30 April 2017

Ben Kwok

EJ Insight writer
  • All eyes will be on a commercial site in Murray Road in Central where the tender price is expected to hit a record high of at least HK$18.6 billion, according to street estimates. Photo: Bloomberg

    Great Leap Forward movement for Chinese developers

    - Apr 26, 2017 2:20pm
    Fifty years ago, Chairman Mao Zedong talked about his grand vision to surpass Great Britain and catch up with the United States in steel production in 15 years. The so-called Great Leap Forward that aimed to...
  • Disruptions caused by the internet and new technologies will cause a lot of pain for many people in the world in the coming decades, according to Jack Ma. Photo: Xinhua

    Why Jack Ma thinks we’ll see more pain than happiness in future

    - Apr 25, 2017 1:52pm
    You are not Jack Ma if you cannot impress your audience with some golden quotes that challenge your orthodox thinking. At an entrepreneurship conference in Zhengzhou, the Alibaba chairman made a point about who our closest...
  • Locals enjoy a dip in a hot spring in China. 
Paul Chan (inset) is pitching the Enping hot springs in Guangdong province to Hongkongers. Photo:, HKEJ

    Hot springs in Big Bay area, anyone?

    - Apr 24, 2017 11:15am
    Government officials, like telephone salesmen, often tell you something you do not like to hear and mostly at the wrong time. Just like our Financial Secretary Paul Chan, who will tell you that the hot springs...
  • A view of Sea Crest Villa Phase 4 in Sham Tseng. The housing estate has finally seen prices recover back above the HK$10,000-per-square-foot level.

    Why Sea Crest Villa homeowners are smiling

    - Apr 20, 2017 1:06pm
    Overlooking the three famous bridges — Tsing Ma Bridge, Ting Kiu Bridge and Kap Shui Mun Bridge — lies a housing complex that has come under renewed spotlight in the property market. Sea Crest Villa, one...
  • A growing number of young people are getting frustrated over their inability to afford their own homes as property prices continue to surge. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why it pays to visit grandpa – not just because you miss him

    - Apr 19, 2017 1:20pm
    Forget the notion that success hinges on your father’s deed. If our former colonial masters are to be any guide, you have better chances of inheriting an estate from your grandparents. That should be good news...
  • With 48 nano units, Wan Chai edged out Shum Shui Po (46), South district (25) and Yau Tsim Mong (22). The proportion of nano flats has doubled to 1.4 per cent of total housing completions. Photo: AFP

    Meet CY and Paul, the fathers of nano homes

    - Apr 13, 2017 1:21pm
    Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and former Development Bureau chief-turned-Financial Secretary Paul Chan will be remembered for their efforts to increase land supply but also for facilitating what has come to be known as the nano home....
  • In one of the outages that hit the MTR, commuters wait for trains in the dark. The outage in Choi Hung station on Monday disrupted services for more than two hours. Photo: RTHK

    I was stuck, but not too sad, in the MTR chaos

    - Apr 11, 2017 1:56pm
    You don’t miss the water until the well runs dry. Likewise, you don’t know how important the MTR is until it stops working. Like many of us who work or live in east Kowloon, I got...
  • Fans whoop it up on the third and final day of this year's Hong Kong Rugby Sevens on Sunday. Photo: AFP

    Why Rugby Sevens is such a hit in Hong Kong

    - Apr 10, 2017 12:40pm
    If you feel like you’re not really quite anxious to return to work today, chances are you’re not just suffering from the usual Monday blues; you may also be going through a post-Sevens syndrome, from which...
  • Mont Vert in Tai Po sold a 180 sq. ft studio (inset) for HK$1.64 million in July 2015. The price has since doubled. Photos: HKEJ, now news

    Small means very expensive in HK housing market

    - Apr 7, 2017 12:44pm
    There is something special about Hong Kong millionaires. Yes, there are more of them now, thanks to the surging property market, but many of them are living in smaller homes. The irony is that small flats...
  • The 10 cubes are part of a 500-square-foot unit in a  
44-year-old building in Sai Ying Pun. Photos: Google Maps,

    How much does bedspace cost in Sai Ying Pun?

