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The many legends of Guanyin – or Kwun Yum – the goddess of mercy revered in Hong Kong and around the world

One of the most popular names in the pantheons of Buddhism, Taoism and Chinese folk religion has origin stories as varied as she is celebrated.

29 Jun 2019 - 10:15AM

One of the most popular names in the pantheons of Buddhism, Taoism and Chinese folk religion has origin stories as varied as she is celebrated.

The many legends of Guanyin – or Kwun Yum – the goddess of mercy revered in Hong Kong and around the world
From Suzie Wong to Batman – how Hollywood studios have used Hong Kong’s distinctive cityscape to bring a splash of colour to the silver screen

‘Asia’s world city’ has long proven popular with Western filmmakers, beguiled by its narrow alleys, wet markets and towering high-rises.

27 Jun 2019 - 2:55PM

‘Asia’s world city’ has long proven popular with Western filmmakers, beguiled by its narrow alleys, wet markets and towering high-rises.

From Suzie Wong to Batman – how Hollywood studios have used Hong Kong’s distinctive cityscape to bring a splash of colour to the silver screen
How Hong Kong’s historic tong lau and composite buildings shaped the city’s built environment

The two vernacular building styles are now in danger of falling victim to redevelopment but each has influenced the urban fabric.

15 Jun 2019 - 1:05PM

The two vernacular building styles are now in danger of falling victim to redevelopment but each has influenced the urban fabric.

How Hong Kong’s historic tong lau and composite buildings shaped the city’s built environment
Opera, gangsters and swordplay: the rise and fall of Hong Kong cinema

Once known as the Hollywood of the East, the city’s cinema has taken a hit in recent decades, with imported Hollywood films besting local fare at the box office.

8 Jun 2019 - 12:50PM

Once known as the Hollywood of the East, the city’s cinema has taken a hit in recent decades, with imported Hollywood films besting local fare at the box office.

Opera, gangsters and swordplay: the rise and fall of Hong Kong cinema
City of gods: Hong Kong’s varied cast of ancient deities explained

A confluence of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, southern Chinese folk religions still thrive in the city. Festivals, temples and even the names of neighbourhoods venerate the likes of Tin Hau, Wong Tai Sin and more.

1 Jun 2019 - 1:30PM

A confluence of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, southern Chinese folk religions still thrive in the city. Festivals, temples and even the names of neighbourhoods venerate the likes of Tin Hau, Wong Tai Sin and more.

City of gods: Hong Kong’s varied cast of ancient deities explained
Will Hong Kong ever solve its killer-windows problem? Dense city, typhoons and loose enforcement a potent mix for falling panes

Fatal case on bustling street in January calls to mind hair-raising phenomenon where besides looking left and right before crossing roads, one may want to consider looking up.

25 May 2019 - 12:20PM

Fatal case on bustling street in January calls to mind hair-raising phenomenon where besides looking left and right before crossing roads, one may want to consider looking up.

Will Hong Kong ever solve its killer-windows problem? Dense city, typhoons and loose enforcement a potent mix for falling panes
What’s in a pineapple bun? Three famous bakery snacks in Hong Kong and their health facts

Some of the most beloved snacks in the city have amusingly incongruous names, but this has not stopped them from winning the hearts of millions across the world.

18 May 2019 - 12:00PM

Some of the most beloved snacks in the city have amusingly incongruous names, but this has not stopped them from winning the hearts of millions across the world.

What’s in a pineapple bun? Three famous bakery snacks in Hong Kong and their health facts
The forgotten border town of Sha Tau Kok: a tale of territorial rows and cold war fallout in a sleepy Hong Kong outpost

Protected area holds a checkpoint with mainland China that is the least frequented in city, and some 3,000 residents remain in what used to be a thriving town.

11 May 2019 - 10:54AM

Protected area holds a checkpoint with mainland China that is the least frequented in city, and some 3,000 residents remain in what used to be a thriving town.

The forgotten border town of Sha Tau Kok: a tale of territorial rows and cold war fallout in a sleepy Hong Kong outpost
The rise and fall of Hong Kong showbiz ... and how fans still hold on to stars of yesteryear

From Canto-pop’s birth to the ‘Heavenly Kings’ and a shift to mainland productions and K-pop, the city’s showbiz scene has ups and downs to rival its colourful history.

4 May 2019 - 3:41PM

From Canto-pop’s birth to the ‘Heavenly Kings’ and a shift to mainland productions and K-pop, the city’s showbiz scene has ups and downs to rival its colourful history.

The rise and fall of Hong Kong showbiz ... and how fans still hold on to stars of yesteryear
Four animal species to spot on Lantau Island, Hong Kong’s last frontier for biodiversity

From strange barks to a peculiar little frog, land mass holds trove of biological gems that city stands to lose if balance between man and nature is fractured.

