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The best things to do in Hong Kong this weekend

Here's how you can make the most of your days off

Jenny Leung
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Jenny Leung
Written by
Time Out Hong Kong
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Finally, it's time to enjoy some downtime after a week of hard work. If you're looking to go out and about to explore the city, there are some pretty cool things happening this weekend. From concerts to foodie events to world-class exhibitions, read on for our pick of the best activities that will keep you entertained from Friday evening through to Sunday.

RECOMMENDED: Look forward to the rest of the year with the biggest events happening in Hong Kong, or explore the city with our ultimate bucket list of the 63 most incredible things to do in town.

Things to do in Hong Kong this weekend

  • Shopping
  • Shopping & Style

As we all know by now, South Korea’s ‘little sister’ IU is set to arrive in Hong Kong very soon for two concerts on May 25 and 26. To get fans ready for the big event, a special pop-up store is in town. Head on over to Sai Street in Sheung Wan to find official merchandise like light sticks and accompanying accessories, photocards, stickers, keyrings, and more, as well as a Hong Kong-exclusive t-shirt that comes in two colourways.

Having opened on May 16 in honour of IU’s birthday, the store will be here until May 30. As with all pop-up formats, items will be available in limited quantities, and we’ve been told there are queues going up the hill, so best get your hands on the merch quickly before they all sell out!

 

  • Things to do
  • Markets and fairs
  • Causeway Bay

For two consecutive weekends starting from Friday, May 17, the area around Hysan Place in Causeway Bay will play host to the first-ever edition of the Urban Jam Festival. Kai Chiu Road, Yun Ping Road, and Pak Sha Road will be blocked off and fully pedestrianised in order to make way for dozens of stalls with food and cultural experiences. 

Apart from old-school Hong Kong snacks, homegrown farm produce, and local craft beer, look out also for a whisky bar pop-up, a tattoo space to get inked up with flash designs, and live drawing by Hong Kong’s accidental graffiti artist The Plumber King. There are also other experiences such as a blend of contemporary and traditional Shanghai barbershops, bespoke suit tailors, and a display of vintage motorcycles.

To keep the festive mood up, there will be a piano and street band jamming on both ends of Pak Sha Road, as well as a main stage right outside Hysan Place on Kai Chiu Road, where there will be performances from singers, musicians, rappers, and dancers. Don’t forget to check out their free workshops before you leave – our favourite is customising your own tote bags. Pro tip: we’re told you can also bring your old garments for a spot of customisation too.

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  • Sport and fitness
  • Quarry Bay

Looking to pick up a new sport? From May 10 to July 19, Taikoo Place is partnering up with Padel+ and Adidas to shine a light on Padel, the trending racquet sport that combines elements of tennis with squash. To encourage city dwellers to explore this new sport, a full-scale professional padel court has been set up at One Island East (next to Taikoo Park), allowing sports enthusiasts to get acquainted with the sport. The experienced team from Padel+ will also be on hand during the weekdays of the first month to give participants some tips and coaching support. 

And just to make your experience easier (and more stylish), Adidas will be debuting its professional line of padel racquets and balls in Hong Kong for the first time, so you'll have access to the best gear you need to conquer the court! Don't forget to share your padel moments on social media using the hashtag #PadelWithTaikooPlace to redeem yourself an exclusive Padel Tour 2024 laptop sleeve. Visit taikooplace.com/whatson/pa6padel2024 for more details.

Be sure to check out our beginners' guide to Padel, where we had a chat with Weston and Curtis Yu, the father-son duo and founders of Padel+, to learn all about the sport.

  • Things to do
  • Food and drink events
  • Causeway Bay

Since opening in early 2024, Draft Land’s Causeway Bay branch has flourished and become a popular hotspot for drinkers on the hunt for high-quality and affordable cocktails on tap. From May 16 to July 19, the Causeway Bay-based bar will partner with popular Scottish whisky brand, Monkey Shoulder, to promote their latest Scotch whisky release, Smokey Monkey. To kick off the highly anticipated collaboration, the bar will hold a party on May 16 from 6pm to 9pm. On the day, guests can drop into Draft Land to catch live DJ performances and enjoy the lively atmosphere that Causeway Bay’s Tang Lung Street has to offer.

