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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Area on edge of Kowloon City near Kai Tak eyed for revamp by Hong Kong’s Urban Renewal Authority

Many structures in the neighbourhood are more than 40 years old.

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Area on edge of Kowloon City near Kai Tak eyed for revamp by Hong Kong’s Urban Renewal Authority

Many structures in the neighbourhood are more than 40 years old.

Government backs down over Hong Kong reclamation project after fierce resistance from local residents, despite it being one of task force’s recommendations

Plan to develop prime waterfront site in Sha Tin shelved as officials decide they need more time to address concerns over congestion, while proposal for new houses in Tsing Yi also scrapped because of nearby oil tanks.

22 Feb 2019 - 12:15AM
Government backs down over Hong Kong reclamation project after fierce resistance from local residents, despite it being one of task force’s recommendations

Plan to develop prime waterfront site in Sha Tin shelved as officials decide they need more time to address concerns over congestion, while proposal for new houses in Tsing Yi also scrapped because of nearby oil tanks.

Why was part of Hong Kong’s Fanling golf course sacrificed for blocks of flats?

After years of debate which pitted the city’s elite against its poorly housed, officials have made their call. They could have feared outcry – or just be storing up goodwill for later.

21 Feb 2019 - 6:22PM
Why was part of Hong Kong’s Fanling golf course sacrificed for blocks of flats?

After years of debate which pitted the city’s elite against its poorly housed, officials have made their call. They could have feared outcry – or just be storing up goodwill for later.

Old and new worlds collide as Hong Kong’s farmers find themselves overrun by rampant development in the New Territories

Building projects in Hong Kong’s north hastening the end of a traditional way of life.

20 Feb 2019 - 12:34PM
Old and new worlds collide as Hong Kong’s farmers find themselves overrun by rampant development in the New Territories

Building projects in Hong Kong’s north hastening the end of a traditional way of life.

Against the grain of Hong Kong development, can a sawmill live on in New Territories village intended for housing?

In the second of a three-part series on the impact of a government new-town development plan on the affected rural areas in the city’s north, the Post spoke to the owner of a sawmill that is the last of its kind.

19 Feb 2019 - 12:53PM
Against the grain of Hong Kong development, can a sawmill live on in New Territories village intended for housing?

In the second of a three-part series on the impact of a government new-town development plan on the affected rural areas in the city’s north, the Post spoke to the owner of a sawmill that is the last of its kind.

Soy sauce makers affected by impending Hong Kong housing projects in Fanling North and Kwu Tung North, as tradition bows to development

Push for new town projects amid housing crisis may mean the end of the road for cottage industries that cannot relocate. In the first of a three-part series, the Post visits an old workshop brewing a vital household condiment.

18 Feb 2019 - 1:38PM
Soy sauce makers affected by impending Hong Kong housing projects in Fanling North and Kwu Tung North, as tradition bows to development

Push for new town projects amid housing crisis may mean the end of the road for cottage industries that cannot relocate. In the first of a three-part series, the Post visits an old workshop brewing a vital household condiment.

We don’t want your money: Chinese shoppers told to spend cash elsewhere by frustrated Hongkongers who just want some peace and quiet

Tuen Mun protest groups urge tourists to stay at home as anti-mainland sentiment grows among residents who just want some peace and quiet.

4 Feb 2019 - 6:46PM
We don’t want your money: Chinese shoppers told to spend cash elsewhere by frustrated Hongkongers who just want some peace and quiet

Tuen Mun protest groups urge tourists to stay at home as anti-mainland sentiment grows among residents who just want some peace and quiet.

Answer to overcrowding in Hong Kong’s public hospitals may lie in paying patients to go private, suggests doctors’ group

Association highlights disparity in health care as it emerges that public sector treats 90 per cent of inpatients, but employs only half of the city’s doctors.

3 Feb 2019 - 10:41PM
Answer to overcrowding in Hong Kong’s public hospitals may lie in paying patients to go private, suggests doctors’ group

Association highlights disparity in health care as it emerges that public sector treats 90 per cent of inpatients, but employs only half of the city’s doctors.

