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7s Heaven

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7s Heaven 7s Heaven 7s Heaven 7s Heaven 7s Heaven

The 40th Anniversary Hong Kong Rugby Sevens drew to a close on Sunday (March 29) after a three-day feast of rugby action. Crowd favourites Fiji won the final 33-19 with a super display of running rugby against perennial rivals New Zealand. As ever, the famous Hong Kong Stadium South Stand was packed full of people in fancy dress which adds to the party atmosphere of what many regard as the global benchmark for a Rugby Sevens tournament. All we need to say now is ... see you at the Sevens in 2016!

Women on the rampage

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Women on the rampage Women on the rampage        

The Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Women's Rugby Sevens kicked off on March 26, with 12 international women’s teams from all continents going for glory. This is the 18th year of the signature event, making it one of the world's longest running and best established international women's rugby competitions. As women's rugby continues to charge into the mainstream, Hong Kong maintains its historic leading role in the growth of the sevens code with a new two-day format. The finals will be held on March 27 at the Hong Kong Stadium, ahead of the men’s rugby showdown, starting Saturday.

Close encounters with Aussie creatures at Ocean Park

Close encounters with Aussie creatures at Ocean Park Close encounters with Aussie creatures at Ocean Park Close encounters with Aussie creatures at Ocean Park Close encounters with Aussie creatures at Ocean Park
       
Close encounters with Aussie creatures at Ocean Park Close encounters with Aussie creatures at Ocean Park Close encounters with Aussie creatures at Ocean Park Close encounters with Aussie creatures at Ocean Park

Visitors to Ocean Park can now get up close to koala bears, red-necked wallabies and Kookaburras at the new Adventures in Australia theme area, which was declared open by Financial Secretary Mr John C Tsang, on March 23. These Aussie natives, the first in Hong Kong, are adapting well to their new home, we are happy to report.

Innovative education technologies

Innovative education technologies Innovative education technologies Innovative education technologies Innovative education technologies
       
Innovative education technologies Innovative education technologies Innovative education technologies  

Educators from 40 countries have gathered in Hong Kong to discover innovations that can enhance teaching and learning, at Worlddidac Asia, the leading Asian event for educational resources, which opened at AsiaWorld-Expo today (March 18). The exhibition also features thematic pavilions such as a skills showcase and a digital game-based learning pavilion.

Delta boom

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Delta boom Delta boom Delta boom  

A retrospective of the Hong Kong booth at the 14th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition last year, themed “Fundamentally Hong Kong? Delta Four 1984 – 2044”, will be on show at the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre in Kowloon Park, from March 10 to May 10. It showcases Hong Kong’s key role in the phenomenal boom of the Pearl River Delta.

Deck of arts

Deck of arts Deck of arts Deck of arts Deck of arts Deck of arts Deck of arts

The works of leading contemporary Asian artists, including artistic photos, paintings and sculpture, will go on display at the Asia Hotel Art Fair at Harbour City from now until March 29 and in the guest rooms of a hotel there from March 13 to 16.

Learning the arts of tea and flowers

Learning the arts of tea and flowers Learning the arts of tea and flowers Learning the arts of tea and flowers Learning the arts of tea and flowers
       
Learning the arts of tea and flowers Learning the arts of tea and flowers Learning the arts of tea and flowers  

Japanese masters of Sado (Way of Tea) and Kado (Way of Flowers, also called Ikebana) taught these refined arts to local women today (March 6), at a programme organised by the Hong Kong Federation of Women to celebrate the upcoming International Women's Day.

Autograph art

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The works of five local artists, revealing their persona, are on display at HKUST Arts Festival - Autographs: Young Artists Exhibition, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology until March 15.

All that glitters

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All that glitters All that glitters All that glitters  

A dazzling array of gems and jewellery is on show at the Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show. More than 1800 exhibitors from 38 countries and regions are taking part in the annual trade fair, running at the Asia World-Expo until March 6. When the related Jewellery Show kicks off at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on March 4, Hong Kong will be, for a time, the world’s largest jewellery marketplace, with more than 4,360 vendors from 52 countries and regions trading in the precious stuff here.

