Lee Hill-choi

Lee Hill-choi

Hill Choi Lee is a commissioning editor at SCMP’s Specialist Publications covering business and lifestyle. Prior to joining SCMP, she wrote on Southeast Asia’s financial and corporate legal markets in Hong Kong, and was previously digital editor covering environmental stories in London. Hill Choi speaks four languages, has a Master’s degree in international law with international relations and a Bachelor’s degree in communication and media studies.

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Why Joseph Altuzarra believes the luxury fashion industry is ‘completely unknowable’ – dad sneakers and yoga pants surprised us all

Meghan Markle, Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore are all fans of luxury clothing brand Altuzarra – whose creative director remains blissfully boggled by contemporary trends

9 Dec 2019 - 12:16PM

Meghan Markle, Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore are all fans of luxury clothing brand Altuzarra – whose creative director remains blissfully boggled by contemporary trends

Why Joseph Altuzarra believes the luxury fashion industry is ‘completely unknowable’ – dad sneakers and yoga pants surprised us all
Yakiniku Kagura beckons with exquisite Mirai beef and frozen-foam beer

Mirai beef rules the roost at this restaurant in ICC mall, from the supreme karubi and karubi in pot, to an assorted rare parts special platter

15 Nov 2019 - 10:00AM

Mirai beef rules the roost at this restaurant in ICC mall, from the supreme karubi and karubi in pot, to an assorted rare parts special platter

Yakiniku Kagura beckons with exquisite Mirai beef and frozen-foam beer
Wagyu Vanne is all about top-notch beef – from carpaccio to sushi
Review | We review the new Soho Warehouse in downtown Los Angeles – is it worth the trek?

With its cosy and gorgeous interior, Soho Warehouse is a comfortable, homelike place to relax and socialise, but will millennials make the trip to its virtually deserted area of downtown?

7 Nov 2019 - 5:22AM

With its cosy and gorgeous interior, Soho Warehouse is a comfortable, homelike place to relax and socialise, but will millennials make the trip to its virtually deserted area of downtown?

We review the new Soho Warehouse in downtown Los Angeles – is it worth the trek?
Exploring the art of nihonga – the traditional Japanese painting style being kept alive at Hong Kong’s Fringe Club

With her first solo exhibition, Hong Kong artist Karen Lee is on a mission to keep the traditional Japanese forms alive

25 Oct 2019 - 10:00AM

With her first solo exhibition, Hong Kong artist Karen Lee is on a mission to keep the traditional Japanese forms alive

Exploring the art of nihonga – the traditional Japanese painting style being kept alive at Hong Kong’s Fringe Club
Everything you need to know about Hong Kong’s first Festival de Cannes Film Week

The success of Palm d’Or-winning directors Bong Joon-ho and Hirokazu Kore-eda inspired the first official Festival de Cannes Film Weeks in Asia

15 Oct 2019 - 12:00PM

The success of Palm d’Or-winning directors Bong Joon-ho and Hirokazu Kore-eda inspired the first official Festival de Cannes Film Weeks in Asia

Everything you need to know about Hong Kong’s first Festival de Cannes Film Week
How Netflix’s Chef’s Table star Jeong Kwan put temple food on the map in Korea – and where to taste the best

South Korea’s answer to culinary tourism, temple food, is made from home-made, meatless ingredients and locally-sourced vegetables, and is used to practise Buddhism

7 Oct 2019 - 1:00PM

South Korea’s answer to culinary tourism, temple food, is made from home-made, meatless ingredients and locally-sourced vegetables, and is used to practise Buddhism

How Netflix’s Chef’s Table star Jeong Kwan put temple food on the map in Korea – and where to taste the best
From The Lion King to Foo Fighters: Tina Guo proves a cello is all she needs to be a rock star

She may not master the guitar or even sing, but Guo’s classical music skills have earned her places next to famous rock and heavy metal bands, and made her a social media star

27 Sep 2019 - 2:09PM

She may not master the guitar or even sing, but Guo’s classical music skills have earned her places next to famous rock and heavy metal bands, and made her a social media star

From The Lion King to Foo Fighters: Tina Guo proves a cello is all she needs to be a rock star
Beyond Instagram ‘likes’ – tips on how to collect photographs as a serious arts investment

With a strong market for top artists like Henri Cartier-Bresson and Ansel Adams, the demand for photographs in Asia is rising, so have a strategy in place for first-time purchases that are meant to boost your investment portfolio

14 Sep 2019 - 2:00AM

With a strong market for top artists like Henri Cartier-Bresson and Ansel Adams, the demand for photographs in Asia is rising, so have a strategy in place for first-time purchases that are meant to boost your investment portfolio

Beyond Instagram ‘likes’ – tips on how to collect photographs as a serious arts investment
9 hot new shops and boutiques at K11 Musea – Hong Kong’s new art gallery-inspired mall at Victoria Dockside

Alexander McQueen, Moda Operandi, Golden Goose, Yohji Yamamoto, Tumi and Off-White among the brands opening flagship outlets in the city

9 Sep 2019 - 3:08PM

Alexander McQueen, Moda Operandi, Golden Goose, Yohji Yamamoto, Tumi and Off-White among the brands opening flagship outlets in the city

9 hot new shops and boutiques at K11 Musea – Hong Kong’s new art gallery-inspired mall at Victoria Dockside
What it’s like inside the new private club Soho House in Sheung Wan, where membership costs US$3,600 a year

The chic, international social club originally based in London comes to Hong Kong and offers new memberships as well as discounts for younger clients.

