April 2014 – Hong Kong’s China Fix? April 2014 – Hong Kong’s China Fix?

April 2014 – Hong Kong’s China Fix?

In recent years, Hong Kong’s government and business sector have increasingly looked to greater integration with the Mainland for development and growth. It cannot be denied that Hong Kong has reaped economic benefits from acting as a gateway to mainland China, but is ‘looking north’ the best or only answer to Hong Kong’s long-term economic […]

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Learning the Mainland Way Learning the Mainland Way

Learning the Mainland Way

Since 2009, Hong Kong students have been able to enjoy a fast-track to study at selected mainland universities. Now, the trend of Hong Kong youngsters seeking further education in the Mainland has been given another boost – in the form of cash allowances. As Varsity finds out, critics question what kind of education young Hong Kongers will receive in the Mainland and whether it is a good use of resources?

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Cracking the Chinese Job Market Cracking the Chinese Job Market

Cracking the Chinese Job Market

In his most recent Policy Address, the Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying called on Hong Kong’s young people to grab the opportunities offered by China’s vast market, to go and make their fortunes there. Varsity talks to Hong Kong people working in the Mainland and asks whether greater economic integration is the only way forward for Hong Kong.

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Sunset Years in Guangdong Sunset Years in Guangdong

Sunset Years in Guangdong

Could the Mainland, and Guangdong in particular, be an answer to the shortage of residential care home places for the elderly in Hong Kong? The government seems to think so, committing more money to buying places in Guangdong homes for Hong Kong seniors. But as Varsity hears, some elderly are uneasy about the arrangement because of the lack of affordable quality medical care on the Mainland.

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Bidding a Green Farewell to Life

Bidding a Green Farewell to Life

Floral tributes made from ribbons, paper coffins and recycled mourning clothes would go a long way in cutting down the waste generated at a conventional funeral. But despite efforts to promote green funerals in Hong Kong, traditional attitudes and beliefs along with reluctance on the part of commercial undertakers, are proving to be obstacles.

Apr 22, 2014 10:25

People

Why So Serious?

Why So Serious?

Patrick Dunn has been an accountant, a disc jockey, a TV presenter and a part-time soldier. He’s also a qualified pilot and certified diver. It sounds like a classic profile for a striver. But here, the Buzz Lightyear lookalike explains his laid-back attitude to life makes him the opposite of a determined over-achiever.

Apr 22, 2014 10:19

Lifestyle

Eat, Taste, Blog

Eat, Taste, Blog

Food writers and restaurant reviewers are some of the most envied people in the media, especially in food-crazy Hong Kong. These jobs were once the preserve of the expert and the famous, but with the advent of food blogging, anyone with a love of food and an internet connection can be a food writer. Varsity meets some of the city’s leading food bloggers and traditional food critics.

Apr 22, 2014 10:16

Photo Feature

The Grounding of Hong Kong’s Kites

The Grounding of Hong Kong’s Kites

Kites – inexpensive to buy or make and fun to fly – were once a familiar sight above the rooftops of urban Hong Kong. But as the city’s skyline grew higher and regulations to protect air traffic were introduced, they began to disappear from the city’s skies. Varsity looks at Hong Kong’s kite-flying culture and talks to those who are still holding on to this aspect of our collective memory.

Apr 22, 2014 10:10

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Hong Kong’s China Fix?

Hong Kong’s China Fix?

Ever since the handover, Hong Kong’s greater economic integration with the Mainland has been touted as an engine for future growth. But in recent years, Hong Kongers have begun to view integration, especially when it extends beyond the economic realm, with suspicion. Last month, the government acknowledged reports that it had considered a proposal to […]

April 2014 – Hong Kong’s China Fix?

April 2014 – Hong Kong’s China Fix?

In recent years, Hong Kong’s government and business sector have increasingly looked to greater integration with the Mainland for development and growth. It cannot be denied that Hong Kong has reaped economic benefits from acting as a gateway to mainland China, but is ‘looking north’ the best or only answer to Hong Kong’s long-term economic […]

A Cabbie’s Life

A Cabbie’s Life

It’s not easy being a taxi driver – rising fuel prices and increased traffic congestion have directly hit earnings, while speculation on taxi licences have made them unaffordable for most drivers. But some drivers still value the freedom and variety the job offers. Varsity talks to Hong Kong’s cabbies about how the view their career.

Bidding a Green Farewell to Life

Bidding a Green Farewell to Life

Floral tributes made from ribbons, paper coffins and recycled mourning clothes would go a long way in cutting down the waste generated at a conventional funeral. But despite efforts to promote green funerals in Hong Kong, traditional attitudes and beliefs along with reluctance on the part of commercial undertakers, are proving to be obstacles.

Stop and Look at the Birds

Stop and Look at the Birds

Hong Kong is a paradise for birds, and a paradise for birdwatchers. Conservationists say Hong Kong has good laws on bird protection and world-class wetland habitats, But as Varsity finds out, unrelenting development and poor awareness among the general public could threaten the environment for birds.

Why So Serious?

Why So Serious?

Patrick Dunn has been an accountant, a disc jockey, a TV presenter and a part-time soldier. He’s also a qualified pilot and certified diver. It sounds like a classic profile for a striver. But here, the Buzz Lightyear lookalike explains his laid-back attitude to life makes him the opposite of a determined over-achiever.

A New Mum’s Fresh Start

A New Mum’s Fresh Start

In a little over 30 years, Katherine Lam Suet-ying’s life has taken her from the rooftop huts of Sham Shui Po to the Chinese restaurants of Florida, an American university education and a high-flying job as a banker in Hong Kong. But, inspired by new motherhood and a poverty-busting Nobel laureate, Lam has quit banking to become a social entrepreneur. She tells Varsity about her journey.

The Road Less Travelled

The Road Less Travelled

After graduating from university, Sherry Chan Yung-yuen took a succession of well-paid jobs in finance and law but she knew her heart was not in it. What she wanted to do was to travel and to write, so that is exactly what she did. Varsity meets the blogger and journalist who has made the conflict-ridden regions of the Balkans and the Middle East her specialty.

Eat, Taste, Blog

Eat, Taste, Blog

Food writers and restaurant reviewers are some of the most envied people in the media, especially in food-crazy Hong Kong. These jobs were once the preserve of the expert and the famous, but with the advent of food blogging, anyone with a love of food and an internet connection can be a food writer. Varsity meets some of the city’s leading food bloggers and traditional food critics.

Fasten Your Seatbelt

Fasten Your Seatbelt

There is no denying that car-racing in Hong Kong has been in the doldrums in recent years. While nearby Macau hosts an annual Grand Prix, Hong Kong does not even have a car-race track. Few are aware of the city’s glorious racing past, but now, some local motorsports enthusiasts are planning to revive car and kart racing in Hong Kong.