Shirley Zhao

Hong Kong

Shirley Zhao

Reporter, Hong Kong 

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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Unnerved by US-China trade war and deterred by property prices at home, Hong Kong investors are turning to Japan for real estate

Locals among investors from China flocking to Japan to buy property, particularly hotels and private lodgings. Not even a tough law on home sharing introduced last year is deterring them.

7 Jul 2019 - 10:58PM

Locals among investors from China flocking to Japan to buy property, particularly hotels and private lodgings. Not even a tough law on home sharing introduced last year is deterring them.

Unnerved by US-China trade war and deterred by property prices at home, Hong Kong investors are turning to Japan for real estate
Hong Kong government does not have to grind to halt, rival lawmakers say, as one predicts legislature could be closed for six months

Liberal Party leader Felix Chung predicts extended closure of Legislative Council, but he and Democratic Party chairman Wu Chi-wai say business can continue if alternative venue is found.

4 Jul 2019 - 9:57AM

Liberal Party leader Felix Chung predicts extended closure of Legislative Council, but he and Democratic Party chairman Wu Chi-wai say business can continue if alternative venue is found.

Hong Kong government does not have to grind to halt, rival lawmakers say, as one predicts legislature could be closed for six months
Anatomy of a divided city: Hong Kong extradition protesters say frustration with government brought them to the streets

Instead of a relaxed public holiday, July 1 unfolded in a series of escalating clashes, outbursts and destruction.

2 Jul 2019 - 11:40AM

Instead of a relaxed public holiday, July 1 unfolded in a series of escalating clashes, outbursts and destruction.

Anatomy of a divided city: Hong Kong extradition protesters say frustration with government brought them to the streets
Hong Kong police supporters turn out in force to counter extradition bill protests, but clash with rivals and assault journalists

Organisers say 165,000 join counter protest while police put number at 53,000. Multiple confrontations reported, as well as abuse and harassment of journalists.

8 Jul 2019 - 11:55AM

Organisers say 165,000 join counter protest while police put number at 53,000. Multiple confrontations reported, as well as abuse and harassment of journalists.

Hong Kong police supporters turn out in force to counter extradition bill protests, but clash with rivals and assault journalists
Hong Kong police defend decision to withdraw from posts at two hospitals, as tension between public and force intensifies

Commissioner of Police Stephen Lo says decision to vacate the 24-hour posts was made after ‘political animosity’ brought into institutions.

27 Jun 2019 - 11:00PM

Commissioner of Police Stephen Lo says decision to vacate the 24-hour posts was made after ‘political animosity’ brought into institutions.

Hong Kong police defend decision to withdraw from posts at two hospitals, as tension between public and force intensifies
Pan-democrats thwarted in last bid to stop Hong Kong government’s plan to give People’s Liberation Army a prime slice of Central waterfront

If pro-Beijing camp’s adjournment is passed, a strip of scenic harbourfront will be given to the PLA on Saturday.

27 Jun 2019 - 4:21AM

If pro-Beijing camp’s adjournment is passed, a strip of scenic harbourfront will be given to the PLA on Saturday.

Pan-democrats thwarted in last bid to stop Hong Kong government’s plan to give People’s Liberation Army a prime slice of Central waterfront
Hong Kong protests hit other areas of city life as government hints at land supply delay, sparking fears of rise in house prices

Hong Kong government points to impact of extradition bill protests, as Secretary for Development Michael Wong says partnership with private developers will be discussed when atmosphere is ‘more relaxed’.

26 Jun 2019 - 12:25AM

Hong Kong government points to impact of extradition bill protests, as Secretary for Development Michael Wong says partnership with private developers will be discussed when atmosphere is ‘more relaxed’.

Hong Kong protests hit other areas of city life as government hints at land supply delay, sparking fears of rise in house prices
Hong Kong police plan to ‘stick to soft approach and exercise restraint’ after 15-hour siege by protesters against extradition bill

Muted tactic praised for avoiding clashes but concerns raised over morale of force, as observers note some protesters had clearly broken the law with impunity.

22 Jun 2019 - 10:57PM

Muted tactic praised for avoiding clashes but concerns raised over morale of force, as observers note some protesters had clearly broken the law with impunity.

Hong Kong police plan to ‘stick to soft approach and exercise restraint’ after 15-hour siege by protesters against extradition bill
Hong Kong protests: use of force was ‘necessary and lawful’ says former police chief Andy Tsang, who was in charge when officers fired at Occupy protesters in 2014

Andy Tsang, who was in charge of Hong Kong force during Occupy protests in 2014, says police should not apologise for use of tear gas, rubber bullets and beanbag rounds – but admits he only knows what he saw on TV.