Park abloom

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Park abloom Park abloom Park abloom Park abloom

Hong Kong’s flower markets are busier than usual with people looking for perfect blooms for good luck in the Year of the Sheep. Our photographer snapped these shots at the flower market at Victoria Park

Asia’s biggest international show jumping event kicks off

Asia’s biggest international show jumping event kicks off Asia’s biggest international show jumping event kicks off Asia’s biggest international show jumping event kicks off Asia’s biggest international show jumping event kicks off Asia’s biggest international show jumping event kicks off Asia’s biggest international show jumping event kicks off

In celebration of the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s 130th anniversary, four of Hong Kong's top jockeys will be jumping outside their usual track to compete against the best show jumping riders in the world: under an exciting new idea to connect show jumping with horse racing, jockeys will show off their horsemanship beyond the racetrack in the “Races of the Riders" competition.

Icy wonderland

Icy wonderland Icy wonderland Icy wonderland Icy wonderland
       
Icy wonderland Icy wonderland Icy wonderland Icy wonderland

A unique Lunar New Year amusement park at Yuen Long, featuring ice slides, ice carving, an igloo and an interactive zone where you can feed different types of goats, offers family fun till April 7. The spectacular ice exhibition took sculpture craftsmen three months to make. Other attractions include Sea of Lights, amusement on inflatables and a painless shooting zone.

PMQ GOat ARTventure

PMQ GOat ARTventure PMQ GOat ARTventure PMQ GOat ARTventure PMQ GOat ARTventure
       
PMQ GOat ARTventure PMQ GOat ARTventure PMQ GOat ARTventure PMQ GOat ARTventure

Creative hub PMQ is ringing in the Year of the Goat with a giant goat made of 13,500 golden origami horses. Named HYPHEN, the sculpture, by Belgian architect cum designer Charles Kaisin, is meant convey the passage of time from the Year of the Horse to the Year of the Goat. Also at the venue, a 3D multi-media installation by Avollusion and Laundromatte (AxO), features "Scottie", the goat.

Handmade gifts

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Handmade gifts Handmade gifts Handmade gifts  

Pop in to the Y Multi Pop Up Store to pick up some beautiful handicrafts or get your hands painted in henna patterns. The outlet, being run at the General Post Office from February 9 to 14, by Hong Kong ethnic minority and local women, is organised by the YMCA to provide some experience to social enterprise store owners. Lokta paper bookmarks, hand-painted notebooks, henna-designed photo frames and cushion covers will make unique Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day gifts.

Students, jobseekers flock to Education & Careers Expo

Students, jobseekers flock to Education & Careers Expo Students, jobseekers flock to Education & Careers Expo Students, jobseekers flock to Education & Careers Expo Students, jobseekers flock to Education & Careers Expo
       
Students, jobseekers flock to Education & Careers Expo Students, jobseekers flock to Education & Careers Expo Students, jobseekers flock to Education & Careers Expo Students, jobseekers flock to Education & Careers Expo

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Education & Careers Expo got under way today (5 February) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Organised by the HKTDC, the four-day event features career zones and education opportunities in Hong Kong as well as the Chinese mainland, the United States, Europe and Australia. Around 770 educational institutions, professional associations, government organisations and private companies from 16 countries and regions are taking part in the expo, providing ample opportunity for students, school-leavers and those wishing to advance their careers or even switch careers.

Women fight for baseball trophy

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Women fight for baseball trophy Women fight for baseball trophy Women fight for baseball trophy Women fight for baseball trophy

Ten women’s baseball teams from Hong Kong, Australia, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan are contesting for the Asia Insurance Phoenix Cup 2015 – WBSC Hong Kong International Women's Baseball Tournament in sporty Hong Kong. Organised by the Hong Kong Baseball Association for the eighth time, the tournament, from February 6 to 9, is being held at the baseball fields at Lion Rock Park and Sai Tso Wan.

Legend of the Lion Dance

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The Legend of Lion Dance exhibition, heralding the Year of the Ram, opened today (February 4) at Times Square. The event features lion heads and dancing costumes, including musical instruments in the form of gongs, drums and cymbals that drive the energetic dance of the lions. Work by famous needlework masters who made fine lion dance costumes will also be on display. A famous master will demonstrate the artistry of lion head sewing and binding that add sparkle to the costumes. Visitors will also get a chance to see lion dance dramas.

Dating back more than 1,000 years, lion dancing, staged to mark an auspicious start to important events and celebrations, vividly illustrate of Hong Kong’s living culture.

Leading Swedish medical research centre to set up in Hong Kong

Leading Swedish medical research centre to set up in Hong Kong Leading Swedish medical research centre to set up in Hong Kong Leading Swedish medical research centre to set up in Hong Kong

Prestigious Swedish medical university, The Karolinska Institutet, today (February 2) announced the establishment of a research centre for regenerative medicine in Hong Kong.