During the collaboration period, Draft Land will be offering two exclusive cocktails made with Monkey Shoulder’s blended whiskies. Customers can enjoy Monkey Shoulder’s latest whisky release in Let It Burn ($110), a refreshing cocktail made with ingredients like hojicha, as well as summer fruits like pineapple and raspberries for a touch of acidity. Draft Land also uses Monkey Shoulder’s original blended malt whisky to create Salute ($120), made with ingredients like Earl Grey tea, ripe mango, and lemon, resulting in a tropical and bright cocktail. 

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  • Things to do
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

The Doulos Hope has finally arrived in Hong Kong! Offering a literary adventure for the public, the giant floating book fair boasts over 2,000 book titles of various genres ranging from novels and science to arts, cooking, religion, and more. There will also be a selection of souvenirs and merchandise available, including bags, mugs, t-shirts, keychains, and pens. When you're done book shopping, head over to the Hope Café for drinks and small bites!

The Doulos Hope will be in town from now to May 26, opening from 12.30pm to 8.15pm daily (except Mondays). Bookworms eager to hop aboard the ship will need to make a reservation in advance, and an admission fee of $20 (cash only) will be collected at the door.

  • Restaurants
  • Central

Click on the video below for a first look at the offerings!

Michelin-starred modern European restaurant Whey is celebrating its third anniversary this month by launching a limited-time collaboration with local bakery Dough Beings. Chef Barry Quek has infused a collection of pastries together with the local bakery with distinct Singaporean flavours. Priced at $458 per box, the assortment includes sweet and savoury doughnuts, croissants, and choux. The selection features croissants filled with lobster and Whey’s signature laksa mayo, pandan coffee hazelnut flavours, doughnuts filled with braised pulled pork shoulder and Whey's bak kut teh sauce reduction, strawberry with vanilla and ginger flower, and choux filled with dulce de leche and buah keluak custard, topped with shaved candlenuts.

Pre-orders start on May 13 for pickup or delivery on Fridays and Saturdays from May 17 through June 1. Delivery is available on Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon from 2pm to 6pmOrders can be placed via this link.

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  • Art
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Japan's hugely popular Naked Flowers exhibition is coming to Hong Kong for the first time! Set to run from April 27 to October 27 at 1881 Heritage in Tsim Sha Tsui, the exhibition will take visitors on an immersive journey through the world of flowers and uncover their hidden secrets. Explore colossal flower gardens and interactive spaces, and delve into the mysteries of floral life across eight experiential rooms, including the 'Naked Big Book' featuring original Naked design with projection mapping; the 'Big Flower Garden' where visitors can enjoy the fragrance of flowers; 'Microscopy of Flowers', a kaleidoscope-like space with mirrors that rotate to reflect digital art; and more. Be sure to stop at the Naked Cafe Bar where visitors can enjoy floral teas (or cocktails after 6pm!) on an interactive round table with projections of floral designs when a drink is placed down.

Tickets are available at $180 and $150 for children aged three to 11, full-time students, persons with disabilities, and seniors aged 65 or above. Children under the age of three can enter for free. Bank of China Chill Card credit card holders can also take advantage of an exclusive package for $260 to get two adult tickets and a BOGOF deal on selected drinks at the Naked Cafe Bar.

Highlights of Naked Flower Hong Kong: 

  • Things to do
  • Taikoo Shing

Feel the power of the dark side as Cityplaza and Hot Toys join forces to present Star Wars: The Power of the Dark Side. From now to June 2, immerse yourself in the iconic world of Star Wars and marvel at the huge 6.7-metre-tall Death Star; capture stunning photos at seven legendary scenes and photo spots; be among the first in the world to explore the Star Wars Collectible Figures Exhibition, and get your hands on over 120 brand-new and exclusive Star Wars collectibles at the Hot Toys pop-up store. There will also be a lucky draw offering visitors a chance to win exclusive Star Wars figures and memorabilia worth over $140,000.

Don't miss out on the exciting offers, where Cityplaza Live+ members who make a single electronic purchase of $800 or more can participate in 'Shop for Rewards' and receive a $50 Apita e-Voucher. Selected merchants will also have a variety of Star Wars products available, while Live+ members can earn an extra 5,000 points when purchasing designated items from the shops.

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  • Art
  • Installation
  • San Po Kong

Hong Kong creative Vaevae Chan and New York-based artist Jordan Kasey have collaborated to present a joint project that reflects the parallels between their lives, even though they live halfway across the world from each other. Hidden behind four identical doors in a nondescript industrial building – some of which simply open to artsy dead ends – Chan has created a subterranean world which follows on from her cave installation She Told Me to Head to The Sea from a couple of years ago, only this time the pitch-black darkness has been lifted by crystals and their refracted rainbows.

