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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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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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?’

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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 - 4:39AM
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.

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 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.

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
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.

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
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

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.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
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.

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.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
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.

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.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
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.

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.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
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.

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