Stuart Heaver

Originally from Kent, England, former Naval officer and entrepreneur, Stuart Heaver is a full-time freelance writer and features journalist living and working in Hong Kong. He loves his job, the sea and his family but not necessarily in that order.
Stuart Heaver
Originally from Kent, England, former Naval officer and entrepreneur, Stuart Heaver is a full-time freelance writer and features journalist living and working in Hong Kong. He loves his job, the sea and his family but not necessarily in that order.

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Exploring Guangzhou’s famous past: four historic sites that keep the spirit of old Canton alive

Port on old maritime Silk Road was famed for its exports of Chinese tea, silk and ceramics – and reminders of that time still exist. China’s third city, less than an hour from Hong Kong by high-speed train, is more convenient than ever to visit.

14 Jun 2019 - 3:49PM

Port on old maritime Silk Road was famed for its exports of Chinese tea, silk and ceramics – and reminders of that time still exist. China’s third city, less than an hour from Hong Kong by high-speed train, is more convenient than ever to visit.

Exploring Guangzhou’s famous past: four historic sites that keep the spirit of old Canton alive
Air rage: how it differs in West and East, and why Chinese passengers are in a league of their own

Asians are more tolerant of discomfort, Westerners are prone to drunken brawls, and no one behaves quite like unruly Chinese passengers – they misunderstand the guest-servant relationship, according to a Hong Kong academic.

26 May 2019 - 7:06PM

Asians are more tolerant of discomfort, Westerners are prone to drunken brawls, and no one behaves quite like unruly Chinese passengers – they misunderstand the guest-servant relationship, according to a Hong Kong academic.

Air rage: how it differs in West and East, and why Chinese passengers are in a league of their own
Hong Kong air pollution and the deadly impact of shipping and cruise industries

A single cruise liner berthed at a passenger terminal can emit as much sulphur dioxide as 25,000 diesel buses. As the waters of the Greater Bay Area get ever busier, is enough being done to clean the emissions of ocean-going vessels?

12 Jul 2019 - 5:11PM

A single cruise liner berthed at a passenger terminal can emit as much sulphur dioxide as 25,000 diesel buses. As the waters of the Greater Bay Area get ever busier, is enough being done to clean the emissions of ocean-going vessels?

Hong Kong air pollution and the deadly impact of shipping and cruise industries
Tilapia, a fish to feed the world, and the deadly virus that may destroy it

Tilapia is the world’s second most farmed fish, mainly due to its resistance to disease, but stocks are threatened by a lethal virus. Most production is in Asia, where social and economic catastrophe would occur if the species is wiped out.

6 May 2019 - 5:00AM

Tilapia is the world’s second most farmed fish, mainly due to its resistance to disease, but stocks are threatened by a lethal virus. Most production is in Asia, where social and economic catastrophe would occur if the species is wiped out.

Tilapia, a fish to feed the world, and the deadly virus that may destroy it
History of Hong Kong’s outlying islands celebrated in ‘treasure hunt’ that reveals their rich cultural heritage

A local NGO wants to help people discover the history, architecture, festivals, crafts and traditions of Hong Kong’s islands, with a map guiding locals and tourists alike to some 100 cultural treasures.

19 Apr 2019 - 8:00AM

A local NGO wants to help people discover the history, architecture, festivals, crafts and traditions of Hong Kong’s islands, with a map guiding locals and tourists alike to some 100 cultural treasures.

History of Hong Kong’s outlying islands celebrated in ‘treasure hunt’ that reveals their rich cultural heritage
Hong Kong’s ‘protected women’: the forgotten females of city’s patriarchal 19th-century society

Supported financially by wealthy Western men in exchange for long-term sexual relationships, the women, mostly from the Tanka ethnic minority, were integral to the city’s evolution.

13 Mar 2019 - 10:43AM

Supported financially by wealthy Western men in exchange for long-term sexual relationships, the women, mostly from the Tanka ethnic minority, were integral to the city’s evolution.

Hong Kong’s ‘protected women’: the forgotten females of city’s patriarchal 19th-century society
US-China trade war: simulation gives students lesson in negotiation and diplomacy

The Hinrich Trade Negotiation Simulation offers students a rare insight into the reality behind the scenes of trade talks, with experts leading students from seven Hong Kong universities last month through what it takes to be successful.

6 Mar 2019 - 5:00AM

The Hinrich Trade Negotiation Simulation offers students a rare insight into the reality behind the scenes of trade talks, with experts leading students from seven Hong Kong universities last month through what it takes to be successful.

