Members of a tour group from Thailand show off their blue health codes in Hong Kong. The tourists were unable to dine out at restaurants until the final day of their four-day trip due to the city’s ongoing Covid travel restrictions. Photo: Yik Yeung-man

My Hong Kong | Thai tour group deserves ‘Tourist of the Year’ medals after meal box fiasco

The group, who had to eat meal boxes for three days of a four-day trip and still described it as ‘very good’, should be showered with free air tickets and future hotel accommodation.

27 Nov 2022 - 7:47PM

City Beat | Hong Kong needs to engage international stakeholders to get back on world stage

Mission of returning to global stage has not quite been accomplished by just making world leaders aware that city is gradually lifting Covid curbs.

Mission of returning to global stage has not quite been accomplished by just making world leaders aware that city is gradually lifting Covid curbs.

20 Nov 2022 - 7:18PM

Mouthing Off | Four-hands dinners in Hong Kong: how chefs team up to increase the buzz

Four-hands meals lift a restaurant’s profile and give diners a treat. Despite Hong Kong’s Covid-19 restrictions, chef Nathan Green will welcome two guest chefs for four-hands dinners this month.

Four-hands meals lift a restaurant’s profile and give diners a treat. Despite Hong Kong’s Covid-19 restrictions, chef Nathan Green will welcome two guest chefs for four-hands dinners this month.

17 Nov 2022 - 4:45PM

Opinion | Officials’ conduct risks worsening Hongkongers’ political alienation

The coming Legislative Council Election Committee by-election is unlikely to draw much attention as the public is cut out of the process. That, and the perception of city officials receiving special treatment, risk making the government look out of touch and immune to public perception.

The coming Legislative Council Election Committee by-election is unlikely to draw much attention as the public is cut out of the process. That, and the perception of city officials receiving special treatment, risk making the government look out of touch and immune to public perception.

14 Nov 2022 - 6:45AM

Opinion | Can Hong Kong reprise its role as China’s window on the world?

If Hong Kong wants to continue to succeed in China’s new-era socialist system, its people must maintain their capacity for independent thinking and outward-looking character.

If Hong Kong wants to continue to succeed in China’s new-era socialist system, its people must maintain their capacity for independent thinking and outward-looking character.

13 Nov 2022 - 8:15AM

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My Hong Kong | Thai tour group deserves ‘Tourist of the Year’ medals after meal box fiasco

The group, who had to eat meal boxes for three days of a four-day trip and still described it as ‘very good’, should be showered with free air tickets and future hotel accommodation.

27 Nov 2022 - 7:47PM
City Beat | Hong Kong needs to engage international stakeholders to get back on world stage

Mission of returning to global stage has not quite been accomplished by just making world leaders aware that city is gradually lifting Covid curbs.

20 Nov 2022 - 7:18PM
Mouthing Off | Four-hands dinners in Hong Kong: how chefs team up to increase the buzz
17 Nov 2022 - 4:45PM

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Gaggan Anand (above) joined chef Agustin Balbi for a couple of nights, one at a high-society dinner, and another at Balbi’s restaurant Ando.

On the Menu | Two much loved restaurants reopen, top chefs return: Hong Kong’s on the up

The revival of Hong Kong’s dining scene continues, with top chefs taking advantage of eased Covid-19 quarantine rules to visit and Tung Po Kitchen and Mido Cafe reopening.

10 Nov 2022 - 5:45PM

Opinion | Why do some wine bottles have such thick glass? It’s a waste

Bottles are responsible for nearly a third of wine’s carbon footprint, and some are two or three times heavier than others. Why is that?

Bottles are responsible for nearly a third of wine’s carbon footprint, and some are two or three times heavier than others. Why is that?

1 Nov 2022 - 4:45PM

Opinion | Hongkongers need more than flashy ‘Strive and Rise’ scheme to beat poverty

The high-profile scheme unveiled by the government will do little to inspire hope among the needy and spur the fight against intergenerational poverty. Instead, there must be real political will and leadership that addresses poverty’s underlying causes and the structural odds stacked against the poor.

The high-profile scheme unveiled by the government will do little to inspire hope among the needy and spur the fight against intergenerational poverty. Instead, there must be real political will and leadership that addresses poverty’s underlying causes and the structural odds stacked against the poor.

31 Oct 2022 - 6:56AM

Opinion | To realise John Lee’s plan for Hong Kong, we need a strong, open economy

Lee’s first policy address ticks all the right boxes, from housing to sourcing talent and improving connectivity. To ensure the success of these policies, Hong Kong needs a boost in revenue and international appeal.

Lee’s first policy address ticks all the right boxes, from housing to sourcing talent and improving connectivity. To ensure the success of these policies, Hong Kong needs a boost in revenue and international appeal.

30 Oct 2022 - 7:00AM

My Hong Kong | Hong Kong people, do your job! Be kinder or risk losing the tourism battle

The fight for tourist dollars is heating up as people embark on post-Covid travel, and while Hong Kong is a more exciting destination than Singapore, it isn’t as welcoming. It’s time for residents to make a change.

The fight for tourist dollars is heating up as people embark on post-Covid travel, and while Hong Kong is a more exciting destination than Singapore, it isn’t as welcoming. It’s time for residents to make a change.