Make your way through the exhibition space to find a series of charcoal drawings and murals by Kasey which play on light, darkness, and the ensuing shadows. This is truly a multisensory journey that deserves to be experienced. See if Chan happens to be in her art space when you visit, and have a chat to understand the deeply personal story of loss, collective trauma, and multi-dimensional parallel universes that drove this series of work.

  • Things to do
  • Hong Kong

The Ikea Weekend Market is back! Taking place every Saturday and Sunday from now to May 26 at various Ikea locations (see below), the market features eight kiosks offering a range of sustainable and environmentally friendly products – from soaps and scents to accessories and handmade items – from homegrown brands, artisans, and social enterprises. Pick up some upcycled bling made from glass, or try natural skincare products made right here in Hong Kong. Do some bulk shopping and stock up on teas and locally-made Hong Kong-style snacks. While you're there, don't forget to check out the various displays showcasing how folks can live a more sustainable lifestyle with Ikea products. Happy green shopping!

Weekend Market dates and locations:

Tai Koo Plan and Order Point (April 27-28, May 4-5)
Sha Tin (May 11-12)
Tsuen Wan (May 18-19)
Kowloon Bay (May 25-26)

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  • Art
  • Painting
  • Sheung Wan

After contemporary artist Park Yoon-kyung moved to Jeju Island, she found herself inspired by the locale’s natural landscapes and scenery, rich culture, and unique spoken dialect. In this latest body of work. Park uses vibrant colours and bold brush strokes to explore the connection between humans and the natural world around them. Look out for her mastery in incorporating painted frames to create interesting three-dimensional works that transcend the traditional canvas.

  • Art
  • Public art
  • Admiralty

As part of the large-scale outdoor art project Art@Harbour 2024, the international art collective teamLab will present teamLab: Continuous at Tamar Park as well as the Central and Western District promenade. The installation will consist of hundreds of luminous ovoids that continuously change colours based on how visitors interact with them. Dozens of trees in the park will also be lit up to change colours and play sounds in response to the ovoids. See this stunning installation on the lawns of Tamar Park, where they will extend out onto Victoria Harbour to highlight Hong Kong’s vibrant waterfront. 

Art@Harbour 2024 will also see the Science in Art exhibition along the Central and Western District promenade, featuring two interactive art installations called Harbour Cup and Schrödinger’s Bed. Visit the waterfront to experience these art exhibits for yourself – teamLab has extended its run until June 8. Pre-registration will also no longer be required starting Wednesday, May 8.

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  • Things to do
  • Food and drink events
  • North Point

Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong has partnered with skincare brand Farmacy Beauty to launch an afternoon tea set inspired by the brand’s newest product range, which spotlights natural ingredients like honey, chamomile, and fig. Each tea set features sweet and savoury bites made with the skincare line’s featured ingredients, such as brie croissant with truffle spread and fresh figs, as well as parma ham crostini topped with fig chutney and whipped burrata. Other treats to look forward to include lemon and elderflower chiffon cake, and freshly made honey waffles served with chamomile whipped cream. Guests that enjoy Hyatt Centric’s collaborative tea set will receive a complimentary skincare set and a 15 percent discount coupon for Farmacy Beauty’s products.

  • Theatre
  • Musicals
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Broadway International Group brings the International Tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music to make its Hong Kong stage debut. Catch the heartwarming tale of governess Maria as she joins the family of Captain Von Trapp and his seven children, and ignites their love of music, all set against a pre-World War II backdrop. The original Broadway musical has won Tonys and Grammys over the years, and will be celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2024.

Audiences will also get to hear perennial favourite songs such as My Favourite ThingsEdelweissDo-Re-Mi, and the title track The Sound of Music. Having been sold out for its seasons in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, and the soon-to-open Shanghai, make sure to catch the Sound of Music stage production at the Xiqu Centre from April 16 to June 9.