The centre will enable Hong Kong researchers and their counterparts from the Mainland and around the world to collaborate on three major disease areas in which the Institutet and several Hong Kong universities possess unique know-how. A major aim is to rebuild damaged heart and liver tissue, heal spinal injury and look for cures for Parkinson’s disease with stem cell technology.

The arrival of Karolinska Institutet reaffirms Hong Kong’s reputation for cutting-edge medical research. The city’s scientists have pioneered a range of breakthroughs, including in stem cell research and regenerative medicine. The city has 300 biotechnology companies.

Double Roar

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Double Roar Double Roar Double Roar Double Roar

The Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation has celebrated its 150th anniversary by unveiling two granite lion head sculptures at the bank’s headquarters in Central. They join Stephen and Stitt, the famous bronze lions guarding the bank’s opposite entrance. A line across the pedestrian walkway, under the Norman Foster-designed iconic building, marks the original shoreline of Hong Kong Island which has been expanded over the years to accommodate the city's development as a global financial, trading and business centre.

Rock tea in Tsim Sha Tsui

Rock tea in Tsim Sha Tsui Rock tea in Tsim Sha Tsui Rock tea in Tsim Sha Tsui Rock tea in Tsim Sha Tsui
       
Rock tea in Tsim Sha Tsui Rock tea in Tsim Sha Tsui Rock tea in Tsim Sha Tsui

A Mainland company has opened an oasis of a teahouse in bustling Tsim Sha Tsui. They hope that the shop will serve as a gathering point for tea lovers to exchange notes and as the company’s regional headquarters to promote rock tea culture globally. The Beijing company found that Hong Kong has the advantage of being an international tourist city. Its strategic location, low tax regime and international business environment make Hong Kong the ideal springboard for Mainland companies keen to go global.

Riders of the storm

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Riders of the storm Riders of the storm Riders of the storm Riders of the storm

Comic fans are flocking to see the original artwork of The Storm Riders comic book, on display at Comix Home Base of the Hong Kong Arts Centre until February 1. The creation of Hong Kong artist Ma Wing-shing, the cult classic hit the streets 25 years ago. The exhibition showcases the definitive scenes involving the adventures of the action heroes over a quarter century and the epic finale.

Comix Home Base, which opened in 2013, is a new creative hub for comic and animation culture, created by transforming a cluster of early 20th Century historic buildings in Wanchai. Located close to the popular comics and animation shopping hotspot, Oriental 188, the creative complex enhances Hong Kong’s vibrant comics and animation scene.

FarmFest

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FarmFest FarmFest FarmFest FarmFest

A three-day festival of food, featuring more than 350 stalls, gets going tomorrow at Fa Hui Park in Mong Kok. Local organic fruit and vegetables, a hydroponic vegetable factory, simulated fish farm and nostalgic market street full of traditional shops selling local delicacies are just some of the treats on offer. FarmFest 2015, Hong Kong's largest outdoor farmers' market, continues through January 25 (Sunday).

Calling all Chocoholics

Calling all Chocoholics Calling all Chocoholics Calling all Chocoholics Calling all Chocoholics Calling all Chocoholics Calling all Chocoholics

Starting January 23, Hong Kong Harbour City will be transformed into a "ChocoLand," complete with a Chocolate Factory, giving chocolate nuts a "Bean-To-Bar" look at how premium chocolate is created. It's all part of this year's Chocolate Trail, which continues to March 1. Highlights of the five-week, sweet-tooth festival include demonstrations by chocolate master chefs, chocolate workshops, pop-up chocolate shops and an interactive art exhibition by Belgium artist Ben Heine, who promises to create art you can't wait to eat.

Year of the Ram

Year of the Ram Year of the Ram Year of the Ram Year of the Ram Year of the Ram Year of the Ram

A special Chinese Lunar New Year stamp issue featuring the ram will be released for sale on Saturday (January 24). The set of four stamps captures the ram in four handicraft variations: glazed ceramic ware, pastel celadon ware, a multi-coloured clay sculpture and a jade carving. The series was created by celebrated Hong Kong designer Kan Tai-Keung. The Chinese zodiac, represented by 12 animals, is an integral part of traditional Chinese culture.