22 Jun 2019 - 3:39PM

Andy Tsang, who was in charge of Hong Kong force during Occupy protests in 2014, says police should not apologise for use of tear gas, rubber bullets and beanbag rounds – but admits he only knows what he saw on TV.

Hong Kong protests: use of force was ‘necessary and lawful’ says former police chief Andy Tsang, who was in charge when officers fired at Occupy protesters in 2014
Hospital Authority vows to revive public trust as stories emerge of protesters arrested after personal details leaked by city-run facilities

Leung Pak-yin, chief executive of the Hospital Authority, hits back at critics by announcing a new task force to boost data security.

20 Jun 2019 - 11:02PM

Leung Pak-yin, chief executive of the Hospital Authority, hits back at critics by announcing a new task force to boost data security.

Hospital Authority vows to revive public trust as stories emerge of protesters arrested after personal details leaked by city-run facilities
Hong Kong youth official praises young protesters’ victory in extradition bill crisis in bid to pacify angry students

Youth Development Commission deputy chairman calls on local leaders, including educators and religious figures, to talk to young people and help prevent the crisis from escalating.

20 Jun 2019 - 3:13PM

Youth Development Commission deputy chairman calls on local leaders, including educators and religious figures, to talk to young people and help prevent the crisis from escalating.

Hong Kong youth official praises young protesters’ victory in extradition bill crisis in bid to pacify angry students
Hong Kong officials bid to ease tensions in city as students and activist groups vow to escalate action with another protest if demands are not met

Second sensitive piece of legislation delayed as police and security chiefs call on public not to vent their frustrations at city’s beleaguered officers.

20 Jun 2019 - 9:29AM

Second sensitive piece of legislation delayed as police and security chiefs call on public not to vent their frustrations at city’s beleaguered officers.

Hong Kong officials bid to ease tensions in city as students and activist groups vow to escalate action with another protest if demands are not met
Hong Kong’s Urban Renewal Authority, which tackles housing decay in areas such as Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok, sees dramatic fall in surplus, raising fears over its financial future

Urban Renewal Authority surplus falls 80 per cent in a year as pressure rises to buy expensive old buildings and convert them into cheap, quality housing.

19 Jun 2019 - 2:16PM

Urban Renewal Authority surplus falls 80 per cent in a year as pressure rises to buy expensive old buildings and convert them into cheap, quality housing.

Hong Kong’s Urban Renewal Authority, which tackles housing decay in areas such as Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok, sees dramatic fall in surplus, raising fears over its financial future
Hong Kong pupils deface TSA exams in extradition bill protest, but are likely to escape punishment

Test papers were handed in empty or vandalised, had random answers, or every box in multiple choice questions was ticked in what is believed to be coordinated campaign using Telegram app.

19 Jun 2019 - 5:54AM

Test papers were handed in empty or vandalised, had random answers, or every box in multiple choice questions was ticked in what is believed to be coordinated campaign using Telegram app.

Hong Kong pupils deface TSA exams in extradition bill protest, but are likely to escape punishment
Calls for an apology and a resignation: what can Carrie Lam do to soothe an angry Hong Kong public?

Insiders and observers admit the room for manoeuvre for Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her own standing with the people remains limited.

18 Jun 2019 - 3:57PM

Insiders and observers admit the room for manoeuvre for Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her own standing with the people remains limited.

Calls for an apology and a resignation: what can Carrie Lam do to soothe an angry Hong Kong public?
Hong Kong Journalists Association files complaint to independent watchdog, accusing police of using ‘violence and intimidation’ against media at extradition bill protests

Officers set upon media with tear gas and batons, while trying to stymie coverage of protests, according to allegations lodged with police watchdog.

18 Jun 2019 - 11:18AM

Officers set upon media with tear gas and batons, while trying to stymie coverage of protests, according to allegations lodged with police watchdog.

Hong Kong Journalists Association files complaint to independent watchdog, accusing police of using ‘violence and intimidation’ against media at extradition bill protests
How far are Hongkongers willing to go to save planet from climate change? Consultation aims to find out

Three-month consultation launched with the aim of drafting a strategy that will fulfil the city’s obligations under the Paris Agreement.

15 Jun 2019 - 2:25AM

Three-month consultation launched with the aim of drafting a strategy that will fulfil the city’s obligations under the Paris Agreement.

How far are Hongkongers willing to go to save planet from climate change? Consultation aims to find out
Near site of Hong Kong’s anti-extradition clashes, businesses still taking a hit

Major Admiralty mall still closed, as civil servants told to avoid government HQ. Shopping centres became scenes of shelter for protesters during police crackdown.

