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K-Market brings life to Kennedy Town during Mid-Autumn Festival

  • By: Hanzhi YANG、Xiya RUIEdited by: Ming Min AW YONG
  • 2023-10-02

Since Friday, strings of lanterns have lit up Belcher Bay Promenade in Kennedy Town to welcome the Mid-Autumn Festival. Many of the visitors also brought their own lanterns. Compared with last year's Mid-Autumn Festival, when Kennedy Town was quiet amid the pandemic, this year’s K-Market has brought life back to the district.l. Coinciding with the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day, the K-Market will run from September 29 to October 2 from 3pm to 11pm. Entrance is free. Jointly organized by the Development Bureau, Sketch Culture and SlainteHK, the fair is also known as the "Night Market and Music Festival". Several local bands and DJs transformed it into a music town from 4pm to 10pm. The festival includes around 60 retail booths, offering  dry goods and food stalls, free activity booths, handicraft workshops, and more.   At around 9:30 PM, Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu arrived to inspect and feel the festive spirit.  "I'm so happy to hear that there is something to buy and eat," said Lee. He asked visitors about their views on the K-Market and hope each place to be unique and popular. Lin Caiying, a mother of four from Foshan in Guangdong, chose Hong Kong as their family’s destination during the Mid-Autumn Festival.  "I have always wanted to travel to Hong Kong, but I was unable to cross the border before," said Lin. "But when the border reopened this year, and we have seven days off because of the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day, my husband and I decided to bring our children to see," she said. "My kids made flower knots in a craft workshop and they love it. It’s the best Mid-Autumn Festival holiday for us," she said. Both kids were holding lanterns as souvenirs. With local bands and DJs taking turns to perform …

Culture & Leisure

New archeological discoveries from Sanxingdui sites unveiled at Hong Kong Palace Museum

  • By: Juncong SHUAI、Yuqi CHUEdited by: Chengqi MO
  • 2023-09-27

The Hong Kong Palace Museum exhibition of Sanxingdui relics opened Wednesday, with nearly half of the 120 artefacts unearthed since 2020 and showing for the first time in a major exhibition outside Sichuan province. The bronze, gold, jade and ceramic artifacts dating back 2,600 to 4,500 years are from the Sanxingdui, Jinsha and Bodun archeological sites on the Chengdu Plain. Twenty-three items are grade-one national treasures. Sanxingdui, referring to three remnants of man-made mounds that might have been part of ancient city walls, was first discovered in the late 1920s near Guanghan, Sichuan province. “The reason why we choose to unveil many of the new discoveries in Hong Kong is that compared to the mainland, there is a lack of knowledge of ancient Chinese culture,” said Lei Yu, the curator of Sanxingdui Museum. “The new archeological discoveries are significant because they extend our understanding of Sanxingdui or Shu cultures, with abundant bronze wares that have never been seen before,” Lei added. "After viewing these relics, I was particularly shocked by the beauty and design, which express the Sanxingdui people's respect for nature and gods," said Richard Cheng, a 65-year-old Hong Kong resident. "The exhibition really empowers my cultural confidence." The exhibition is divided into four thematic sections which explore the art, urban life, belief systems and the origins and legacy of the ancient Shu civilization. The exhibition has over 10 multimedia displays, including a holographic projection of a bronze tree and virtual reconstruction of a broken bronze figure. “After watching this exhibition, I find ancient Chinese culture so mysterious,” Zack Brown, 34, said. “ It’s amazing that scholars don’t exactly know what these artefacts were used for thousands of years ago, which leaves space for imagination.” Ray Chen, 22, a student from Chinese University of Hong Kong, said he was disappointed …

Culture & Leisure

Hong Kong immigrants take a breather from “lower-end” UK jobs

  • By: Yixin GaoEdited by: Bella Ding
  • 2023-07-26

With more than 144,000 Hong Kong people immigrating to Britain since the launch of the British Overseas Visa scheme in January 2021, their living and working conditions in the country are major concerns. Some found it difficult to get a decent job in the United Kingdom and others chose to start their own business or yielded to lower-end jobs in the foreign country. Fanny Leung, one of the shop owners of a Hong Kong style rice noodle restaurant called Yun Gui Chuan, considers the catering industry as a good opportunity to develop a new business. She said the rental cost of shops in London is much cheaper than in Hong Kong. But as some Asian ingredients are not commonly used in Britain, the expenses of importing ingredients are higher than in Hong Kong. The restaurant also needs to pay higher salaries to staff. “There are not many similar restaurants in London so the market environment is quite friendly to us. And even though some ingredients are relatively hard to get, many important ones (ingredients), such as pork, are much cheaper than in Hong Kong. However, the high tax rate is indeed a big disadvantage to running a business in Britain,” said Leung. However, revenue is more fluctuated in the UK. Fanny explained that one of the reasons is that footfall of the restaurant will be affected by the weather, season or even weekdays. “In Brick Lane, the footfall will have a great jump during the weekend, they may have to work continuously without resting or lunch hours to serve the customer.” She also believes that the footfall in winter will drop sharply, making their revenue varied. Yun Gui Chuan is a fast casual restaurant chain founded in Hong Kong more than 9 years ago. Operating a London branch of the …

