Hong Kong http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19750/all en Hong Kong's kung fu flight attendants http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/hong-kong-airlines-kung-fu-bruce-lee <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In order to deal with drunk and unruly passengers, the cabin crew of Hong Kong Airlines is now required to train in martial arts. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The flight attendants on a Hong Kong Airlines flight might look nice, but don&#39;t be fooled.</p> <p> She can take you down with a center punch back fist.</p> <p> Hong Kong Airlines has made it mandatory for the cabin crew to train in wing chun &mdash; a kind of kung fu &mdash; in order to deal with drunk and unruly passengers, which apparently happens at least three times a week, according to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/28/idUS396689028120110428">Reuters</a>.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/kung-fu-training-for-cabin-crew/story-fn3dxix6-1226040552371">Wing chun is a close-range form of combat</a>&nbsp;and involves a lot of striking and grappling,&nbsp;according to wing chun instructor Katherine Cheung, who told the South China Morning Post that the martial art was ideal for airline crews.</p> <p> &quot;Wing chun can be used in small, confined spaces so it&#39;s suited for an airplane,&quot; Cheung said. &quot;It&#39;s easy to learn but difficult to master.&quot;</p> <p> Earlier this month, a flight attendant reportedly had the pleasure of putting her training to the test, wrangling a drunkard on a flight from Beijing to Hong Kong.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/hong-kong-airlines-kung-fu-bruce-lee" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hong Kong Travel/Tourism Emerging Markets China The Rice Bowl Fri, 29 Apr 2011 20:11:00 +0000 Emily Lodish 5641147 at http://www.globalpost.com Hong Kong warning over scarlet fever outbreak http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110620/hong-kong-scarlet-fever-outbreak-children-deaths <p> Mainland China and the former Portuguese colony of Macau have also seen a surge in scarlet fever cases.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110620/hong-kong-scarlet-fever-outbreak-children-deaths" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hong Kong China Health Mon, 20 Jun 2011 14:52:00 +0000 News Desk 5652298 at http://www.globalpost.com Hong Kong: record seizure of illegal rhino horns, ivory http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/111115/hong-kong-rhino-horns-ivory-seizure-south-africa-rhino-poaching <p> Customs agents found 33 rhino horns, 758 ivory chopsticks and 127 ivory bracelets, estimated to be worth $2.2 million.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/111115/hong-kong-rhino-horns-ivory-seizure-south-africa-rhino-poaching" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Hong Kong Wildlife News China South Africa Tue, 15 Nov 2011 13:47:35 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5681363 at http://www.globalpost.com Hong Kong dogs do yoga (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/hong-kong-dog-yoga-video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Just relax. And do a little yoga with your dog. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Doing yoga with your dog isn&#39;t new. Japan and the US have been onto it for a while now, according to AFP.</p> <p> But Hong Kong has finally caught on.</p> <p> You may scoff. These pampered pooches are taking advantage of what many of us can&#39;t afford on a daily basis.</p> <p> But there are some obvious benefits for dog and owner alike &mdash; particularly in Hong Kong, where dogs aren&#39;t allowed in many public spaces. And, quite frankly, the number of public spaces for people to enjoy are limited.</p> <p> Check out the AFP&#39;s <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHyFJTGyrd4&amp;feature=player_embedded">video on YouTube</a>.</p> <p></p><p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/hong-kong-dog-yoga-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hong Kong Entertainment Emerging Markets China Health The Rice Bowl Thu, 05 Jan 2012 21:51:00 +0000 Emily Lodish 5686149 at http://www.globalpost.com High-fashion protests in Hong Kong http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/high-fashion-protests <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hong Kong residents take to the streets in protest against luxury label for barring photos </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kathleen E. McLaughlin </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Hong Kong erupted in fashion-related protests this week, but not for reasons you might expect.</p> <p> A reported 1,000 residents of the territory took to the streets to protest what they called discriminatory practices by the Italian luxury label Dolce &amp; Gabbana.</p> <p> Protesters said the brand&#39;s Hong Kong store banned locals from photographing the store, while Chinese from the mainland and foreigners are able to snap shots. <a href="http://www.ministryoftofu.com/2012/01/photos-hong-kongers-protest-discriminatory-dg-photo-ban-that-protects-mainland-chinas-new-rich/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed:+MiniTofublog+%28Ministry+of+Tofu+-+Featured+Articles%29">Online rumors</a> charged that the store was trying to protect rich Chinese shoppers from prying eyes.