Shirley Zhao

Shirley joined the Post in 2013 after reporting from China for a Hong Kong-based magazine. She has covered education, and now focuses on housing, land and planning.
Shirley Zhao
Shirley joined the Post in 2013 after reporting from China for a Hong Kong-based magazine. She has covered education, and now focuses on housing, land and planning.

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To set minds at ease, limit retroactive effect of controversial extradition bill and cover only serious crimes, Hong Kong’s sole NPCSC delegate says

Tam Yiu-chung also supports skipping bills committee scrutiny in the legislature, and taking the matter to the full council. He says while some countries have clauses in their deals with the mainland to protect their citizens, this will be ‘too complicated’ for the city.

20 May 2019 - 3:44PM

Tam Yiu-chung also supports skipping bills committee scrutiny in the legislature, and taking the matter to the full council. He says while some countries have clauses in their deals with the mainland to protect their citizens, this will be ‘too complicated’ for the city.

To set minds at ease, limit retroactive effect of controversial extradition bill and cover only serious crimes, Hong Kong’s sole NPCSC delegate says
High-speed chase over Tsing Ma Bridge ends in crash, Hong Kong driver arrested on suspicion of possessing crystal meth and driving offences

Three people arrested during operation in the New Territories, including one driver allegedly found with highly-addictive drug known as Ice.

18 May 2019 - 11:44PM

Three people arrested during operation in the New Territories, including one driver allegedly found with highly-addictive drug known as Ice.

High-speed chase over Tsing Ma Bridge ends in crash, Hong Kong driver arrested on suspicion of possessing crystal meth and driving offences
Hong Kong finance chief Paul Chan doubles down on 3 per cent growth projection despite dark clouds in US-China trade war

He says estimate was made when both superpowers were expected to reach a deal, but even if the mood has changed, it is still ‘not appropriate’ to adjust figure.

18 May 2019 - 11:30PM

He says estimate was made when both superpowers were expected to reach a deal, but even if the mood has changed, it is still ‘not appropriate’ to adjust figure.

Hong Kong finance chief Paul Chan doubles down on 3 per cent growth projection despite dark clouds in US-China trade war
Why Singapore thinks dykes could be answer on reclamation – and how Hong Kong can benefit after severe shortage of sand

The country is looking at new ways of doing reclamation, national development minister Lawrence Wong says at Hong Kong event.

18 May 2019 - 1:02PM

The country is looking at new ways of doing reclamation, national development minister Lawrence Wong says at Hong Kong event.

Why Singapore thinks dykes could be answer on reclamation – and how Hong Kong can benefit after severe shortage of sand
Private abattoir remains closed despite angry calls by Hong Kong pig farmers for government action amid African swine fever shutdown

Farmers say they are starting to run out of feed and that their farms could be ‘overwhelmed’ by pigs soon.

16 May 2019 - 7:30AM

Farmers say they are starting to run out of feed and that their farms could be ‘overwhelmed’ by pigs soon.

Private abattoir remains closed despite angry calls by Hong Kong pig farmers for government action amid African swine fever shutdown
Lawmakers endorse plan for HK$7.7 billion desalination plant in Hong Kong that will meet 5 per cent of city’s drinking water needs

But officials dismiss the idea of preparing second phase, saying both desalination plant and water from Dongjiang will be needed to offset risks from climate change on the city’s supply.

15 May 2019 - 4:01AM

But officials dismiss the idea of preparing second phase, saying both desalination plant and water from Dongjiang will be needed to offset risks from climate change on the city’s supply.

Lawmakers endorse plan for HK$7.7 billion desalination plant in Hong Kong that will meet 5 per cent of city’s drinking water needs
Officials in unprecedented move to protect Hong Kong’s heritage by creating new system to save modern buildings from developers’ wrecking ball

Antiquities Advisory Board urging government to protect sites such as the Choi Hung public housing estate, as iconic landmarks like the General Post Office and Excelsior hotel face developers’ wrecking ball.

14 May 2019 - 2:55PM

Antiquities Advisory Board urging government to protect sites such as the Choi Hung public housing estate, as iconic landmarks like the General Post Office and Excelsior hotel face developers’ wrecking ball.

Officials in unprecedented move to protect Hong Kong’s heritage by creating new system to save modern buildings from developers’ wrecking ball
Hong Kong’s MTR and Urban Renewal Authority will be roped in to help government build more public housing units: Financial Secretary Paul Chan

More urban redevelopment projects will be turned into subsidised housing, while sites along rail lines will also be reserved for public housing.

9 May 2019 - 11:30AM

More urban redevelopment projects will be turned into subsidised housing, while sites along rail lines will also be reserved for public housing.

Hong Kong’s MTR and Urban Renewal Authority will be roped in to help government build more public housing units: Financial Secretary Paul Chan
Hong Kong lawmakers say they will not stand for a national anthem bill that ‘discriminates’ against people in wheelchairs

Critics refer to a video that shows an elderly woman rising to her feet – but officials say the requirement to stand is only a guideline.

4 May 2019 - 10:55PM

Critics refer to a video that shows an elderly woman rising to her feet – but officials say the requirement to stand is only a guideline.