Fashion Passion

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Asia's biggest annual fashion fair is underway at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The HKTDC Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter continues through 22 January, together with HKTDC World Boutique, Hong Kong. The twin fashion shows feature some 1,800 exhibitors from around the world. Highlights include Hong Kong Fashion Extravaganza, a gala event showcasing the work of celebrated local and international designers.

Hong Kong's Financial Summit

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More than 2,400 global leaders from finance, business and government are taking part in the eighth Asian Financial Forum, which opened today and continues through tomorrow (January 19 - 20) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The annual forum, organised by the Hong Kong SAR Government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, is the anchor event of International Financial Week, which features 14 high-level forums, conferences, seminars and networking activities, spotlighting financial services in Hong Kong and throughout the region.

Wingding

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The 31st Big Bird Race will be held on January 17 at Mai Po, Hong Kong's world-class wetland reserve. During the 12-hour, bird-watching challenge, teams of participants will record bird species they see or hear. The competition is the World Wildlife Fund-Hong Kong's longest-running fundraising event. Apart from local bird-lovers, participants from South Korea, Taiwan, Guangzhou, Macau and elsewhere will take part.

Asia's biggest Games and Toys Fair opens at HKCEC

Asia's biggest Games and Toys Fair opens at HKCEC Asia's biggest Games and Toys Fair opens at HKCEC Asia's biggest Games and Toys Fair opens at HKCEC Asia's biggest Games and Toys Fair opens at HKCEC Asia's biggest Games and Toys Fair opens at HKCEC Asia's biggest Games and Toys Fair opens at HKCEC

Asia's biggest toys fair and the second largest in the world, the Hong Kong Games and Toys Fair opened today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Attended by around 2,000 exhibitors, the fair provides buyers with the opportunity to source the year's trend-setting products and assess the season's key market trends. Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, last year's event saw more than 41,000 buyers from 121 countries take advantage of the landmark exhibition, regarded by many in the industry as the year's most important event. The toy fair runs until January 15.

Ho Ho Ho for homegrown Santa

Ho Ho Ho for homegrown Santa Ho Ho Ho for homegrown Santa Ho Ho Ho for homegrown Santa Ho Ho Ho for homegrown Santa Ho Ho Ho for homegrown Santa

Homegrown Santa Sunny will spread joy at local shopping malls over the Christmas holidays. Actor Sunny Ng clinched the first runner-up award at the Santa Winter Games 2014 in Sweden – no mean feat to compete against contestants from around the world in the seriously frosty town of Gallivare, where the temperature read minus 20 degrees. The Hong Kong Santa has a little helper – his 5-year-old boy, Brighton. The little man is keen to follow his dad’s jolly footsteps and become a champion Santa to bring people good cheer. Cheers to that!

Roll up for the Great European Carnival

Roll up for the Great European Carnival Roll up for the Great European Carnival Roll up for the Great European Carnival Roll up for the Great European Carnival Roll up for the Great European Carnival

Step right up and enjoy great European carnival traditions along with thrilling new rides, brand new games of skill, European street entertainers and all-round family fun, at the Hong Kong Great European Carnival starting today (23 December) at the New Central Harbourfront. Step into Hong Kong’s largest (1,100 sq metre) outdoor ice-skating rink for a skate like no other, at Hong Kong’s famous harbourfront. Kids are sure to have a whale of a time on the Super Giant Slide, Merry-Go- Round and other thrilling new European fun rides never before seen in Hong Kong. More than half a million toys, including classic and new comic toy characters, are up for grabs. The spectacular carnival will run for more than 60 days over winter, including Christmas, New Year’s Eve Countdown, Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year.

Bonanza for Lucky 60 millionth HKIA arrival

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) today (December 18) welcomed its 60 millionth passenger of the year. The lucky passenger got cash coupons, free air tickets, luxury gifts and restaurant vouchers worth US$23,000. HKIA is a major gateway connecting Hong Kong, Mainland China and the rest of the world, playing a crucial strategic and economic role for our city. The airport, connected to about 180 destinations worldwide, including 44 destinations in the Mainland, provides about 1,100 daily flights through over 100 airlines. The airport is served by more than 65,000 staff.

Trick Art

Trick Art Trick Art Trick Art Trick Art

Hong Kong International Airport has installed exciting optical illusion art pieces. Designed by local artists Alex Wong, Fei Wong and Terence Choi, the 3-D paintings incorporate a range of Hong Kong themes such as Cantonese opera and a Fire Dragon. When you depart Hong Kong, you can get a special souvenir of your visit by taking a selfie or group shot at the unique artworks.

