There is so much going on each month in Hong Kong. From shopping to shows to kids’ activities, here’s our list of what’s new and happening around the city this season for all the family.
Opening in July
The Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM) in West Kowloon Cultural District will open its doors on 2 July after five years in the making. The impressive seven-story building is a replica of Beijing’s Palace Museum located in the Forbidden City and will house over 900 works of art across 13,000 square metres. The museum’s nine galleries will showcase priceless cultural treasures from the Palace Museum including Chinese paintings and poems, calligraphy works, household objects and even clothes and utensils used by ruling emperors. Other facilities of the HKPM include indoor and outdoor public spaces, a museum shop, restaurants, an auditorium and activity rooms.
Good News for Film Buffs
Love a good movie? Hong Kong’s newest cinema destination, M+ Cinema, will open its doors to the public on 8 June. Located at M+ Museum in the developing West Kowloon Cultural District, the cinema was designed by renowned Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron and comprises three movie houses with 180 seats, 60 seats and 40 seats respectively. Programmes will include feature films, documentaries, experimental cinema, video art, restored classics and newly discovered or rarely seen films.
A Tribute to Hong Kong!
Premium stationer and gift brand The Lion Rock Press has launched the latest in its range of luxury 1000-piece double-sided jigsaw puzzles. Entitled “Tribute to Hong Kong”, the puzzle was created by The Lion Rock Press Founder Claire Yates alongside art therapist Katie Flowers, by cutting phrases and images from The South China Morning Post’s Post Magazine (diligently saved by Claire’s grandparents every week). The resulting collage depicts defining moments, forgotten details and unique idiosyncrasies in the form of icons, characters, street scenes, wildlife, well-loved foods and other familiar memories of Hong Kong from over the years.
Find it at online at thelionrockpress.com.
Hong Kong gastro-market City’Super has launched the 23rd edition of its annual “Sakagura Fair” themed after a tourist trail visiting Japan’s iconic breweries. Complete with a guide map to Japanese bus stops for insta-worthy photo opportunities, visitors are invited on a virtual “bus ride” discovering over 300 sake and liqueur brands including some new to the Hong Kong market. Appealing to both beginners and connoisseurs, prices range from affordable at great value prices to premium and exclusive. Visit the fair at Times Square B1 Atrium from 24 June to 8 July.
New Art Space in Sheung Wan
Nothing At All, a brand-new art space, opened its doors on 11 June in Central’s art hub. Founded by a group of art-loving collectors and curators, Nothing At All aims to discover and promote potential artists from around the world. The opening exhibition “Red Girl” showcases the works of Grodno-born artist Skolyshev Vladimir who makes his debut in Hong Kong. The artist’s striking, minimal-style paintings and sculptures depict his “Red Girl” showing different kinds of emotions, reflecting his own views of the world. Open until 19 July.
Explore more @nothingatallofficial.
Sustainable travel accessories brand Sonder has launched an all-in-one seat cover to keep you safe and comfortable on any journey. The ROAM travel cover ($437) is made of eco-friendly, naturally antibacterial cotton bamboo fabric that fits plane, train and car seats; it folds into a light, easily packable pouch that can be used to store belongings when in use – very handy! And it comes in five colours: Olive, Pebble, Indigo, Slate and Cherry.
Find it online at sonderonthego.com.
Hong Kong Critters
Cockroaches, sand flies and mosquitos come to mind when you ponder HK’s creepy-crawlies. But did you know the city is home to a diverse population of over 300 bugs? In his latest book, Robert Ferguson takes us into the fascinating world of arthropods, as they’re officially known. A handy flowchart helps you to identify your bug, and a corresponding page tells you all about it. Stunning colour photography coupled with scientific detail and fascinating facts make this a fab reference book for all. The Bugs of Hong Kong is available from Kidnapped, Bookazine, The Lion Rock Press and from Robert’s website, wildcreatureshongkong.org.