Luisa Tam
Luisa Tam

SCMP Columnist

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