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  • Things to do
  • Food and drink events
  • Soho

Black Sheep Restaurants is relaunching its Plated series, offering diners incredible deals each month at selected venues within the dining group. Every Monday and Tuesday this month, guests can enjoy set menus for only $388 per person at venues like Carbone, Buenos Aires Polo Club, and Grand Majestic Sichuan

At Carbone, patrons can enjoy classic New York-Italian dishes such as chicken parmesan served with broccoli AOP and pepperoncino, as well as the restaurant’s crowd-pleasing spicy rigatoni vodka. Head to Buenos Aires Polo Club to relish a lavish dining experience and begin with crispy Argentinian empanadas, before selecting between General Pico Black Angus, ribeye, or sirloin steak. Be sure to pair your steak with delightful sides such as creamed spinach, sautéed broccoli, or a portion of indulgent duck-fat fries. At Grand Majestic Sichuan, chef Theign Phan has created a six-course menu full of Sichuan fare like poached local three yellow chicken in sesame sauce, ma po tofu with Angus beef and Sichuan peppercorns, as well as wok-fried prawns with cashews in a house special gong bao sauce. 

Aside from discounted set menus, Black Sheep Restaurants is also rolling out Cork by Plated each month, allowing guests to enjoy waived corkage fees. For May, guests can bring their own wine bottles to Belon without any additional charges. Stay tuned to our page to find the newest details about the Plated series each month.

  • Things to do
  • Wan Chai

The annual SummerFest is back! This year, the annual programme will be held at the Wan Chai Harbourfront Event Space from April 5 to July 3, before heading over to the Central Harbourfront Event Space for its second round (dates TBC).

As with previous years, visitors can expect an exciting mix of events and activities spanning from arts and music to outdoor markets and sports. Thematic events will also be held on weekends, public holidays, and specific dates during this period. Together with the A-Maze-ing Harbourfront themed mazes, along with the illuminate! Run Beyond outdoor light installation, everyone is welcome to chill, play, and simply enjoy a great summer by our gorgeous waterfront.

Don't miss highlight events like the Hong Kong Dance Competition 2024, K-Wave Fiesta, Balance Bike Carnival, the Awaken Your Inner Warrior: Fit & Well Festival, Lanka Fest Hong Kong, and many more.

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  • Things to do
  • Food and drink events
  • Wan Chai

With upcoming art festivals like Art Basel and Art Central taking place in the city, vegetarian restaurant Jaja joins the fun by releasing their Taste of Arts afternoon tea set. This artsy tea set is full of colourfully decorated desserts like mushroom-shaped meringues, raspberry chocolate dipped croissants, rose-shaped mousse, and plenty more. As for savoury treats, diners can look forward to bites such as mini margherita pizzas, one-bite deep fried risotto balls, and maki sushi.

  • Things to do
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Gather around, Kirby fans! The beloved pink puffball is coming to Hong Kong to celebrate his birthday from April 26 to May 26 at LCX in Harbour City. Visitors are invited to strike a pose with a giant Kirby plush, try their luck on a Kirby-themed claw machine, try out Kirby's game series on Nintendo Switch, and meet Kirby in person on selected days between the pop-up period. Of course, the time-limited merch store is also not to be missed, offering everything for adorable Kirby plus toys to pouches, cups, tote bags, and more.

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  • Art
  • Fortress Hill

Step into the weird, wacky, and wonderful world of acclaimed British artist Gary Card at his first large-scale solo exhibition in Hong Kong titled People Mountain People Sea. Gary's diverse talents span painting, sculpture, illustration, graphic design, and set design, having worked with some of the biggest artists and designers from around the world. For this exhibition, Gary was inspired by the vibrant fusion of East and West cultures in Hong Kong. Using various objects and elements he's observed during his visits to the city, Gary has crafted a series of bold and unique artworks to transform the historic Oi! Warehouses into a multimedia art space, where animation and sound merge to create an immersive visual and sensory experience. Visit Oi! Street Art Space between now and July 28 to his works and be sure to snap pics of the giant outdoor sculpture on the Oi! Lawn.

  • Things to do
  • Performances
  • Tsuen Wan

Experience a series of top-notch performing arts programmes entirely for free across three Sundays, presented by young, local talents spanning music, theatre, dance, contemporary circus, and more.

A cappella group Boonfaysau will perform both arranged and original works, while the La P en V Innovative Dance Platform will present three pieces themed after emotional experiences such as serendipity and déjà vu. There will also be a theatre performance on classical notion of being a xiake knight, as well as a blend of contemporary dance and martial arts, tricking, parkour, capoeira, and live beatboxing by an award-winning Hong Kong dance and circus troupe. Apart from those core programmes, the Performing Arts Fun Day will also include activities like mentalist magic shows, a theatre piece about acclaimed singer Teresa Teng, and a Cantonese opera workshop. 

