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Hong Kong Happenings #4


Hong Kong Happenings #4


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Hong Kong Happenings #4

July 4, 2018 / by Úna Belle

 
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Floating Français

1分快三玩法Last week, I went rogue and ditched dinner in Central for something magnifique at Le Bon Gout – or to those in the know, Alexandra’s Floating Kitchen, as this French family food experience all takes place on a private boat in the Aberdeen Marina. We chowed on slow-cooked lamb shank and a scrumptious oozing chocolate cake, all served outdoors on deck. The wines are great, too, and made for a fun journey back avec sampan – sacré bleu! Book well in advance for this floating foodie fun. 


 
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A Good Cause

Causeway Bay regularly gives me a headache and hell must be IKEA on a Sunday, but things are looking up for this chock-a-block shopping mecca. Reel yourself into Pololi’s flagship that’s now open in the revamped Fashion Walk, serving its premium poké – to avoid social humiliation, pronounce it “po-kay”, okay? – and May Chow and her Little Bao band will open a new concept in September. It’s also no secret that Victoria and her pantaloons are on their way before summer is out and Charlotte Tilbury’s world domination continues with a new opening at Lane Crawford in Times Square later in the year. 


 
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Fresh Cuts

Finding a good salon in Hong Kong isn’t cut and dried, so here are my favourite places to tame the mane. In a pretty shophouse on Wellington Street, Love Hair does just what it says by using only natural products. The team are the biz, the salon is environmentally conscious and it has a great repertoire of UK magazines – all-round win! Nelson Wong’s Allure on School Street is adorned with vintage mirrors, beautiful trinkets, books and a grand piano. Stay long enough and the wine comes out, and before you know it, you’ll be belting out Les Mis1分快三玩法 in your salon gown with some of the regulars. Get involved in these two and I can guarantee no more stresses with the tresses!


 
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Tasty Tuesdays

For those who enjoyed the Taste festival – and for those that ran a mile at the thought of eating gourmet grub off a paper plate, you know who you are! – there’s a new option from these culinary cool folk. Classy tableware aside, the Taste guys come from good stock and are foodie fantastic when it comes to chef collaborations, so get ready to be served every second Tuesday of the month. First to plate up is chef Agustin Balbi of Haku in Tsim Sha Tsui, which is worth a try any day of the week. On July 10, this Hong Kong hotspot will serve up a summer menu of six dishes with some cocktails to boot. I promise that this new food experience in the city will have us all scrambling for a ticket.

Design: China Daily; Images: Facebook: @frenchcookingwinetasting; @allurehairhk; Instagram: @pololihk; @hakuhongkong

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Hong Kong Happenings #3


Hong Kong Happenings #3


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Hong Kong Happenings #3

June 20, 2018 / by Úna Belle

 
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House Proud

The local whispers about Soho House – the worldwide members’ club for eating, drinking, House Proud relaxing and just being totes cool in general – have been rife for years now. Believe the hype; the ultimate private posse is indeed hightailing it to Hong Kong next year. Eagle eyes and club connoisseurs can spot a location around Sai Ying Pun that just may be home to the acclaimed house. It’ll be one of the biggest openings of 2019 – and I’m dying to know when I can move in!


 
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Leatherback Lounging

The new Tai Kwun spot is the talk of the town, but there’s a hidden gem just outside its gates. Tucked away on Chancery Lane is the quaint Lok Man Rare Books. I simply love burrowing into a book (careful, now!) that hasn’t been opened since 1902 – think one-of-a-kind Beatrix Potter so delicate that The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle has a specially made box and a first-edition Hemingway that will set you back at least one month’s rent. All of these treasures are enveloped in the most beautiful library, perfect for sliding into a leatherback chair and leafing through a masterpiece. 


