As Hong Kong’s “0+3” scheme ends mandatory hotel quarantine and the city starts rolling out the welcome mat for major international events such as the Hong Kong Sevens and Global Financial Leaders’ Investment Summit in November, all eyes are on how the financial hub will navigate its full reopening to the world.
E-voucher handouts by the government have won near-universal praise for boosting a fragile, pandemic-hit economy, but how long they will last is anyone’s guess.
Recent surge in cases emphasises this is not the time for Hong Kong to lower its guard, and it should continue to recognise the worth of health measures and vaccinations.
While there is little doubt Hong Kong is back, genuine concerns about its future remain, particularly the scope of the national security law and how Beijing views the city’s role. Hong Kong needs to defend and promote the unique strengths of its common law system.
Hong Kong’s tourist hotspot of Tsim Sha Tsui retained its ranking as the most expensive retail destination in Asia-Pacific, but slipped to third place globally, according to a survey by Cushman & Wakefield.
Hongkongers heading north say crossing is more convenient after mainland authorities scrap mandatory health declaration introduced during Covid-19 pandemic.
Tourism minister Kevin Yeung says change unlikely to affect flows over border, but catering, retail leaders say more needs to done to ensure residents spend at home.
Travellers on both sides of the Hong Kong-mainland China border welcome end of health declaration and predict move will cut queues.
Hong Kong’s lived-in home prices fell by nearly 1.75 per cent in September to their lowest since April 2017, as elevated interest rates have dampened sentiment and kept buyers on the sidelines.
‘It’s our first time in three years,’ says one resident visiting cemetery in Shenzhen to sweep the graves of her parents.
‘People, children in particular, will be more vulnerable as they have not been exposed to any major flu virus in the past three years,’ authority chief Tony Ko says.
Restaurant industry figures predict the National Day long weekend take will be 50 per cent up on last year.
City is struggling to revive nightlife as it grapples with shifting tourism patterns, changed spending habits and economic slowdown after emerging from pandemic.
Shenzhen issues new document on measures to boost consumption, with a chapter dedicated to luring Hong Kong and Macau visitors to city.
Official argues it is hard to ‘quantify’ results, and social impact alone is well worth the effort.
Chinese University researchers warn lifestyle habits contributing to nearsightedness among children aged six to eight have continued even after pandemic ended.
Annual Golden Computer Festival has been rebranded as a night bazaar and shops will open 90 minutes later, a lawmaker says.
Readers discuss the transition to green transport, whether street art has a place in the city, and the importance of sunset clauses in pandemic legislation.
Post-pandemic visitors snub usual attractions as they look for ‘Instagrammable’ hotspots, cheap eats
At least four mainland schools catering to Hong Kong pupils have applied to be Diploma of Secondary Education exam centres, according to principal.
Spectrum of the Seas docks at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal at 7am, with additional bus routes and line of taxis awaiting visitors eager to discover the city.
Visitors are back, but their tastes have changed – they’re flocking to open-air food stalls, local cafes and arts venues.
Passengers will disembark in batches, while two special bus routes will operate on Saturday and taxis will receive better updates about demand, authorities explain.
Tickets cover 34 destinations, including Kaohsiung, Tokyo, Seoul, London, Sydney and Chicago, for travel between January and June next year.
Barcelona, Toronto and Beijing have been named the top three cities for hybrid work, while Hong Kong ranked 22nd, according to a study by workspace operator IWG.
Tim Sypko, park’s senior vice-president of operations, also says resort aims to bring in 500 extra staff as part of plans to launch ‘World of Frozen’ zone.
Slow period exacerbated by residents crossing the border for a bargain and mainland Chinese tourists spending less, industry representatives say.
The Hong Kong government has revised the city’s full-year economic forecast to 4-5 per cent growth.
Worldwide Cruise Terminals says primary purpose of Kai Tak facility is as a home port and temporary stop for boarding, disembarking passengers.
Travel hopefuls complain of website crashes and long loading times as they seek to land tickets under airline’s second round of freebies.
More than 25 top businesses have pledged to make major investments and more on way, financial secretary says.
Spectrum of the Seas docks in city for first time in 18 months, after authorities scrapped all cruise journeys during fifth wave of Covid-19 infections.