April 28- May 4, 2018


Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover

A Hong Kong Pavilion will be set up for the first time in the Volvo Ocean Race Village in Newport, RI when it opens on May 8 through May 20. Lion-dancing, interactive games, Chinese calligraphy lessons, limited edition souvenirs, and an Instagram competition are among the different exciting activities lined up at the festival booth run by HKETONY. A reception will be held to mark the historic moment and to welcome Hong Kong’s Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag when they arrive to the only stopover in the US.


Hong Kong SMEs to expand overseas

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Hong Kong keen to explore overseas markets can apply for grants to join trade fairs and business missions abroad. This and other funding programs underline the government’s commitment and support for SMEs to enhance their competitiveness and expand their businesses, said Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Dr Bernard Chan (Apr 28). An important driving force of the economy, SMEs represents 98% of total business units.

Arts & Culture

Off-Broadway kungfu comedy

Hong Kong comedy “An Old Lady Who Says She Knows Kung Fu,” by Emmy Award-winning journalist Patrick Lee, will play Off-Broadway at Abrons Arts Center (Lower East Side, New York)(May 12-20). Go meet an old granny at a retirement home who claims she used to be a vigilante martial arts master.  There will be English and Chinese subtitles for the Cantonese play. Lee, a producer and editor for CBS’s 60 Minutes, was raised in Hong Kong. For tickets, please click here.    

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 a free port and a separate customs territory?

A. Ships of all nations regularly call into Hong Kong which is virtually a duty-free port. The HKSAR, using the name "Hong Kong, China", is a member in its own right of the World Trade Organization and the World Customs Organization. Hong Kong remains a separate customs territory, and the boundary between the Mainland and the HKSAR is clearly delineated and properly managed. Export quotas, tariff preferences and other similar arrangements, which are obtained or made by the HKSAR or which were obtained or made and remain valid, shall be enjoyed exclusively by Hong Kong. (BL Articles 114; 116; 126)


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