 
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Irish Eyes are Flying

1分快三玩法If you haven’t guessed from my nom de plume, I’m originally from the Emerald Isle, and though it hasn’t been home for many years, Ireland is a great spot that can offer more than just Guinness and craic! Thanks to Cathay Pacific’s new direct flights this month, some chic Dublin spots are now easier to check out. Sophie’s in The Dean hotel has 360-degree terrace views, The Marker does a great brunch and House is a hotspot for summer garden drinks right in the heart of the Fair City – with nary a leprechaun or tacky green hat in sight.


 
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Bastille Day with a Bang

Party brunches are one of my ultimate ways to while away a weekend… I’m still recovering from Uma Nota’s Carnaval do Rio party – those caprioskas! Next up for me is La Vache’s Le Disco Brunch, a very special Bastille Day boomer in the Tsim Sha Tsui restaurant. Not for the faint-hearted, these brunches are wild and have free-flow of all things great: steak, fries, and lots of red wine and other tipples. Try the La Guillotine, which is La Vache’s take on the Bloody Mary. Hold onto your berets – dancing on chairs and tables is advised. Bonne chance!

Design: China Daily; Images: ©Soho House (White City House roof); Lok Man Rare Books; Facebook: @lavachehk

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Play Time


1分快三玩法Acclaimed artist Florentijn Hofman brings his inimitable brand of fun to Hong Kong

Play Time


Acclaimed artist Florentijn Hofman brings his inimitable brand of fun to Hong Kong

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Play Time

June 6, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

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The Hong Kong outlet of Whitestone Gallery at H Queen’s (80 Queen’s Road Central) presents Play Around the World, a gallery exhibition of globally renowned Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. Best known for his large-scale urban installations including Rubber Duck and Hippopothames, this is Hofman’s first solo presentation in an Asian gallery space. The artist debuts a new series of works inspired by Line (his line drawings series) and rescaled ceramic sculptures from his much-loved public installations. Bringing international projects such as Rubber Duck and Fat Monkey into a gallery space is the key idea; Hofman specifically chose to use ceramic for the small-scale sculptures because it evokes the clean and pure shapes of the original works with a sophisticated sheen. The exhibition runs until July 1. (whitestone-gallery.com) 

The famed Rubber Duck floats into Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour

The famed Rubber Duck floats into Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour

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Hong Kong Happenings #2


Hong Kong Happenings #2


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Hong Kong Happenings #2

June 6, 2018 / by Úna Belle

 
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App Happy 

I love Coravin. It’s a stressful Monday evening’s best friend: a bottle opener that allows me to pour a glass (or two) without popping the cork. Now the company is set to launch an app that goes along with a new gadget: the Model 11. The app will allow you to pair and remember experiences with your favourite wines – a shiraz with a Stranger Things1分快三玩法 Netflix binge, perhaps? Until the launch later this year, try out the rose gold or piano black Coravin models for some stylish sipping.


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Watch This Space

Are you well over Daniel Wellington? Have no clue about Cluse? If you’re in a timepiece predicament, check out Swedish brand Triwa. Founded by four dapper gents who aim to take the focus on tradition and the stuffiness out of wearing a watch, these Scandinavian designs are affordable and really cool. Pre-order is now available on a new ethical watch called Humanium Metal, made from decommissioned firearms. There’s a store in Diamond Hill and a new pop-up at Mira Place in Tsim Sha Tsui. Tick-tock – don’t let time run out before the pop-up packs up in October. 


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Beach Babes

Ain’t no party like a beachside party. But if, like me, you feel empty inside now that Pui O’s Mavericks is closed and don’t know where to polish off your Pimm’s, you still have options, my friends. Cheung Sha gem Bathers serves up surf and sunsets, and Shek O beachside dining spot Cococabana is breezy on a hot day for rosé, quaffing with the best of them. And for those heading to Deep Water Bay, the view from Coconuts is sensational over Thai food and cocktails. Of course, I still harbour hopes that dear old Mav’s will rise again… like a majestic phoenix on a surfboard!