The Performing Arts Fun Day will be held at the Sha Tin Town Hall, the Tuen Mun Town Hall, and the Tsuen Wan Town Hall on May 12, May 19, and June 2, respectively. Admission to all programmes are free on a first-come-first-served basis.

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  • Art
  • Kowloon City

Discover the fusion of art and community at the TypePop Show hosted by Gate33 Gallery (3/F) at Airside. As part of Hong Kong's Art Month, this exhibition showcases the creative works of 10 contemporary artists, including Katol Lo, Jonathan Mak, Chi-wing Lee, Adonian Chan, and more. Expressing art through words, they weave together stories of Hong Kong's sentiment, culture, and history, focusing on the neighbourhoods of Kowloon City, San Po Kong, To Kwa Wan, and Wong Tai Sin. Don't miss the chance to immerse yourself in large-scale installations and interactive works that capture the essence of these historic pockets of Hong Kong until June 12. 

  • Art
  • Painting
  • Sheung Wan

After contemporary artist Park Yoon-kyung moved to Jeju Island, she found herself inspired by the locale’s natural landscapes and scenery, rich culture, and unique spoken dialect. In this latest body of work. Park uses vibrant colours and bold brush strokes to explore the connection between humans and the natural world around them. Look out for her mastery in incorporating painted frames to create interesting three-dimensional works that transcend the traditional canvas.

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  • Art
  • Tsuen Wan

Celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT) with their exciting Spring Programme 2024, Factory of Tomorrow. From now to July 14, immerse yourself in a fascinating group exhibition that showcases CHAT's contemporary art collection and newly commissioned works. With artworks by 19 Asian artists, the exhibition explores the role of textiles in Hong Kong's past while delving into the present and future. Through textile works, sculptures, immersive installations, and videos, artists examine themes such as technology, diversity, climate change, and our collective future. Additionally, be sure to experience new elements like the Misfitted: Unspoken Stories of Tailoring display, the interactive Illumin-Loom, as well as the reopening of the CHAT Lounge.

  • Restaurants
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

After the overwhelming popularity of The Peninsula’s collaborative afternoon tea with the Star Ferry, the hotel returns with their Afternoon Tea on the Harbour experience until June 30. Diners can hop aboard a lavishly decorated World Star ferry and enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea package as they sail along Victoria Harbour. The Peninsula’s tea menu provides plenty of savoury bites, such as abalone tart with seaweed cauliflower mousse, ham and mustard seed sandwich, smoked salmon and avocado spread sandwich, and more. As for desserts, guests can indulge in treats like milk tea choux puff, fermented bean curd and peanut brownie with milk chocolate cream, and the hotel’s signature raisin scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam.

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  • Things to do
  • Hong Kong

Hong Kong escape room, Lost, has joined hands with Lego to present Hong Kong's first-ever Lego themed escape room. Inspired by the Lego City sets, Lost brings the vibrant landscape of the Lego City Police Prison Island to life. With two distinct storylines, players (aged six and above) can either become inmates and find ways to escape prison, or take on the role of prison guards to investigate and prevent the jailbreak. Both rooms incorporate the use of Lego bricks to activate various mechanisms.

Book your tickets from Feb 1 to Jun 30 at Lost's Causeway Bay branch or the Lost Junior New Town Plaza location in Sha Tin. Each ticket also includes a $50 redemption coupon to redeem a special Lego souvenir! 

  • Things to do
  • Food and drink events
  • West Kowloon

Café 103 at The Ritz Carlton teams up with popular American cookie brand, Poppins, to launch an all-American inspired afternoon tea. The afternoon tea set throws it back to the United States in the 1940s and 50s, and allows guests to try a curated range of retro American morsels. Enjoy flavourful savoury bites like mini reuben sandwiches and barbeque smoked pulled pork in choux puffs, or dig into sweets like red velvet cake, key lime pie verrine, or carrot cake. During the afternoon tea, guests will get to savour Poppins’ best-selling item – Rocher hazelnut cream pie – as well as the pistachio cookie, an exclusive new cookie flavour created for the collaborative afternoon tea menu. All guests who enjoy Café 103’s afternoon tea set will receive a 10 percent discount voucher, which can be used to purchase the Poppins’ cookies from their pop-up store at Sogo in Causeway Bay.

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  • Things to do
  • Wan Chai

To celebrate the grand opening of the new Wan Chai Harbourfront Event Space, the 13,300sq m venue will turn into an 'A-Maze-ing Harbourfront' featuring five themed mazes that will transport visitors into a world of immersive art and adventure.

