7-Eleven opens yet another concept store
Indulge in the mouthwatering flavours of Chengdu cuisine while enjoying panoramic harbour views
Popular hangout under the Soho escalator officially closes
Lamborghini finally take to the seas
The government cash handout will be coming to some Hongkongers earlier than initially expected
The much-anticipated Vietnamese restaurant in Wan Chai has announced its soft opening
A host of innovative new dishes for foodies to try at this top-quality Italian restaurant in Causeway Bay
Enjoy drinks, tapas, and live music with an incredible view every weekend throughout the summer months
If you have questions about the new restrictions and rules on public gatherings and would like to keep abreast on 'what you can or can't do' or 'what is still open', we've combed through public information and recent government press releases to shed light on some of the relevant things you should know. RECOMMENDED: Read about the Hong Kong charities and nonprofits that need your support during these difficult times.
Tensions are high in the city as fears of the outbreak spread, supermarkets run out of toilet paper, and drugstores run out of tampons. This situation is keeping everyone on the edge of their seats, leading to numerous Hong Kong events cancelled. To help keep you up to date, below are the major city events cancellations, along with restaurant and bar closings, you need to know about. We'll be updating the list continuously so stay tuned, and stay safe, folks! RECOMMENDED: Feeling under the weather? Head to one of these holistic and wellness centres.
Having been closed since January 26 due to recent events, Ocean Park will finally reopen on June 13.
Following the reopening of Ocean Park on June 13, Hong Kong Disneyland has announced that the park will be reopening on June 18.
Late-night revellers will be pleased to know that the government is allowing karaoke lounges, nightclubs, and party rooms to reopen from Friday as the city relaxes more of its social distancing measures. Following the reopening of bars and cinemas in early May, these entertainment venues will be allowed to operate at half their capacity, seating no more than four people per table in nightclubs while karaoke lounges and party venues are only allowed a maximum of eight people in a room. Dance floors will remain off-limits and live performances prohibited. Guests and staff are advised to wear a mask at all times, while measures like temperature checks and the provision of hand sanitiser will be part of the required regulations. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) also announced the reopening of their performance venues and music centres on June 1. Also, limited transit services are scheduled to return to Hong Kong airport starting June 1 after the suspension of operations back in late March. If you have questions about the latest social distancing restrictions and rules on public gatherings, visit our guide on the things you can and can't do in Hong Kong right now.
The government has announced that from Friday, May 8, many of the city's social distancing measures will be relaxed amid the recent drop in new COVID-19 cases in the city. From Friday, people will be able to gather in public spaces in groups of eight – increased from four – and many establishments will be allowed to reopen, including bars, fitness centres, beauty parlours, and cinemas. While bars will be able to open at half capacity, seating only four people per table, nightclubs, karaoke rooms, and party rooms are set to remain closed for a further two weeks.
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Check out some of Hong Kong’s most tea-tastic cocktails you need to try this summer.
Take your pick from these refreshing gin quenchers and sip your way through summer.
A roundup of some of the most unexpected things you can do right here in the city.
Whether you're itching to get outside as soon as the sun shows its face, or planning ahead for the coming months when beach season gets in full swing, there’s plenty here for you to channel your inner beach bum.
From cold soups and noodles to the freshest, chilled seafood, here are some of the best dishes in Hong Kong to cool down with this summer.
Staying in and working from home is becoming the world's new normal until the current outbreak is contained. In our city, the tension and panic have eased up, but many people are still spending more time indoors. If you're staying in or looking for things to do while social distancing, we've rounded up some recommendations for virtual workshops, home exercises, movies to watch, live streams, delivery options, and even what hand sanitizers and masks to buy to keep the virus at bay. RECOMMENDED: Stay up to date with the latest travel guidance and developments from Hong Kong.
Whether you need some delicious food, coffee, bubble tea, groceries, alcohol or cocktails, books, or some lush plants to beautify your homes, these delivery services are riding to your rescue.
"How did that crack on the ceiling get there?", "Has this chair always been so squeaky?", "That patch of mould definitely did not just grow overnight..." – all these random questions and thoughts may start popping into your head as cabin fever kicks in. But fear not! As we're here to help. Well, you guys are. We took to Instagram and asked all you beautiful people out there what kind of things you're doing to stay (relatively) sane at home, here are the results: RECOMMENDED: Working from home? Here are some top tips on how you can stay productive throughout the day.
Sticking to a regular exercise regime has become a much harder task without the physical space. Even so, we have to understand that these are some interesting times we live in. Maintaining healthy habits and a fitness routine in any way possible is more important than ever, especially for staying sane while staying in. There are a handful of fitness studios in Hong Kong that are adjusting and continuing to offer — from a distance — community and guidance, encouraging daily movement and helping people stay healthy. Here are our top five Hong Kong-based home workout programmes to suit every age and interest that you can follow remotely right now and in-studio when they reopen! While we're not sure how long this will go on for, we also know that this isn't forever. As we near the end of the city's second week of gym closures, we encourage you to show support and love for local businesses in whatever way you can, these guys are the heart and soul of our communities.RECOMMENDED: Wanna get out while keeping your distance? Check out these Hong Kong jogging spots.