Culture & Leisure

Going green could be expensive but worthwhile in the UK

  • By: Bella Ding、Zimo ZHONG、Le Ha NGUYENEdited by: Bella Ding
  • 2023-07-21

Paprika is a spice made from dried, ground peppers used in Spanish and English cuisines, and among different flavours, smoked paprika won great popularity with BBC listing 261 recipes in total using this ingredient under its food column. The ordinary smoked paprika sold at grocery stores costs around £1.69 for 75g while the same product tagged environment-friendly costs £1.3 for just 10g, or nearly five times more expensive, in Re: Store, a zero waste shop located in Hackney, London. Established in 2019 by founder Megan Adams, Re: Store encourages zero waste-conscious shopping to help protect the planet from harmful degradation. Consumers could bring their own containers for products or utilise paper bags provided by the shop to reduce the use of plastic for packaging. “Our customers want to shop locally and shop sustainably to reduce their environmental impacts,” said Shaniah Bond, assistant manager at Re: Store, “A lot of them like the process of bringing their own jars, filling them and taking them home.” Food waste situation in the UK According to the true cost accounting published by Sustainable Food Trust, people in the UK spend £120 billion annually on food, and an additional £116 billion in environmental and health costs caused by the food and farming industries, which are instead passed onto the public through taxes and expenses related to climate change and environmental damage. Sustainable food reduces the negative environmental impact during their production process, which no longer depends on businesses and systems based on extraction and growth but towards approaches based on the principles of regeneration, sustainability and the circular economy. According to Statista, UK households are estimated to throw away nearly 100 billion pieces of plastic packaging per year, or 66 items per household per week on average. In 2021, the waste reached a staggering number …

Society

The "bun" is back!

  • By: Nola YipEdited by: Wisha LIMBU
  • 2023-06-06

The 2023 Cheung Chau Bun Festival resumed last Friday after three years of COVID-19 restrictions. As one of the highlights of the yearly Jiao Festival, thousands of tourists visited the island to watch 12 competitors who entered the final of the Bun Scrambling Competition compete for the champion and a special prize called “Full Pockets of Lucky Buns”.

Society

The Lamma 500 International Dragon Boat Festival returns after three years

  • By: Jemima BadajosEdited by: Mollie Hib、Wisha LIMBU
  • 2023-05-04

Best known for its 500m international standard course, the annual event had to be postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

People

Virtual Tour of Versailles

  • By: Hanzhi YANG、Yiyang LIEdited by: Noah Tsang
  • 2023-04-20

The Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Sha Tin is holding a mock exhibition under the theme "Virtual Tour of Versailles" from April 20 until July 9.  The exhibition, in cooperation with the Palace of Versailles in France, showcases the famous palaces of Versailles, including the Hall of Mirrors, the Royal Opera House, the Mercury Hall, the Hall of War and the Hall of Venus, through ultra-high resolution 360-degree panoramic images. The exhibition is divided into six themes, focusing on the construction process and history of the palace of Versailles, displaying 95 items from the palace of Versailles collection. It uses interactive multimedia gallery and  virtual reality, VR technology to let the audience immerse "into" Versailles Palace. One of the exhibition halls also features a large screen and a bicycle interactive device for visitors to “wander” through the Hanging Garden. Ms Hu, 65, a former secondary school teacher, said her favourite item was the bicycle tour of Versailles. "I can't have good joints and can't travel to France. This interactive program allows me to immerse myself in the natural beauty of the royal courtyard of Versailles," she said. Lily Ann's, 7, favourite activity was the VR glasses tour. "I would like to visit the real Palace of Versailles in France after my holiday. I think it is so nice and big," she said.  The exhibition is a part of the 30th anniversary celebration of the French May Festival. It aims to demonstrate how advanced technology can be used to interpret art and history, promote cultural exchange, bring new inspiration to visitors and creative industries, and provide a new perspective on cultural heritage. The admission fee for the exhibition is HKD10 for adults and half price for full-time students, people with disabilities and senior citizens aged 60 or above.

Society

Art Basel Hong Kong 2023

  • By: Elif Lale AYHAN、Huen Tung LEIEdited by: Wisha LIMBU
  • 2023-04-03

Art Basel is back in Hong Kong this spring, featuring 177 galleries from Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia. This year, the return of Encounters has presented more large-scale projects.

Society

Exhibition commemorates the 20th anniversary of superstar Leslie Cheung’s death

  • By: Yee Ling TSANG、Wai Sum CHEUNGEdited by: Yu Yin WONG
  • 2023-04-02

More than 7,600 fans gathered at Hong Kong Heritage Museum to commemorate the 20th anniversary of legendary star Leslie Cheung’s death on Saturday, according to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and hosted by Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the “Miss You Much Leslie Exhibition” showcases an extensive collection of Cheung’s mementoes. Three of Cheung’s close friends, Florence Chan, William Chang and Wing Shya are guest curators. Cheung’s partner, Daffy Tong, also shared his personal collection with the museum.  The event displays 61 exhibits, such as stage outfits, trophies, photos, videos and Vinyl records.  Visitors can redeem free posters using their tickets at the exhibition’s exit.   Cantopop icon Leslie Cheung passed away 20 years ago on 1 April 2003. In his career, Cheung won numerous awards, including RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards, Jade Solid Gold Best Ten Music Awards and Hong Kong Film Awards. Cheung’s artistic films and pop songs are still widely admired and adored by many.  There are also other ongoing memorial events in the city, including “Reminiscing Leslie Cheung: 20th Anniversary Exhibition” at Hong Kong MTR Station, Timeless Leslie Encounter in Olympian City, and "Leslie Cheung MISS YOU MUCH LESLIE CONCERT" in Hong Kong Coliseum.  The “Miss You Much Leslie Exhibition” will remain publicly open until 9 October.

Society

Hong Kong’s first major exhibition for graffiti and street art

  • By: Yuhan WANG、Juncong SHUAIEdited by: Noah Tsang
  • 2023-03-22

 “City as Studio” is China’s first significant graffiti and street art exhibition. The exhibition showcases over 100 pieces of artwork by more than 30 artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and FUTURA. It is held at K11 Art & Cultural Centre from Mar. 20 to May. 14. This video has been updated on 26/3/2023.