Property purchasing power of Hong Kong’s university graduates only a quarter of those 30 years ago, thanks to high home prices

Researchers say speed at which home prices have outpaced salaries of young people is ‘terrifying’. Problem stunts development of various industries, particularly innovation and technology sector, which in turn makes it harder for wages to catch up.

31 Jan 2019 - 1:30PM
Property purchasing power of Hong Kong’s university graduates only a quarter of those 30 years ago, thanks to high home prices

Researchers say speed at which home prices have outpaced salaries of young people is ‘terrifying’. Problem stunts development of various industries, particularly innovation and technology sector, which in turn makes it harder for wages to catch up.

Hong Kong finance chief Paul Chan apologises for cash handout debacle but provides few concrete answers on budget during online chat session

The cash handout scheme has created chaos for citizens, Paul Chan says during his debut live-streaming event.

28 Jan 2019 - 8:32AM
Hong Kong finance chief Paul Chan apologises for cash handout debacle but provides few concrete answers on budget during online chat session

The cash handout scheme has created chaos for citizens, Paul Chan says during his debut live-streaming event.

The medical phrase book that nobody saw … multilingual guide to help Hong Kong’s ethnic minority patients forgotten and unused

Former official blames poor communication among government departments for demise of handy guide printed in 2005. Hospital Authority urged to update and distribute it.

27 Jan 2019 - 9:32AM
The medical phrase book that nobody saw … multilingual guide to help Hong Kong’s ethnic minority patients forgotten and unused

Former official blames poor communication among government departments for demise of handy guide printed in 2005. Hospital Authority urged to update and distribute it.

At least five Hong Kong hotels have failed to comply with inspection orders, Post finds, after woman killed by falling window in Tsim Sha Tsui

Research of official data found at least 42 hotels – of about 280 citywide – had received Buildings Department window inspection orders, of which five had not complied. Findings come after woman was killed by window that fell from 16th floor of The Mira Hong Kong on Monday.

24 Jan 2019 - 10:45AM
At least five Hong Kong hotels have failed to comply with inspection orders, Post finds, after woman killed by falling window in Tsim Sha Tsui

Research of official data found at least 42 hotels – of about 280 citywide – had received Buildings Department window inspection orders, of which five had not complied. Findings come after woman was killed by window that fell from 16th floor of The Mira Hong Kong on Monday.

No land, no time and no room to fail: will Carrie Lam deliver on housing, where past Hong Kong leaders fell short?

With last two chief executives criticised for not tackling problem, current administration is urged to cut through red tape and inaction.

23 Jan 2019 - 1:16PM
No land, no time and no room to fail: will Carrie Lam deliver on housing, where past Hong Kong leaders fell short?

With last two chief executives criticised for not tackling problem, current administration is urged to cut through red tape and inaction.

Farmers evicted under new town project can continue livelihood on allocated public land but not build homes, Hong Kong officials say

Policy draws complaints from families affected by new town development, with authorities accused of being insincere about helping them maintain their lifestyle.

23 Jan 2019 - 9:22AM
Farmers evicted under new town project can continue livelihood on allocated public land but not build homes, Hong Kong officials say

Policy draws complaints from families affected by new town development, with authorities accused of being insincere about helping them maintain their lifestyle.

Cross-harbour tunnel tolls plan stalls as Hong Kong government makes face-saving U-turn

Minister says plan itself will not be ditched, adding he will ramp up lobbying in coming months.

22 Jan 2019 - 11:28PM
Cross-harbour tunnel tolls plan stalls as Hong Kong government makes face-saving U-turn

Minister says plan itself will not be ditched, adding he will ramp up lobbying in coming months.

Hong Kong hotel owners’ group urges members to step up safety checks after falling window kills woman

Experts say certain designs are prone to ageing, especially if left closed for too long, and checks should be conducted even without official orders.