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Patisserie Pleasures

Blink and you might miss this teeny addition to Tai Hang. Plumcot is small, like the fruit it’s named for, but size doesn’t matter with these guys. Think fresh lemonade while you wait and straight-from-the-oven almond croissants – both have me hooked. There are also some great gluten-free, made-to-order macaron offerings. And speaking of that, a special shout-out to Komune in Wong Chuk Hang’s Ovolo. This hidden-treasure rooftop restaurant looks out over a beautiful green backdrop, and serves tasty gluten-free options and to-die-for iced lemon tea.

Design: China Daily; Images: © 2012 Toptables (Cococabana); © 2018 Coravin, Inc; Instagram: @komunehk; Triwa AB; www.plumcot.co

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Hong Kong Happenings #1


Think you know your Black Sheep from your Blue Butcher, and your Charlotte Tilbury from your Charlotte Olympia? If you don’t, fret not! In this new column, I aim to keep you up to speed with what’s popular, hot and set to be trending – all curated into digestible and tantalising tasters

Hong Kong Happenings #1


Think you know your Black Sheep from your Blue Butcher, and your Charlotte Tilbury from your Charlotte Olympia? If you don’t, fret not! In this new column, I aim to keep you up to speed with what’s popular, hot and set to be trending – all curated into digestible and tantalising tasters

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Hong Kong Happenings #1

May 23, 2018 / by Úna Belle

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Pour Me More 

1分快三玩法If you’re on the lookout for a proper pour that’s personable, then take a seat at the Aqua Spirit bar – but only after you’ve answered some probing questions first. These clever cocktail folk have created a digital experience that unlocks a cocktail to match your personality in a completely new take on the off-menu trend. (I did the online test and my tipple is the Realist – but of course!) Visit Aqua’s Facebook page to discover what cocktail character perfectly suits you.


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Coffee Table at the Ready

Taschen is set to launch its first store in Asia, helping us all to up our coffee table game. These publishers take cool very seriously, with effortlessly stylish books covering topics from Degas to dachshunds – and they don’t skip the other 25 letters of the alphabet, either. I’ve heard whispers that they’re set to open in what will be the new culture hub: the restored Central Police Station. As well as restaurants and stores, this space will also have a main art gallery and a series of art-related showstoppers alongside an auditorium for outdoor performances. It’s opening at the end of May and will definitely be the new haven for the city’s trendy set.


Know Your Neighbourhood

Sometimes we get too caught up in all the flash-in-the-pan openings, but what about those dining hotspots that do end up with staying power? With its Middle Eastern street food, Francis in Wan Chai has been causing quite a stir – namely because it’s tricky to get a table. Why not drink some Lebanese wine on the steps while you wait? It’s worth it. In the Tai Hang hood is the Sydney flair of Elementary (dear Watson). The dishes are small and tasty; I say order the Elementary Fried Cauliflower – it’s EFC-ing good! And if you haven’t been to Alvy’s in K-Town, then where have you been? This firm fave cooks up NYC hipster vibes alongside some of the best pizzas in town. 


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Pop-Up Party

Word on the street is that Carnaval do Rio is coming to Soho. The Brazilian-cool crowd at Uma Nota have drummed up the great idea of hosting a musical street party and foodie market once a month. Think live batucada beats – what’s that, you ask? It’s samba, but cooler, natch – street-food tasters, and guests playing Brazilian drums between courses and cocktails. Maravilhoso!

Design: China Daily; Images: Facebook: @aquahk; Facebook: @taikwuncontemporary; Instagram: @francishongkong; Flickr: Nicolas de Camaret/Creative Commons (Carnaval 2014 - Rio de Janeiro)

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Different Strokes


Why so serious? Putt your way around a round of “crazy golf”

Different Strokes


Why so serious? Putt your way around a round of “crazy golf”

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Different Strokes

April 6, 2018 / by Jon Braun

With loop-the-loops, intricate tunnels and ball jumps galore, let’s face it – this isn’t your grandfather’s beautiful game. Boasting 9,000 square feet, Strokes opened in Causeway Bay earlier this year. With “crazy golf” for your amusement, as well as a bar and restaurant, it brings a welcome concept to a stressed-out city that’s strapped for space. 