6 Sep 2019 - 4:26AM

The chic, international social club originally based in London comes to Hong Kong and offers new memberships as well as discounts for younger clients.

What it’s like inside the new private club Soho House in Sheung Wan, where membership costs US$3,600 a year
Plant-based, Michelin-starred Cantonese food? Try Tin Lung Heen’s eight-course vegan menu at The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

The premium appetisers – consisting of porcini mushrooms in black pepper sauce, deep-fried bean curd and wok-fried sweet and sour Omnipork – set the tone for the seven courses that followed

3 Sep 2019 - 8:30AM

The premium appetisers – consisting of porcini mushrooms in black pepper sauce, deep-fried bean curd and wok-fried sweet and sour Omnipork – set the tone for the seven courses that followed

Plant-based, Michelin-starred Cantonese food? Try Tin Lung Heen’s eight-course vegan menu at The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong
Japan’s best pristine island getaways – 6 unspoilt holiday destinations you probably haven’t heard of

From snorkelling off Taketomi to hiking on Yakushima, visiting’s volcanic Aogashima or lounging beachside on Ishigaki

31 Aug 2019 - 2:00PM

From snorkelling off Taketomi to hiking on Yakushima, visiting’s volcanic Aogashima or lounging beachside on Ishigaki

Japan’s best pristine island getaways – 6 unspoilt holiday destinations you probably haven’t heard of
Well-being and wildlife: Should luxury resorts be using animals in their human wellness programmes?

Resorts with wildlife or horses roaming around say interaction with animals enhances guests’ wellness, but what about the well-being of the animals?

23 Aug 2019 - 2:00AM

Resorts with wildlife or horses roaming around say interaction with animals enhances guests’ wellness, but what about the well-being of the animals?

Well-being and wildlife: Should luxury resorts be using animals in their human wellness programmes?
Are Singapore’s millennials giving up luxury make-up and beauty brands in favour of local retailers?

While Singapore’s personal care sector continues to be led by brands such as Estée Lauder, local companies like Mary Chia Beauty cater to the demand for natural cosmetics and ‘clean beauty’ – and are gaining an international presence

19 Aug 2019 - 2:00AM

While Singapore’s personal care sector continues to be led by brands such as Estée Lauder, local companies like Mary Chia Beauty cater to the demand for natural cosmetics and ‘clean beauty’ – and are gaining an international presence

Are Singapore’s millennials giving up luxury make-up and beauty brands in favour of local retailers?
Why Amanoi Resort in Vietnam is a favourite spot for wellness enthusiasts

Among other things, the Aman Spa and some of the most perfect settings for yoga sessions

4 Aug 2019 - 10:00AM

Among other things, the Aman Spa and some of the most perfect settings for yoga sessions

Why Amanoi Resort in Vietnam is a favourite spot for wellness enthusiasts
Spot your real-life Disney’s Lion King favourites at these 3 African safari getaways

Disney’s latest version of The Lion King has inspired Fairmont Hotels and Resorts to offer three East African holidays right in the heart of the ‘pridelands’

9 Aug 2019 - 3:22PM

Disney’s latest version of The Lion King has inspired Fairmont Hotels and Resorts to offer three East African holidays right in the heart of the ‘pridelands’

Spot your real-life Disney’s Lion King favourites at these 3 African safari getaways
Sustainable luxury down under: We pick 6 of the best Australian lodges

Guests in need of a break far from their hectic city lives will find an abundance of activities and tours in natural surroundings to revive their spirits

28 Jul 2019 - 10:00AM

Guests in need of a break far from their hectic city lives will find an abundance of activities and tours in natural surroundings to revive their spirits

Sustainable luxury down under: We pick 6 of the best Australian lodges
Tour de France 2019: Where are the best places to watch the cyclists and see the sights along the race route?

The route goes through regions that are brimming with history, with plenty of wine, art, ancient buildings and mountain activities to stoke your interest

12 Jul 2019 - 5:00PM

The route goes through regions that are brimming with history, with plenty of wine, art, ancient buildings and mountain activities to stoke your interest

Tour de France 2019: Where are the best places to watch the cyclists and see the sights along the race route?
Want a Japanese holiday full of exciting food and hot springs? Then these easy walking tours are for you

On your next holiday in Japan, swap out that planned city break in Tokyo or Osaka for a Walk Japan tour that will lead you on foot through quiet prefectures known for their cuisine and hot springs

8 Jul 2019 - 1:00PM

On your next holiday in Japan, swap out that planned city break in Tokyo or Osaka for a Walk Japan tour that will lead you on foot through quiet prefectures known for their cuisine and hot springs