Hong Kong hosts feathered friends from afar

Hong Kong hosts feathered friends from afar Hong Kong hosts feathered friends from afar Hong Kong hosts feathered friends from afar Hong Kong hosts feathered friends from afar

Hong Kong is a favourite destination for high-flyers, including flocks of feathered friends. In fact, the territory is a major transit point on the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, one of the world's busiest routes for migrating birds. We are entering winter, the peak time for thousands of birds, including globally threatened species, to stop over in the territory’s unique wetlands to rest and breed, before continuing their long voyages from the Northern to the Southern hemisphere.

Hong Kong Wetland Park has started its annual Bird Watching Festival. The world-class wetland ecotourism attraction is a man-made natural habitat, created to simulate and extend the adjacent world heritage Mai Po Inner Deep Bay Ramsar Site. The 61-hectare park provides a friendly habitat for over 240 bird species, including unique local residents and visitors. The reserve has won many international awards, including the prestigious Global Award for Excellence from the Urban Land Institute in the US. Until next March, bird lovers can enjoy close encounters of the feathered kind here.

Metro expands

Metro expands Metro expands Metro expands Metro expands

The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) gave a preview of the new Hong Kong University and Kennedy Town stations, two of the three new stations on our metro’s 3km extension of the West Island Line on Hong Kong island. The trains will fully run to and from Western District from 28 December.
The MTR’s territory-wide network comprises nine railways lines, the Airport Express and the Light Rail system running in the northwestern New Territories. The MTR Corporation – 76 percent owned by the Hong Kong SAR Government – operates metro lines in Beijing and Shenzhen, and won contracts to operate the London Overground Rail Operations in the UK, the Melbourne Train System in Australia and the Stockholm Metro in Sweden.
Hong Kong has a highly efficient and inter-connected transport network. With public transport accounting for about 90 percent of daily commutes, we are one of the least car-dependent big cities in the world. International management consultancy, Arthur D Little’s Urban Mobility Index 2014 ranked Hong Kong’s public transport system the best among 84 cities surveyed around the world.

Made in Hong Kong

Made in Hong Kong Made in Hong Kong Made in Hong Kong Made in Hong Kong

More than 400 exhibitors are showcasing their products at over 880 outdoor booths at the 49th Hong Kong Brands and Products Expo, running until 4 January 2015 at Victoria Park. Under the theme Famous Brands, Quality Life, the expo, divided into thematic areas, covers in the main Hong Kong made food and beverages, beauty and healthcare, fashion and style, living and home ware. There are also zones for social enterprises, promotion and trade.

Organised by the Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong, the trade show made its debut in 1938. It has become a leading expo, promoting Hong Kong products, local industry and external trade. Thousands of local and overseas visitors flock to see a comprehensive range of Hong Kong products, as well as some of the latest technologies, products and services from the Mainland and overseas.

From Russia with Art

Hong Kong art lovers got the chance to see over 50 masterpieces of prominent Russian artists, at The 20th Century Russian Art Exhibition - Banu Babayeva's Private Collection, at the Hong Kong Fringe Club. The exhibition was part of the From Russia with Art festival, running until 15 December, to give audiences a glimpse into Russia’s rich cultural traditions. You can catch events like this throughout the year in the international arts and culture hub that is Hong Kong.

Young artistes follow ancient performance art

Young artistes follow ancient performance art Young artistes follow ancient performance art

Young Cantonese opera players performed at the Yau Ma Tei Theatre, the only surviving pre-World II theatre in Hong Kong's Kowloon district, under a Government venue partnership scheme. A total of 95 budding artists, guided by six artistic directors, present 100 performances in five phases. The current phase, the longest in the programme, ran until 14 December.

The dramatic traditional performance art, blending legend, music and drama, is the first of Hong Kong’s cultural traditions to be inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The future of learning

The future of learning The future of learning The future of learning The future of learning

From game-based learning to e-textbooks, the latest trends in learning technology and school management are now on show at the fifth Learning and Teaching Expo, through December 13, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Expo has attracted renowned scholars, teachers and educational professionals from around the world, alongside exhibitors from Mainland China, Australia, Finland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Ice hockey in Hong Kong

It never snows in Hong Kong, but that does not pose a problem for our keen ice hockey players, who showed their skills at the Hong Kong Youth Ice Hockey Campaign which began on 9 December. Organised by the Hong Kong Academy of Ice Hockey, the annual programme promotes ice hockey in the city and selects outstanding players for grooming by foreign professionals into seeded players to compete in local and international games. Among the coaches is Canadian hockey star Barry Beck. Hong Kong’s artificial ice stadiums enable year-round play and the sport is gaining popularity among youngsters.