27 Apr 2019 - 4:30PM

From strange barks to a peculiar little frog, land mass holds trove of biological gems that city stands to lose if balance between man and nature is fractured.

Four animal species to spot on Lantau Island, Hong Kong’s last frontier for biodiversity
As it prepares to close for up to three months for renovations, a look at the history of Hong Kong’s iconic Peak Tram

Services on the 130-year-old funicular will be suspended from April 23 for the first of two periods of upgrades.

13 Apr 2019 - 1:30PM

Services on the 130-year-old funicular will be suspended from April 23 for the first of two periods of upgrades.

As it prepares to close for up to three months for renovations, a look at the history of Hong Kong’s iconic Peak Tram
Explainer | Hong Kong kindergartens explained: are they the root of city’s education ills?

With infants undergoing admissions interviews at just three years old, the rigorous approach to education begins long before children reach the schools usually blamed for it.

6 Apr 2019 - 10:00AM

With infants undergoing admissions interviews at just three years old, the rigorous approach to education begins long before children reach the schools usually blamed for it.

Hong Kong kindergartens explained: are they the root of city’s education ills?
Explainer | Hong Kong’s MTR train system explained: profits, property and punctuality spelt success before the scandals

The MTR Corporation is in trying times after an accident, construction scandals and service disruptions. How did it get here?

2 Apr 2019 - 7:11PM

The MTR Corporation is in trying times after an accident, construction scandals and service disruptions. How did it get here?

Hong Kong’s MTR train system explained: profits, property and punctuality spelt success before the scandals
Why are Hong Kong’s firefighters so celebrated? From hellish infernos to rescue missions, city’s bravest go where they are needed

City Weekend explores the history of the Fire Services Department and the cases its tireless heroes have tackled over the decades. Recent HKU survey shows firefighters are city’s most beloved disciplinary force.

23 Mar 2019 - 11:00AM

City Weekend explores the history of the Fire Services Department and the cases its tireless heroes have tackled over the decades. Recent HKU survey shows firefighters are city’s most beloved disciplinary force.

Why are Hong Kong’s firefighters so celebrated? From hellish infernos to rescue missions, city’s bravest go where they are needed
Five easily accessible Hong Kong buildings with history and architecture as rich as the city’s colourful past

Structures have changed hands and played many roles over decades, with one now a heritage hotel, while another represents the spectre of Beijing.

16 Mar 2019 - 12:28PM

Structures have changed hands and played many roles over decades, with one now a heritage hotel, while another represents the spectre of Beijing.

Five easily accessible Hong Kong buildings with history and architecture as rich as the city’s colourful past
Explainer | What you should know about Hong Kong’s country parks ... and are they under threat in city’s thirst for land?

From sub-zero conditions on Tai Mo Shan to unique rock formations at the Geopark and a monkey kingdom in Kam Shan, some 40 per cent of city’s land area is set aside for Mother Nature. But how long will these stay safe from development?

9 Mar 2019 - 9:13AM

From sub-zero conditions on Tai Mo Shan to unique rock formations at the Geopark and a monkey kingdom in Kam Shan, some 40 per cent of city’s land area is set aside for Mother Nature. But how long will these stay safe from development?

What you should know about Hong Kong’s country parks ... and are they under threat in city’s thirst for land?
Explainer | Hong Kong’s tax system explained: why levies are so low, how it competes with Singapore, and why it’s ‘both out of date and ahead of its time’

The pairing of low income tax and high property values has been successful for the city, but experts warn it might not last.

2 Mar 2019 - 4:03PM

The pairing of low income tax and high property values has been successful for the city, but experts warn it might not last.

Hong Kong’s tax system explained: why levies are so low, how it competes with Singapore, and why it’s ‘both out of date and ahead of its time’
Best cha chaan tengs – where to find bustling cafes serving Hong Kong’s much loved Canto-Western cuisine

Born as a way to provide affordable Western food, cha chaan teng in Hong Kong have become a vital part of the city’s culture.

23 Feb 2019 - 10:04AM

Born as a way to provide affordable Western food, cha chaan teng in Hong Kong have become a vital part of the city’s culture.

Best cha chaan tengs – where to find bustling cafes serving Hong Kong’s much loved Canto-Western cuisine
Auspicious numbers, no-go presents and self-grooming quirks: a guide to Hong Kong feng shui and superstitions

Hong Kong still retains practices steeped in tradition and beliefs, from the sound and pronunciation of numbers to the flow of energy through spaces.

16 Feb 2019 - 10:30AM

Hong Kong still retains practices steeped in tradition and beliefs, from the sound and pronunciation of numbers to the flow of energy through spaces.

Auspicious numbers, no-go presents and self-grooming quirks: a guide to Hong Kong feng shui and superstitions
As threat of global warming becomes deadly reality, what can Hong Kong do to safeguard the city against extreme weather?