This month, expect feel-good reality shows, hilarious rom-coms, and action-packed movies. So, you know the drill – grab the popcorn, settle down on the couch, and let’s run through some of the best films and shows to watch on Netflix in July. By Jenny Leung and Natalie Lam RECOMMENDED: In need of some extra laughs? Check out these iconic Hong Kong comedies from the 2000s!
Hong Kong has long been one of the world’s most beloved metropolises, and this certainly isn’t lost on directors and producers when capturing our unique city in movies. The narrow back alleys lined with traditional eateries, the bustling malls in sleek skyscrapers that shoot skyward, this perfect entrepot between east and west – literally nowhere else looks like this. Despite the negative side of colonialism, Hong Kong’s unique history is what shaped the city into what it’s known as today: a melting pot of countless different cultures, cuisines and architecture styles. Let’s take a look at some of the Fragrant Harbour’s coolest movie locations that are incredible for the ‘gram. By Ashlyn Chak RECOMMENDED: if you're a movie buff, then you'll love our list of best films from the 2010s or the greatest ever Kung Fu movies made in Hong Kong.
Social distancing doesn't mean we can't have fun with our friends. Even when confined from homes, we need human interaction. Here comes Netflix with a solution for lone movie nights, a Google Extension called Netflix Party is now available to set up on your computers so you can enjoy movie marathons with your pals. You can watch Netflix hits with multiple friends and chat about it throughout the show. The extension synchronizes video playback, so you can always go back to missed scenes. RECOMMENDED: Binge-watch K-dramas instead or other other new movies streaming online.
As much as we adore Hong Kong and the abundance of activities it offers us, every once in a while, the long working hours, expensive rent for a tiny flat, along with various other little annoyances can really add up and put you in a crummy mood. When the world is getting on your nerves, what you need is a quick mood-booster. These 10 movies on Netflix Hong Kong will make you laugh till you cry, feel warm and fuzzy inside, and have you strutting through the rest of the week like you just walked out of a Beyoncé concert.RECOMMENDED: Need love in your life? Try one of Hong Kong’s best romcoms. Or if you need to vent, read about the things that make us mad and realise you’re not alone.
The new wave cinema movement emerged around the world from the 50s to the 80s as a rejection of conventional cinematic production techniques and narratives, which many young filmmakers saw as formulaic and played out. New wave films often eschewed conventional narrative patterns in favour of non-linear storytelling focused on feelings rather than a plot, used non-professional actors, and experimented heavily with the way that shots were framed and filmed. However, Hong Kong's new wave cinema movement was arguably more restrained by financial considerations than its regional contemporaries, as the production of many films were financed primarily by pre-sales. This resulted in several key stylistic differences – a tendency to stay within traditional genres, the casting of celebrity actors, and a lack of the 'stillness' that made other new wave titles from abroad conceptually interesting yet challenging to watch. As such, films from Hong Kong new wave are more down-to-earth and accessible than one might expect; it's more than likely that you've watched many new wave films without even knowing it. But despite restrictions, these directors still produced progressive films that ultimately pushed the envelope for cinema forward. By Ethan Lam RECOMMENDED: If you’re in the mood for – no pun intended – something else to watch, check out our lists of best rom-coms, comedies, horror films, wuxias, and even x-rated flicks.
It’s not just cheesy rom-coms, gritty crime thrillers, martial arts flicks, and artsy new wave productions that the contemporary local film industry is famous for. In this modern age, the comedies of Hong Kong’s past are often overlooked, but the fact is that the city has always created great comedies. The 2000s arguably produced some of the funniest ones – here are some humorous highlights from Hong Kong’s extensive film catalogue. By Ethan Lam RECOMMENDED: Want to feel like you’re in the movies? Pay a visit to some of the coolest movie locations in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong was once the Hollywood of the East. At its peak, around the early 90s, the local movie industry was first in the world in terms of per capita production as well as the second largest exporter of films, second only to the US.The influence of Hong Kong cinema can be seen far and wide. Bruce Lee remains a global icon, his martial arts movies classics. The groundbreaking action of The Matrix would never have come about if not for John Woo films and the action chereography of Yuen Woo-ping. Quentin Tarantino ripped off Ringo Lam’s City on Fire for his debut, 1992’s Reservoir Dogs. Moonlight owes much to the style of Wong Kar-wai films and the autuer was an influence acknowledged by Soffia Coppola when she collected the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Lost in Translation.So with such a massive cultural legacy what are the best Hong Kong movies of all time? We present to you this definitive ranking of the best films made until 20XX.RECOMMENDED: Down for some laughs instead? Here are some hilarious shows you can stream online. If you're into something more relaxing, these live streams and virtual tours ought to do the trick.