US-China trade war: simulation gives students lesson in negotiation and diplomacy
Hope for the hutongs: five of the best historic lanes in Beijing – reimagined for visitors, renovated for locals

Most of the Chinese capital’s historic lanes have been razed, but increasingly the social and heritage value of those that remain is being recognised; From hip to authentic, we visit five of the best hutongs to take in on your next visit.

5 Mar 2019 - 8:28PM

Most of the Chinese capital’s historic lanes have been razed, but increasingly the social and heritage value of those that remain is being recognised; From hip to authentic, we visit five of the best hutongs to take in on your next visit.

Hope for the hutongs: five of the best historic lanes in Beijing – reimagined for visitors, renovated for locals
How plague in Hong Kong sowed seeds of democracy, changed urban planning and helped heal social divisions

The 1894 plague outbreak sowed the seeds of representative democracy in Hong Kong, triggered improvements in sanitation and urban planning, and helped heal social divisions, as Contagious Cities show at Tai Kwun recalls.

14 Feb 2019 - 1:54PM

The 1894 plague outbreak sowed the seeds of representative democracy in Hong Kong, triggered improvements in sanitation and urban planning, and helped heal social divisions, as Contagious Cities show at Tai Kwun recalls.

How plague in Hong Kong sowed seeds of democracy, changed urban planning and helped heal social divisions
The young design pair upcycling Hong Kong marine trash into desirable objects of art

Christine Lew and Florian Wegenast have created a striking range of desirable items out of trash collected from Hong Kong’s seas and beaches.

27 Jan 2019 - 9:47AM

Christine Lew and Florian Wegenast have created a striking range of desirable items out of trash collected from Hong Kong’s seas and beaches.

The young design pair upcycling Hong Kong marine trash into desirable objects of art
Could Hong Kong’s hardy corals be key to saving the world’s threatened reefs?

Corals that can survive Hong Kong’s ‘apocalyptic environment’ offer insight into how to better protect reefs elsewhere.

12 Feb 2019 - 10:12AM

Corals that can survive Hong Kong’s ‘apocalyptic environment’ offer insight into how to better protect reefs elsewhere.

Could Hong Kong’s hardy corals be key to saving the world’s threatened reefs?
Unsung hero of China’s opening up 40 years ago remembered at Shenzhen museum

Official Yuan Geng reported to State Council on special industrial zone idea before Deng Xiaoping got backing for reform, exhibition shows; Yuan launched reforms in Shekou a year before Deng okayed Shenzhen special economic zone.

27 Dec 2018 - 7:21PM

Official Yuan Geng reported to State Council on special industrial zone idea before Deng Xiaoping got backing for reform, exhibition shows; Yuan launched reforms in Shekou a year before Deng okayed Shenzhen special economic zone.

Unsung hero of China’s opening up 40 years ago remembered at Shenzhen museum
Before the US-China trade war: how America wooed the Qing dynasty with ginseng and furs

An exhibition at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum explores the first century of trade between the US and China, and illustrates how the problem of trade deficits is nothing new.

18 Dec 2018 - 1:41PM

An exhibition at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum explores the first century of trade between the US and China, and illustrates how the problem of trade deficits is nothing new.

Before the US-China trade war: how America  wooed the Qing dynasty with ginseng and furs
How to fly budget airlines: five ways to cope with air rage, delays, and bad in-flight service

Travelling economy class on one of Asia’s cheap short-haul carriers can be a stressful experience for even the most hardened travellers. Here are our top tips for staying sane and safe on your next trip.

3 Dec 2018 - 7:22PM

Travelling economy class on one of Asia’s cheap short-haul carriers can be a stressful experience for even the most hardened travellers. Here are our top tips for staying sane and safe on your next trip.

How to fly budget airlines: five ways to cope with air rage, delays, and bad in-flight service
Russian shipwreck and a South Korean crypto scam – how investors were fooled by promise of US$133 billion sunken treasure

When the wreck of the Dmitrii Donskoi was supposedly discovered by a South Korean company, investors jumped aboard to get a share of US$133 billion of gold. The only problem? It has never materialised.

1 Dec 2018 - 5:10PM

When the wreck of the Dmitrii Donskoi was supposedly discovered by a South Korean company, investors jumped aboard to get a share of US$133 billion of gold. The only problem? It has never materialised.

