Author: Danielle Lam

Born in Canada, Danielle is deep diving into the things that make Hong Kong a city of intermingling identities, and bridging the information gap as someone trying to navigate the city herself as a cultural inbetweener. Sometimes this means examining culture and local people’s stories, and other times it means drinking all the milk tea and doing walking explorations of peripheral districts.

M+ Museum has announced its grand opening for Friday, November 12, with an opening ceremony and media tour scheduled for the day prior. The upside-down-T monolith of a building boasts 17,000 sq. metres of exhibition space across 33 galleries, along with a rooftop garden, two museum shops, and cafés and restaurants. M+ is being touted as Asia’s first global museum of contemporary visual culture. Xiqu Centre opened in 2019, the first landmark of the WKCD It is part of the development of the West Kowloon Cultural District along with already opened Xiqu Centre, a performing arts theatre, and the upcoming…

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Photographer Benny Lam shocked the world with Subdivided Flats, a photo series for a campaign by local NGO SoCo shedding light on Hong Kong’s housing problem. While their existence was not unknown, awareness of just how tiny the ‘coffin cubicles’, which originated in the financial hub, really were was on the periphery of the international community’s minds. The cluttered birdseye perspective, capturing the entirety of subjects’ possessions in a single shot, brought the reality into sharp focus. A 2016 Census & Statistics Department report showed that almost 200,000 people live in coffin homes. What are coffin homes? Official terminology for…

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Around 11,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste are dumped into Hong Kong’s landfills every day. Plastic accounts for 21% of this waste. In 2018, the recovery rate of plastic recyclables was at a mere 7%, down from the previous year’s 13%. Local environmental groups say change needs to happen quickly and go beyond recycling to exponential waste reduction. We spoke to 2009 Medal of Honour recipient and founder of sustainability NGO The Green Earth, Edwin Lau, about the plastic crisis and what more the government could be doing to speed up greening the city. How have you seen people’s attitudes…

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Hong Kong has numerous museums dedicated to the social, historical, cultural, and artistic productions and evolution of the city. Here, we provide a summary of the permanent and special exhibitions currently on at Hong Kong’s major museums. Some special exhibitions require an extra entrance fee on top of the museum admission ticket. If no fee is stated, visitors can enjoy free access. Hong Kong Museum of Art Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 2721 0116 When Form Matters: Following the Path of Lui Shou-kwan to Zen Painting Lui Shou-kwan was a pioneer of…

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Hong Kong’s 24-strong delegation has taken five medals at the Tokyo Paralympics, with two silver medals and three bronze medals. The athletes who medalled over the 12-day competition are: Leung Yuk-wing, Vivian Lau Wai-yan, and Wong Kwan-hang, silver in mixed pairs boccia,Chu Man-kai, silver in men’s singles badminton,Chan Ho-yuen, bronze in men’s singles badminton,Wong Ting-ting, bronze in women’s individual table tennis,Leung Yuk-wing, bronze in mixed individual boccia. Mixed pairs team Leung Yuk-wing and Vivian Lau Wai (© Hong Kong Paralympic Committee) Para badminton player Daniel Chan (© Hong Kong Paralympic Committee) The most densely packed season of the year for…

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There are new restaurants popping up all the time in Hong Kong, from fine dining concepts to internationally known restaurants coming to the city for the first time to locally-born exploratory fusion. Stay on top of the need-to-knows of the dining scene with our restaurant openings guide, updated monthly. New restaurants 1908BC British Chinese — British Chinese Pork belly bao (© 1980BC) 1908BC is a first – a restaurant celebrating the Chinese takeaway dishes that have evolved in Britain since the influx of Chinese migrants following the Chinese Civil War. The restaurant’s name nods to the year the first Chinese…

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Following the end of the Olympic Games on August 8, we now train our eyes back on Tokyo for the Paralympic Games running from August 24 to September 5. One hundred and sixty three nations are competing in 22 sports. Of these, Hong Kong is sending 24 athletes to vie for medals in 8 sports. Six stations are broadcasting certain events for free: HK Open TV (Fantastic Television Limited), Hong Kong Cable Television Limited (i-Cable), PCCW Media Limited (NowTV), TVB, Viu TV, and RTHK. Check the official events schedule here. Hong Kong has historically done well at the Summer Paralympics,…

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When Hong Kong introduced the maximum quarantine period of 21 days in a designated hotel in December 2020, it was the longest quarantine required anywhere in the world. With daily cases staying under 50 since March, people in Hong Kong are questioning the government’s decision to maintain the 21-day mandate, especially with more and more stories coming out of lingering anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and insomnia after undergoing 2- and 3-week quarantines. Judith Blaine, a research associate in the psychology department at Rhodes University, published a paper in the Psychology and Behavioral Sciences journal in May delving into the…

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The historical Central Market, the first wet market in Hong Kong, will hold a soft opening on August 23 after four years of structural and cosmetic renovation. The market has been closed for 18 years. The building was first constructed in 1842 as a local market. Over the next 180 years, the building was repurposed four times. The current iteration was erected in 1938 in a Bauhaus architectural style. At the time, it was one of the first markets to sell fresh food to people of all social classes and the largest meat market in Southeast Asia. After the Urban…

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Hong Kong is requiring 7, 14, and 21 day long quarantine periods in accredited hotels depending on which country you’re coming from and whether or not you’ve received the full immunization regimen of your particular COVID-19 vaccine. The following list of 5th cycle quarantine hotels is valid for quarantine periods from September 1 to November 30, 2021. If the last day of your planned quarantine falls after the validity period, it’s best to wait for the next list to be released before you make your booking, as some hotels will be removed and others added. The hotels in each district…

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