What to see: For centuries, the young monks of the Shaolin Temple in Henan spent most of their time in isolation, studying Buddhist scriptures and mastering the art of wushu (kung fu). Life has changed a lot since the West became fascinated by their feats (think of ex-Shaolin student Jet Li fly-kicking his way to Hollywood). British producer Steve Nolan saw possibilities in these young monks and put together a spectacular kung-fu drama Shaolin - Wheel Of Life, featuring plenty of stage action, sophisticated lighting and members of the Shaolin Temple. The show has since performed to capacity theatres in London, Europe and North America. Hong Kong is the first stop on the acrobatic monks' Asian tour. March 28 to April 1, 3pm and 8pm. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. $180 to $880 from Ticketek (3128 8288). What to hear: Happy birthday to City Hall, which celebrates its 40th anniversary on March 5. In its four decades as Hong Kong's oldest cultural venue, City Hall has played host to renowned performers including violinist Issac Stern (1967), singer Pat Boone (1963) and piano virtuoso Fou Ts'ong (1965). A birthday bash has been organised for the occasion, featuring a special anniversary concert jointly presented by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Samuel Wong (left) and the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, as well as an exhibition, Growing With Time, a tribute to the many face-lifts and changes City Hall has undergone down the years. Also participating in the concert is the Opera Society of Hong Kong, Allegro Singers, the chorus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as well as some of the SAR's best singers - tenor Warren Mok, bass Michael Rippon and soprano Katusha Tsui Fraser. March 5, 7.45pm. Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall. $80 to 280 from Urbtix (2734 9009). What to see: Schoeni Gallery is ringing in the Year of the Horse with an exhibition by an artist whose portfolio is devoted to the majestic animal. Year of the Horse - Xia Xiao Wan, features 11 oil paintings executed in immaculate detail. Xia also captures the creatures from interesting angles, swimming in the water and viewed from underneath - a far cry from the traditional Chinese ink-painting style of depicting galloping herds. March 7 to 21. Schoeni Art Gallery, 27 Hollywood Road, Central. Mon to Sat, 10am to 6.30pm. Tel: 2869 8802.