Author: Agnes Wong

A hermit at heart, Agnes likes to connect with the world across various platforms that share a wealth of content on beauty, culture, lifestyle, and travel. She loves using the art of language to portray her voice and poor sense of humour whenever possible. When she’s not nerding around or head deep into a piece, you’re sure to find her spending time outdoors with friends and family or going down the Pinterest rabbit hole to find all sorts of inspiration she can!

All things spiced and nice! What better way to ring in the festive season than with a warm, toasty glass of mulled wine? This sweet, herby traditional Christmas drink is a must at any holiday party. In the spirit of Christmas, scroll through our spots in Hong Kong to get your fix of mulled wine or stores to make your own at home. Marks & Spencer — Multiple locations Marks & Spencer’s signature spiced red wine (© Marks & Spencer) ‘Tis the season to be jolly at everyone’s beloved British retailer that’s stocked with Christmas favourites – mulled wine being…

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Chung Yeung Festival is a public holiday celebrated on the ninth day of the ninth month in Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, and Macau steeped in rich tradition that goes back 2,000 years. In Hong Kong specifically, people honour this traditional Chinese festival with a multitude of activities such as hiking up mountains, commemorating passed relatives, and rebalancing yin-yang energy to celebrate its history while reflecting on the origin story of a legendary swordsman behind this festival, which is uncovered here. What is Chung Yeung Festival? Hong Kong families pay respects at passed relatives’ tombstones in Chai Wan cemetery (©…

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One of the first things taught to children when they first start school is the Golden Rule – treat others the way you want to be treated. This is among several rules advocated by Confucius, a sound Chinese teacher, philosopher, and political figure. Confucius led an ethical lifestyle by preaching principles that lay the foundation of how people throughout Asia live today. See how strong an impact he has left since his passing. Who was Confucius? Statue of Confucius in front of a temple dedicated to him (© aphotostory via Canva Confucius (孔子, pronounced hung ji in Cantonese and kǒngzǐ…

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A Chinese festival that’s quite unlike most others is the Monkey King Festival (齊天大聖千秋, cai tin daai sing cin cau in Cantonese). The sometimes treacherous festivities celebrate the birthday of the mischievous monkey named Syun Ng Hung (孫悟空, syun ng hung in Cantonese and sun wukong in Mandarin), a figure in Chinese mythology who’s known for his trickster character and less serious way of going about life. See why a being like the monkey king has risen in the ranks and become a revered figure. Who is the monkey king? Statues of the five protagonists of Chinese classical novel ‘Journey…

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It’s no easy feat getting into Japan nowadays. That strips us foodies from access to the world’s most gastronomical experience, but fear not – Hong Kong is home to a variety of Japanese dishes from acclaimed restaurants. Japanese dining is taken to serious heights in Hong Kong that features the best in-class sourced items and expertise from top chefs hailing from Japan. Whether you want a simple bowl of ramen or to indulge in quality grade Japanese BBQ, yakiniku, or the freshest seafood, the restaurants below cover it all. Grab hold of an immersive experience by booking your next oishi…

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Get ready to roar and rumble as boisterously as the grand spectacle of a lion dance! The lion dance, called mou si (舞獅) in Cantonese and wǔshī (舞狮) in Mandarin, is a traditional dance often seen in parades and public squares in Chinese and other Asian cultures. The celebratory performance is known to bring good luck and a wealth of abundance. Dance along to learn more about this dazzling performance! What is the lion dance? Lion dancers next to a performer holding up a pole as part of the dragon dance (© vhines200 via Flickr) The lion dance is a…

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The Chinese zodiac is traditionally used to calculate days in the calendar using Chinese astrology. It consists of 12 animals that rotate yearly, each holding auspicious meanings. The animals can determine character traits, fortune, and compatibility. There is another layer, an association with one of five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water), which adds more nuance to an individual’s fortune in a particular year. Get the lowdown on what it means to be born in a certain year in the Chinese calendar. What is the Chinese zodiac? The 12 zodiac animal signs illustrated in a wheel (© RootOfAllLight via…

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One can always use an excuse to celebrate love. For those who missed out on Valentine’s Day, there’s something to rejoice in this summer: Qixi Festival (七夕 – qīxì in Mandarin or chat jik in Cantonese). Qixi Festival is the Chinese version of Valentine’s Day, when couples go on wholesome, romantic dates and singles pray to Zhinü, the goddess of weaving and Jade Emperor’s youngest daughter, for true love. Mark your calendars and get ready for a hearty day. What is Qixi Festival? Qixi Festival’s origin myth, the romance between the youngest daughter of the Jade Emperor and a mortal,…

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Brotherhood is undeniably a significant bond shared among others that’s perhaps one of life’s greatest treasures. Symbolising this bond is Kwan Tai (關帝, Kwan Tai in Cantonese and Guan Di in Mandarin), the Chinese god of war from the Three Kingdoms Era (220 – 280 AD). Locals revere his birthday and celebrate his life rising through the ranks amongst his comrades. See the impact he has to this day. What is the Birthday of Kwan Tai? Born Guan Yu, the war deity Kwan Tai is usually depicted with a red body and astride a warhorse (© Anagoria via WikiCommons) Celebrating…

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The Big Buddha situated on Lantau Island is perhaps one of Hong Kong’s most iconic attractions dedicated to a humble being filled with gratitude who was born privileged – Buddha. Being widely respected, Buddha’s Birthday (佛誕 – fat daan in Cantonese and 佛诞 – fo dan in Mandarin) on May 8, 2022 is a time-honoured celebration across Asia in remembrance of his life. Read on to understand why Buddha remains so significant a figure in Asian cultural values to this day. What is Buddha’s Birthday celebration? Celebrated on May 8, 2022, Buddha’s Birthday celebrates the birthday of Prince Siddhartha Gautama,…

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