1分快三玩法Also called minigolf or putt-putt, the game of crazy golf is entirely putting-based, with each hole focused on an amusing obstacle – think tunnels, bridges, windmills and more. At Strokes, you can unwind with the fun nine-hole challenge on your choice of two courses. Palm Springs and Coachella Valley offer the quintessential American throwback experience, complete with gaudy 1980s-style pastels and pink flamingos. 

1分快三玩法On the food menu, retro-American cuisine with a “healthy” twist reigns supreme – low-carb, high-protein dishes including salad bowls, teriyaki ribs, cauliflower beef burgers (in which the vegetable replaces the bun) and fish tacos – while on the bar side, intricate cocktails such as the gin-based “The Gentleman Waiting for the Lady” take pride of place alongside craft beer from local brewery Moonzen.

Bookings for private parties and corporate functions are also available. With this much fun on the agenda, Strokes will have you shouting “More!” 


Where? G2-3, 1/F, Fashion Walk, 9 Kingston Street, Causeway Bay
Hours: 11.30am-1am (Mon-Thu), 11.30am-3am (Fri-Sat), 11.30am-11pm (Sun)
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I’ll Fly Away


The majestic fantasy of flight is revealed through the act of birdwatching – and Hong Kong is a hotbed of activity for more than 500 winged species. All you need is your eyes

I’ll Fly Away


The majestic fantasy of flight is revealed through the act of birdwatching – and Hong Kong is a hotbed of activity for more than 500 winged species. All you need is your eyes

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I’ll Fly Away

March 2, 2018 / by Jon Braun

Image above: Fork-tailed sunbird

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Common koel

Though you might guess otherwise, that raucous call of “come to the Peak, ha-ha!” isn’t one you’d hear coming out of the mouth of an unscrupulous tour guide – it emanates from the beak of the Chinese francolin. Want to know what to look for? Get into the Hong Kong birdwatching scene.

Initial interest in the hobby began during the Victorian era, though most “birdwatchers” of the day shot and collected the specimens, particularly for their eggs and feathers. But with a rising call for bird protection in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, combined with an advance in optic technology, people began watching and cataloguing birds. Today, the hobby holds a particular appeal to those who appreciate the beauty of nature – the payoff comes in that endorphin rush upon discovering a new species you haven’t seen before, as you contemplate the vastness of our planet and the cycles of life. 

One of the greatest things about birdwatching in Hong Kong is that it’s generally a year-round activity, though the hot and humid summer months from June to August are a bit quieter. Sightings are classified into a few broad categories: resident birds (which stay here for their entire lives), occasional visitors, and migrating birds and passage migrants – for which Hong Kong is a frequent stopover site, particularly as we’re midway along the East-Asian Australasian Flyway route. They’re also subcategorised into wetland and woodland types.

Among the city’s primary birdwatching sites are Mai Po (near Yuen Long), Tai Po Kau, Long Valley (in Sheung Shui) and Po Toi Island, as well as Hong Kong Park and Kowloon Park. The Mai Po nature reserve is particularly popular, as it hosts 50,000-plus waterfowl annually, comprising some 300 species including globally endangered ones such as the black-faced spoonbill, the spoon-billed sandpiper and Nordmann’s greenshank. 

1分快三玩法Though there are no known endemic species to Hong Kong, we get an astounding number of birds due to migration patterns. According to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department: “Hong Kong has more than 530 bird species, representing one-third of the total species recorded in the whole of China. This diversity is mainly attributable to our geographical location… blessed with a subtropical monsoon climate, which nurtures a host of natural habitats like wetlands, woodlands, shrublands and coastal areas.” 

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White-bellied sea eagle

At the annual Bird Watching Festival (which ends April 9) at the Hong Kong Wetland Park in Tin Shui Wai, there are guided tours for even the most novice of birdwatchers. Another organisation to check out is the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society (HKBWS), which focuses on conservation efforts, arranges group outings and has active discussion forums on its website. 

