Brooks and Peter O’Toole were in Hong Kong to film Lord Jim
Destinations known | In China’s Hubei province, tourism workers are being taught how to smile

Local officials have distributed a handbook telling employees in the tourism industry in Hubei province to ‘smile genuinely and naturally, with your teeth showing’.

30 Dec 2020 - 9:20AM

Local officials have distributed a handbook telling employees in the tourism industry in Hubei province to ‘smile genuinely and naturally, with your teeth showing’.

In China’s Hubei province, tourism workers are being taught how to smile
When gangster Kwai Ping-hung’s arrest ended an era of shoot-outs on Hong Kong’s streets

Notorious gangster Kwai Ping-hung, who was suspected of being responsible for some 20 armed robberies, was arrested while he slept on Christmas Eve in 2003.

28 Dec 2020 - 3:45PM

Notorious gangster Kwai Ping-hung, who was suspected of being responsible for some 20 armed robberies, was arrested while he slept on Christmas Eve in 2003.

When gangster Kwai Ping-hung’s arrest ended an era of shoot-outs on Hong Kong’s streets
How Hong Kong’s ‘Christmas triplets’ brought good fortune to their sampan-dwelling family

Mr and Mrs Fung, who welcomed triplet sons on Christmas Day in 1967, wondered how they were going to make ends meet. But Yau-chi, Yau-moon and Yau-foon, or Wisdom, Richness and Generosity, brought the family good fortune.

26 Dec 2020 - 10:45AM

Mr and Mrs Fung, who welcomed triplet sons on Christmas Day in 1967, wondered how they were going to make ends meet. But Yau-chi, Yau-moon and Yau-foon, or Wisdom, Richness and Generosity, brought the family good fortune.

How Hong Kong’s ‘Christmas triplets’ brought good fortune to their sampan-dwelling family
Destinations known | Why North Korea’s Mount Kumgang resort will be ‘envied by the world’

After Kim Jong-un likened the existing facilities at Mount Kumgang to ‘isolation wards’, the country has vowed to transform destination into ‘a modern and all-inclusive international tourist and cultural area’.

23 Dec 2020 - 8:45AM

After Kim Jong-un likened the existing facilities at Mount Kumgang to ‘isolation wards’, the country has vowed to transform destination into ‘a modern and all-inclusive international tourist and cultural area’.

Why North Korea’s Mount Kumgang resort will be ‘envied by the world’
Destinations known | China-Australia relations have reached rock bottom at Queensland holiday destination Keswick Island

Chinese investment in Keswick Island, located in the tropical Whitsundays archipelago, has caused outrage among local residents who fear the popular holiday destination is being developed exclusively for Chinese tourists.

16 Dec 2020 - 9:50AM

Chinese investment in Keswick Island, located in the tropical Whitsundays archipelago, has caused outrage among local residents who fear the popular holiday destination is being developed exclusively for Chinese tourists.

China-Australia relations have reached rock bottom at Queensland holiday destination Keswick Island
Destinations known | Thai tourism hinges on vaccine roll-out, big-spending visitors

The Land of Smiles’ orders of the vaccine fall far short of minimum to achieve herd immunity.

12 Jan 2021 - 5:12PM

The Land of Smiles’ orders of the vaccine fall far short of minimum to achieve herd immunity.

Thai tourism hinges on vaccine roll-out, big-spending visitors
Explainer | The ‘bizarre murder’ of a Hong Kong schoolgirl whose body was stuffed in a TV box

In 1974, the body of 16-year-old Pin Yuk-ying was found in a box on the side of a road in Hong Kong.

8 Dec 2020 - 6:33PM

In 1974, the body of 16-year-old Pin Yuk-ying was found in a box on the side of a road in Hong Kong.

The ‘bizarre murder’ of a Hong Kong schoolgirl whose body was stuffed in a TV box
Destinations known | Vietnam’s Dak Lak province is banning elephant rides, but more must be done to help shrinking population

Any move to improve the lives of the country’s captive elephants should be welcomed, but any activities that allow interaction with the animals should be shunned by tourists.

2 Dec 2020 - 8:45AM

Any move to improve the lives of the country’s captive elephants should be welcomed, but any activities that allow interaction with the animals should be shunned by tourists.

