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2008-08-24 15:00:21

According to news.gov.hk: The Environmental Protection Department has rated water quality at 21 beaches 'good' and 12 'fair' for this weekend. Compared with last week, Cheung Chau Tung Wan, Deep Water Bay, Lower Cheung Sha, Ma Wan Tung Wan, Middle Bay, Shek O and Silverstrand have been upgraded from fair to good. However, Pui O Beach, Upper Cheung Sha Beach, Lower Cheung Sha Beach, Hung Shing Yeh Beach, Tong Fuk Beach and Lo So Shing Beach in the Islands District, and Chung Hom Kok Beach, St...

2008-07-15 09:00:59

Hong Kong Int'l Airport named best of world again HONG KONG, July 14 (Xinhua) -- The Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has been named the world's best airport by the London- based independent research group Skytrax for the seventh time in eight years, the local Airport Authority said Monday. The annual survey, conducted from August 2007 to May 2008, rated more than 190 airports on some 40 product and service categories, including staff efficiency and courtesy, terminal cleanliness,...

2008-07-12 09:00:26

FAMILY TRAVEL Q We are flying to New Zealand in September and will be breaking the journey in Hong Kong. Although my husband and I have both visited, our four-year-old daughter has not. Is there anything we should look out for or visit while we are there? J Parker, via email A Hong Kong can at first seem a very adult-oriented city, but is accessible and enjoyable for families, even those with very young children. Its compact size also lends itself well to a short stopover. September is...

2006-01-22 13:15:00

HONG KONG -- Some might think the closest you can get to eco-tourism in Hong Kong is watching a shark's fin floating in a bowl of soup. But travelers who are tired of crowded concrete sidewalks, gleaming skyscrapers and glitzy shopping malls don't need to go far to find a natural - seemingly mythical - wonder: dolphins that are as pink as bubble gum. Hong Kong is one of the best places in the world to see the dolphins, known as the Indo-Pacific humpback species. I'd read about the mammals...

2005-09-12 01:59:19

By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co. officially opened its new Hong Kong theme park on Monday, exporting a piece of the Magic Kingdom to China's doorstep in a bold bid to gain a bigger foothold in the vast Chinese market. As a blanket of smog covered the territory, a troupe of Chinese lion dancers in gold and red emerged from Sleeping Beauty's Castle to chase away evil spirits and bring good luck to the new business. "China is an important area for us to move...

2005-09-11 21:21:26

By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - Under smoggy skies, Disney will officially open its new Hong Kong theme park on Monday, exporting a piece of the Magic Kingdom to China's doorstep in a bold bid to gain a bigger foothold in the vast Chinese market. High hopes are riding on the park -- and not just for Walt Disney Co., an American icon whose presence in communist China has lagged behind rivals despite its household name. Analysts say Hong Kong Disneyland will give the much-needed...

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Chinese White Dolphin, Sousa chinensis chinensis (known as rare pink dolphins)
2012-05-25 11:45:30

The Chinese white dolphin, otherwise known as the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin, is a species of humpback dolphin that can be found in the waters of Southeast Asia. When breeding, they will travel to the waters around South Africa to Australia.  There are currently two recognized subspecies of the Chinese white dolphin. The coloring of the Chinese white dolphin can vary due to age and location. When born, calves are actually black, but will change to grey, then pink with white spotting,...

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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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