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.

Beijing is hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics from 4 to 20 February 2022. It will mark the first time China hosts the Winter Olympics, and the second time it’s hosted the Games after the Summer Olympics in 2008. China is maintaining a zero-tolerance strategy for Covid-19 during the Games. Everyone participating – close to 3,000 athletes, along with media and Games-related staff – will remain in a closed vaccine bubble, with movement limited to inside event-related areas and other locations like accommodation and catering grounds from the time they enter China until the end of the Games. Athletes and stuff…

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It’s traditional to eat in with family for Chinese New Year, gathering around the table and partaking in a huge poon choi, cutting into a whole roasted suckling pig, with scattered plates of lin gou and dumplings. But if you’d like to dine out this year, or just get into the new year spirit by tasting some of these excellent restaurants’ unique takes on traditional dishes, we’ve compiled the CNY menus and takeaway desserts and giftboxes being offered around the city right now. Pazta — The Tiger Menu Pazta’s Parmigiana di Mare e Gamberoni Tigre Pazta, the Italian restaurant in…

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(Last updated 7 Jan 2022) As the severity and extent of the Covid-19 pandemic change, so the rules for entering Hong Kong are adjusted. Countries are grouped into three categories: high risk (A), medium risk (B), and low risk (C). All arrivals must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 48 hours prior to departure (and documents showing that the testing lab is ISO15189 accredited or government-recognised), a hotel reservation confirmation for the required length of quarantine, and a vaccination record if vaccinated. Note that the vaccination record requirements are more stringent for Group A arrivals: they must…

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Chief Exec Carrie Lam has announced in a press conference today a flight ban on eight countries effective 00.00am on January 8 to 00.00am on January 21, as well as the complete closure of 15 venue types including bars, clubs, LCSD venues, sports centres, beauty clinics, and cruise ships starting January 7. From Friday, restaurants will also return to offering only takeaway from 6pm to 5am, on top of all staff needing to have at least one vaccine dose by February 24. The eight banned countries are Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, the UK, and the US. Anyone…

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In the cultural mixing pot that is Hong Kong, there are new exciting dining and drinking concepts popping up all the time, from innovative fine dining and 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/bar openings guide, updated monthly. New restaurants Mora (摩) Baked sweet potato with soy milk ice cream (© Mora) Chef Vicky Lau of two Michelin starred TATE Dining Room and Date by TATE will open Mora, a modern Chinese restaurant on the historic Upper Lascar Row,…

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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 6th and 7th cycle designated quarantine hotels (DQH) is valid for quarantine periods from 1 December 2021 to 28 February 2022 and 1 March 2022 to 31 July 2022, respectively. Four hotels from the 7th cycle – W Hong Kong, Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East, Nina Hotel Causeway Bay, and iclub Mong Kok Hotel – will start accepting…

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There are a fair number of statutory holidays in Hong Kong designed to celebrate important events and festivals. Each year the department takes note of which holidays fall on the weekend. In many cases, they then designate a weekday (usually the first Monday following the holiday) as a general holiday to make up for the lack of day off. For example, the Employee’s Ordinance states that when the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd day of the Lunar New Year falls on a Sunday, the 4th day is designated as a statutory holiday. Here, we’ve noted which holidays will get you that…

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Hong Kong has a lot to boast in its cocktail and speakeasy scene, and what goes hand in hand with that is the shisha. Focused especially on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon are tons of really cool bars that also have shisha offerings, as well as dedicated smoking lounges. Whether you’re looking for a rooftop to smoke while eyeing the skyline, a darkened lounge for intimate conversation, or a spot to fill your stomach and your hookah craving at the same time, we have the best options for shisha right here. AWA Teasha Lounge — Causeway Bay Inside Japanese lounge and bar…

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Registration for the Hong Kong Health Code opened on December 10. The system is meant to facilitate quarantine-free travel between Guangdong, Macau, and Hong Kong. The health code stores information like a negative nucleic acid test result and vaccination records, allowing users to present a green QR code when at the mainland Chinese border if the user is eligible to be exempt from quarantine. Borders between the three places are yet to open, and no official announcement of when they will open has been made. The Hong Kong government stated in a press release that registration has been opened pre-border…

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When we first got the email about LifeHub’s IV drip treatment, we thought the name must be a gimmick. There aren’t actual needles involved, are there? But a Google search revealed otherwise. In the last five to 10 years, IV therapy for quick delivery of skin, hair, and bodily function-benefitting vitamins has started to become more popular in beauty clinics. A brave colleague volunteered to try the treatment. There were jokes about life extension and gaining superpowers (Eternals had just been released, and if anyone is timeless beauty goals, it’s Salma Hayek), but in a quite real way we anxiously…

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