But you can also get started in your own neighbourhood. There are plenty of birds in urban areas – such as crested bulbuls, tree sparrows, black kites and spotted doves – and it’s a great way to learn how to identify them in the wild. 

Many birdwatchers keep a “life list”, which is a diary of all the species they’ve seen in their lifetime, including details of the date and location. (And you bet there’s an app for that – hundreds, in fact!) And you really don’t need much to enjoy birdwatching beyond a pair of eyes. The basic equipment to enhance your experience includes optics (binoculars or a scope) and identification material (a field guide or an app). If you want to document your rare sightings, you’ll need a solid DSLR camera with a telephoto lens – your smartphone simply won’t have the zoom power to do it justice. 

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A few tips: Wear subdued clothing and avoid colourful garments. Walk lightly, use your ears and keep your distance. Never disturb natural habitats or nests, and certainly don’t try to capture birds or pick up their eggs. Overall, relax and enjoy the great outdoors – and we hope you’ll be able to add to your own “life list” every time you head outside.

Images: John & Jemi Holmes/HKBWS (Fork-tailed sunbird); Pippen Ho/HKBWS (Common koel); Felix Ng/HKBWS (White-bellied sea eagle)

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Creative Drive


The Great Festival of Innovation brings the best of Britain to Hong Kong

Creative Drive


The Great Festival of Innovation brings the best of Britain to Hong Kong

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Creative Drive

March 2, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

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World-leading innovators from the UK and Asia will take part in the Great Festival of Innovation from March 21 to 24 in Hong Kong. The festival is a platform that aims to connect the cutting-edge businesses and brilliant thinkers who will drive trade partnerships of the future, while highlighting the UK’s position as a global centre for innovation. Great is the British government’s most ambitious global promotional campaign to date, uniting the efforts of the public and private sector to generate jobs and growth – and it’s already secured confirmed economic returns of £3.1 billion for the UK. 

To be held at the Asia Society’s Hong Kong centre, the festival will showcase more than 100 speakers across 60 sessions, panel discussions and interactive workshops that explore how innovation and technology is set to change the way we work, live, play and learn. 

Leading the discussions will be an impressive array of some of the world’s brightest minds, business pioneers, innovators and policymakers. Among the esteemed speakers are Charles Bowman, the Lord Mayor of London; Paul Priestman, chairman of PriestmanGoode, the company that has been commissioned by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies to design the system’s passenger-bearing capsules, which will hover in a reduced-pressure tube, thereby facilitating speeds that approach the supersonic; Richard Deverell, director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London; Tea Uglow, creative director of Google’s Creative Lab in Sydney; and Eiji Uda, the chief technology and innovation officer for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 

The agenda is as bold as the luminaries attending the festival. Topics include sustainable energy, cybersecurity, fintech, workplaces of the future, artificial intelligence, autonomous transport, smart cities, sustainable farming and alternative energy sources. Paul Thompson, vice-chancellor of the Royal College of Art; Elaine Ng, artist and founder of Hong Kong’s The Fabrick Lab; Jack Oclee-Brown, head of acoustics at KEF Audio; and Shinya Kukita, chief engineer of NEC’s global business unit, are all set to partake in the discussions. 

Speakers will also reimagine how we play, discussing how innovation, technology and creative thinking will alter the future of fashion, luxury, art and sport in a climate in which the consumers are becoming the curators. Among those leading the talks are Chester King, founder and CEO of the British eSports Association; Tom Aikens, the renowned chef; Tristram Hunt, director of the V&A Museum; and Duncan Pescod, the West Kowloon Cultural District’s director. 

1分快三玩法The festival concludes on the fourth day with insights into the future of education and learning. Through talks and hands-on events led by educators and students alike, audience members will see how various sectors are engaging with learning institutions to link higher education, research and business in helping to create tomorrow. André Fu, the architect, designer and founder of André Fu Living, will be among the speakers. Fu was commissioned by The Berkeley hotel in London to design its fourth-floor Opus Suite, which at 3,250sqft is the largest of its kind in the capital. Fu believes that the synergies between the two cities are strong. “It’s very bold of London to invite a Hong Kong designer such as myself to incorporate my design thinking into such a British structure,” he explains. “It says a lot about our creative synergies.”

