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Hong Kong Times Square
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Best things to do in Hong Kong this April

Here’s how you can make the best out of this month

By Jenny Leung
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April has landed, and we're officially stepping into Hong Kong's springtime. And though the city's social distancing regulations are still in effect, there are still a ton of great events taking place throughout town, so you can enjoy that sweet downtime you deserve. Check out these exciting happenings you should make spaces for in your April calendars!

RECOMMENDED: Want to stay away from the crowds? There are a ton of great things you can do at homeplaces to go for fresh air, and secret islands to explore!

The best things to do in April

Hong Kong Times Square
Hong Kong Times Square
Photograph: Courtesy Hong Kong Times Square

Donald Duck’s Geometric World at Times Square

Things to do Times Square, Causeway Bay

Oh, boy, oh, boy, oh, boy! From now until June 13, Donald Duck and his friends are taking over Times Square with a whimsical carnival featuring seven interactive fun zones. Expect to be greeted by a 2.7metre-tall 'Donald Duck Tail' (see what happens if you pat his cute duck bottom!) that's stuck inside an interactive 'Donald Tunnel' where you can download limited-edition Donald Duck mobile phone wallpapers after completing some fun challenges. Other interactive zones include a six-metre-tall 'Donald Duck's Funny Hat', a swing, seesaws, a psychedelic funhouse, and more.

FriendsHKMOA arts for everything
FriendsHKMOA arts for everything
Photograph: Cara Hung

Art For Everyone @HKMoA

Art Various venues, Central

Held from now until May 23, Art For Everyone @HKMoA is a city-wide art campaign that brings the unexpected world of visual arts to the public. Gathering 100 images of artworks from HKMoA’s core collections, the campaign transforms Hong Kong into a dazzling city with different images splashed across a total of 490 billboards, digital displays, transport hubs, as well as indoor and outdoor spaces in all 18 districts. Out of the 100 artworks, 10 are AR-enabled, allowing viewers to interact and view art in a new and unique format. Discover the AR pieces at locations such as China Hong Kong City, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre and Empire Centre, Harbour City, and Hong Kong Museum of Art. For a full list of locations, artworks, and information about each artist, download the ArtForEveryone.hk AR app and find the nearest masterpieces around you!

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Ikea pop-up shop
Ikea pop-up shop
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Ikea Lee Garden Road pop-up shop

Shopping Po Wing Building, Causeway Bay

For six months, starting April 16 to October 31, Ikea is setting up a limited-time pop-up at Lee Garden Road, offering everyday living items and Swedish food. Items on offer will include energy-conscious lifestyle products – like air purifiers, portable induction hobs, bamboo tablet stands, and lamps – plants, pots, and watering cans for those wanting to add greenery in their homes, and food items like plant-based meatballs and salmon fillets. From now until May 16, enjoy select discounted products that include Swedish organic oat drinks at $19.9 (regular price $29.9) and their Treblad unbleached carrier bag at $9 (regular price $19.9) upon any purchase.

Cup Noodles Museum Hong Kong
Cup Noodles Museum Hong Kong
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Cup Noodles Museum Hong Kong in TST

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The wait is finally over – Japanese ramen brand Nissin's famous Cup Noodles Museum has finally arrived in Hong Kong! Setting up shop at China Hong Kong City in Tsim Sha Tsui, the museum offers Hongkongers a chance to 'travel' to Japan on a creative, interactive, and most importantly, a fun journey! The Hong Kong venue spans across a 10,000sq ft space and features Insta-worthy spots, the debut of a global-exclusive workshop, and two popular workshops from the original museum in Osaka, Japan. 

Visitors can now make advance bookings online for workshops on cupnoodles-museum.com.hk. For public health and crowd control purposes, only the My Cupnoodles Factory and My Granola Factory will be open for bookings. The Demae Iccho Factory will welcome ticket holders from mid-April onwards. Aside from workshops, visitors can also drop by the gift shop and browse through a variety of exclusive souvenirs, gift sets, and more. Rare Nissin-themed toys and collections are also on display at the shop. 

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Discover the State Theatre in All of Us
Discover the State Theatre in All of Us
Photograph: Courtesy New World Development

Discover the State Theatre in All of Us

Things to do State Theatre, North Point

The State Theatre will be holding an exclusive exhibition called Discover the State Theatre in All of Us before launching the full architectural conservation of the venue. Guests can travel back in time to the building’s golden age in the 1950s through an immersive exhibition that starts at the lobby ticket box office, where visitors will receive a vintage-style movie ticket. From April 1 to 30, 10am to 8pm, visitors will be able to watch historical footage of the State Theatre, from world-class performances when it used to be Empire Theatre to popular Chinese and Western movies used to be shown at the State Theatre. Virtual tours from the project will also be available online by mid-April. 

Due to limited time slots and to control the crowd, only a maximum of 300 people will be able to visit the exhibit daily. Culture for Tomorrow (CFT), the non-profit organisation founded by Adrian Cheng, will be managing crowd registrations. Guests need to register to be a member for CFT online, and email info@culturefortomorrow.org to indicate their interest to visit the event. Admission to the event is restricted to selected Culture for Tomorrow members who will receive the invitation and it is not transferable.