Rugby’s top cup visits Hong Kong

Rugby’s top cup visits Hong Kong Rugby’s top cup visits Hong Kong Rugby’s top cup visits Hong Kong

Rugby's top prize, the Webb Ellis Cup, arrived in Hong Kong on the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour, the first time the game’s most coveted prize is being showcased around the world. Former England captain Ollie Phillips, who escorted the cup, on 9 December gave Hong Kong’s young rugby players some tips. These youngsters and thousands of fans from around the world will converge on the Hong Kong Stadium next March to see rugby superstars in action at the famous Hong Kong Sevens tourney, which turns the city into a rollicking carnival. Rugby is one of Hong Kong’s most popular team sports.

Big wheel starts rolling

Big wheel starts rolling Big wheel starts rolling Big wheel starts rolling Big wheel starts rolling

Hong Kong’s own giant ferris wheel, overlooking iconic Victoria Harbour in Central, kicked into gear today (5 December). The new, 60-metre city icon has 42 carriages, each holding eight people. The 15-minute ride, spinning night and day, offers splendid views of Hong Kong.

Innovations on show

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The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Inno Design Tech Expo opened today (4 December) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. A world-class exposition of innovations, the three-day event presents the latest practical technologies and design solutions to help trading, manufacturing and service sector to enhance their capacity to supply world markets.

The Expo is part of the Business of Design Week (BODW), a flagship event organised by Hong Kong Design Centre since 2002. Today, BODW enjoys the reputation as Asia’s leading annual event on design, innovation and brands. The event is sponsored by CreateHK and co-organised by HKTDC. This year, the partner country of BODW is Sweden.

Tributes to the King of Kung Fu

Tributes to the King of Kung Fu Tributes to the King of Kung Fu Tributes to the King of Kung Fu Tributes to the King of Kung Fu

Locals and visitors alike had paid tribute to Bruce Lee on 27 November, the 74th anniversary of the birth of the maestro of martial arts. Some people placed flowers at the Bruce Lee statue on the Avenue of Stars, while visitors to Madame Tussauds Hong Kong took photos with the wax likeness of the Kung Fu King. Others visited the "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu • Art • Life" exhibition at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, a five-year exhibition launched in July 2013 to mark the 40th anniversary of Bruce Lee's untimely death. Lee is widely considered by commentators, critics and media to be one of the most influential martial artists of all time.

Karting for a cause

Karting for a cause Karting for a cause

Rubber meets the road at Victoria Park as racers in cool karts make a push for charity at the fun-packed Hong Kong 24 Hour Charity Pedal Kart Grand Prix on 22-23 November. Organised by the Hong Kong Round Table, this year’s event raised more than US$190,000 for regional and local charities.

Celebrating Hong Kong performing arts

Celebrating Hong Kong performing arts Celebrating Hong Kong performing arts Celebrating Hong Kong performing arts Celebrating Hong Kong performing arts

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year on 20-22 November with a series of performances and events showcasing the institution’s great contribution to nurturing Hong Kong’s performing arts talent. The programme also celebrates alumni engaged in Cantonese opera, dance, drama, music, film, TV, theatre and entertainment arts who have enriched Hong Kong’s cultural scene. The year-long programme winds up with Asian Transformation: New Perspectives on Creativity and Performing Arts Education, a symposium at which leading academics and practitioners engage with creative industry people in Hong Kong and around the world on the latest trends in creativity in the performing arts and performing arts teaching in Asia.

Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference

Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference

The fourth edition of the Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference – the largest event of its kind in Asia – runs 18-19 November at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Over 1,700 business leaders from more than 20 countries and regions are participating in the event at which over 50 experts address the industry’s challenges and opportunities.

Strategically located on the Far East trade routes and at the centre of the fast developing Asia-Pacific Region, Hong Kong is an international hub for logistics and shipping. Hong Kong is the world’s fourth busiest container port and a premier regional hub port. The city is home to a strong cluster of ship owners who own and manage about nine per cent of the world’s merchant fleet. Maritime professionals of some 700 shipping-related companies in Hong Kong offer a wide spectrum of quality maritime services.

