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.

Hong Kong’s culinary landscape is dotted with affordable Michelin star restaurants, hip bars, and exclusive dining venues. But if you’re on the lookout for a place where you can unwind over a meal with the family, the city’s got loads of options as well. There are several restaurants across the 852 where you enjoy the dining experience while the kids have fun. Origami Kids Café — Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Origami Kids Café has a dress-up station with a variety of costumes for kids to choose from (© Origami Kids Café) If you’re looking for an indoor spot to relax…

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International arrivals will no longer have to quarantine at a hotel after they arrive in Hong Kong, starting September 26. They instead must undergo a three-day medical surveillance, said Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu on Friday. 0+3 home quarantine arrangement Authorities also announced that inbound travellers will no longer need to provide proof of a negative PCR test before they depart for Hong Kong, and will instead have to submit a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) taken within 24 hours prior to their departure to Hong Kong. Travellers will still have to undergo a PCR test when they arrive at…

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The Hong Kong vaccine pass initiative came into effect on February 24, 2022. Under this arrangement, all Hong Kong residents must show proof that they have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccination to enter certain premises. Second and third doses will also be required for the vaccine pass to remain eligible. Read on to find out everything you need to know about the vaccine pass. What is the vaccine pass? From February 24, people who want to enter government venues and 24 other types of private premises including restaurants and fitness centres (see full list below) must…

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Three Hong Kong schools have made it to the 2022 Spear’s Schools Index  of the best 100 private schools in the world. The index, which is categorised by region, included Harrow International School Hong Kong, Hong Kong International School, and Kellett School in its China and Southeast Asia list. Some of the criteria for this list include a school’s academic results and preparation for university entry, their unique ethos, local and international reputation, and how well they prepare students for a life beyond academics. Harrow International was commended for fusing “the DNA of the parent school with the best of…

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On August 8, 2022, Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu announced that the government will introduce a new two-colour health code for local Covid-19 patients and international arrivals under medical surveillance. The new code was implemented on August 9, combined with the LeaveHomeSafe app to regulate the activities of these groups of people so that they do not enter “high-risk places” in the city where they could transmit the virus. How does the Hong Kong health code work? The health code will be combined with the vaccine pass system on the LeaveHomeSafe app (version 3.4.0 or above). This is…

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Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee said that the government is “actively considering” new arrangements for international travellers, including possibly scrapping the city’s current quarantine and pre-departure PCR testing requirements. Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, the CE said that the government takes a “positive view of the declining trend of confirmed [Covid-19] cases” in the community. He added that the various departments involved in making any changes to the current measures are studying the room they have to relax them. Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee speaking about how the government is planning to potentially relax anti-pandemic measures…

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This year’s edition of the Cross Harbour Race will take place on October 23 and will have a participant quota of 1,500 swimmers. The race will begin at Golden Bauhinia Square Public Pier in Wan Chai and end at Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui. Registrations for the event will open at 11 am on September 17 and close on 11:59 pm on September 23. The registration ballot results will be announced on September 28. According to an official Instagram post, there will be two categories of races: leisure and racing. Those who wish to be included in the…

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Hong Kong-based passenger air crew no longer have to undergo quarantine after they complete a flight, starting September 10. They are free to return to their homes after they test negative on a post-arrival PCR test at the airport. However, they must continue with their closed-loop arrangements while on layovers. These new quarantine-free arrangements for passenger crew are the same conditions that apply to local cargo crew. They include frequent post-arrival testing, as well as recommendations to avoid mask-off activities in public and large gatherings for three days after their return to the city. Air crew must also keep a…

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Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on September 8, 2022, was Hong Kong’s last British monarch. Her time as Queen of the United Kingdom lasted 70 years, making her the world’s second-longest reigning monarch. The Queen appointed six of the city’s governors and, like her predecessors, left her mark on Hong Kong, in the form of various landmarks and cultural institutions that were named after her. Two visits to Hong Kong Queen Elizabeth II visiting a Hong Kong family during her trip to the city in 1986 (© Kvasir79 via Flickr) She was the only reigning sovereign to visit the…

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An active World War II British naval mine found in the waters off Cape D’Aguilar will be disposed of on the afternoon of September 9. The mine, which was found by a Hong Kong resident who was diving in the area on August 9, was inspected by the Hong Kong Police Force and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau. The restricted vehicular and pedestrian routes near Cape D’Aguilar (© GovHK) The mine is located on the seabed at a depth of 15 metres underwater and 1.4 kilometres northeast of Cape D’Aguilar. It measures about one metre high, 1.5 metres long and…

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