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The battle never ends: Horrifying pandemics in human history

In a pandemic era when COVID-19 death toll has reached 2 million worldwide, everyone has been anxiously waiting for the vaccines reaching those in need and actually turning things around. But if you think twice about it, the whole human history is actually a continuous battle between us and different kinds of pandemics.

Smell of Money | Why you need a Burberry Scarf? Luxury goods and self-realization

Where does the value come from? For most people, an object's value depends on whether humans need it or not and how much they need it. For example, the value of orange depends on the amount of nutrition it provides to humans.

A century ago: Jet-setting life of Guangdong people in China's Republican Era (Part II)

At the beginning of the 20th century, a radical commercial transformation took place in Guangdong, and the pursuit of foreign goods became the mainstream of people's consumption. The blend and merge of Chinese and foreign products, cultures, values, and life patterns boosted in the Republic of China, and new patterns of clothing, food, housing and transportation emerged. A hundred years ago, the sea-trade changed people's lives at that time, while the entry of imported products also promoted the gradual development and growth of national industries.

A century ago: Jet-setting life of Guangdong people in China's Republican Era (Part I)

At the beginning of the twentieth century, there was a radical commercial transformation in Guangdong, and the pursuit of foreign goods became the mainstream of people's consumption. "Lai Lo goods" (imported goods) flooded into the coastal cities, where Chinese and foreign values, cultures, and life patterns began to meet and merge.

Smart Talk | As crypto market at its hype, how does Blockchain shake up various industries?

The price of Bitcoin spiked to a record high of over US$40,394 last week, which helped push the overall value of the cryptocurrency market topped above US$1 trillion for the first time ever. However, taking the previous price changes as a reference, the cryptocurrency’s surge has always been accompanied by its trademark volatility.

A Thousand Hamlets | 5 outperforming thrillers of 2020 to give you goosebumps

Some people say that watching horror movies is a good way to test one's personal limits in a safe environment, while other thriller enthusiasts regard this as a simple and effective way to relieve the pressure. What are the real charms of them that have earned a bunch of the most loyal fans in every part of the world?

Serendipity | HK nostalgia: Trams, neon signs, love hotels are time capsules never buried

Indeed, a city is getting old all the time along with its people, and things seem to be ephemeral in this ever-changing world. There are things, however, that don't age and stand the test of time. Despite the vast vicissitudes of life, those most cherished things about the city and the lingering memories of people never age. They are either carried by the slowly-trotting, jingling trams, witnessed by the dazzling neon signs, or simply treasured deeply within the hearts of HK folks.

The spirit of less-is-more: HK Cha chaan teng's heart-warming power

Some people say that Cha chaan teng, which refers to Hong Kong-style tea restaurant in Cantonese, is the first generation of the online sensation for catering industry in mainland China, while others call it many diners' "shining moonlight", something so beautiful that will linger in your memory forever.

Cute and cuddly alerts! First batch of HK-produced customs detector dogs

Due to the epidemic, Hong Kong Customs suspended the introduction of dogs from overseas. However, in 2020, Hong Kong Customs achieved tremendous breakthroughs in its canine profession. The first batch of six HK's self-bred Labrador puppies was born at the new breeding center located at the HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Control Point. Interestingly, the initials of their names can join together to form the word "LEGEND".

Exclusive Case | People under quarantine become new fraud targets

It seems that the fraudsters can always find new ways to set a trap for their victims. It is not surprising that in the pandemic era, cheaters get to take advantage of the special physical and mental states of people under quarantine to pave the way for their tricks. The following case shows how COVID-19 could lead to victimization in a scam.

Smart Talk|When Bitcoin hits record high, what can Blockchain bring us?

Bitcoin climbed above US$34,000 for the first time on Sunday (Jan. 3), extending a record-breaking rally in the volatile cryptocurrency that delivered a more than 300% gain in 2020. Blockchain, as the foundation technology of cryptocurrency, has long been under the spotlight. While the financial market is embracing this unpredictable trend brought by blockchain, general public are remaining cautious and skeptical about it.

A Thousand Hamlets | Best Chinese Albums of 2020 (Part II)

2020 has been one of the most depressing and challenging years to many with the whole world beclouded under the sweeping pandemic. It is in the most gloomy days that people need something to hold on to, something that sparks in the dark, something that gives you air on the brink of suffocating. Despite countless canceled live shows and concerts, the Chinese music world has seen a fair bunch of worth-listening-to albums, which have been shelters of comfort to those who are still struggling. Let's take a look at a personalized selection of the 10 best Chinese albums of 2020 (No.1 - No. 5).

Serendipity | The wisdom of have-it-all: 4 eye-catching canvas bags to embrace the New Year

2020 has been an extremely challenging and tumultuous year for the whole world where many people face unimaginable losses, haunting depressive mood and even mental breakdown. As we all reset for a brand-new year ahead, who doesn't want to treat oneself something rewarding? Luckily, here we present these must-have canvas bags which are perfect manifestation of the have-it-all wisdom.

Pierre Cardin, famed fashion designer, dies at 98

The French fashion designer Pierre Cardin died at a hospital in Neuilly, west of Paris today(Dec. 29) aged 98, his family told AFP.

Opinion | Criminal fugitives: Facing justice on both sides of the border

Grenville Cross shares his insights on the case of the 12 fugitives.
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