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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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
Could the rest of Fanling Golf Course also face redevelopment beyond 2027? Hong Kong minister says it’s possible

Secretary for Development Michael Wong says while authorities have spared most of the site from housing projects in coming years, leases after 2027 ‘will not be automatically renewed’.

23 Feb 2019 - 10:58PM

Secretary for Development Michael Wong says while authorities have spared most of the site from housing projects in coming years, leases after 2027 ‘will not be automatically renewed’.

Could the rest of Fanling Golf Course also face redevelopment beyond 2027? Hong Kong minister says it’s possible
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.

22 Feb 2019 - 11:12PM

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

We don’t want your money: Chinese shoppers told to spend cash elsewhere by frustrated Hongkongers 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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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