</p> <p> The protests underlie growing tensions between Hong Kong residents and Chinese from the mainland, who have descended on the region in growing numbers as personal wealth has exploded in China. D&amp;G, meanwhile, says it&#39;s not discriminating. Outrage over the picture issue led to creation of a Facebook page and incensed comments.</p> <p> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.302776454976.39224.26696569976&amp;type=1">Said one</a>: &quot;If you are not luxury goods buyers from Communist China, or if you are not prepared to buy as rampantly as the communist buyers do, please think twice before you come to visit Hong Kong, which is now a place contaminated with communist racism, greed and bad manners of luxury outlets.&quot;</p> <p> The fashion brand denied any discrimination, <a href="http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?we_cat=11&amp;art_id=118644&amp;sid=35006726&amp;con_type=3&amp;d_str=20120109&amp;fc=10">telling the Hong Kong Standard</a>, &ldquo;We wish to underline that our company has not taken part in any action aiming at offending the Hong Kong public.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/high-fashion-protests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hong Kong Travel/Tourism China The Rice Bowl Tue, 10 Jan 2012 11:48:00 +0000 Kathleen E. McLaughlin 5686644 at http://www.globalpost.com UK and Hong Kong strike deal to make London yuan trading hub http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/120116/uk-and-hong-kong-strike-deal-make-london-yuan-trading-hub UK Finance Minister George Osborne has reached agreement on technical measures with Norman Chan, CEO of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, in order to help London play an important role in boosting the yuan as a major global currency.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/120116/uk-and-hong-kong-strike-deal-make-london-yuan-trading-hub" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Global Economy Hong Kong United Kingdom Business Asia-Pacific United Kingdom Mon, 16 Jan 2012 17:54:00 +0000 Luke Browne 5687572 at http://www.globalpost.com $42 million of Megaupload's assets frozen in Hong Kong http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/technology-news/120121/megaupload-assets-frozen-hong-kong Hong Kong has frozen $42 million in Megaupload's assets, as the worldwide FBI Internet piracy investigation into the file-sharing website continues.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/technology-news/120121/megaupload-assets-frozen-hong-kong" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hong Kong New Zealand Business Technology Sat, 21 Jan 2012 20:08:00 +0000 Talia Ralph 5688359 at http://www.globalpost.com Kong Qingdong, Chinese professor, sparks outrage in Hong Kong http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/120124/hong-kong-protests-chinese-professor-sparks-outrage <p> Even 15 years after Hong Kong was passed from the British back to China, friction flares and cultures clash between Hong Kong dwellers and mainland Chinese.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/120124/hong-kong-protests-chinese-professor-sparks-outrage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hong Kong China Tue, 24 Jan 2012 22:18:00 +0000 Priyanka Boghani 5688757 at http://www.globalpost.com Hong Kong: Mainlanders are like locusts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/china/hong-kong-mainlanders-tensions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Resentment over wealth fuels the battle between Hong Kong residents and Chinese from the mainland. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kathleen E. McLaughlin </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The escalating feud between Hong Kong residents and Chinese from the mainland reached a new level on Wednesday, when Hong Kong internet users who pulled together nearly $13,000 published a full-page newspaper ad comparing Chinese from the mainland to locusts threatening to overrun the territory.</p> <p> The Hong Kong-based <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/MissXQ/status/164588605795348480/photo/1">South China Morning Post</a> reports that the inflammatory ad, published in today&#39;s Apple Daily, was paid for by a group of Hong Kong natives upset, among other things, over the <a href="http://topics.scmp.com/news/hk-news-watch/article/Anger-at-mainland-visitors-escalates-with-locust-ad">growing number of Chinese mothers</a> who travel to Hong Kong to give birth. Chinese mothers have strained Hong Kong&#39;s hospitals in recent years with a new wave of birth tourism to the island.</p> <p> But the tensions go far beyond just anger over medical services. Cultural differences and resentment over wealth seem to be at the core of the battle, which cuts both ways.</p> <p> Most recently, a Beijing professor discussing a viral video that showed a subway fight between Hong Kong and mainland residents referred to Hong Kongers as <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/120124/hong-kong-protests-chinese-professor-sparks-outrage">&quot;running dogs&quot;</a> of the British empire and &quot;bastards.