Vietnam’s Dak Lak province is banning elephant rides, but more must be done to help shrinking population
Explainer | Chungking Mansions: A fortunate place

Chungking Mansions launched as a beacon of prosperity in jet-set era Hong Kong. The building’s fame slid into notoriety soon after, and it has lived for 55 years in the spotlight. Many Hong Kong people avoid it, given its reputed sleazy underbelly, or know it only as a multi-storey souk offering exotic flavours and a cheap bed for an hour or more.

21 Dec 2020 - 10:32AM

Chungking Mansions launched as a beacon of prosperity in jet-set era Hong Kong. The building’s fame slid into notoriety soon after, and it has lived for 55 years in the spotlight. Many Hong Kong people avoid it, given its reputed sleazy underbelly, or know it only as a multi-storey souk offering exotic flavours and a cheap bed for an hour or more.

Chungking Mansions: A fortunate place
Cantonese opera’s ‘brightest star’ Yam Kim-fai was known for her male roles

Born in Guangzhou, Yam Kim-fai came to Hong Kong after World War II where she performed hundreds of times in ‘virtually only’ male roles before her death in 1989.

27 Nov 2020 - 10:15AM

Born in Guangzhou, Yam Kim-fai came to Hong Kong after World War II where she performed hundreds of times in ‘virtually only’ male roles before her death in 1989.

Cantonese opera’s ‘brightest star’ Yam Kim-fai was known for her male roles
Destinations known | Will Indonesia’s proposed alcohol ban be the last call for Bali’s tourism industry?

Tourism officials on the Island of the Gods are worried that a proposed ban on the consumption of alcohol could harm Bali’s post-pandemic road to recovery.

25 Nov 2020 - 8:45AM

Tourism officials on the Island of the Gods are worried that a proposed ban on the consumption of alcohol could harm Bali’s post-pandemic road to recovery.

Will Indonesia’s proposed alcohol ban be the last call for Bali’s tourism industry?
Murray MacLehose: the ‘lanky Scotsman’ who became governor of Hong Kong

The announcement of MacLehose’s appointment as the head of Hong Kong’s colonial government came not from the administration itself, but from the BBC.

24 Nov 2020 - 8:15AM

The announcement of MacLehose’s appointment as the head of Hong Kong’s colonial government came not from the administration itself, but from the BBC.

Murray MacLehose: the ‘lanky Scotsman’ who became governor of Hong Kong
Destinations known | Kyoto is empty of Chinese tourists, and Japanese netizens would like to keep it that way

The coronavirus has kept the streets of the Japanese city clear for the first time in years and efforts to entice the masses back have not gone down well.

18 Nov 2020 - 8:45AM

The coronavirus has kept the streets of the Japanese city clear for the first time in years and efforts to entice the masses back have not gone down well.

Kyoto is empty of Chinese tourists, and Japanese netizens would like to keep it that way
When Whitney Houston hit ‘new highs in egotism’ in Hong Kong

The ‘God-fearing sex symbol’ arrived to a warm welcome in 1988, but after her no-photo policy caused a fan to be publicly humiliated, the crowds turned on her.

13 Nov 2020 - 9:30AM

The ‘God-fearing sex symbol’ arrived to a warm welcome in 1988, but after her no-photo policy caused a fan to be publicly humiliated, the crowds turned on her.

When Whitney Houston hit ‘new highs in egotism’ in Hong Kong
Destinations known | China wants all arrivals to test negative for IgM antibodies – here’s what that means

China recently changed its entry restrictions, requiring all arrivals from November 6 onwards to provide negative test results for Covid-19 and an IgM an antibody test.

11 Nov 2020 - 8:45AM

China recently changed its entry restrictions, requiring all arrivals from November 6 onwards to provide negative test results for Covid-19 and an IgM an antibody test.

China wants all arrivals to test negative for IgM antibodies – here’s what that means
The making of The World of Suzie Wong, from finding the leading lady to filming in Wan Chai

Nancy Kwan, who was brought in after first ‘Suzie’ choice France Nuyen dropped out, was met in Hong Kong with ‘cameras, confusion and clamouring crowds’.

9 Nov 2020 - 10:15AM

Nancy Kwan, who was brought in after first ‘Suzie’ choice France Nuyen dropped out, was met in Hong Kong with ‘cameras, confusion and clamouring crowds’.

The making of The World of Suzie Wong, from finding the leading lady to filming in Wan Chai
Destinations known | Ten new Balis? That’s the last thing Indonesia needs

In Komodo National Park, construction of one of ‘10 new Balis’ worries conservationists and ignores the devastation caused by an over-dependence on tourism.

