Edison Chen’s 3125C “Unlucky 13” pop-up exhibition coinciding with Art Basel Hong Kong

A look inside the Maison Kitsune Gallery Pop-Up in Hong Kong

GUMGUMGUM boutique (Hong Kong) marks  1st anniversary of their GUM”JENG!” cafe with Michael Lau “ALEX” Pack vinyl toys

 

A look inside the OFF-WHITE Hong Kong store

 

COMME des GARÇONS Opens Hong Kong Store

Hong Kong protest 2014: Umbrella Revolution timeline

On September 22, the Hong Kong Federation of Students mobilized up to 10,000 students to boycott class with hundreds of teachers voluntarily joining the strike and lecturing at the rally.

The protesters voiced strong discontent with Beijing’s late August decree that all future candidates for position of chief executive be screened and approved by a pro-Beijing nominating committee.

On September 26, the 5th day of the strike, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive CY Leung remained firm in refusing to negotiate with the students. Four thousand students and citizens then surrounded the Government House.

At midnight, led by 17-year-old student leader Joshua Wong, the protesters charged the government headquarters. The clash ended with 61 protesters arrested by police, who fended off the crowds with pepper spray.

By September 27, the crowd had swelled to 50,000 people who remained outside government headquarters, demanding that arrested students be released.

On September 28, 60,000 protesters took to the streets. The government quickly condemned the movement as illegal and 7000 riot police were dispatched to attempt and disperse the protests, firing 78 tear gas canisters into the unarmed crowds.

In the early morning hours of September 29, the “Occupy Central” movement had extended its operations into Admiralty, Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and Mongkok, as 100,000 citizens came out to condemn the violent police response to peaceful protesters.

After umbrellas were used to fend off tear gas from riot police the foreign media officially dubbed the uprising, the ‘Umbrella Revolution.’

On the night of September 30 heavy downpours put the umbrellas to good use as the number of protesters rose to more than 100,000, forming what they named a “Democracy Plaza” in the districts of Admiralty, Mongkok and Causeway Bay.

Despite the swelling crowds, Chief Executive CY Leung made it clear he had no intention of heeding the people’s call for him to resign.

On October 2, the Hong Kong Federation of Students called on citizens to occupy government buildings, only then did the authorities finally agree to talks about policy reform.

On October 3, triad gangsters attacked pro-democracy protesters in Mongkok, Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui. The Federation of Students denounced the government for standing by idly while thugs beat peaceful protesters and called on its members fight to the end.

:CHOCOOLATE (Hong Kong) x Champion 2014 Fall/Winter Collection

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Hong Kong’s fashion heavyweight I.T will soon present a special-edition mash-up collection between :CHOCOOLATE and Champion. The first ever collaboration between the two brands, the partnership sees them combining their laidback sports-inspired aesthetic to produce a series of items incorporating the Smart Boy design as well as bold print logos and eye-catching digital motifs. Two of the T-shirt designs in particular will feature dual branding as well as a celebratory 06 on the back, recalling :CHOCOOLATE’s year of inception back in 2006. Other highlight pieces include track pants for men and women as well as color-blocked hooded sweatshirts based on Champion’s signature silhouettes.

The collection will release on September 19 at select :CHOCOOLATE locations throughout Hong Kong. As an added bonus, customers spending a minimum of $600 HKD on any :CHOCOOLATEbrand merchandise will receive a three-pair set of :CHOCOOLATE x Champion socks while supplies last.

 

G/F
537 Lockhart Road
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
2572-6687

Shop B02, Basement, Silvercord
30 Canton Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
2375-3002

 

 

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Hong Kong restaurant Triple O’s to Collaborate with AAPE by A Bathing Ape

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Restaurant Triple O’s crosses over into the realm of fashion for the very first time with a brand new collaboration alongside A Bathing Ape‘s AAPE imprint. Set to take place from August 9 through September 9, the endeavor will see the Triple O’s Tai Hang store completely transformed, swathed in AAPE’s distinctive camouflage as staff don specially-designed uniforms to complete the look.

Fans will find everything from O’s burgers wrapped in camo-covered wrappers atop matching placemats and limited edition reusable cups to limited-time drinks, milkshakes and cookies. Finally, to jumpstart the promotion, a specially-designed AAPE x Triple O’s van will be making the rounds in Causeway Bay and Mongkok on August 2 and August 9, respectively, to pass out free burgers.