From a polar vortex in the United States, to searing heat in Australia, and the hottest Lunar New Year on record in Hong Kong, extreme weather events are becoming increasingly frequent around the world.

9 Feb 2019 - 1:24PM

From a polar vortex in the United States, to searing heat in Australia, and the hottest Lunar New Year on record in Hong Kong, extreme weather events are becoming increasingly frequent around the world.

As threat of global warming becomes deadly reality, what can Hong Kong do to safeguard the city against extreme weather?
Explainer | How to stay lucky over Lunar New Year and what it means if you’re a pig in the Chinese zodiac: everything you need to know

Hong Kong and Chinese communities around the world are gearing up for the Year of the Pig. Here are our tips for the festive period and the year ahead.

2 Feb 2019 - 9:31AM

Hong Kong and Chinese communities around the world are gearing up for the Year of the Pig. Here are our tips for the festive period and the year ahead.

How to stay lucky over Lunar New Year and what it means if you’re a pig in the Chinese zodiac: everything you need to know
Fish on buildings, storm names and signal No 8 free shots: Hong Kong’s history of typhoons

As Super Typhoon Mangkhut bears down, here’s a look at some storms which have rocked the city from decades past.

15 Sep 2018 - 11:43PM

As Super Typhoon Mangkhut bears down, here’s a look at some storms which have rocked the city from decades past.

Fish on buildings, storm names and signal No 8 free shots: Hong Kong’s history of typhoons
Fish bladders, bird saliva and a phallic seabed critter: would you eat these odd Chinese delicacies?

Centuries-old Chinese dishes come with their mix of mystery, myth and medicinal properties to whet your appetite ... or wean you off them for good.

11 Aug 2018 - 12:31PM

Centuries-old Chinese dishes come with their mix of mystery, myth and medicinal properties to whet your appetite ... or wean you off them for good.

Fish bladders, bird saliva and a phallic seabed critter: would you eat these odd Chinese delicacies?
Hong Kong’s Jack Sparrow: a pirate legend behind Cheung Po Tsai cave on Cheung Chau Island

Notorious and fabled Qing dynasty pirate was said to have hidden his loot in a famous spot on Cheung Chau Island, just an hour’s ferry ride from the city.

29 Nov 2018 - 12:52PM

Notorious and fabled Qing dynasty pirate was said to have hidden his loot in a famous spot on Cheung Chau Island, just an hour’s ferry ride from the city.

Hong Kong’s Jack Sparrow: a pirate legend behind Cheung Po Tsai cave on Cheung Chau Island
How Hong Kong rose to become tallest city in the world

With more than 7,800 high-rises, the city soars above all others.

30 Jun 2018 - 11:03AM

With more than 7,800 high-rises, the city soars above all others.

How Hong Kong rose to become tallest city in the world
The haunting stories behind four Hong Kong urban legends

Two bodies of water and two housing developments evoke death and curiosity.

29 Nov 2018 - 12:52PM

Two bodies of water and two housing developments evoke death and curiosity.

The haunting stories behind four Hong Kong urban legends
The 120-year-old story of Hong Kong’s iconic Star Ferry

Famous mode of transport across Victoria Harbour sails on in the face of changing times, buoyed by its rich history and place among city’s collective memory.

16 Jun 2018 - 12:33PM

Famous mode of transport across Victoria Harbour sails on in the face of changing times, buoyed by its rich history and place among city’s collective memory.

The 120-year-old story of Hong Kong’s iconic Star Ferry
Four Hong Kong pests that may terrify you this summer

As temperatures heat up, out of the woodwork comes all manner of horrors that lurk underground, in nooks and crannies, and yes, even in your bed.

8 Jun 2018 - 6:54PM

As temperatures heat up, out of the woodwork comes all manner of horrors that lurk underground, in nooks and crannies, and yes, even in your bed.

Four Hong Kong pests that may terrify you this summer
Six of the best islands to visit in Hong Kong: escape the urban jungle and retreat to the city’s last bastions of laid-back life

Six gems in the South China Sea offer nature, a trip back in time and sunset views amid the ocean breeze.

3 Jul 2018 - 5:31PM

Six gems in the South China Sea offer nature, a trip back in time and sunset views amid the ocean breeze.

Six of the best islands to visit in Hong Kong: escape the urban jungle and retreat to the city’s last bastions of laid-back life
A child emperor, agarwood, adding oil and ordering wishes – stories behind Hong Kong words

What’s in a name and what do some endearing terms in the city mean? City Weekend breaks down five examples.

26 May 2018 - 11:26AM

What’s in a name and what do some endearing terms in the city mean? City Weekend breaks down five examples.

A child emperor, agarwood, adding oil and ordering wishes – stories behind Hong Kong words