Fusing elements of creative art, entertainment, and Instagrammable spots, each maze offers its own unique theme and experience suitable for visitors of all ages. The Time Maze will take you through a time-travelling tunnel using light and shadow, while the Infinite Mirror Maze allows visitors to view their endless mirror reflections and admire the beautiful Hong Kong skyline. Other mazes include Lost in the Woods, which draws inspiration from the iconic bamboo scaffolding structures of Hong Kong; Light Box Maze, featuring colourful lighting effects; and Air Maze, an inflatable maze specially designed for the little ones with various obstacles and hidden passages.

Mark your calendars for March 15 as the 'A-Maze-ing Harbourfront' opens for 10 consecutive days from 7am to 11pm. Best of all, admission is completely free of charge!

  • Museums
  • Film and TV
  • Central

This year marks a century since the birth of Dr Louis Cha, better known by his pen name Jin Yong, the literary giant who wrote numerous hit martial arts novels that earned a place among classic Chinese literature. Starting from March 15, there will be a range of events and exhibitions that pay tribute to Jin Yong’s work and legacy, as well as to create unique cultural intellectual property that tells Hong Kong stories.

‘The World of Wuxia’ at Edinburgh Place will present 10 sculptures of Jin Yong’s most iconic characters, created by sculptor Ren Zhe. Apart from figures of Xiaolongnü, Yang Guo, Abbess Miejue, the Golden Wheel Monk, and more, there will also be a Mongolian yurt inspired by The Eagle-shooting Heroes, where visitors can recreate famous scenes with audio guides and AR technology. A larger exhibition of Ren Zhe’s sculptures will also be on show at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Sha Tin from March 16 to October 7, along with seminars, talks, immersive experiences, and a manuscript display.

As the birthplace of Jin Yong’s wuxia novels, Hong Kong has always been known as a city of diverse peoples and cultures. The organisers of his centennial events have therefore collaborated with international institutions and foreign consulates in Hong Kong to create interactive artistic experiences that promote Jin Yong’s novels as a way to appreciate Chinese culture and tell Hong Kong stories. While most Hongkongers will already have vivid shared memories of Jin Yong and his famous works, younger generations can now also be  introduced to these literary classics.

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  • Things to do
  • Exhibitions
  • Sha Tin

The iconic singer and actor Anita Mui needs no introduction in Hong Kong. Since we’re approaching the end of the year, which marks the 20th anniversary of her passing, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum has organised an exhibition that celebrates Mui’s many achievements in music and film, as well as her remarkable contributions to Hong Kong’s pop culture.

Browse through 70 exhibits such as stage costumes, record covers, movie posters, film stills, and more. The prominent fashion designer Eddie Lau – who worked with Mui through the heights of her career and remained a lifelong friend – has generously donated 20 pieces to this exhibition, including eight stage costumes from different eras of Mui’s musical journey, as well as an autographed vinyl record.

There will also be a range of special programmes and public talks to complement the exhibition, including a screening of the 1988 movie Rouge, for which Mui won Best Actress at the Golden Horse and Hong Kong Film Awards.

  • Art
  • West Kowloon

This major special exhibition at the Hong Kong Palace Museum highlights the former glory of the Yuan Ming Yuan imperial garden, which was also known as the ‘Garden of All Gardens’. With artefacts such as paintings, calligraphy, ceramics, architectural models, drawings, and prints – many of which are on display in Hong Kong for the very first time – this event provides a great look into the life and artistry of the Qing court. 

The garden-palace was first constructed by the Emperor Kangxi and later fully developed by his fourth son, Emperor Yongzheng, with a total of five emperors continually adding to the Yuan Ming Yuan over the course of more than a century. It was the most favoured imperial residence outside of the Forbidden City and boasted spectacular landscaping, scenery, and architecture. The Yuan Ming Yuan was sadly looted and destroyed during the Second Opium War, but this exhibition aims to transport visitors back to the height of its glory through five thematic sections on its overall layout, the seasonal festivities that were celebrated, its landscaping design, imperial family life within the grounds, and its eventual destruction.

The displays will also be complemented by documentary screenings of The Lei Family, who were the Qing dynasty royal architects over several generations and had worked on the Yuan Ming Yuan. Standard tickets cost $150 and will also grant access to other thematic exhibitions in the Hong Kong Palace Museum, while a special combo ticket costing $220 will allow visitors to also view the Botticelli to Van Gogh exhibition on the same day.

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