Author: Anjali Muthanna

From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

Visitors to the West Kowloon Cultural District will get to experience the Northern Lights in Hong Kong from February 13 to March 5. The outdoor display, which is part of the Borealis art installation by Swiss artist Dan Acher, will be an immersive light and sound experience projected over the Great Lawn of the Art Park from 7pm to 10pm. As part of the installation, the Northern Lights will be recreated in the night skies of Hong Kong. The hue and density of the digitally controlled lights will change depending on the weather and natural environment. Borealis, which is part…

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Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu announced that, from February 6, unvaccinated tourists can enter Hong Kong. Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Lee said that overseas travellers to the city will still need to undergo a pre-departure rapid antigen test before they arrive and can only enter with a negative result “to ensure that any risk from overseas can be monitored and controlled”. Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee talking about the pre-departure rapid antigen testing requirement for overseas travellers to Hong Kong. The CE added that travellers to Mainland China from Hong Kong will no longer…

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Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu announced that the government will give away 500,000 free airline tickets to encourage tourists to come to Hong Kong in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Boost the travel industry Speaking at the launch of the Hello Hong Kong tourism promotional campaign on Thursday, Lee said, “We are going to give out 500,000 free air tickets to welcome visitors from Mainland China and the world to come to Hong Kong,” adding that there will be vouchers, special offers and other incentives for Hong Kong-bound tourists. Hong Kong Chief Executive talks about the 500,000-…

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The University of Hong Kong topped The Times Higher Education rankings of the most international universities in the world for 2023. Three other colleges in the city — City University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), and Hong Kong Polytechnic University — also made the Top 10 for this year. The rankings are compiled using the international student score, the international staff score, the international co-authorship score, and the international reputation of each institution. Other universities in the Top 10 are based in Singapore, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. RANKINGUNIVERSITYCOUNTRY/REGION1The University of Hong KongHong…

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The Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) unveiled new displays at North District Park and Tsuen Wan Park to celebrate the Chinese Lantern Festival. The displays, which will commemorate the end of Lunar New Year celebrations, will be on view until February 7. The theme of the displays at North District Park is “Spring is in the Air”, and they include lanterns in the shapes of flowers, animals, and insects. There will also be lanterns of LCSD mascots Enggie Pup and Artti Kitty in traditional Chinese attire. The Chinese New Year lantern displays at Tsuen Wan Park (©…

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The fares for the Star Ferry will increase on the Central-Tsim Sha Tsui and Wan Chai-Tsim Sha Tsui routes. The increase was approved by the Executive Council on Tuesday, and the new fares will come into effect on April 3. Adult tickets for the upper deck on both routes will be priced at HK$5 from Monday to Friday and HK$6.5 on weekends and public holidays, while lower-deck tickets will be HK$4 on weekdays and HK$5.6 on weekends and public holiday trips. Senior citizens will no longer get free rides and will instead pay a concessionary rate of HK$2. In addition,…

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Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu said that the government is “moving into a new phase of anti-epidemic measures [where] Covid-19 will be managed as an upper respiratory disease”. Speaking at a press briefing on Tuesday, Lee said that the authorities aims to remove restrictions on overseas travellers such as vaccination requirements and pre-departure testing soon. Currently, all tourists who wish to enter Hong Kong must be vaccinated with at least two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine and should produce proof of a negative Covid-19 test result before they depart for the SAR. The CE also stressed that resumption…

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K-pop boy band Treasure will perform in Hong Kong for the first time at AsiaWorld-Arena on May 20 as part of their Hello Tour. The SAR will be the last stop on the 10-member band’s tour. This will be Treasure’s first tour outside South Korea since the band was formed in 2020, and the first time they will perform in Asia after members Mashiho and Bang Ye-dam left the outfit in November 2022. The tour will include other Asian cities, such as Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Bangkok, Singapore, Manila, and Macau. View this post on Instagram A post shared by…

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The lineup for EDM festival Creamfields, which will take place at Central Harbourfront on April 1 and 2, will include headliners Calvin Harris, The Chainsmokers and Tiësto. There will be a total of 34 artists who will play on three stages: The Mainstage, The Go Hard Stage, and the Future Sound of Egypt stage. Early-bird tickets go on sale on January 27. Other acts who will be part of the festival include DJ John Summit, who will play in Hong Kong for the first time, as well as Above & Beyond and MK. The event begins at 12 pm on…

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On January 31, the Yen Chow Street Temporary Hawker Bazaar in Sham Shui Po — one of Hong Kong’s last fabric markets — will close to make way for public housing. Known in the city as Pang Jai (a small market built with a tin roof), it is Hong Kong’s oldest operating outdoor fabric market. In 1978, the market was set up at the intersection of Yen Chow Street and Lai Chi Kok Road, when stall owners had to move from their previous location because of the construction of the Tsuen Wan MTR line. It became a Hong Kong landmark…

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