22 Jan 2019 - 11:12AM
Hong Kong hotel owners’ group urges members to step up safety checks after falling window kills woman

Experts say certain designs are prone to ageing, especially if left closed for too long, and checks should be conducted even without official orders.

Fanling North and Kwu Tung North development plan is ‘killing family farms’ in Hong Kong, affected residents say

Government decision to push ahead with decade-old Fanling North and Kwu Tung North development plan will displace 445 households, with residents complaining relocation sites on offer are all ‘either too far away, too small or on hills with a wild boar threat’.

22 Jan 2019 - 8:35AM
Fanling North and Kwu Tung North development plan is ‘killing family farms’ in Hong Kong,  affected residents say

Government decision to push ahead with decade-old Fanling North and Kwu Tung North development plan will displace 445 households, with residents complaining relocation sites on offer are all ‘either too far away, too small or on hills with a wild boar threat’.

Man from Pakistan spent almost 20 years unaware how sick he was – because he didn’t realise Hong Kong public hospitals provide interpreters

Many patients who know little English or Chinese are left in the dark about their diagnoses because they don’t know interpreters are available. A move to give patients the initiative in booking interpreters aims to make better use of the service, which hospital staff often decline to call on.

19 Jan 2019 - 1:29PM
Man from Pakistan spent almost 20 years unaware how sick he was – because he didn’t realise Hong Kong public hospitals provide interpreters

Many patients who know little English or Chinese are left in the dark about their diagnoses because they don’t know interpreters are available. A move to give patients the initiative in booking interpreters aims to make better use of the service, which hospital staff often decline to call on.

Hong Kong aiming to build 12,600 public housing flats on former airport site by 2026

In paper submitted to Kowloon City District Council, housing providers say area could provide affordable homes for about 35,100 people.

9 Jan 2019 - 11:13AM
Hong Kong aiming to build 12,600 public housing flats on former airport site by 2026

In paper submitted to Kowloon City District Council, housing providers say area could provide affordable homes for about 35,100 people.

Hong Kong Observatory announces 2018 was city’s third hottest year in recorded history

An exceptionally warm Spring pushed mean temperatures beyond usual levels. Observatory recorded 36 ‘very hot days’ – with temperatures 33 degrees Celsius or warmer, the third highest number on record.

9 Jan 2019 - 1:47PM
Hong Kong Observatory announces 2018 was city’s third hottest year in recorded history

An exceptionally warm Spring pushed mean temperatures beyond usual levels. Observatory recorded 36 ‘very hot days’ – with temperatures 33 degrees Celsius or warmer, the third highest number on record.

Shock as Vatican brings Cardinal John Tong out of retirement to be acting head of Hong Kong diocese after death of bishop – blocking Occupy supporter Joseph Ha Chi-shing

Tong dismisses suggestions that Vatican stepped in to avoid Occupy supporter Reverend Joseph Ha being elected acting bishop, something that could have offended Beijing.

8 Jan 2019 - 12:19AM
Shock as Vatican brings Cardinal John Tong out of retirement to be acting head of Hong Kong diocese after death of bishop – blocking Occupy supporter Joseph Ha Chi-shing

Tong dismisses suggestions that Vatican stepped in to avoid Occupy supporter Reverend Joseph Ha being elected acting bishop, something that could have offended Beijing.

Developer gets go-ahead to demolish historic Maryknoll House in Stanley after town planners give proposal the nod

Maryknoll House in Stanley has grade one listed status, but will now become luxury flats after town planners gave plans the go-ahead.

4 Jan 2019 - 8:34PM
Developer gets go-ahead to demolish historic Maryknoll House in Stanley after town planners give proposal the nod

Maryknoll House in Stanley has grade one listed status, but will now become luxury flats after town planners gave plans the go-ahead.

Housing Authority expects high surplus of HK$13 billion for coming year on profits from Hong Kong subsidised homes, but uncertainty looms

Estimates do not consider policy change which would require more public housing, including potentially loss-making low-rent homes for needy.

