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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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
Explainer | Lantau Tomorrow Vision is arguably Hong Kong’s most important and controversial project. Here’s what you need to know about HK$624 billion plan

New metropolis on man-made islands will be the most expensive infrastructure project the city has ever seen.

21 Mar 2019 - 9:04AM

New metropolis on man-made islands will be the most expensive infrastructure project the city has ever seen.

Lantau Tomorrow Vision is arguably Hong Kong’s most important and controversial project. Here’s what you need to know about HK$624 billion plan
HK$624 billion Lantau Tomorrow Vision housing project will have multibillion-dollar transport network built at same time

Government says it will adopt unprecedented development model for Lantau Tomorrow Vision project, with 56km of transport links to be built at the same time as first housing blocks are completed.

20 Mar 2019 - 9:41AM

Government says it will adopt unprecedented development model for Lantau Tomorrow Vision project, with 56km of transport links to be built at the same time as first housing blocks are completed.

HK$624 billion Lantau Tomorrow Vision housing project will have multibillion-dollar transport network built at same time
Hong Kong property agents still up to old tricks despite new rules on adverts for flats

Bait-and-switch tactics and flats advertised even though they are off the market still common, Post analysis finds, three months after industry watchdog warned against the ploys.

18 Mar 2019 - 6:24PM

Bait-and-switch tactics and flats advertised even though they are off the market still common, Post analysis finds, three months after industry watchdog warned against the ploys.

Hong Kong property agents still up to old tricks despite new rules on adverts for flats
Democracy activist Howard Lam calls critics bullies, pigs after Hong Kong court throws out his mainland staple-torture story

Democratic Party founding member out on bail pending an appeal, and source says he faces internal investigation after court proceedings. In Facebook Live session, Lam stands by his claims of innocence and refutes court evidence.

16 Mar 2019 - 11:28PM

Democratic Party founding member out on bail pending an appeal, and source says he faces internal investigation after court proceedings. In Facebook Live session, Lam stands by his claims of innocence and refutes court evidence.

Democracy activist Howard Lam calls critics bullies, pigs after Hong Kong court throws out his mainland staple-torture story
Hong Kong heritage board outraged as pre-war Chinese tenement block under threat of demolition

The Sham Shui Po block, built in 1933, is one of only three corner buildings built in the same tong lau style left in the city.

15 Mar 2019 - 6:28AM

The Sham Shui Po block, built in 1933, is one of only three corner buildings built in the same tong lau style left in the city.

Hong Kong heritage board outraged as pre-war Chinese tenement block under threat of demolition
New hostel to provide 1,700 cut-price places for Hong Kong’s youth, but they will have to drop public housing bids to get a spot

New HK$1.4 billion development in Yuen Long targeted at 18 to 30 year olds, but those who want a space will have to drop applications for public housing and can only stay five years.

12 Mar 2019 - 10:55PM

New HK$1.4 billion development in Yuen Long targeted at 18 to 30 year olds, but those who want a space will have to drop applications for public housing and can only stay five years.

New hostel to provide 1,700 cut-price places for Hong Kong’s youth, but they will have to drop public housing bids to get a spot
Hong Kong welfare secretary says elderly care homes will not turn to foreign domestic helpers to fill the labour shortage

Law Chi-kwong said on Saturday that immigration laws prohibit foreign domestic helpers from working in any other job. The government will however discuss the possibility of using imported labour in the future to help staff care homes.

9 Mar 2019 - 11:24PM

Law Chi-kwong said on Saturday that immigration laws prohibit foreign domestic helpers from working in any other job. The government will however discuss the possibility of using imported labour in the future to help staff care homes.

Hong Kong welfare secretary says elderly care homes will not turn to foreign domestic helpers to fill the labour shortage
Hong Kong musicians decry threat of Tsuen Wan Town Hall’s demolition, saying top-quality acoustics hard to replace

Officials want to consolidate several government buildings into one high-rise to house more community facilities and free up land for housing.

3 Mar 2019 - 10:19PM

Officials want to consolidate several government buildings into one high-rise to house more community facilities and free up land for housing.

Hong Kong musicians decry threat of Tsuen Wan Town Hall’s demolition, saying top-quality acoustics hard to replace
Hottest winter on record for Hong Kong, with average temperature of 19.1 degrees Celsius

Last month was the second-warmest February on record, with an average temperature 3.3 degrees higher than normal. Observatory attributes increase to ‘global warming and local urbanisation’.

3 Mar 2019 - 9:02AM

Last month was the second-warmest February on record, with an average temperature 3.3 degrees higher than normal. Observatory attributes increase to ‘global warming and local urbanisation’.

Hottest winter on record for Hong Kong, with average temperature of 19.1 degrees Celsius
Housing Society unveils trial modular public housing scheme for elderly that aims to provide quicker cheaper homes for Hong Kong

The tower, to be built at Jat Min Chuen estate in Sha Tin, will consist of prefabricated steel units stacked on top of one another. The scheme aims to give the building industry experience in modular construction which is expected to be cheaper and faster than existing modes.

2 Mar 2019 - 11:51AM

The tower, to be built at Jat Min Chuen estate in Sha Tin, will consist of prefabricated steel units stacked on top of one another. The scheme aims to give the building industry experience in modular construction which is expected to be cheaper and faster than existing modes.

Housing Society unveils trial modular public housing scheme for elderly that aims to provide quicker cheaper homes for Hong Kong
Prime land on top of Hong Kong’s high-speed rail station to be sold to developers as single site potentially worth more than HK$100 billion, land sale list reveals

The 5.88-hectare site at West Kowloon station was one of 22 residential and commercial lots on this year’s official land sale list unveiled on Thursday.

1 Mar 2019 - 9:35AM

The 5.88-hectare site at West Kowloon station was one of 22 residential and commercial lots on this year’s official land sale list unveiled on Thursday.

Prime land on top of Hong Kong’s high-speed rail station to be sold to developers as single site potentially worth more than HK$100 billion, land sale list reveals
Greener, smarter (and cleaner) public toilets: budget spares no expense for a ‘more liveable’ city

HK$600 million earmarked to promote art, culture and sports, another HK$6 billion to extend waterfront promenades and HK$200 million for tree care.

1 Mar 2019 - 5:55PM

HK$600 million earmarked to promote art, culture and sports, another HK$6 billion to extend waterfront promenades and HK$200 million for tree care.

Greener, smarter (and cleaner) public toilets: budget spares no expense for a ‘more liveable’ city
Hong Kong budget 2019: surplus expected to shrink to HK$16.8 billion but overall reserves hit new high of HK$1.22 trillion

Financial Secretary Paul Chan presented his budget on Wednesday morning. He announced HK$150 billion worth of initiatives and funding in two-hour speech.

27 Feb 2019 - 6:23PM

Financial Secretary Paul Chan presented his budget on Wednesday morning. He announced HK$150 billion worth of initiatives and funding in two-hour speech.

Hong Kong budget 2019: surplus expected to shrink to HK$16.8 billion but overall reserves hit new high of HK$1.22 trillion
Villagers facing eviction under Hong Kong new town projects enjoy final new year banquet together

At least four of five villages which are part of annual event will be affected by government’s Kwu Tung North and Fanling North development. Most residents lament loss of close community ties.

24 Feb 2019 - 9:28AM

At least four of five villages which are part of annual event will be affected by government’s Kwu Tung North and Fanling North development. Most residents lament loss of close community ties.

Villagers facing eviction under Hong Kong new town projects enjoy final new year banquet together