Hong Kong’s mystery guest sparks some bizarre behavior as Handover anniversary nears

The approach of July 1 – the anniversary of our transition from not being a colony to not being even less of a colony, and the date when our new Chief takes over – has produced an outburst of over-the-top behavior. Chief Executive Carrie Lam meets the press on May 31, 2022. File photo: Lea … Read more

Hong Kong’s iconic Jumbo Floating Restaurant still afloat in South China Sea, company says

Hong Kong’s Jumbo Floating Restaurant has capsized but is still afloat in the South China Sea, according to its owners on Friday, days after the world’s media reported that the iconic tourist attraction had sunk while being towed to Cambodia. Jumbo Floating Restaurant on June 14, 2022. Photo: Lea Mok / HKFP. Through its PR … Read more

Eighth man linked to gang shooting in Hong Kong’s Central district to appear in court

An eighth man is to appear in court in connection with a triad gang shooting in the heart of Hong Kong on June 10, which left three people injured and sparked a major police crackdown. One of the cars involved in the shooting being towed away on June 10, 2022. File photo: Almond Li / … Read more

More boosts to Hong Kong’s image

Who would have thought it? Shutting down parks, playgrounds, gyms and beaches makes people fatter. On the NatSec front, police arrest martial arts trainers for ‘seditious intent’ (including possession of a photo of dead protester Chow Tsz-lok), and the trial of Stand News editors for ‘seditious publications’ is set for October. Meanwhile, incoming Chief Executive … Read more

In Pictures: Residents and NGOs help clear Hong Kong’s trash-strewn beaches, more than a week after heavy rain

Many of Hong Kong’s beaches remain strewn with trash after heavy rain brought an influx of debris onto the city’s shorelines over a week ago. Clean-up operations – often led by NGOs, residents or lifeguards – have taken place on Lamma Island, in Tsuen Wan, Tsing Yi, and on the beaches at Discovery Bay and … Read more

Covid-19: Hong Kong’s homeless population expected to rise after the fifth wave, community organizer says

Hong Kong’s homeless population is expected to rise after businesses were hit hard by the fifth wave of Covid-19, a community organizer who has served local street sleepers for more than 30 years has said, despite government figures showing fewer people living on the streets at the end of March. A street sleeper in Tung … Read more

Hong Kong’s incoming leader John Lee reveals members of advisory body Executive Council

Incoming leader John Lee has unveiled the full membership of the Executive Council, a top-tier team of government officials that will advise the administration for the next five years. The Executive Council consists of 21 Principal Officials, who were announced last Sunday, as well as 16 non-official members confirmed on Wednesday. Central Government Offices. Photo: … Read more

Tugboat that pulled Hong Kong’s Jumbo restaurant to watery demise involved in separate sinking last year

The tugboat that towed Jumbo Floating Restaurant out of Hong Kong and to its untimely demise encountered an incident last December, when a vessel it was hauling capsized in bad weather. JAEWON 9, the tugboat that towed Jumbo Floating Restaurant out of Hong Kong. Photo: MarineTraffic. The Marine Department confirmed with HKFP that the iconic … Read more

Hong Kong’s last British governor accuses Beijing of ‘vengefully’ targeting city freedoms

By Raziye Akkoc On June 30, 1997, Britain’s last governor of Hong Kong Chris Patten left Government House for the final time, struggling to contain his emotions as the “Last Post” played and the Union flag was lowered. The 25th anniversary is approaching of that rainy day and the midnight handover to China on July … Read more

Hong Kong’s next leader John Lee reveals his new uniformed administration

The inauguration of the chief executive’s new fleet of apparatchiks provided the occasion, as such events usually do, for some exceptionally depressing official photography. Here is John Lee’s new team, in the smaller version. Chief Executive-elect John Lee and 21 designated politically accountable principal officials. Photo: GovHK. Several things stand out immediately. Firstly, the exalted … Read more