Vaping, Winnie the Pooh, and housing woes: HT’s top articles of 2019

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A compilation of Harbour Times’ most popular articles in 2019.

Hindsight sees in 20/20, and now that it is the year 2020 Harbour Times can look back on which articles caught readers’ attention the most.

Here are Harbour Times’ top five most read articles of 2019 in ascending order:

Hong Kong housing market: The new unaffordability by Elise Mak

“To buy a home, meaning an average-sized apartment, an average family with an average income needs to save for up to 21 years – that is, if they can survive without spending money on anything else.”

Elise Mak

HK Grants First Three Virtual Bank Licenses by Alex Ho

The winners of Hong Kong’s first licenses are Livi VB Ltd., (a company co-owned by Bank of China (Hong Kong), JD Digits and Jardines); SC Digital Solutions Ltd. (founded by Standard Chartered Bank, HKT, PCCW and Ctrip); and Zhongan Virtual Finance Ltd (a joint venture between ZhongAn Online and Sinolink). The bank licences were granted on March 27.

Alex Ho

LegCo’s Christopher Cheung suggestion sparks accusation of condoning capital controls by Jasmine Lee

To calm the current rioting activities and to address the concerns of the impact of the recent unrealistic appeal by some people to withdraw cash from the banking system…I suggested to the Chief Executive that there might be a need for the government to implement some policies to stop the loophole.

Christopher Cheung

Vapers and IQOS to be banned; personal use devices to be seized at border by Elise Mak

The Special Administrative Region is joining 30 other jurisdictions worldwide –including Macau and Singapore – in banning the sale of e-cigarettes. On Wednesday, the government said any breaches could face a maximum penalty of HK$50,000 and six months’ imprisonment.

Elise Mak

Hong Kong internet blocked from Winnie-The-Pooh on Disney site by Andrew Work

Where's the Pooh?

Internet users in Hong Kong started noticing a strange phenomenon on the afternoon of 10 October: attempts to connect to the main character page for Winnie the Pooh on the Disney site,, found they couldn’t get through or were directed to a 404 message by the Disney website.

Andrew Work

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