The city’s success as a high-value-adding logistics centre lies in its superior connectivity, security, quality assurance and strong intellectual property protection. The Central Government’s 12th Five-Year Plan explicitly supports Hong Kong’s further development as a logistics and international maritime centre.

Stock Connect kicks off

Stock Connect kicks off Stock Connect kicks off Stock Connect kicks off

The much anticipated Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect scheme was launched on 17 November. The scheme is of historic significance to both Hong Kong and Mainland stock markets. Now, institutional and retail investors in Hong Kong and from overseas can invest directly in eligible Mainland A-shares, while qualified Mainland investors can invest in eligible Hong Kong stocks. Meantime, the Renminbi (RMB) daily conversion cap for Hong Kong residents was also lifted, enabling them to fully participate in Stock Connect and other RMB financial transactions.

The scheme, which aligns the Mainland market with international markets and expedites the internationalisation of the RMB, reinforces Hong Kong’s status as the super-connector to and from China. It is the latest demonstration of the Central Authority’s support to boost Hong Kong’s position as an international financial centre.

RMB cap lifted

RMB cap lifted RMB cap lifted

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority announced on 12 November that the daily RMB20,000 cap on conversion limits for Hong Kong residents will be lifted on 17 November. Residents can buy or sell RMB more freely. The measure will fortify the city's position as the world’s leading offshore RMB business centre and make it easier for Hong Kong residents to participate in the upcoming Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect scheme and other Renminbi transactions. The initiative will also facilitate the launch of RMB investment products by financial institutions in Hong Kong.

Walking for a worthy cause

Walking for a worthy cause Walking for a worthy cause Walking for a worthy cause

Walkers set off on Oxfam Trailwalker 2014, a charity walk from 14-16 November that takes on the 100km MacLehose Trail, winding along the rugged hills and valleys in Hong Kong’s stunning New Territories. In keeping with this year’s theme, “Partnership. The True Trailwalking Spirit”, team members must support each other to complete the challenging walk within 48 hours. Since 1986, 77,000 participants in Oxfam Trailwalker – one of the largest fundraising sporting events in Hong Kong – have raised over US$50 million for charity. This year, 5,200 people are taking part in the worthy walk.

Hong Kong people are among the world’s most caring. The UK’s Charities Aid Foundation ranked Hong Kong the highest in East Asia and 17th out of 135 places across the world in its 2013 World Giving Index.

French innovation

French Innovation French Innovation French Innovation French Innovation

Hong Kong people embrace new technology fast. The So French, So Innovative exhibition, running at the Central Market until 16 November, shows how French technology is adopted in Hong Kong daily life and how their clever innovations help tackle the challenges of an increasingly urban, connected, service-oriented world.

Living Architecture

Living Architecture Living Architecture Living Architecture Living Architecture

The fusion of art and technology is now on show at the Main Exhibition of the Microwave International Arts Festival 2014 at Hong Kong City Hall, running until 16 November. Cutting-edge works by local and foreign artists contemplate urban ecology from the aspect of science and technology. The Festival reinforces Hong Kong’s position as a creative and tech hub with media art that provokes thought.

Bright Sparks

Bright Sparks Bright Sparks Bright Sparks

Inspired by themes like time travel, astronomy, wildlife and robotics, thousands of youngsters and artists joined hands to light up Victoria Park, at the Standard Chartered Arts in the Park Mardi Gras, on 15-16 November. Original performance and visual art in the form of spectacular giant puppets, illuminated artworks, carnival art stalls and the Mad Science Hunt offer plenty of imaginative fun at Hong Kong’s largest and most vibrant annual community celebration of the arts.

Smart City

Smart City Smart City Smart City

Hong Kong people are eager adopters of new technology. InnoCarnival 2014, running at the HK Science and Technology Parks, Shatin until 9 November, shows how technology can improve quality of life and make the future better. The annual carnival, packed with exciting exhibitions, workshops, contests and guided tours, also provides a great showcase for the city’s young innovators. Already a globally connected innovation hub, HK strongly supports innovation and technology enterprises and start-ups.

Spirit that cheers

Spirit that cheers Spirit that cheers Spirit that cheers

Hong Kong is the world’s biggest auction market for rare and fine wines. So it’s no surprise that more than 1,000 exhibitors from 38 countries and regions chose our city to display their wares at the International Wine & Spirits Fair, running from today till 8 November, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Asia's premier wine event offers a wide range of high quality wine and spirits, beer and other alcoholic beverages, as well as wine production, wine education, logistics and services to buyers from all over the world. This year sees a new Whisky and Spirits Zone. Hong Kong is a free port, with first-class infrastructure and the fast and efficient flow of goods – including the flow of wine and spirits.

