The giant inflatable rubber duck that was a fixture on Victoria Harbour in 2013 will return to the city this year to mark the 10-year anniversary of its first visit to Hong Kong. Only this time, there will be two ducks, both 18 metres tall.

A trial run for the ducks, which are part of Dutch artist Florentjin Hofman’s Rubber Duck Project, was conducted at the Tam Kon Shan Road shipyard in Tsing Yi on Thursday morning. The organiser of the exhibition, AllRightsReserved, said that more details about the ducks’ 2023 stay in Hong Kong will be revealed in an announcement on June 1.

The last time the project came to Hong Kong ten years ago, it was on display for a month between May and June and drew more than 8,000,000 visitors. It deflated mid-way through its stay, but was reinflated five days later and put back on display.

The Rubber Duck was first created in 2007 by Hofman and has popped up in Sydney, Australia, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and many other cities around the world. The design was inspired by a rubber duck made by a Hong Kong company called Tolo Toys.

Header image credits: @doubleducks_official via Instagram

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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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