Hong Kong lawmakers say they will not stand for a national anthem bill that ‘discriminates’ against people in wheelchairs
Hong Kong’s Haw Par Mansion reopens but there is disenchantment for locals who remember its famous Tiger Balm Garden

The mansion, built by the Burmese Chinese tycoon Aw Boon Haw in 1936, now houses a centre for teaching and performing music. Its adjacent fantastical gardens were demolished to make way for luxury housing in 2004.

4 May 2019 - 10:54PM

The mansion, built by the Burmese Chinese tycoon Aw Boon Haw in 1936, now houses a centre for teaching and performing music. Its adjacent fantastical gardens were demolished to make way for luxury housing in 2004.

Hong Kong’s Haw Par Mansion reopens but there is disenchantment for locals who remember its famous Tiger Balm Garden
Chinese antiques collector Kot See-for, a victim of Hong Kong’s biggest scam involving gold trading, seeks damages from three people

World-renowned antiques collector claims the trio took HK$330 million from him.

1 May 2019 - 8:51AM

World-renowned antiques collector claims the trio took HK$330 million from him.

Chinese antiques collector Kot See-for, a victim of Hong Kong’s biggest scam involving gold trading, seeks damages from three people
The battle over Hong Kong’s controversial small-house policy is not finished

The High Court has upheld the right of indigenous male villagers to build homes on private land. But few were satisfied by the judgment, with challenges and policy headaches still to come.

1 May 2019 - 1:38PM

The High Court has upheld the right of indigenous male villagers to build homes on private land. But few were satisfied by the judgment, with challenges and policy headaches still to come.

The battle over Hong Kong’s controversial small-house policy is not finished
Hong Kong’s spiralling property prices place urban renewal work in jeopardy, URA chief says

Victor So says strategy rethink is needed or price inflation could risk busting redevelopment body’s budget.

30 Apr 2019 - 12:01AM

Victor So says strategy rethink is needed or price inflation could risk busting redevelopment body’s budget.

Hong Kong’s spiralling property prices place urban renewal work in jeopardy, URA chief says
Medical watchdog to endorse new proposal governing foreign doctors in Hong Kong, but patients’ group says it is just an old idea packaged differently

Industry association expected to endorse new proposal, but patients’ rights group says is same as old idea that had been heavily criticised for being unfair.

26 Apr 2019 - 11:22PM

Industry association expected to endorse new proposal, but patients’ rights group says is same as old idea that had been heavily criticised for being unfair.

Medical watchdog to endorse new proposal governing foreign doctors in Hong Kong, but patients’ group says it is just an old idea packaged differently
Filipino helpers to be given measles immunity tests at Hong Kong airport in bid to stem further outbreak but some call the measure discriminatory

Department of Health announces pilot service as Hong Kong records highest annual number of measles cases in a decade but vice-chairman of the Filipino Migrant Workers’ Union says move sends out very dangerous message.

25 Apr 2019 - 10:38PM

Department of Health announces pilot service as Hong Kong records highest annual number of measles cases in a decade but vice-chairman of the Filipino Migrant Workers’ Union says move sends out very dangerous message.

Filipino helpers to be given measles immunity tests at Hong Kong airport in bid to stem further outbreak but some call the measure discriminatory
Threat from artificial intelligence sees Hong Kong education fund doubled as city workers are urged to prepare for world of the future

Labour secretary Law Chi-kwong announces upgrade to Continuing Education Fund with changes including raising cap level from HK$10,000 to HK$20,000.

21 Apr 2019 - 8:29PM

Labour secretary Law Chi-kwong announces upgrade to Continuing Education Fund with changes including raising cap level from HK$10,000 to HK$20,000.

Threat from artificial intelligence sees Hong Kong education fund doubled as city workers are urged to prepare for world of the future
Nearly 40 passengers injured after five buses collide on Tsing Ma Bridge en route to Hong Kong International Airport

Photos and live feeds from the scene showed dozens of injured passengers sitting on the road, some with blood on their faces.

22 Apr 2019 - 8:46AM

Photos and live feeds from the scene showed dozens of injured passengers sitting on the road, some with blood on their faces.

Nearly 40 passengers injured after five buses collide on Tsing Ma Bridge en route to Hong Kong International Airport
Elderly man killed after small fibreglass boat collides with unidentified yacht off Sai Kung

Police said the boats collided near the village of Yung Shue O, with the older man tossed into the sea.

21 Apr 2019 - 2:38PM

Police said the boats collided near the village of Yung Shue O, with the older man tossed into the sea.

Elderly man killed after small fibreglass boat collides with unidentified yacht off Sai Kung
Launch of new eTaxi app in Hong Kong hailed as ‘historic’ moment as trade battles popularity of Uber

The app, which already has 4,000 drivers signed up, allows passengers to pay via one of the city’s most popular payment methods, Octopus Card.

16 Apr 2019 - 10:54PM

The app, which already has 4,000 drivers signed up, allows passengers to pay via one of the city’s most popular payment methods, Octopus Card.