German Bierfest in HK Victoria Harbourfront

German Bierfest in HK Victoria Harbourfront   German Bierfest in HK Victoria Harbourfront   German Bierfest in HK Victoria Harbourfront

Prost! Asia’s longest-running, authentic outdoor German Bierfest is on again in Hong Kong (from 17 October to 8 November). Thousands of revellers head to the giant marquee overlooking spectacular Victoria Harbour for fun and frolic, fuelled by big mugs of beer and good German food. The Notenhoblers, a band from Munich, is on the stand, dishing out famous tunes and madcap antics. The Bierfest has been a big hit with beer fans in Hong Kong for 23 years.

Aerial Dancing

Aerial Dancing   Aerial Dancing   Aerial Dancing

Pole dancing is catching on in Hong Kong. Professional and amateurs alike from Asia and beyond showed their moves at the “PPS Aerial Performance Tournament 2014” on 7 November in Sheung Wan Civic Centre Theatre, HK. They danced around poles, looped through suspended hoops and spinned amongst yards of silk fabric.

Fashion Capital

Fashion Capital Fashion Capital Fashion Capital

Cutting edge creations of young Hong Kong fashion designers are on show at the PolyU Institute of Textiles and Clothing Graduates Exhibition, running until 6 November at Cityplaza.

City of light

City of light City of light City of light

Hong Kong sure knows how to put on a grand show. A spectacular 3D audiovisual display of light, on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, adds sparkle to the coming festive season. The light show themes change in keeping with up-coming big festivals – Hong Kong WinterFest and Lunar New Year celebrations. This is a great time to take in the glitz of Asia’s world city.

Wine and dine HK style

Wine and dine HK style Wine and dine HK style Wine and dine HK style

The Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival (3 October - 2 November) offered gourmets a fabulous feast, with fine wine and culinary delights from around the world, at a stunning location next to the new, state-of-the-art Kai Tak Cruise Terminal.

Spooky fun

Spooky fun Spooky fun Spooky fun

It's time for ghosts, goblins, devils and witches to come out to play in Hong Kong, where Hallowe'en celebrations have reached new heights. In Asia's world city, we don't just celebrate on Hallowe'en on 31 October - we celebrate with street parties and hair-raising promotions at theme parks the whole month long! So don't miss a trick by coming to Hong Kong for this spooky festive treat!

Light fantastic

Light fantastic Light fantastic Light fantastic

Amazing lights of various shapes and sizes sparkled at the International Lighting Fair in Hong Kong (27-30 October). More than 2,500 exhibitors from 37 countries and regions picked Asia’s largest autumn lighting fair at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre to show off the innovations of bright sparks. Featuring an array of cutting-edge lighting devices, the international fair offers a bright platform for buyers and sellers to do business and exchange ideas.

Hong Kong Open Stars Help Launch Schools’ Golf Programme

Hong Kong Open Stars Help Launch Schools’ Golf Programme Hong Kong Open Stars Help Launch Schools’ Golf Programme  

Tee time: Budding golf stars get some handy hints from Dutch professional Robert-Jen Derksen during the Hong Kong Golf Open October 16 - 19 at the historic Fanling course. The students were the first to take part in the Hong Kong Golf Association's new Golf for Schools initiative which was launched at the Open, Hong Kong's longest running sporting event established in 1959.

In the Swing: A budding golf star lines up a shot during a new Golf for Schools initiative launched by the Hong Kong Golf Association at the Hong Kong Open 16-19 October.

Sails aloft

Sails aloft Sails aloft Sails aloft

Yachts ply Hong Kong's iconic harbour looking for a good wind during the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's China Coast Race Week from 10-19 October.

Largest Electronics Trade Fair

Largest Electronics Trade Fair Largest Electronics Trade Fair Largest Electronics Trade Fair

The world's largest electronics fair opened on 13 October in Hong Kong. The 34th Electronics Fair and 18th electronicsAsia has attracted 4100 exhibitors from 24 countries and regions along with 130 buying missions with 9,900 trade buyers from 68 countries and regions. The twin fairs ran until Oct 16 and last year attracted about 100,000 visitors.



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