4 Nov 2020 - 9:38AM

In Komodo National Park, construction of one of ‘10 new Balis’ worries conservationists and ignores the devastation caused by an over-dependence on tourism.

Ten new Balis? That’s the last thing Indonesia needs
How a drunken hijack and hostage stand-off ended the careers of two British soldiers in 1980s Hong Kong

An alcohol-fuelled prank went very wrong, when two soldiers hijacked three vehicles on a wayward rampage to Kai Tak airport, taking two police officers hostage, in 1983.

29 Oct 2020 - 4:45PM

An alcohol-fuelled prank went very wrong, when two soldiers hijacked three vehicles on a wayward rampage to Kai Tak airport, taking two police officers hostage, in 1983.

How a drunken hijack and hostage stand-off ended the careers of two British soldiers in 1980s Hong Kong
Destinations known | Cruises to nowhere? Singapore passengers put pleasure before pandemic – and climate

Residents of Singapore can soon take advantage of ‘out-and-back’ trips on Royal Caribbean and Genting cruise ships – but these aimless sailings will contribute to climate change.

28 Oct 2020 - 11:44AM

Residents of Singapore can soon take advantage of ‘out-and-back’ trips on Royal Caribbean and Genting cruise ships – but these aimless sailings will contribute to climate change.

Cruises to nowhere? Singapore passengers put pleasure before pandemic – and climate
How Hong Kong Sports Institute was inspired by Harvard University and an army camp

The Jubilee Sports Centre, now known as the Hong Kong Sports Institute, was built to provide facilities for training the ‘sportsmen and sportswomen of the future’.

24 Oct 2020 - 4:20PM

The Jubilee Sports Centre, now known as the Hong Kong Sports Institute, was built to provide facilities for training the ‘sportsmen and sportswomen of the future’.

How Hong Kong Sports Institute was inspired by Harvard University and an army camp
Destinations known | Can the expected travel bubble burst Hong Kong and Singapore’s supposed rivalry?

The pandemic promises to bring the two cities closer with an air travel agreement expected within weeks, but Hong Kong is a different city to the one that last welcomed international visitors in March.

21 Oct 2020 - 9:01AM

The pandemic promises to bring the two cities closer with an air travel agreement expected within weeks, but Hong Kong is a different city to the one that last welcomed international visitors in March.

Can the expected travel bubble burst Hong Kong and Singapore’s supposed rivalry?
Godfather of Canto-pop Roman Tam ‘an imperfect man’ who sought perfection

Roman Tam was accepted into mainstream Chinese culture despite homosexuality being outlawed, with his on-stage flamboyance tolerated because of his off-stage discretion.

15 Oct 2020 - 1:53PM

Roman Tam was accepted into mainstream Chinese culture despite homosexuality being outlawed, with his on-stage flamboyance tolerated because of his off-stage discretion.

Godfather of Canto-pop Roman Tam ‘an imperfect man’ who sought perfection
Destinations known | Japan Airlines ditches ‘ladies and gentlemen’ greeting – is it woke or purely tokenistic?

The carrier says it has ‘committed to not discriminate based on gender, age, nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or other personal attitudes’.

14 Oct 2020 - 3:41PM

The carrier says it has ‘committed to not discriminate based on gender, age, nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or other personal attitudes’.

Japan Airlines ditches ‘ladies and gentlemen’ greeting – is it woke or purely tokenistic?
Hong Kong built a desalination plant to combat a water shortage – but water from China was cheaper

First mooted in 1963, when Hong Kong was gripped by drought, a desalination plant finally started producing fresh water in 1975, but not for long. The plant was shut down after critics blasted the high cost of running it.

9 Oct 2020 - 3:15PM

First mooted in 1963, when Hong Kong was gripped by drought, a desalination plant finally started producing fresh water in 1975, but not for long. The plant was shut down after critics blasted the high cost of running it.

Hong Kong built a desalination plant to combat a water shortage – but water from China was cheaper
Destinations known | Welcome to Thailand, where a negative TripAdvisor review can get you jailed

An American expat is being sued by a resort in Koh Chang after he posted ‘unflattering’ reviews about his stay on TripAdvisor and Google.

9 Oct 2020 - 5:36PM

An American expat is being sued by a resort in Koh Chang after he posted ‘unflattering’ reviews about his stay on TripAdvisor and Google.

Welcome to Thailand, where a negative TripAdvisor review can get you jailed