Want a Japanese holiday full of exciting food and hot springs? Then these easy walking tours are for you
Review | We review Amanoi, Aman’s luxury resort in Vietnam – where there is no shortage of adventures

Peaceful residence in the Vinh Hy Bay hills is just right for couples or families who want to keep adventurous activities an option

8 Jul 2019 - 11:42AM

Peaceful residence in the Vinh Hy Bay hills is just right for couples or families who want to keep adventurous activities an option

We review Amanoi, Aman’s luxury resort in Vietnam – where there is no shortage of adventures
Why ‘the next Spielberg’ – the UK’s youngest film director, Elliott Hasler – is screening his films at Soneva Jani in the Maldives

He's just 18, but UK film director Elliott Hasler could be the next Steven Spielberg. Meet him and learn from him at the Soneva Jani luxury resort in the Maldives

28 Jun 2019 - 5:47PM

He's just 18, but UK film director Elliott Hasler could be the next Steven Spielberg. Meet him and learn from him at the Soneva Jani luxury resort in the Maldives

Why ‘the next Spielberg’ – the UK’s youngest film director, Elliott Hasler – is screening his films at Soneva Jani in the Maldives
6 luxury beauty industry trends to watch in Asia-Pacific

With China tipped to account for 23 per cent of global skincare sales by 2024, Wolfgang Baier, of regional strategy partner, Luxasia, looks ahead to what luxury brands will offer

26 Jun 2019 - 2:00PM

With China tipped to account for 23 per cent of global skincare sales by 2024, Wolfgang Baier, of regional strategy partner, Luxasia, looks ahead to what luxury brands will offer

6 luxury beauty industry trends to watch in Asia-Pacific
Bombay Dreams come true at this stellar Indian restaurant in Central

Central restaurant named in Michelin Guide blends traditional dishes with thoroughly modern fine cuisine to please all palates and taste buds

18 Jun 2019 - 12:15PM

Central restaurant named in Michelin Guide blends traditional dishes with thoroughly modern fine cuisine to please all palates and taste buds

Bombay Dreams come true at this stellar Indian restaurant in Central
Who are Yau Leung and Lee Ka-sing? 60s iconic photographers’ series of ‘old’ and ‘new’ Hong Kong now at Sotheby’s

Renowned 1960s photographer and contemporary artist offer contrasting photographic views of Hong Kong

11 Jun 2019 - 4:20PM

Renowned 1960s photographer and contemporary artist offer contrasting photographic views of Hong Kong

Who are Yau Leung and Lee Ka-sing? 60s iconic photographers’ series of ‘old’ and ‘new’ Hong Kong now at Sotheby’s
Japan’s hidden gems: 5 magical places you’ve probably never visited

Visit the castle town of Gujo-Hachiman, meet famous island-dwelling artists, or relax in a tucked-away onsen. Diehard Japanophiles will be impressed

3 Jun 2019 - 2:56PM

Visit the castle town of Gujo-Hachiman, meet famous island-dwelling artists, or relax in a tucked-away onsen. Diehard Japanophiles will be impressed

Japan’s hidden gems: 5 magical places you’ve probably never visited
Why Chinese artist Wu Guanzhong’s East-meets-West paintings still sell for millions

French-trained artist inspired by Picasso and Cézanne, who died in 2010 aged 90, was known for his landscapes that fuse deft Chinese strokes with Western form and colour

31 May 2019 - 3:00PM

French-trained artist inspired by Picasso and Cézanne, who died in 2010 aged 90, was known for his landscapes that fuse deft Chinese strokes with Western form and colour

Why Chinese artist Wu Guanzhong’s East-meets-West paintings still sell for millions
Why Hongkongers are buying up luxury homes in Zhuhai, one of the 9 Greater Bay Area cities

Small and sophisticated, these Huafa Hills luxury villas are primed to be irresistible to wealthy investors who are keen to own property in the Greater Bay Area

30 May 2019 - 4:39PM

Small and sophisticated, these Huafa Hills luxury villas are primed to be irresistible to wealthy investors who are keen to own property in the Greater Bay Area

Why Hongkongers are buying up luxury homes in Zhuhai, one of the 9 Greater Bay Area cities
What makes Australia the dream destination for luxury travellers from China and Hong Kong?

Luxury travellers spend up to US$12,000 per trip, nearly four times the average spend

29 May 2019 - 2:36PM

Luxury travellers spend up to US$12,000 per trip, nearly four times the average spend

What makes Australia the dream destination for luxury travellers from China and Hong Kong?
How would you like One Wall Street as a home address? New York’s art deco skyscraper gets a luxury makeover

Refurbished 56-storey, art deco 1931 building – once home to an investment bank – is tipped to open with 566 condominiums and 174,000 feet of retail space next year

3 Jun 2019 - 6:07PM

Refurbished 56-storey, art deco 1931 building – once home to an investment bank – is tipped to open with 566 condominiums and 174,000 feet of retail space next year

How would you like One Wall Street as a home address? New York’s art deco skyscraper gets a luxury makeover