January 5 - 11, 2018

Business

Toymakers and buyers meet at Asia's largest toy fair

Robots and virtual reality were among the hottest trends at the 44th annual Toys and Games Fair at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Jan 8-10). The fair, which is the world's second largest toy show, and the largest in Asia, attracted more than 2,100 exhibitors and 9,000 buyers including US retailers like Toys R Us. Some tips for growth? The adult segment makes up 40% of the toy market in the US, but only 1 per cent in mainland China, according to a chief marketing officer of a robot maker in China.

Law

Judicial independence and openness 

Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal Geoffrey Ma has underlined the importance of Hong Kong's common law system where judges are only concerned with the law and the legal issues which arise. Speaking at the ceremonial Opening of the Legal Year (Jan 8), the judiciary chief said these strict legal considerations were made clear in judgments which are available for public view (except those concerning children or certain injunctions). Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng also spoke at the ceremony for the first time in her newly appointed role.  

Aviation

Hong Kong Airlines lauded for being on time

Time-conscious business and leisure travellers will be happy to learn that Hong Kong Airlines has been rated the most punctual airline in Asia, and the 2nd most punctual in the world after AirBaltic. The OAG Punctuality League report (Jan 3) is the international aviation industry’s most comprehensive annual ranking of on-time-performance (OTP) and the 2018 edition was based on data compiled from Jan 1 to Dec 31 of last year.   

Art

Art Basel Hong Kong announces 2018 dates

Art lovers, mark your calendars: the 6th edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong will be open to the public Mar 29-31 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The annual extravaganza is one of the most important contemporary art events in Asia. It will feature 247 premier galleries from 32 countries including the US. The exhibition showcases the region's artistic diversity and will include both historically significant works from the early 20th century as well as contemporary creations by both established and emerging artists. 

Hong Kong's own hand-painted porcelain

Yuet Tung China Works, a low-key but century-old porcelain shop in Hong Kong, is presenting an exhibition of its exquisite porcelain pieces at Times Square in Causeway Bay until Jan 21.  Founded in 1928, the company has a storied history as the first hand-painted porcelain workshop in Hong Kong, and employed some 300 workers at its peak during the 1940s.  Over the years, their porcelain works of art have been found at the homes of former governors and tycoons as well as inside 5-star hotels.  Some of the trademark design themes found on its china include the "Fighting Roosters," "Thousand Flowers", "Canton People," "Green Dragons" and "Goldfish." 

Basic Law

Hong Kong and its Basic Law

The Basic Law (BL) is the constitutional document of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). Put into effect on July 1, 1997, it enshrines within a legal document the important concept of “One Country, Two Systems.”

Q. Is Hong Kong still an easy place to visit for tourists or international business people?

A. Yes, very much so. Hong Kong has autonomy in immigration control and remains a separate customs territory. It maintains its own immigration laws and procedures and has a very liberal visa policy, which allows visitors from more than 170 countries or territories visa-free access to Hong Kong for periods ranging from one week to six months. (BL Articles 116; 154; 155)

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