Russian shipwreck and a South Korean crypto scam – how investors were fooled by promise of US$133 billion sunken treasure
Sex Pistols’ Paul Cook on punk and performing with The Professionals: ‘We don’t want anyone to have a heart attack’

The drummer of influential British punk bands says he’s still rocking in his 60s because, ‘What the hell else am I going to do?’

18 Jan 2019 - 12:42PM

The drummer of influential British punk bands says he’s still rocking in his 60s because, ‘What the hell else am I going to do?’

Sex Pistols’ Paul Cook on punk and performing with The Professionals: ‘We don’t want anyone to have a heart attack’
LGBT students face so much prejudice in Hong Kong they’re afraid to reveal their sexuality

Student advocacy group members say sexual minorities deal with stigma on a daily basis. They blame inadequate sex education, religion and traditional Chinese culture for the way they are treated.

29 Nov 2018 - 8:00PM

Student advocacy group members say sexual minorities deal with stigma on a daily basis. They blame inadequate sex education, religion and traditional Chinese culture for the way they are treated.

LGBT students face so much prejudice in Hong Kong they’re afraid to reveal their sexuality
Philippine mountaineer on her journey to scale the Seven Summits, highest peaks on all the continents

One of 14 children from a poor family, Carina Dayondon was not on course to be a world-class climber, but is preparing to become the first female from the Philippines to scale the highest peaks on each continent.

29 Nov 2018 - 4:50PM

One of 14 children from a poor family, Carina Dayondon was not on course to be a world-class climber, but is preparing to become the first female from the Philippines to scale the highest peaks on each continent.

Philippine mountaineer on her journey to scale the Seven Summits, highest peaks on all the continents
Touch-and-sniff show of antique Chinese furniture and artefacts that’s unique to Hong Kong

Private museum’s touch-and-sniff show of Ming and Qing dynasty furniture and artefacts is intended to demystify what otherwise would be ‘just old wood’; as a recent accident shows, it’s a policy that’s not without risk.

26 Nov 2018 - 12:01PM

Private museum’s touch-and-sniff show of Ming and Qing dynasty furniture and artefacts is intended to demystify what otherwise would be ‘just old wood’; as a recent accident shows, it’s a policy that’s not without risk.

Touch-and-sniff show of antique Chinese furniture and artefacts that’s unique to Hong Kong
Bridge from Hong Kong puts hip Zhuhai heritage village, restaurants and jazz within easy reach

Ancestral halls, temples, heritage inns, an international jazz festival, vegetarian food – Beishan Art District shows another side to Pearl River Delta city; just 6km from delta bridge, its narrow alleys and tree-shaded squares are inviting.

10 Nov 2018 - 7:37PM

Ancestral halls, temples, heritage inns, an international jazz festival, vegetarian food – Beishan Art District shows another side to Pearl River Delta city; just 6km from delta bridge, its narrow alleys and tree-shaded squares are inviting.

Bridge from Hong Kong puts hip Zhuhai heritage village, restaurants and jazz within easy reach
When Russian spies tried to infiltrate Hong Kong to destabilise China

Recent revelations in the UK about two Russian suspects in the attempted assassination of a former KGB agent and his daughter serve as a reminder of Hong Kong’s own history of combating KGB spies.

8 Nov 2018 - 6:13AM

Recent revelations in the UK about two Russian suspects in the attempted assassination of a former KGB agent and his daughter serve as a reminder of Hong Kong’s own history of combating KGB spies.

When Russian spies tried to infiltrate Hong Kong to destabilise China
Five Guangdong heritage sites to visit via Hong Kong’s mega bridge and express rail link

Five ideas for making the best use of new high-speed rail link to Guangzhou and bridge to Zhuhai to visit heritage sites in Guangdong quicker than ever before.

21 Oct 2018 - 7:36PM

Five ideas for making the best use of new high-speed rail link to Guangzhou and bridge to Zhuhai to visit heritage sites in Guangdong quicker than ever before.

Five Guangdong heritage sites to visit via Hong Kong’s  mega bridge and express rail link
If Hong Kong has rejected the new economy, what can it bring to China’s Silicon Valley?

Hong Kong is beset by vested interests, prosecutes Uber drivers, considers Airbnb a threat and rejects renewable energy, say critics. Experts suggest ways the city can contribute to the 11-city Greater Bay Area project.

17 Oct 2018 - 7:22PM

Hong Kong is beset by vested interests, prosecutes Uber drivers, considers Airbnb a threat and rejects renewable energy, say critics. Experts suggest ways the city can contribute to the 11-city Greater Bay Area project.