13 Jun 2019 - 11:29PM

Major Admiralty mall still closed, as civil servants told to avoid government HQ. Shopping centres became scenes of shelter for protesters during police crackdown.

Near site of Hong Kong’s anti-extradition clashes, businesses still taking a hit
Hong Kong government told to take back private developer sites to prevent ‘nosedive’ in supply of affordable flats

Avoid escalation of homes crisis by reversing land sales to developers and converting industrial sites into new housing estates, say Housing Authority figures.

11 Jun 2019 - 7:00AM

Avoid escalation of homes crisis by reversing land sales to developers and converting industrial sites into new housing estates, say Housing Authority figures.

Hong Kong government told to take back private developer sites to prevent ‘nosedive’ in supply of affordable flats
Armed radicals or indecisive and leaderless – who are the protesters who clashed violently with police after Hong Kong extradition bill march?

Communicating via an encrypted chat group, the masked youth who battled police had only a vague plan of action and often contradicted themselves. But to police they were prepared and organised radicals.

11 Jun 2019 - 11:10AM

Communicating via an encrypted chat group, the masked youth who battled police had only a vague plan of action and often contradicted themselves. But to police they were prepared and organised radicals.

Armed radicals or indecisive and leaderless – who are the protesters who clashed violently with police after Hong Kong extradition bill march?
Protesters, police fight pitched battles after historic ‘million-strong’ march against Hong Kong’s controversial extradition bill turns violent

Officers and protesters suffered injuries, some needing hospital treatment, as police used batons and pepper spray to beat back a mob of masked demonstrators trying to storm the Legislative Council building.

10 Jun 2019 - 5:55PM

Officers and protesters suffered injuries, some needing hospital treatment, as police used batons and pepper spray to beat back a mob of masked demonstrators trying to storm the Legislative Council building.

Protesters, police fight pitched battles after historic ‘million-strong’ march against Hong Kong’s controversial extradition bill turns violent
Human sea of white washes through Hong Kong as masses register anger over extradition bill

They came, young and old and from all walks of lives, to say no to the government’s proposed law amendments.

10 Jun 2019 - 6:08PM

They came, young and old and from all walks of lives, to say no to the government’s proposed law amendments.

Human sea of white washes through Hong Kong as masses register anger over extradition bill
Artificial intelligence used in conservation project to study birds at Hong Kong’s Penfold Park and reduce sewage plant disturbance

Drainage Services Department has been testing system to devise measures for a relocation of its plant, signalling government’s awareness of reducing impact on animal habitats.

9 Jun 2019 - 1:01PM

Drainage Services Department has been testing system to devise measures for a relocation of its plant, signalling government’s awareness of reducing impact on animal habitats.

Artificial intelligence used in conservation project to study birds at Hong Kong’s Penfold Park and reduce sewage plant disturbance
Could US-China trade war be solved by a 10-year-old playing a game online? The American consulate in Hong Kong is hoping to find out

New simulation gives players the opportunity to start their own trading company in the 19th century. It is backed by US consulate in Hong Kong which wants to see what the next generation would have made of the opportunity.

9 Jun 2019 - 11:00AM

New simulation gives players the opportunity to start their own trading company in the 19th century. It is backed by US consulate in Hong Kong which wants to see what the next generation would have made of the opportunity.

Could US-China trade war be solved by a 10-year-old playing a game online? The American consulate in Hong Kong is hoping to find out
Explainer | Why the Hong Kong government’s plan for a pedestrian-friendly city is no walk in the park

Initiatives involving pedestrian-only zones and low-speed driving areas are meeting resistance over fears about noise pollution and illegal parking.

30 May 2019 - 1:59PM

Initiatives involving pedestrian-only zones and low-speed driving areas are meeting resistance over fears about noise pollution and illegal parking.

Why the Hong Kong government’s plan for a pedestrian-friendly city is no walk in the park
Hong Kong’s Harbourfront Commission approves plan for eco-friendly footbridge linking central Wan Chai to Victoria Harbour

The 190-metre-long West Landscaped Deck includes covered walkway, open-air gallery and viewing deck.

29 May 2019 - 10:22AM

The 190-metre-long West Landscaped Deck includes covered walkway, open-air gallery and viewing deck.

Hong Kong’s Harbourfront Commission approves plan for eco-friendly footbridge linking central Wan Chai to Victoria Harbour
Elderly passenger dies after car loses control, mounts pavement and slams into bus stop in Hong Kong

Two others in the car and four pedestrians were also hurt in the accident near Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate, according to police.

26 May 2019 - 11:25PM

Two others in the car and four pedestrians were also hurt in the accident near Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate, according to police.

Elderly passenger dies after car loses control, mounts pavement and slams into bus stop in Hong Kong
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