By Alice Su Los Angeles Times Wed., March 20, 2019 HONG KONG—Out of the darkness appeared a snout. “Fei zhu! Fat pig!” 8-year-old Shino Chen shouted to her younger brother as she jumped up and down and pointed at a wild boar. The hairy black pig, which must have weighed at least 150 pounds, grunted and snuffled through a flimsy, old fence along the sidewalk. The children tiptoed toward the animal then sprinted back to their father’s side. Kenneth Chen, 44, and his children visit the boars almost every night. All they have to do is step out of their apartment here in the neighbourhood of Tai Wai, located on the fringes of an ever-expanding metropolis. “I bring my kids to see a natural habitat because they seldom get to see live animals in Hong Kong,” Chen said. Article Continued Below Hong Kong’s 7.4 million residents spend most of their days rushing between highrises, metro stations, tiny apartments and air-conditioned … [Read more...] about As Hong Kong grows, locals contend with a big, fat, hairy wildlife problem
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HONG KONG: As international galleries and wealthy collectors descend on Hong Kong for Art Basel, life for some of the city's creatives is still a struggle to make ends meet. Art Basel's Hong Kong edition launched five years ago and spawned a host of simultaneous shows in what has become known as "Art Month". But the glamorous artistic whirl associated with March in Hong Kong feels like a world away for some artists battling sky-high rents and lack of space. Hong Kong mural painter Jackie Chung works out of a small unit in the working-class neighbourhood of San Po Kong, away from the hustle of downtown. The 250-square-feet studio is one of 25 subdivided flats in an industrial building. Such cramped partitioned spaces are commonly lived in by residents who cannot afford spiralling accommodation costs. Chung, 36, and oil painter Ray Chow, 31, pay HK$8,000 (RM3,990) per month to use the unit as a studio and have promised the landlord not to get paint on the floors and walls. Both live … [Read more...] about Worlds apart: Hong Kong’s great art divide
Leon Lai's finally becoming a dad. He is the latest of Hong Kong's Four Heavenly Kings to welcome a baby. The 51-year-old singer announced the good news in a Facebook post on Monday (March 19), putting recent baby rumours to rest. Lai wrote: "It is a kind of fate for two divorcees to have a chance to be together." "With the baby, I'll be entering a new phase of life. As a father, I need to protect my family by not exposing them to the public eye." "As for our future, only time will tell." … [Read more...] about Hong Kong star Leon Lai to become a dad
Acouple of incidents in Hong Kong caught my attention last week. The first was a report that the worsening influenza outbreak in the territory had prompted authorities to shut all kindergartens and primary schools just days before the scheduled Lunar New Year holidays. The flu has been especially severe this winter, having caused 111 deaths since January, and health experts warn it may not yet have peaked. Anything that causes people to worry about their health or security is bad news for Hong Kong, given its status as a tourism and business magnet. Confidence is critical in the former British colony, which prides itself on its reputation as one of the most business-friendly places on earth. The US-based Heritage Foundation announced this month that Hong Kong topped its Index of Economic Freedom for the 24th consecutive year.Among 180 economies measured, Hong Kong edged up 0.4 points from 2017 to 90.2 on a 100-point scale, leading Singapore by 1.4 points. Other standouts were New … [Read more...] about How free is Hong Kong?
Hong Kong boasts glittering skyscrapers, seamless transportation and billion dollar infrastructure projects, but it is struggling with a much more mundane problem: disposing of its trash.The former British colony is grappling with a growing mountain of waste resulting from China’s ban this year on imports of 24 types of unprocessed rubbish – part of an effort to upgrade its recycling industry and reduce pollution.The Hong Kong government acknowledges its inability to cope with the problem, saying that it lacks the land to develop an effective recycling industry. Critics say, meanwhile, that the city has done too little to upgrade and develop its waste management system.“Hong Kong is a rich city with third-world quality recycling,” said Doug Woodring, founder and managing director of Ocean Recovery Alliance, a Hong Kong-based non-government organisation. “It has been too easy to send unprocessed waste to China.”Until last year, Hong Kong exported over … [Read more...] about Hong Kong drowning in waste as China rubbish ban takes toll