&quot;</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/120124/hong-kong-protests-chinese-professor-sparks-outrage">Outrage in Hong Kong over &quot;dog&quot; comments</a></strong></p> <p> Hong Kong, which returned to China from British control in 1997, still retains a certain degree of autonomy and with that, a higher standard of living that cities within China proper, from world-class shopping to medical care. As China&#39;s wealth has grown and its rich become hungry consumers, Chinese citizens have flocked to Hong Kong. The locals&#39; resentment toward impolite guests from the mainland has risen accordingly over the years.</p> <p> &quot;[Mainlanders] have already crossed our bottom line,&quot; a user of the <a href="http://www.HKgolden.com">internet forum</a> that funded the locust ad told the SCMP. &quot;Why are mainland mothers flooding in to take up resources in public hospitals, getting our benefits and social welfare? Why do mainlanders ... refuse to follow our rules and order? We can&#39;t accept that.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/china/hong-kong-mainlanders-tensions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> China economy Hong Kong Emerging Markets China Culture & Lifestyle On China The Rice Bowl Wed, 01 Feb 2012 16:27:43 +0000 Kathleen E. McLaughlin 5689871 at http://www.globalpost.com Favorite to lead Hong Kong, Henry Tang, blames wife in underground palace scandal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/asia-pacific/favourite-lead-hong-kong-henry-tang-blames-wife-underground-pal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> "It was my wife's idea," says HK chief executive candidate of illegal 2,000 foot basement. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hélène Hofman </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The man tipped to be Hong Kong&#39;s next Chief Executive, Henry Tang, has tearfully&nbsp;blamed his wife, after an illegally-built basement found at their house prompted a media frenzy.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gRu7p6oRcs4NzOeSDyPDEZQoVV1g?docId=CNG.7600834dc4b56a43deabe25acfeb317e.381">AFP says</a>&nbsp;local tabloids described the&nbsp;basement&nbsp;as a 2,000 foot&nbsp;&#39;underground palace&#39; with a theater, a gym, a Japanese-style bath and&nbsp;a wine cellar.</p> <p> On Thursday, shortly after rumours of the basement surfaced, journalists and protesters descended on&nbsp;the civil servant&#39;s&nbsp;home, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17071207">BBC&#39;s&nbsp;China correspondant reported</a>.</p> <p> <a href="http:// <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-17/hong-kong-leader-contender-tang-apologizes-as-illegal-basement-hurts-image.html" title="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-17/hong-kong-leader-contender-tang-apologizes-as-illegal-basement-hurts-image.html">http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-17/hong-kong-leader-contender-tang...</a> ">Bloomberg&nbsp;describes a chaotic scene, with photographers and cameramen using cranes to capture pictures of the basement through a glass-bottomed swimming pool.</p> <p> On Friday, Tang (59)&nbsp;convened a press conference, and announced he would not be withdrawing his candidacy over the scandal.</p> <p> &quot;I apologise to all Hong Kong people,&quot; he reportedly said.&nbsp; &quot;It was my wife&#39;s idea and I knew they were illegal. Since we were experiencing a low ebb in our marriage...I did not handle the matter swiftly. I take full responsibility for the incident.&quot;</p> <p> His wife of 27 years, Lisa Kuo Yu-chin, also addressed reporters, with the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?pp_cat=30&amp;art_id=119828&amp;sid=35451367&amp;con_type=3">Hong Kong&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Standard&nbsp;</em>saying</a> she &#39;spilled tears of regret&#39;, explaining that she had wanted to provide a comfortable living environment for her family.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/asia-pacific/favourite-lead-hong-kong-henry-tang-blames-wife-underground-pal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Henry Tang Hong Kong media Asia-Pacific China Weird Wide Web Fri, 17 Feb 2012 09:26:00 +0000 Hélène Hofman 5692180 at http://www.globalpost.com Hong Kong Sex Festival calls for "group marriages" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/wanderlust/hong-kong-sex-festival-calls-group-marriages <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Organizers of the Fifth Hong Kong Sex Cultural Festival suggest more open-minded marital arrangements, like group marriages, as a solution to high divorce rates in modern society. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Iva Roze Skoch </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Bored to death by mind-numbing marital monogamy?</p> <p> That&#39;s no reason to ditch the idea of marriage, suggest the&nbsp;organizers of the Fifth Hong Kong Sex Cultural Festival.</p> <p> Marriage as an institution apparently isn&#39;t completely dead. It just needs to be &quot;altered&quot; a bit to fit the modern times.</p> <p> It <a href="http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?we_cat=4&amp;art_id=120389&amp;sid=35637687&amp;con_type=1&amp;d_str=20120306&amp;fc=1">their words</a>, the &quot;traditional relationship between one man and woman is getting outdated.