4 Nov 2022 - 11:16AM

Opinion | No better global talent than Hong Kong’s own overseas students

Young Hongkongers who study abroad are highly-skilled, bilingual, and possess both local knowledge and international experience and should not be overlooked. It is also important to nurture and retain local people, who, despite all the upheavals, have chosen to stay in the city.

Young Hongkongers who study abroad are highly-skilled, bilingual, and possess both local knowledge and international experience and should not be overlooked. It is also important to nurture and retain local people, who, despite all the upheavals, have chosen to stay in the city.

28 Oct 2022 - 8:20AM

Opinion | Developers must answer John Lee’s call for private subsidised housing

The pilot scheme for private developers to build subsidised housing, which comes after New World Development’s proposal, is a chance for more businesses to come forward to fulfil their corporate social responsibility.

The pilot scheme for private developers to build subsidised housing, which comes after New World Development’s proposal, is a chance for more businesses to come forward to fulfil their corporate social responsibility.

27 Oct 2022 - 2:37PM

Opinion | Russian superyacht row: Hong Kong needs to define its international role

To avoid being a pawn in geopolitical struggles, Hong Kong must define its place in the world by making clear its resolve to be a helpful international actor. The city’s place in the global context must become a more central focus in policymaking.

To avoid being a pawn in geopolitical struggles, Hong Kong must define its place in the world by making clear its resolve to be a helpful international actor. The city’s place in the global context must become a more central focus in policymaking.

27 Oct 2022 - 6:45AM

Opinion | To keep talent, Hong Kong must become a truly inclusive, diverse society

Policy measures may lure the talented to the city but to get them to stay, Hong Kong must make people of diverse backgrounds feel welcome. It can start by bringing down the barriers for hidden talent in its small but growing ethnic minority community.

Policy measures may lure the talented to the city but to get them to stay, Hong Kong must make people of diverse backgrounds feel welcome. It can start by bringing down the barriers for hidden talent in its small but growing ethnic minority community.

26 Oct 2022 - 11:30AM

Opinion | Policy address puts Hong Kong back in the race for global talent

Comprehensive plans include a government-led recruitment drive, new and streamlined visa schemes and strikingly, a stamp duty refund. But perks are not enough; Hong Kong’s innovation, technology and other related industries must also grow to complement talent attraction schemes in the long run.

Comprehensive plans include a government-led recruitment drive, new and streamlined visa schemes and strikingly, a stamp duty refund. But perks are not enough; Hong Kong’s innovation, technology and other related industries must also grow to complement talent attraction schemes in the long run.

23 Oct 2022 - 1:30PM

Opinion | How Hong Kong and Shenzhen can be linked as a ‘super twin’ metropolis

From moving the Hong Kong government headquarters to the North District to setting up an art tech hub at the border, there are several ways to foster synergy between the two cities. Through collaboration, Hong Kong and Shenzhen could also find their place in the Belt and Road Initiative.

From moving the Hong Kong government headquarters to the North District to setting up an art tech hub at the border, there are several ways to foster synergy between the two cities. Through collaboration, Hong Kong and Shenzhen could also find their place in the Belt and Road Initiative.

22 Oct 2022 - 9:15AM

Opinion | Flaws in Hong Kong’s approach to innovation apparent in Mil Mill row

The government has its sights set on developing more glamorous, hi-tech sectors, but it must think carefully about Hong Kong’s place in an already established supply chain. Moreover, neglecting home-grown innovation and industries does not send the best message.

The government has its sights set on developing more glamorous, hi-tech sectors, but it must think carefully about Hong Kong’s place in an already established supply chain. Moreover, neglecting home-grown innovation and industries does not send the best message.

22 Oct 2022 - 6:15AM

My Take | John Lee’s promises could start ‘new chapter’ for Hong Kong, but can he deliver?

Chief executive faces tough task of repairing city’s reputation but developments rather than words will be ultimate deciding factor

Chief executive faces tough task of repairing city’s reputation but developments rather than words will be ultimate deciding factor

19 Oct 2022 - 8:08PM

Opinion | The great Hong Kong hustle is why I came – and it’s still the choice for me

The mixture of dreams, hustles, finance, work ethic, transport and infrastructure makes Hong Kong stand out, even when compared with Silicon Valley. Like the dotcom boom, Web3 will be big in Asia and there is no better gateway to that potential.

The mixture of dreams, hustles, finance, work ethic, transport and infrastructure makes Hong Kong stand out, even when compared with Silicon Valley. Like the dotcom boom, Web3 will be big in Asia and there is no better gateway to that potential.

16 Oct 2022 - 10:30AM

Opinion | John Lee’s 100-day report: B for a strong start, A needed in policy address

Lee’s efforts in dealing with controversial civil servant pay rises, rolling back Covid-19 curbs and boosting events has won local support. But will he be bold enough to open up the city further to attract the tourists, tech talent and investors Hong Kong badly needs?

Lee’s efforts in dealing with controversial civil servant pay rises, rolling back Covid-19 curbs and boosting events has won local support. But will he be bold enough to open up the city further to attract the tourists, tech talent and investors Hong Kong badly needs?

9 Oct 2022 - 1:15PM