 

Triple O’s Tai Hang
130 Tung Lo Wan Road
Tai Hang
Hong Kong

 

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10 unforgettable Hong Kong experiences…

Check out this list of the best of Hong Kong, compiled by a contributor on CNN who happens to be a Hong Konger.

Whether you have a week or a day, mix and match these top city experiences for an unforgettable trip. 

1. Victoria Harbour, up close

Sit back, relax, stare.The Hong Kong skyline is stunning and there are many ways to take in the view, from a rooftop bar or the touristy Peak Galleria.

But the best way to take it all in is from a Star Ferry.

The green-bottomed ferries have been taking passengers across the harbor since the late 1800s. The ride between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui takes less than 10 minutes, but it’s what many visitors remember most fondly about their trip to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong’s Central/Tsim Sha Tsui service runs daily from 6:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Fares from HK$2.50 (US 30 cents). MTR: Central

2. Temple Street market

Temple Street fortune tellers usually charge around HKD$100 (US$13) to read a palm and face.This is the place to go fulfill all your exotic fantasies of Hong Kong. Everything here looks old, filthy and somewhat threatening — in other words, perfect.

A spread of laneways is filled with all manners of trinkets, the more useless they are the more we seem to desire them.

In another section of the market, a community of fortune tellers and tarot card readers gather. Most are swindlers; a handful are the real thing.

A public toilet in a Temple Street market corner is known for gathering junkies. Around another bend, vendors are selling cartloads of cheap sex toys.

Street food — hot, fresh, of questionable hygiene and totally irresistible — beckons. Neighboring the eateries are old school karaoke parlors where HK$100 (US$13) gets you access to center stage, a live band and an audience of geriatric regulars who have been attending nightly for decades.

Getting there: Take the MTR to Jordan and take exit A. Turn right onto Jordan Road and walk three blocks to Temple Street. The market is open from around 4 p.m. till midnight.  

3. Food challenges

No family Sunday dim sum meal is complete without the sight of grandma carefully working her mouth around a chicken foot.There comes a point when every visitor to Hong Kong has to confront his or her food phobias. Whether it’s bones, heads of animals or food that smells like garbage, it’s likely that you’ll find it on your plate and you won’t know what to do with it.

But the thing about these foods that initially makes a person recoil is that there’s nothing challenging about their flavors.

The gateway “weird food” is chicken feet dim sum. The claws are typically chopped up so they heap into a neat little pile and are served in a cute bamboo steam basket. It’s all very civilized.

Even the name is euphemized to “phoenix talons.” Get past the idea of it being feet and you’ve got one of the most delicious things to eat on the planet.

Highly recommended are the abalone sauce chicken feet at Lei Gardens.

Lei Gardens, Shop 2068-70, 2/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2196 8133, www.leigarden.hk

 

4. Nature shock

Tai Long Wan in Sai Kung. One of the biggest surprises about Hong Kong is that pristine nature exists just minutes away from the most crowded parts of the city.

It’s possible to do a daytrip — even a half-day trip — to a beach or mountain for a verdant time out.

The best journey is the one-hour hike from the entrance of Sai Kung Country Park to a string of isolated beaches, inaccessible except by boat or by foot.

Tai Long Wan is our favorite for the large expanse of clean sand, building-free sea view and a small eatery serving cold beer and fried things.

Walk Hong Kong runs organized walking tours that depart from Hong Kong’s General Post Office, 2 Connaught Place, Central. See Hong Kong Tourism Board for more info.

5. Nightly Mardi Gras

We recently took an American visitor to Lan Kwai Fong on a Monday night. The crowds floored him. “This is like Mardi Gras,” he said.

He was saying it for dramatic effect, but Lan Kwai Fong really is the place to go to see Hong Kong’s work-hard-play-hard ethos stemming from the high-pressure-big-money lifestyle of investment bankers, stock brokers and entrepreneurs, of which the city has plenty.

The weekends, of course, are completely mad. Bypass the cover-charging, velvet-roped nightclubs and head to the dance bars along Wyndham Street and D’Aguilar Street. (MTR: Central, exit D2)

You’ll find that roadside binge drinking is the norm, people really like to dance and that you do know the words to all the songs. It’s mainstream nightlife at its best.

6. Learn the meaning of “density”

Mong Kok. Not for the claustrophobic. Mong Kok. Saturday afternoon. Shopping. Brace yourself for one of the most overwhelming examples of population density.