If Hong Kong has rejected the new economy, what can it bring to China’s Silicon Valley?
Memories of old Hong Kong: British winemaker recalls growing up on Lantau island tea estate in 1960s

Sarah Driver remembers her stepfather, the lawyer, politician and social reformer Brook Bernacchi, and roaming free in the wilds of his Lantau tea plantation

1 Oct 2018 - 2:42PM

Sarah Driver remembers her stepfather, the lawyer, politician and social reformer Brook Bernacchi, and roaming free in the wilds of his Lantau tea plantation

Memories of old Hong Kong: British winemaker recalls growing up on Lantau island tea estate in 1960s
Seven-times married ex-Hong Kong hangman on acting with Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan

John Fleming left the British navy to be a Hong Kong prison officer, and recalls his nerves at his first execution. He enjoyed some bit-part film roles, and, now 85 and single father to a rebellious teenager, says he won’t marry again.

25 Sep 2018 - 12:37PM

John Fleming left the British navy to be a Hong Kong prison officer, and recalls his nerves at his first execution. He enjoyed some bit-part film roles, and, now 85 and single father to a rebellious teenager, says he won’t marry again.

Seven-times married ex-Hong Kong hangman on acting with Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan
Deadly Chinese-British gunboat clash off Hong Kong in 1953 still a matter for dispute

Seven sailors died when a Chinese gunboat attacked a Royal Navy launch in 1953. A naval inquiry blamed the deaths on the commanding officer, who had a gung ho reputation, but the sole living survivor says he was made a scapegoat.

8 Sep 2018 - 3:18PM

Seven sailors died when a Chinese gunboat attacked a Royal Navy launch in 1953. A naval inquiry blamed the deaths on the commanding officer, who had a gung ho reputation, but the sole living survivor says he was made a scapegoat.

Deadly Chinese-British gunboat clash off Hong Kong in 1953 still a matter for dispute
Dengue fever in Hong Kong, where panic spreads more quickly than the virus

When 28 cases of the mosquito-born virus were confirmed, it was scaremongering statements and the rumour mill that provoked panic, not the disease itself.

7 Sep 2018 - 8:15AM

When 28 cases of the mosquito-born virus were confirmed, it was scaremongering statements and the rumour mill that provoked panic, not the disease itself.

Dengue fever in Hong Kong, where panic spreads more quickly than the virus
When Hong Kong was a way station on the Maritime Silk Road – new exhibition showcases recent discoveries about city’s trading past

Hong Kong has been slower than some Chinese ports to trumpet its role in the history of East-West maritime trade, but a new exhibition at Hong Kong’s Maritime Museum shows the importance of places such as Tuen Mun and High Island to ancient mariners and is a timely reminder of the broader benefits to society of trade.

4 Sep 2018 - 12:38PM

Hong Kong has been slower than some Chinese ports to trumpet its role in the history of East-West maritime trade, but a new exhibition at Hong Kong’s Maritime Museum shows the importance of places such as Tuen Mun and High Island to ancient mariners and is a timely reminder of the broader benefits to society of trade.

When Hong Kong was a way station on the Maritime Silk Road – new exhibition showcases recent discoveries about city’s trading past
China’s new wave of budget inns and small hotels are transforming the country’s tourism landscape with a focus on heritage, comfort and style

Powered by online booking sites, hospitality entrepreneurs in China are pioneering a new range of budgets inns and small hotels that offer links to the local community and culture that are often missing at large, corporate chains.

26 Aug 2018 - 6:36PM

Powered by online booking sites, hospitality entrepreneurs in China are pioneering a new range of budgets inns and small hotels that offer links to the local community and culture that are often missing at large, corporate chains.

China’s new wave of budget inns and small hotels are transforming the country’s tourism landscape with a focus on heritage, comfort and style
How Hong Kong lost its will to protest, and why an author accuses government of using laws to crush dissent

From the 1966 riots to the 2014 ‘umbrella movement’, Hongkongers have hit the streets to air their grievances. But after authorities recently handed down harsh prison sentences and banned some protesters from politics, it seems the city no longer has the heart to demonstrate

13 Aug 2018 - 8:51PM

From the 1966 riots to the 2014 ‘umbrella movement’, Hongkongers have hit the streets to air their grievances. But after authorities recently handed down harsh prison sentences and banned some protesters from politics, it seems the city no longer has the heart to demonstrate

How Hong Kong lost its will to protest, and why an author accuses government of using laws to crush dissent