Launch of new eTaxi app in Hong Kong hailed as ‘historic’ moment as trade battles popularity of Uber
Long working hours: 1 in 5 Hong Kong employees are on the job an average of 55 hours per week, new trade union study shows

Security guards suffer the most, with a quarter of them working over 72 hours a week, says a study by the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions.

14 Apr 2019 - 10:39PM

Security guards suffer the most, with a quarter of them working over 72 hours a week, says a study by the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions.

Long working hours: 1 in 5 Hong Kong employees are on the job an average of 55 hours per week, new trade union study shows
Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp back up after worldwide outage

Issues with the platforms started to emerge at 6.28pm Hong Kong time on Sunday.

14 Apr 2019 - 8:52PM

Issues with the platforms started to emerge at 6.28pm Hong Kong time on Sunday.

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp back up after worldwide outage
Law enforcement agencies in Hong Kong investigate top primary school suspected of misappropriating funds collected from pupils for trips to Australia

Baptist (Sha Tin Wai) Lui Ming Choi Primary School failed to follow official guidelines in arranging trips, Education Bureau says.

11 Apr 2019 - 10:38PM

Baptist (Sha Tin Wai) Lui Ming Choi Primary School failed to follow official guidelines in arranging trips, Education Bureau says.

Law enforcement agencies in Hong Kong investigate top primary school suspected of misappropriating funds collected from pupils for trips to Australia
Secure data transfer known as blockchain set to tackle notorious bid-rigging among Hong Kong’s building owners’ corporations

Almost half of 40,000 private developments in city have owners’ groups that vote on major renovation projects. But some polls are seen as ‘black-box operations’ involving collusion with contractors to make households pay more.

6 Apr 2019 - 11:21PM

Almost half of 40,000 private developments in city have owners’ groups that vote on major renovation projects. But some polls are seen as ‘black-box operations’ involving collusion with contractors to make households pay more.

Secure data transfer known as blockchain set to tackle notorious bid-rigging among Hong Kong’s building owners’ corporations
Knife attack: two arrested after pair hurt and robbed of HK$350,000 in violent assault

Police received report of a fight on Fu Hing Street in Sheung Shui.

2 Apr 2019 - 9:12PM

Police received report of a fight on Fu Hing Street in Sheung Shui.

Knife attack: two arrested after pair hurt and robbed of HK$350,000 in violent assault
Tech worries throw future of Hong Kong’s first driverless electric bus route into doubt

The city’s first route has been operating in its cultural district for several months, but doubts have been raised about the vehicle’s ability to operate in what was supposed to be a pedestrianised area.

31 Mar 2019 - 2:00PM

The city’s first route has been operating in its cultural district for several months, but doubts have been raised about the vehicle’s ability to operate in what was supposed to be a pedestrianised area.

Tech worries throw future of Hong Kong’s first driverless electric bus route into doubt
New storm defences for Hong Kong after experience of Typhoon Mangkhut – and as climate change threatens even worse

Government intends to roll out new preparations for typhoon strikes, and floating breakwaters to lessen waves’ impact.

28 Mar 2019 - 7:41PM

Government intends to roll out new preparations for typhoon strikes, and floating breakwaters to lessen waves’ impact.

New storm defences for Hong Kong after experience of Typhoon Mangkhut – and as climate change threatens even worse
Six more Hong Kong residents infected with measles, government says

Four of those infected work at Hong Kong International Airport.

27 Mar 2019 - 3:40PM

Four of those infected work at Hong Kong International Airport.

Six more Hong Kong residents infected with measles, government says
In Hong Kong’s ‘Little Thailand’ of Kowloon City, redevelopment brings fears for community

The city’s redevelopment agency wants to transform part of the area, relocating 670 households and 40 shops. As well as concerns for the effect on the area, there are complaints that information on the project has only been available in English and Chinese, not in Thai.

24 Mar 2019 - 10:41PM

The city’s redevelopment agency wants to transform part of the area, relocating 670 households and 40 shops. As well as concerns for the effect on the area, there are complaints that information on the project has only been available in English and Chinese, not in Thai.

In Hong Kong’s ‘Little Thailand’ of Kowloon City, redevelopment brings fears for community
Indian man with temporary permit to stay in Hong Kong charged with murdering roommate

The suspect was also arrested for possession of dangerous drugs after police found 159 grams of marijuana in Tsim Sha Tsui flat.

24 Mar 2019 - 11:20AM

The suspect was also arrested for possession of dangerous drugs after police found 159 grams of marijuana in Tsim Sha Tsui flat.

Indian man with temporary permit to stay in Hong Kong charged with murdering roommate
Hong Kong’s HK$300 million Youth Development Fund set to dish out more cash to help start-ups develop their business locally or in Greater Bay Area

The Youth Development Fund, set up by the government in 2016, will increase its matching grant to NGOs to finance their entrepreneurship projects.

23 Mar 2019 - 12:16AM

The Youth Development Fund, set up by the government in 2016, will increase its matching grant to NGOs to finance their entrepreneurship projects.

Hong Kong’s HK$300 million Youth Development Fund set to dish out more cash to help start-ups develop their business locally or in Greater Bay Area