Hong Kong authorities revealed details about the Happy Hong Kong initiative, a series of dining, leisure and sports activities that will run from April until August this year, which was announced as part of the 2023-2024 budget.

The promotional video played at the launch of the Happy Hong Kong campaign (© GovHK)

The highlights of the initiative are:

  1. Gourmet Marketplaces: This will include three large-scale weekend food fairs that will feature Chinese, Hong Kong, Asian and international cuisine at three venues in the city: Wan Chai (April 29-30), Sha Tin (May 6-7), and Kwun Tong (June 3-4). The first event at Wan Chai will be ticketed, and the other two will be free. The 100,000 tickets for the food fairs will be given out at the 18 district offices from Wednesday.
  2. Cinema Day 2023: On April 29, all cinema movie tickets will be priced at HK$30. The Hong Kong Theatres Association will announce further details about the initiative.
  3. Harbour Chill Carnival: A free-to-enter land-sea carnival at Wan Chai Promenade every weekend from July 8-August 6 that will showcase musical performances on Hong Kong’s first floating stage, breakdance and skateboarding demonstrations, fireworks displays and a special version of the Symphony of Lights.
  4. Ocean Park Chill All Night: As part of this event that will take place on June 3, 10, 17 and 24, 5,000 visitors will get free entry to Ocean Park Hong Kong to watch live band and DJ performances and lagoon shows, and avail catering discounts.
  5. 2023 Olympic Day and Asian Games Fun Run: This event will take place at West Kowloon Cultural District on June 18.

Financial Secretary Paul Chan said he hoped that the public would use their consumption vouchers at these events, especially since the first instalments were paid out to eligible recipients on April 16.

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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.

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