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Hong Kong’s buffalo provide a divisive link to the region’s past

A short journey from the skyscrapers at the hectic centre of Hong Kong, water buffaloes lumber over jungle-clad hills and through secluded villages where they once worked as farm animals. But after years roaming through the same areas, some have been moved to a nature reserve in a far-flung corner…

Year of Snake sees serpent sales soar in Hong Kong

As Hong Kong prepares to usher in the Year of the Snake, an increasing number of the reptiles are slithering their way into local households, with sales of the uncuddly pet rocketing. Keeping snakes has become increasingly popular in the densely-populated city in recent years as animal lovers seek out…

Hong Kong customs discover 2,600 live snakes in boxes marked as fruit

Hong Kong customs authorities investigating a shipment from Thailand marked as fruit were shocked to discover the consignment instead contained 2,600 live snakes, officials said Friday. Customs intercepted the air cargo shipment of 2,400 common rat snakes and 200 cobras on Tuesday and returned them on Thursday, a government spokeswoman…

Colonial flags fly in Hong Kong as anger grows over Chinese rule

Sixteen years after Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule, public discontent with Beijing is swelling and protesters have been rallying around an unexpected symbol — the British colonial flag. Tens of thousands have taken to the streets in recent months in marches against Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who took over…

Shy Hong Kongers urged to have more sex

Sex experts are urging Hong Kongers to strip off their reputation as some of the least active lovers in Asia to get more out of their sex lives and overcome challenges of privacy in a cramped city. “People say Hong Kongers have the least amount of sexual knowledge in the world. One…

Thousands march against Hong Kong’s next leader

HONG KONG — Thousands of people in Hong Kong noisily protested on Sunday against the city’s incoming leader and decried Beijing’s alleged interference in the election that propelled him to office. Holding banners and chanting slogans such as “One person, one vote” and “Leung step down”, demonstrators marched through the…

Laughter clubs catch on in stressed-out Hong Kong

Hypnotherapist Dick Yu has a mission that seems unthinkable to some Hong Kong people: he wants to make the Asian financial hub’s seven million residents laugh. “Hong Kong people don’t laugh because they are under constant pressure to make more money, to make life better,” says Yu, who has founded…

Apple fans snap up new iPad, but response muted

Apple die-hards in Asia became the first to snap up the new iPad on Friday, but compared with the scramble at the firm’s past launches the response was muted for a device that is short of new technology. Those who queued in Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore heaped praise…

Ad calling mainland Chinese ‘locusts’ runs in Hong Kong

A group of Hong Kongers published a newspaper ad Wednesday calling mainland Chinese ”locusts” and demanding the government take action to stop their “infiltration” into the southern city. The full-page advertisement in widely-read Apple Daily is the latest in a slew of incidents suggesting mounting anger in Hong Kongabout the political and economic influence of…

Bird flu virus doesn’t jump between humans: China

HONG KONG (Reuters) – The latest bird flu virus that killed a 39-year-old bus driver in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen over the weekend is not yet transmissible between humans, Chinese health authorities said. “The virus found in the patient was 90 percent similar to H5N1 viruses previously isolated in ducks in China,…

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