My Hong Kong by Luisa Tam
The true cost of Lunar New Year, the most expensive time for Chinese families, and why Covid-19 restrictions could be a blessing in disguise
- It is frowned upon to be stingy during the Lunar New Year – lai see are handed out, meals are paid for and hampers are given to friends, family and associates
- The costs of these customs add up very quickly – and in pre-Covid-19 days, many people in Hong Kong would go travelling to avoid them
Luisa Tam has been a journalist for more than 30 years. She has held a variety of roles during her career, including working as a producer for NDR German TV, a media campaigner with Greenpeace, and as the deputy managing editor of Eastern Express. She previously worked at the Post from 1988 to 1990, before rejoining in her current role in 2015.