From K-pop to K-grub to K-beauty, there are tons of reasons why Korea is loved by many. Now that we're staying at home all the time, a good Korean drama will certainly keep your bums on the couch. But if you're looking for something light and fun to watch, Korean variety shows are the way to go. Don't believe us? Scroll down and see for yourself. RECOMMENDED: Want to stick to local movies instead? Then it's a good thing we've put together this list of the 100 best movies in Hong Kong.
While various cities are slowly opening up, overseas travel might not be the first thing on everyone's mind, especially for those wanting to play it safe. But if you're getting bored from your daily work and home routine and are looking for a change of scenery, our local hotels are offering great staycation packages to welcome the summer months. Pack your bags and treat yourself to a vacation that's not too far away from home. Enjoy a good night's sleep, indulge in delicious dining options, and get to support these hospitality businesses during these trying times. RECOMMENDED: If you're looking for things to do in Hong Kong, check out our picks of the best events and happenings around town this month
While many of us enjoy a good strenuous hike, sometimes there's nothing better than enjoying a good trek in nature without the need to exert ourselves to the absolute fullest. Considering that the Hong Kong summer is well and truly upon us, short wanders out in nature – in which sweating is kept to reasonable rather than torrential levels – can prove especially prudent, especially for those who are tired of staying in all day watching Netflix with the AC on full blast. Here are some of the best hikes in Hong Kong that take less than one hour to complete once you've got yourself there by public transport or other means. By Hoi Man YauRECOMMENDED: What better way to avoid the heat than avoiding the sun? Check out the Best Night Hikes in Hong Kong.
Have you done everything there is to do on Lamma? Is Cheung Chau getting a little too hipster for you? Hong Kong is home to more than 250 islands, so there’s no need for you to keep revisiting the same old spots. And if you’re looking for gorgeous sandy beaches, picturesque hikes and free things to do, these islands have them all and more.
Lantau is a gem of an island well worth a visit for Hongkongers in the mood for some outdoor exploration. That's right, on top of its reputable restaurants and cool cafes, there's an array of enchanting landscapes and spiritual features for you to explore whilst keeping your distance from people. Read on for our list of some inspiring outdoorsy things to do on Hong Kong's largest island. RECOMMENDED: For those who want to see HK's nature at its most breathtaking, check out our list of Hong Kong's epic waterfalls.
There are more than 250 islands within Hong Kong’s territory. But thanks to its famous bun festival – where residents scramble up tall totems for lucky buns – Cheung Chau is one of the most well-known of our outlying islands. The isle offers scenic cycling routes, is a foodie paradise and is home to an increasing number of hipster cafés and hidden shops as well. So hop on a ferry armed with this guide and discover all the best things to do and eat in Cheung Chau. RECOMMENDED: Fancy exploring a lesser-known, yet still charming island? Check out our ultimate guide to Peng Chau.
Sai Kung may not be the most convenient neighbourhood to get to, but its gorgeous beaches and picturesque hikes make it well worth the effort. Sai Kung also offers some excellent outdoor water sports, including see-through kayaking and snorkelling. And that’s not all. The peninsula is home to amazing al fresco seafood restaurants and authentic local desserts too. Don’t know where to start? Read on to learn all the best things to do and eat in Sai Kung. RECOMMENDED: If you prefer something more nostalgic, try heading to one of our city's best retro restaurants or cafes.
There’s more to this outlying island than just its famous bun festival.
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In the past eighty-some years, the kidney-shaped parcel of land that is San Po Kong has developed a rich history, and boasts a plethora of old-timey sights and vintage delights. Though San Po Kong was originally a barren plot that was later adapted as one of the runways for the former Kai Tak Airport. After two short decades, it was transformed into an industrial sector when the ‘50s and ‘60s saw Hong Kong’s shift from a mere entrepôt to a rapidly-growing industrial city with a booming, manufacturing-based economy. Nestled comfortably between Wong Tai Sin and Diamond Hill and situated right above the now-residential acreage that used to be the Kai Tak Airport, this compact grid of industrial and residential buildings has become a goldmine for great eateries and many more hidden gems. If you’re looking for new, recherché spots to hit in one of the most overlooked parts of Hong Kong, look no further and take a look at our ultimate neighbourhood guide for the best places to visit in San Po Kong. By Angel Hong, translated by Andrea Hui
Lantau, the largest of Hong Kong’s many islands, is no longer a remote district frequented only by travellers with suitcases and trail runners with neon gear. The island – which encompasses villages such as Mui Wo and Tai O, as well as the new town of Tung Chung – is dynamic and diverse, offering something for everyone. Find your ultimate outdoor adventure, explore Hong Kong’s lesser-known history, plan a serene staycation or finally check out those tourist hotspots you’ve always been meaning to see. If you’re planning to visit this outlying district, here are our recommendations for the best things to do, eat and see while you’re there. By Yvonne Lau RECOMMENDED: After exploring this massive island, check out some of the other incredible things to do in Hong Kong.