Liam Fox, the UK’s international trade secretary, says the festival showcases the country as a prime location for investment opportunities, while Paul McComb, director general of the UK’s department for international trade in Hong Kong, adds: “Taking place at a historic moment for UK and Asian economies, the event highlights that the UK is open for business and committed to Asian trade partners. The festival will serve as a platform for creating lifelong partnerships, strengthening relationships between British and Asian business leaders and investors that will drive a future of free trade and prosperity.” 

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Smooth Smoke


1分快三玩法The Egyptians call it shisha, the Turkish and Lebanese say nargile and in India and Pakistan it’s hookah – whatever your pleasure, this time-honoured waterpipe tradition has become a global phenomenon. Here are three places to try it in Hong Kong

Smooth Smoke


The Egyptians call it shisha, the Turkish and Lebanese say nargile and in India and Pakistan it’s hookah – whatever your pleasure, this time-honoured waterpipe tradition has become a global phenomenon. Here are three places to try it in Hong Kong

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Smooth Smoke

December 1, 2017 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

 

Sumac

1分快三玩法This Lebanese lounge also has excellent nargile, which is an important part of culture in the restaurant’s country of origin. A quiet, cosy venue in the bustling Central district, Sumac has custom-made hookah pipes designed and crafted in an authentic, exotic style.

9 Glenealy, Central
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Boba Bear

1分快三玩法Originating from Los Angeles’ Koreatown, where Boba Bear got its start in 2010, the Hong Kong outlet was the brand’s first international venture. Boba means bubble tea; the bar uses California-imported coconut charcoal, served in three different styles of pipes. A creative variety of 40 flavours is available, including red gummy bear, strawberry margarita and spiced chai. 

30/F, 38 Yiu Wa St, Causeway Bay
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Lilya

With a classy, mystical ambience in this Moroccan restaurant, shisha can be a truly indulgent experience. Fruit-based flavours such as apple, grape and blueberry are available; cappuccino is also a signature. Order directly from the waiter if you don’t see it on the menu.

2/F, 77 Wyndham Street, Central
(fb.com/Lilya.Moroccan)

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Electric Power to the People


Faster, furiouser and gaining global traction through cutting-edge technology, Formula E charges into Hong Kong for the launch of the motorsport’s fourth season 

Electric Power to the People


1分快三玩法Faster, furiouser and gaining global traction through cutting-edge technology, Formula E charges into Hong Kong for the launch of the motorsport’s fourth season 

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Electric Power to the People

October 27, 2017 / by Ben Berg

It’s back and bigger than ever – the ground-breaking FIA Formula E Hong Kong E-Prix returns to the city, heralding the launch of the fourth season of the global Formula E Championship with a double-header race weekend on December 2 and 3. Hong Kong holds the distinction of hosting the only Formula E race event held in Asia this 2017/18 season.

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Much of Hong Kong welcomed the high-voltage spectacle with open arms last year. The inaugural E-Prix in 2016 sold out, with more than 20,000 fans in attendance. With expanded e-villages and three grandstands this year, total capacity for this year’s race is expected to exceed 41,000 over the weekend. “With a confirmed double-header and an immersive entertainment experience in the e-villages, this year’s super-charged Hong Kong E-Prix will electrify the city’s sports and entertainment scene,” says Alan Fang, the CEO of Formula Electric Racing Hong Kong. 

Ali Russell, the chief marketing officer of Formula E Holdings, thinks Hong Kong’s contribution to electric racing has been supercharged. “Hong Kong has been imperative to the company’s growth and awareness across the world over the past 12 months,” he says. “The inaugural HKT 2016 Hong Kong E-Prix opened the world’s eyes to the electric street-racing series and the support we have received in Asia has made it a key market for us.” 