&quot;</p> <p> Simply put, marriage needs an upgrade.</p> <p> Here is the premise of their proposal: With almost one in every two couples getting divorced these days, the traditional marriage scenario clearly no longer works. And because unsatisfactory sex is among the top reasons behind divorce, Hong Kong Sex Association president and festival organizer Stanislaus Lai Ding-kee is suggesting people should be open to &quot;alternative systems for relationships out there like polyamory that may be possibly better than the traditional monogamous relationships,&quot; <a href="http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?we_cat=4&amp;art_id=120389&amp;sid=35637687&amp;con_type=1&amp;d_str=20120306&amp;fc=1">The Standard reports</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> Polyamory is a practice where individuals are consensually open to loving more than one person at a time.</p> <p> Generally, this practice is frowned upon in countries influenced by conservative Christian and romantic values on sex, because they recognize monogamy as the only way to go about love. In other words, they force people to cheat. (See above: mind-numbing marital monogamy.)</p> <p> That&#39;s where &quot;group marriages&quot; come in, apparently. The article doesn&#39;t explain the logistics of a group marriage, but I envision it like a form of a loving, genital-sharing agreement with a small and trustworthy group of people.&nbsp;</p> <p> And, if you think about it, you could probably do all the booking online.</p> <p> It could work like &quot;marital <a href="http://www.google.cz/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&amp;ix=teb&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;ion=1#hl=cs&amp;output=search&amp;sclient=psy-ab&amp;q=zipcar&amp;pbx=1&amp;oq=&amp;aq=&amp;aqi=&amp;aql=&amp;gs_sm=&amp;gs_upl=&amp;gs_l=&amp;fp=e8d585b1ea3a27c8&amp;ix=teb&amp;ion=1&amp;bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&amp;biw=1024&amp;bih=485">Zipcar</a>.&quot; &nbsp;</p> <p> Say you are signed up for a marriage group in New York. You are bored of you proverbial old Buick and are looking for something &quot;compact and cuddly&quot; for Saturday night.</p> <p> Unless Jimmy, the hipster from Harlem, has already booked the Mini convertible, it&#39;s all yours. And next weekend, you could go for the SUV, for variety&#39;s sake.</p> <p> Then, I suppose, you come back to the Buick at some point? And everyone lives happily ever after.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/wanderlust/hong-kong-sex-festival-calls-group-marriages" target="_blank">read more</a></p> group marriage Hong Kong Open Marriages China Culture & Lifestyle Wanderlust Mon, 05 Mar 2012 22:52:11 +0000 Iva Roze Skoch 5694698 at http://www.globalpost.com Hong Kong dentist helping to uncover the mysteries of the Pyramids http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/120308/hong-kong-dentist-helping-uncover-the-mysteries-the-p <p> A Hong Kong-based dentist by day and inventor by night, Ng Tz--chuen, will be part of a team studying the secrets still hidden in the narrow passageways of the Pyramids of Giza</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/120308/hong-kong-dentist-helping-uncover-the-mysteries-the-p" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt egypt Hong Kong Innovation Thu, 08 Mar 2012 22:35:23 +0000 Alexander Besant 5695301 at http://www.globalpost.com Hong Kong chief executive selection marked with scandal and protests http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120320/hong-kong-chief-executive-selection-scandal-protests <p> More than 30 pro-democracy, student and civic groups in Hong Kong are planning to protest against the selection of the city&rsquo;s next chief executive.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120320/hong-kong-chief-executive-selection-scandal-protests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hong Kong Elections Asia-Pacific Tue, 20 Mar 2012 17:13:20 +0000 Priyanka Boghani 5696889 at http://www.globalpost.com Hong Kong elections: Online referendum hacked http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120323/hong-kong-elections-online-referendum-hacked The election to choose Hong Kong's next chief executive is going to take place on Sunday, but only 1,200 people, members of Hong Kong's election commission, will vote.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/120323/hong-kong-elections-online-referendum-hacked" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hong Kong Elections Asia-Pacific Fri, 23 Mar 2012 15:32:16 +0000 Priyanka Boghani 5697404 at http://www.globalpost.com Hong Kong: CY Leung chosen as new chief executive http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/120325/hong-kong-election-cy-leung-new-chief-executive Leung Chun-ying, a real estate surveyor known as a CY Leung, has been chosen as Hong Kong's new leader after a campaign period roiled by scandals.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/120325/hong-kong-election-cy-leung-new-chief-executive" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hong Kong Elections Politics China Sun, 25 Mar 2012 18:07:47 +0000 News Desk 5697593 at http://www.globalpost.com