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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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.

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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
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.

6 Jun 2019 - 3:38AM

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