 

Kakao Friends New Town Plaza Museum
Kakao Friends New Town Plaza Museum
Photograph: Courtesy New Town Plaza

Kakao Friends – New Town Plaza Art Museum

Things to do New Town Plaza, Sha Tin

One of Korea's most popular cartoon Kakao Friends is bringing a whimsical art exhibition to New Town Plaza this Easter! Based on the previous Musée de Kakao Friends exhibition held at Daelim Museum in Seoul, where cartoon characters from Kakao Friends were integrated into some of the world's most celebrated art pieces, this exhibition gives viewers a fun-filled experience of appreciating art beyond the traditional way. Find popular characters such as Ryan and Apeach mischievously intruding into masterpieces such as The Creation of Adam and Girl with a Pearl Earring and turning themselves into different marble sculptures to bring you back to the mid-century! What's more, nearly 300 museum-exclusive items will be available at the pop-up store, too – get ready for a shopping frenzy!

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Fiyah Heat Store
Fiyah Heat Store
Photograph: Courtesy Fiyah Heat Store

Fiyah Heat Store pop-up

Things to do Treasure Island Beach Club, Lantau Island

Fiyah Heat Store, an online marketplace that offers over 150 hot sauces created by craft producers across the globe, will be at outdoor markets this spring to share their love of spice with Hong Kong. The online shop houses something for everyone, including sauces that range from mild to medium, hot, and very hot, as well as a collection of mustards. To give hot sauce lovers a chance to try before they buy, the team will hold a stall at markets, including Treasure Island in Pui O on March 28 and April 25, 12pm onwards as well as The Pulse in Repulse Bay on April 5, 11am onwards.

Life is Hard Installation JCNAP/Cheung Chi Wai
Life is Hard Installation JCNAP/Cheung Chi Wai
Photograph: Courtesy JCNAP/Cheung Chi Wai

Life is hard. Why do we make it so easy?

Art Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Tai Po

Inspired by the famous 2011 TED talk Life is easy. Why do we make it so hard? by Jon Jandai – which has garnered over 10 million views on YouTube – Beijing-born artist Zheng Bo has transformed Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) into the most surreal art space in town. The exhibition, which features botanical slogan installations grown using a selection of local orchids, conveys the artist’s trepidation about how human beings make life easy at the expense of other species. With the installation displayed in mid-air, Zheng invites people to reflect about the current climate and ecological crisis and encourage the viewers to live in harmony with nature. 

Aside from the hanging botanical installations, which will be exhibited at Walter Kerr Gardens of KFBG, Zheng’s botanical sketch collection, coverage of the exhibition's creative processes, and information about orchid conservation will also be on display at the Art House of KFBG.

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Taikoo Place Tong Chong Street Market Tea Festival 2021
Taikoo Place Tong Chong Street Market Tea Festival 2021
Photograph: Courtesy Taikoo Place

Tong Chong Street Market

Things to do Markets and fairs Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay

The popular Tong Chong Street Market is back. First kicking off with a Tea Festival from March to April, the themed market will feature the city’s most prevalent tea houses, each offering their own market-exclusive tea signatures. Expect special healthy matcha drinks from Matchali, cold-brewed teas from Tealosophy Tea Bar, craft fizzy tap tea from Green Ginkgo Tea, and much more. Winstons Coffee will also be introducing their Teapigs CBD iced tea for the very first time. Of course, no tea journey would be complete without something to nibble on. Market-goers can sink their teeth into a wide array of tea-infused snacks and treat from the likes of Chicken Wings Mountain, LockCha, Bon-licious Food Hall, and ChezBa, just to name a few.

Those working nearby can also place delivery orders via the Taikoo Social App to enjoy fresh food and drinks at their desk from selected vendors in the market. And if you're planning to visit the market yourself, remember to bring your own cups to enjoy a $5 discount at all food and drink stalls! The market is open every weekday (except for public holidays).

K11 Art Mall Digital Fitness Experience Store by Brainrental
K11 Art Mall Digital Fitness Experience Store by Brainrental
Photograph: Courtesy K11 Art Mall

K11 Art Mall x Brainrental 'Digital Fitness' Interactive Experience Store

Things to do Chi K11 Art Space, Tsim Sha Tsui

Say hi to Jimmy the 'digital fitness trainer' at K11 Art Mall. Poking fun at the common everyday interactions that occur between people and their digital devices, local art collective Brainrental has created a Digital Fitness interactive experience store featuring fun illustrations and innovative training equipment to help get your fingers and thumbs in tip-top shape. 

Visitors can have a full workout and train their fingers for some swiping, pinching, and scrolling action, get on a rowing machine for a literal 'like', or 'run' on the treadmill by simply eyeing up and down the social media feed being delivered on the belt! Afterwards, head up to the InConvenience Dept. pop-up store to discover a huge variety of collectables and crossover products, including figurines, candles, phone cases, fashion items, CBD-infused products, and much more.

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Hi! Flora, Fauna
Hi! Flora, Fauna
Photograph: Courtesy Art Promotion Office

Hi! Flora, Fauna

Art Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Central

Hi! Flora, Fauna is an exciting art project held at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens from now until June 30. Featuring 17 artists and art groups, the project investigates the relationship between human and nature through a variety of music performances, creative workshops, and various art mediums such as paintings, photographs, sculptures, installations, and much more. The artworks are scattered around the garden grounds, inviting visitors to go on an artistic journey inspired by the history, cultural significance, and natural surroundings of the garden. Click here to view a map guide to the artworks featured.

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