The Central Harbourfront, located on Lung Wo Road and at Tamar Park, brings visitors closer to the heart of the urban action than most other spots. “There is no better location to open the fourth season than with the 20 all-electric Formula E cars racing in the heart of Hong Kong, around the Victoria Harbourfront against this stunning backdrop,” says Russell. 

Formula E is the world’s first fully electric racing series. It represents a vision for the future of the motor industry, serving as a framework for research and development into the electric vehicle, accelerating general interest in these cars and promoting sustainability. The first season began in Beijing in September 2014 and completed in London in June 2015, racing in 10 major cities (across 11 races) around the world. 

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The championship sees nine teams, each with two drivers, going head-to-head to create a unique and exciting racing series designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fans. Season two got underway in Beijing with the series becoming an “open championship”, allowing approved manufacturers to develop new power-train solutions. Future seasons will see the regulations open up further, driving manufacturers to focus on improving battery technology. 

1分快三玩法Formula E is a young sport. Unlike its high-octane, internal-combustion F1 counterpart, electric car races can take place in cities much less disruptively. The engines don’t make as much noise (and thus not ruining life for miles around) and the street circuits can be laid out and taken down with comparative efficiency. The tracks tend to be small, winding circuits to favour the performance and strength of electric cars, which operate well in relatively confined spaces. Formula E even secured an historic event this year in New York City, a place where, due to their noise, Formula One and NASCAR races wouldn’t be given the time of day. 

Just as the technology keeps changing along with the Formula E drivers, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile continues to appraise cities that suit electric cars best, so Santiago, São Paulo and Rome have also been included in the fourth season. TAG Heuer is a founding partner of Formula E, continuing to serve as the official timekeeper of the event and as its official watch. 

China has shown rising interest in the E-Prix series, with two teams on the Formula E circuit: NextEV NIO and Techeetah, which include drivers Oliver Turvey and Jean-Éric Vergne, respectively; the latter driver won the third season’s final race in Montreal. This year, Shanghai-born driver Ma Qinghua is racing for Techeetah. Ma was a test driver in Formula 1 and also drove for Caterham at the Macau Grand Prix, but his greatest international success came in 2014. Driving for Citroën that year, he won race two of the World Touring Car Championship in Russia, making him the first-ever Chinese driver to win an FIA World Championship event.

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1分快三玩法The Formula E field features four previous winners of the Macau Grand Prix. Swedish driver Felix Rosenqvist, who holds the Formula E Hong Kong lap record from last year, won back-to-back at the Macau Grand Prix in 2014 and 2015; British driver Alex Lynn, who races for DS Virgin, won in 2013; Portuguese driver António Félix da Costa of MS Amlin-Andretti won in 2012; and Brazilian driver Lucas di Grassi won in 2005. 

Alejandro Agag, the big boss of Formula E, believes the sport has been gaining respectability fast despite booking a financial loss in the previous season.“I think Formula E has become the preferred destination for manufacturers and there are a few reasons for that,” he told Reuters in July. “Obviously, one is that it is electric and manufacturers are more and more focusing on electric cars… and we are the only platform really to help them promote that technology and those types of cars. And second, because of the cost. The cost of the team in Formula E is very moderate.” Compare Formula One, where teams can spend US$300 million per year, to successful Formula E teams that spend between US$10–US$15 million. 

It’s growing in popularity among the major marques, too – Panasonic Jaguar only entered the competition last season, Audi announced last year that it was leaving the World Endurance Championship to shift resources to Formula E, BMW committed to the 2018/19 season in a partnership with Andretti Autosport and Mercedes-Benz announced in July that it would be leaving the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters to get into Formula E for the 2019/20 season.

These are heady times for Formula E racing and the future starts in earnest with the fourth season in Hong Kong. Gentlemen, charge your batteries… 

HONG KONG TRACK GUIDE

Number of turns 10

Track length 1.86km

2016 winner Sébastien Buemi

Qualifying record 1:03.099 (Nelson Piquet Jr)

Lap record 1:02.947

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(Felix Rosenqvist)

Images: FIA; Formula E Hong Kong

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