    - Apr 5, 2017 1:58pm
    The property market is really revving up in Sai Ying Pun – and elsewhere in Hong Kong for that matter. Just last weekend the district boasted a new residential project where a one-bedroom flat measuring 407...
  • Paul Chan (inset) spent HK$830,000 to renovate his official residence, although he only has three months to go as financial secretary. Photos: wikipedia,

    It’s how people remember you, Paul Chan

    - Apr 3, 2017 12:24pm
    In Hong Kong, you are where you live because your residence pretty much makes who you are. But for government officials, it’s more important how you live. We cannot stop missing former financial secretary John Tsang,...
  • John Tsang lost the election but won the hearts and minds of Hong Kong people who want more democracy and less Beijing interference in local politics. Photo: Facebook/John Tsang

    What should John Tsang consider for his next career?

    - Mar 29, 2017 1:00pm
    Former financial secretary John Tsang is not a poet or playwright, but he can be a good actor or writer. In his final WhatsApp message to reporters, Tsang said: “Before the election curtain comes down, I...
  • Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam won Sunday's election with 777 votes, a number that has some nasty connotations in Hong Kong. Photos: Reuters, Google

    Welcome aboard Carrie Lam’s 777!

    - Mar 27, 2017 1:11pm
    Call it fate. There was little doubt in Hong Kong and mainland China that Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, the Beijing-backed candidate, would win Sunday’s election, breaking the glass ceiling by becoming the territory’s first female chief...
  • Lui Che-woo (inset) thinks owning a flat in Hong Kong is not an impossible dream -- at least for financial reporters. Photo: HKEJ

    Can a financial reporter afford a flat from tycoon Lui Che-woo?

    - Mar 22, 2017 12:18pm
    If it was a joke, it was a bad joke. Financial reporters posed a tough question to K Wah chairman Lui Che-woo: “How big a flat should a family of three live in when new homes...
  • Sandra Mak (second from left) has been a key strategist for Carrie Lam in the CE election campaign. The text alongside the picture shows some feedback from reporters on Lam's PR team. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook

    Carrie Lam needs all the help she can get after PR blunders

    - Mar 21, 2017 3:18pm
    If Carrie Lam wins Sunday’s CE election, she will have a lookalike assisting her for the next three months or so before she officially takes up her duties.  We are talking about Jessie Ting Yip Yin-mei,...
  • John Tsang mocked Carrie Lam (left) as having low popularity, low energy and low legitimacy. Tsang (inset) is surrounded by supporters during a campaign stop. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook/John Tsang

    Carrie Lam has the votes but not the hearts

    - Mar 20, 2017 1:28pm
    The debates are over but a tougher road lies ahead for Carrie Lam. With 90 percent of the questions directed at her in the second debate on Sunday night, Lam was able to recover from an early...
  • HNA Group has outlined ambitious plans for a large residential project in East Kowloon after snapping up four sites near the old Kai Tak airport. Photo: HKEJ

    The rise of HNA Group

    - Mar 16, 2017 4:09pm
    For HNA Group, the new star in Hong Kong’s property landscape, scoring a hat-trick is clearly not enough when it comes to bagging prime sites. How about a fourth win in less than five months?  Well,...
  • John Tsang poses for a picture with his campaign staff after a debate Tuesday with other CE contenders. Key aide Julian Law is on far right (in red circle). Photos: Facebook/John Tsang

    Meet the smart spin doctor of John Tsang

    - Mar 15, 2017 12:13pm
    If there’s one clear winner from last night’s debate between the chief executive hopefuls, it’s not any of the three contenders themselves but rather someone else. It’s Julian Law Wing-chung, the relatively young personal assistant of...
  • John Tsang and Chow Yun-fat catch up with each other at a tofu shop in Kowloon City (L). Meanwhile, actress Josephine Siao (R) has come out in support of Tsang's rival in the CE race, Carrie Lam (inset). Photos: Facebook/Carrie Lam

    John Tsang gets a booster from Chow Yun-fat and Johnny To

    - Mar 14, 2017 12:39pm
    If this is a Tic Tac Toe game, give chief executive contender John Tsang two crosses over his main rival, Carrie Lam. As momentum builds up for the March 26 election, Tsang appears to have scored...
  • Wharf chairman Stephen Ng (Inset), who also chairs i-Cable, has made it clear that the group won't pour in fresh money into the pay-TV business. Photos: HKEJ

    Why is Wharf acting tough on i-Cable?

    - Mar 13, 2017 12:02pm
    Want to see a billionaire turn into a millionaire? It’s easy — just get the tycoon to venture into the airlines or media business! Well, the old joke comes to mind when we hear the travails...

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