Hong Kong reopens: life after quarantinei

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.


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.

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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.

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.

‘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.

City is struggling to revive nightlife as it grapples with shifting tourism patterns, changed spending habits and economic slowdown after emerging from pandemic.

Chinese University researchers warn lifestyle habits contributing to nearsightedness among children aged six to eight have continued even after pandemic ended.

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.

Passengers will disembark in batches, while two special bus routes will operate on Saturday and taxis will receive better updates about demand, authorities explain.

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.