3 Jan 2019 - 10:53PM
Housing Authority expects high surplus of HK$13 billion for coming year on profits from Hong Kong subsidised homes, but uncertainty looms

Estimates do not consider policy change which would require more public housing, including potentially loss-making low-rent homes for needy.

Hong Kong’s search for land: public opinion ‘misrepresented’ by official task force, NGO says

Liber Research Community points to discrepancies where task force appears to have left out opinions that did not support its recommendations.

2 Jan 2019 - 10:52AM
Hong Kong’s search for land: public opinion ‘misrepresented’ by official task force, NGO says

Liber Research Community points to discrepancies where task force appears to have left out opinions that did not support its recommendations.

Task Force on Land Supply says no to reclaiming part of Hong Kong’s second largest reservoir

Proposal to reclaim land at the reservoir – Hong Kong’s second largest – was floated by one member of the task force but was deeply unpopular with the public. The force said the option would cause ‘much potential impact and risk on various fronts’ such as water supply, environmental protection and high cost.

1 Jan 2019 - 8:07AM
Task Force on Land Supply says no to reclaiming part of Hong Kong’s second largest reservoir

Proposal to reclaim land at the reservoir – Hong Kong’s second largest – was floated by one member of the task force but was deeply unpopular with the public. The force said the option would cause ‘much potential impact and risk on various fronts’ such as water supply, environmental protection and high cost.

Hong Kong land supply task force cites public support for massive reclamation and use of agricultural sites

Group presents long-awaited findings after public consultation, selecting eight of 18 options, including building on brownfields and Fanling golf course, with reservations expressed over developing country parks.

1 Jan 2019 - 8:08AM
Hong Kong land supply task force cites public support for massive reclamation and use of agricultural sites

Group presents long-awaited findings after public consultation, selecting eight of 18 options, including building on brownfields and Fanling golf course, with reservations expressed over developing country parks.

Last of Discovery Bay marina members face uncertainty as they prepare to move out before New Year’s Eve deadline

Fewer than 10 of the 200 houseboats docked at the marina on Lantau Island remain and most plan to leave by the end of the year. Members are angry at what they say is a great distress inflicted by the forced move, as the marina closes for renovations.

30 Dec 2018 - 10:53PM
Last of Discovery Bay marina members face uncertainty as they prepare to move out before New Year’s Eve deadline

Fewer than 10 of the 200 houseboats docked at the marina on Lantau Island remain and most plan to leave by the end of the year. Members are angry at what they say is a great distress inflicted by the forced move, as the marina closes for renovations.

Smelly harbours and lifeless waters? Lantau Tomorrow Vision reclamation could add to nearby ‘dead zone’, scientists warn

Researchers urge impact assessment with discovery of low-oxygen areas near site of proposed artificial islands in Lantau waters.

30 Dec 2018 - 11:05PM
Smelly harbours and lifeless waters? Lantau Tomorrow Vision reclamation could add to nearby ‘dead zone’, scientists warn

Researchers urge impact assessment with discovery of low-oxygen areas near site of proposed artificial islands in Lantau waters.

Hong Kong to strengthen measures against African swine fever, after pressure from local farmers

Officials to stiffen rules on culling livestock, and consider faster turnover at government-run slaughterhouse.

28 Dec 2018 - 11:00PM
Hong Kong to strengthen measures against African swine fever, after pressure from local farmers

Officials to stiffen rules on culling livestock, and consider faster turnover at government-run slaughterhouse.

Hong Kong fails to meet midterm waste reduction target, with per capita waste production rising since 2013

Per capita waste production increased by 14 per cent since 2013, driven largely by commercial and industrial waste. The government hopes the forthcoming waste charge will help it meet its 2022 target but critics say it needs to do a lot more.

28 Dec 2018 - 10:07AM
Hong Kong fails to meet midterm waste reduction target, with per capita waste production rising since 2013

Per capita waste production increased by 14 per cent since 2013, driven largely by commercial and industrial waste. The government hopes the forthcoming waste charge will help it meet its 2022 target but critics say it needs to do a lot more.

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