Literally meaning “prosperous and crowded corner,” Mong Kok (MTR: Mong Kok) is where everyone goes to buy stuff and feel the energy of hundreds of thousands of people going about their business.

A look at the various markets in Mong Kok is also telling of Hong Kong people’s passions. There’s the Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street, east of Nathan Road. Cheap fashion, knock-offs and trinkets dominate here.

Then there’s the Mongkok Computer Centre as well as Sneakers Street on Fa Yuen Street and Goldfish market on Tung Choi Street and Bute Street. For trendy junk food, there’s Dundas Street.

7. Prodigal floating restaurant

Shun Kee diners are picked up at the Causeway Bay pier in a private boat and rowed out to the floating kitchen.Shun Kee is a floating restaurant made up of wooden boats in Causeway Bay’s typhoon shelter, a protective area for vessels during a storm.

There used to be thousands of boat dwellers settled in the typhoon shelter. The community was tight and developed its own subculture.

From the early 1960s to end of the 1980s, the shelter thrived as a floating nightlife hub. Then it disappeared due to hygiene problems and changing consumer trends.

Shun Kee is the first floating restaurant to return. It opened last year and serves the same tasty, rustic recipes from decades ago, showcasing the chef’s wok skills. It’s unchanged from the glory days of the shelter.

Located at the Causeway Bay typhoon shelter, near the pedestrian footbridge connected to Victoria Park, +852 8112 0075.

 

8. Strange fruit

A fruit market sounds innocuous enough, but the wholesale fruit market in Yau Ma Tei is the opposite of sweet and fresh. Known as disputed territory between triad groups, the market has been witness to gang fighting and has an unsavory rep. But it’s OK for tourists to visit.

Coming alive at four in the morning daily, the market is populated by tough-looking big guys with lots of tattoos, each holding a stern expression as they charge down the corridors pushing small mountains of fruit boxes.

The market building itself is a historic landmark. The two-story structure dates to 1913 and looks it. Weathered signboards and crumbling Chinese architectural flourishes abound, with plenty of darkly lit corners, rusty folding gates from the 1950s and a pervasive smell of fresh and rotting fruit.

All of this makes the Yau Ma Tei fruit market one of the most atmospheric and photogenic places in Hong Kong.

Getting there: Take the MTR to Yau Ma Tei Station and head out exit A2. 

9. Pig out

Tasty, but high in saturated fat. Char siu is best consumed in moderation.We love pork. It’s estimated that Hong Kong people consume10,000 pigs a day. That kind of makes us a city of pork experts.

Bacon? Too greasy and too easy. The kind of pork that we love here can’t be cooked at home. You need huge ovens, you need generations of expertise, you need days of prep and you need secret ingredients.

There are two kinds of pork dishes to check out in Hong Kong.

Barbecue pork, called char siu, is a tender and moist piece of meat with a honeyed red-colored glaze. The best can be found at Joy Hing Roasted Meats in Wanchai. We recommend the half-fatty, half-skinny char siu. Joy Hing is closed on Sundays.

The second kind is roast pork. When done right, this dish will change your life. Layers of flavorful, briny pork are chopped into bite-sized pieces. The skin is crisped — perfect pork crackling. Most Cantonese restaurants have a version of it.

Joy Hing, 265-267 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, +852 2519 6639

10. Bet on fun

Happy Valley. Happy endings not guaranteed.Whether it’s at the Sunday afternoon mahjong table with grandma or in the luxury property market, gambling is a big pastime in Hong Kong.

The best place to witness the passion of punters is at the Happy Valley horse race nights. We have another track at Shatin, but the Happy Valley one is the original and most picturesque.

Races take place from September to June every Wednesday night from about 7-11 p.m. The track is lit up and ringed by residential building tower blocks. Dark hills loom beyond. It’s so Hong Kong.

While there are plenty of hard core gamblers here, there’s also a younger crowd that comes to enjoy the beer garden. All are none the wiser at picking a winner.

Happy Valley Race Course: 2 Sports Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island 

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Club Monaco brings a bit of New York City to Hong Kong

Club Monaco recently descended upon Hong Kong to host its “Explore the Cityurban cycling campaign.

The event invited 10 riders including local actor Alex Lam to ride from Causeway Bay to Central, hand-delivering copies of the debut issue of Club Monaco Journal, a publication highlighting the brand’s role in the lives of men and women globally.