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The Hong Kong artisans who can bash sheet metal into anything, and how they survive in the machine age

Buckets, letterboxes, pots and pans, a food stall – there’s nothing these men can’t fashion out of sheet metal using a hammer, cutters, a bending machine and their bare hands. It’s a dying art some are trying to pass on

6 Jun 2018 - 7:42PM

Buckets, letterboxes, pots and pans, a food stall – there’s nothing these men can’t fashion out of sheet metal using a hammer, cutters, a bending machine and their bare hands. It’s a dying art some are trying to pass on

The Hong Kong artisans who can bash sheet metal into anything, and how they survive in the machine age
Hong Kong’s last mailbox makers fight to keep the craft alive

Mailboxes made from sheet metal can be found in every old residential building in Hong Kong. However, this will soon become a thing of the past, due to the city’s rapid development and the lack of apprentices in the trade.

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

Mailboxes made from sheet metal can be found in every old residential building in Hong Kong. However, this will soon become a thing of the past, due to the city’s rapid development and the lack of apprentices in the trade.

Hong Kong’s last mailbox makers fight to keep the craft alive
How Bruce Lee fought with ingrown toenails – thanks to a scalpel-wielding Shanghai pedicurist in Hong Kong

Who better than the man who tended to martial arts legend’s ingrown toenails to take care of your ingrowns, verrucas or warts? Lam Kwun-ching is one of a handful of Shanghai pedicure masters still wielding their scalpels in Hong Kong

28 Feb 2018 - 12:12PM

Who better than the man who tended to martial arts legend’s ingrown toenails to take care of your ingrowns, verrucas or warts? Lam Kwun-ching is one of a handful of Shanghai pedicure masters still wielding their scalpels in Hong Kong

How Bruce Lee fought with ingrown toenails – thanks to a scalpel-wielding Shanghai pedicurist in Hong Kong
Why Hong Kong couples opt for a Chinese wedding chaperone

From traditional tea ceremonies to rituals such as the bride stepping over the threshold with her left foot first, the chaperone’s guidance ensures protocol is followed, with some friendly advice thrown in when family stress boils over

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

From traditional tea ceremonies to rituals such as the bride stepping over the threshold with her left foot first, the chaperone’s guidance ensures protocol is followed, with some friendly advice thrown in when family stress boils over

Why Hong Kong couples opt for a Chinese wedding chaperone
Hong Kong’s tiny understairs shops: artisan mahjong tile maker on the dying art of hand carving in the machine age

Cheung Shun-king, 63, one of Hong Kong’s few artisan mahjong tile carvers, can’t make a living from his trade in an age of electronic mahjong tables and multiple entertainment options, but he knows nothing else – so he carries on

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Cheung Shun-king, 63, one of Hong Kong’s few artisan mahjong tile carvers, can’t make a living from his trade in an age of electronic mahjong tables and multiple entertainment options, but he knows nothing else – so he carries on

Hong Kong’s tiny understairs shops: artisan mahjong tile maker on the dying art of hand carving in the machine age
Hong Kong's tiny understairs shops are disappearing

Tiny stores under Hong Kong’s staircases have provided essential services to customers for decades. But these “understairs shops” are now slowly disappearing due to low incomes and high rental prices.

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

Tiny stores under Hong Kong’s staircases have provided essential services to customers for decades. But these “understairs shops” are now slowly disappearing due to low incomes and high rental prices.

Hong Kong's tiny understairs shops are disappearing
Hong Kong’s tiny understairs shops: the Elgin Street tailor who treasures his craft and a sense of community

In the second of a series of portraits of the people still working in tiny spaces under the city’s staircases, we meet a cheongsam maker carving out a humble living surrounded by the swanky restaurants and bars of SoHo

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

In the second of a series of portraits of the people still working in tiny spaces under the city’s staircases, we meet a cheongsam maker carving out a humble living surrounded by the swanky restaurants and bars of SoHo

Hong Kong’s tiny understairs shops: the Elgin Street tailor who treasures his craft and a sense of community
Hong Kong’s tiny understairs shops: the locksmith squeezed next to Sogo and his 30-plus years in less than 30 sq ft of space

Tiny stores found under the city’s staircases are slowly disappearing as urban development progresses. In this new series of portraits, we meet the people behind these remaining stores who steadfastly provide their essential services

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Tiny stores found under the city’s staircases are slowly disappearing as urban development progresses. In this new series of portraits, we meet the people behind these remaining stores who steadfastly provide their essential services

Hong Kong’s tiny understairs shops: the locksmith squeezed next to Sogo and his 30-plus years in less than 30 sq ft of space
Does the art of face threading have a future in Hong Kong?

Face threading involves removing hair, dead skin cells and blackheads by rolling a twisted piece of cotton across the face. It was very popular in Hong Kong in the past, but few people still earn a living from it

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Face threading involves removing hair, dead skin cells and blackheads by rolling a twisted piece of cotton across the face. It was very popular in Hong Kong in the past, but few people still earn a living from it

Does the art of face threading have a future in Hong Kong?
How Hong Kong embalmer’s graphic artist training helps him beautify bodies

Pasu Ng followed his family into the embalming trade and now handles cadavers used by student doctors at one of city’s universities, where he’s helped end dissection of unclaimed bodies

17 Apr 2017 - 6:06PM

Pasu Ng followed his family into the embalming trade and now handles cadavers used by student doctors at one of city’s universities, where he’s helped end dissection of unclaimed bodies

How Hong Kong embalmer’s graphic artist training helps him beautify bodies
Hong Kong upcycling group on urban renewal, community and making good use of what’s thrown away

Designers, cyclists, artists and architects show people in run-down To Kwa Wan how to turn waste into things of value, and hope to help preserve community’s spirit as redevelopment looms

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Designers, cyclists, artists and architects show people in run-down To Kwa Wan how to turn waste into things of value, and hope to help preserve community’s spirit as redevelopment looms

Hong Kong upcycling group on urban renewal, community and making good use of what’s thrown away