📢 Starting from 00.00 am on Dec 25 (HK time), travellers from Canada are required to present test report, in English or Chinese, showing a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test administered within 72 hours of the scheduled time of departure, before boarding the flight to HK. The same requirements apply to a HK resident who has stayed in Canada during the 14 days before boarding the flight. Full details here: https://www.info.gov.hk/…/gen…/202012/18/P2020121800522.htm…

COVID-19 ...webpage:
https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/index.html…

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HOW DOES MAZU CALM THE SEA AND BECOME PROTECTOR OF SEAFARERS?

Mazu the Sea Goddess has been worshipped for hundreds of years by sailors and fishermen in southern China. Retelling the heroic acts and folklore associated with Mazu (literally translated as "Maternal Ancestor), the latest original production by Hong Kong Dance Company 香港舞蹈團 is being streamed online through Jan 21. https://hkdance.com/performances/mazuonlinestreaming

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Happy New Year! Let’s share the moment we say goodbye to 2020 and hello to a brighter, safer 2021.

While face masks have become daily necessities during the pandemic, they are mostly opaque which causes difficulties for hearing-impaired people who rely on lip reading and facial expressions to communicate. Researchers at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology - HKUST have come up with a new material that can filter out viruses and bacteria and is also breathable, waterproof and above all, transparent. The team led by Prof. Gao Ping has developed the ultrathin po...lymer nanofilm, the world's strongest of its kind, which is promising for multiple biomedical and environmental applications apart from face masks.

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2020 is finally coming to a close. With an abundance of love and hope, let’s count down to the New Year and the new beginnings it brings. Join us here on Facebook live or DiscoverHongKong.com to welcome 2021 together! bit.ly/3pkU9FE

Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd. (HKEX) had a bountiful year in 2020, providing a bright spot amid the pandemic. Here is the report card:

- Market turnover: US$3.7 trillion, a record high in its 20-year of history
- IPO funds raised: US$47 billion, a decade high
- World #2 for IPO Venue & Biotech Fundraising

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NEW ERA FOR THE ARTS

The arts will never be the same again in the post-pandemic world. While COVID-19 kept art lovers away from physical presence in galleries, theatres and exhibitions in 2020, creative minds have used the digital space to connect with audiences and explore new frontiers. Here's a look back at some groundbreaking Art Tech innovations that reshaped the arts in Hong Kong, ranging from collaborative presentations to online international engagements.

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Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra 香港中樂團 Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra Hong Kong Arts Festival 香港藝術節 Art Basel ART Power HK

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Here's a reminder of the new measures in place in Hong Kong to counter the global spread of COVID-19 and risks posted by a new variant of coronavirus:

- All arrivals from overseas need to undergo 21 days quarantine at a designated hotel and provide an additional COVID-19 test sample on the 19th or 20th day after arrival.
- A suspension of travellers from the United Kingdom and South Africa until further notice
- Additional travel restrictions for people coming from specif...ied high-risk places, which are Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Ecuador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine, the UK and the USA.
https://www.info.gov.hk/…/gen…/202012/25/P2020122500012.htm…

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SEASON'S GREETINGS FROM HONG KONG
This festive season is going to be very special with all kinds of social distancing rules in place. But the Christmas cheer is sure to stay with the sparkly lights on! Here are five of the best locations in Wan Chai and Tsim Sha Tsui to see how glittering lights and festive decorations have turned the places into a collective winter wonderland.
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Hong Kong will be entering the new year with fresh hope of success in the battle against COVID-19. This as the government revealed (Dec 23) that a total of 22.5 million vaccine doses had been procured for a citywide free vaccination programme to cover the 7.5 million population.

Key points
-Total 22.5 million doses from 3 sources (Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinovac Biotech and AstraZeneca)
-Emergency legislation enacted for early procurement of vaccines ...
-Recipients to choose their preferred vaccine
-Indemnity fund to be set up to support anyone who may suffer side effects from the vaccine

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Lord Patrick Hodge, the Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court, will serve as non-permanent judge (NPJ) in Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal (CFA) with effect from Jan 1, 2021.

The announcement today (Dec 23) will increase the number of overseas NPJs in the CFA to a total of 14. They are all distinguished judges from other common law jurisdictions and will be one of five judges on the top court bench when hearing cases.

The presence of overseas NPJs, in accordance with the ...Basic Law, manifests the judicial independence of Hong Kong, helps maintain a high degree of confidence in the legal system and maintains strong links with other common law jurisdictions.
https://www.info.gov.hk/…/gen…/202012/23/P2020122300339.htm…

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!🎄🎁

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) wishes you and your loved ones a warm holiday season and prosperous 2021!

HEARTWARMING MUSIC IN CHILLY WINTER DAYS

Winter Days, a performance that brings you Chinese musical works and quotes about “Winter solstice”, “chilliness” and “home”, is a fascinating orchestral experience defined by stark contrasts of chilliness and warmth. The unique Yuqing, Bianqing and Eco-Huqin sextet presented by the 香港中樂團 Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (HKCO) is sure to delight your eyes and ears and touch your heart with its perfect blend of Eco-Huqin (uniquely produced by HKCO), and Yuqing in a modern work.

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📅 Save the date!

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (HKCBA) presents the 7th Transpacific Entrepreneurial Virtual Conference on January 21-22, 2021. For more information, click here: https://www.cancham.org/event/?eid=1877

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Hong Kong is to ban all flights arriving from the United Kingdom from midnight (00.00am, Dec 22), to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This follows the discovery of a more infectious strain of coronavirus in the UK. Travellers from the UK who are undergoing compulsory 14-day hotel quarantine are required to undergo an extended quarantine of 7 days at home.

COVID-19 webpage:
https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/index.html…
HK Update:...
https://www.brandhk.gov.hk/…/Hon…/Response-to-COVID-19.html…

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BREAKING: HK RUGBY SEVENS TO RETURN IN NOV 2021

Great news for rugby fans! The world-famous Hong Kong Sevens is set to return on Nov 5-7, 2021. The new dates were announced today (Dec 17) as part of Rugby World's schedule for next year. This year's tournament, originally scheduled for April, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Here is an update on the new rules for air travellers to Hong Kong which will take effect on Dec 22:

* All arrivals from overseas will need to book a designated quarantine hotel for a minimum of 14 nights
* People arriving on Dec 21 must also book a designated quarantine hotel
* Check the list of 36 designated quarantine hotels, some of which are ready for booking from Dec 18...
* Arrivals from specified "high risk" countries need to provide negative COVID-19 test result before boarding HK-bound flight.
Make sure you know the rules, or risk being unable to board your flight.
Watch this video from the Centre for Health Protection for more details:
COVID-19 webpage: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/index.html…
HK Update: https://www.brandhk.gov.hk/…/Hon…/Response-to-COVID-19.html…

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Effective Dec 17, the number of countries on Hong Kong's COVID-19 high-risk list will increase to 19 with the addition of Ukraine. Currently, non-HK residents are denied entry to the city due to the pandemic. Full details here: https://www.info.gov.hk/…/gen…/202012/10/P2020121000609.htm…

COVID-19 webpage:
https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/index.html…
HK Update:...
https://www.brandhk.gov.hk/…/Hon…/Response-to-COVID-19.html…
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Enjoy this 360° view of picturesque Shek O in Hong Kong, a genuine treat for your eyes.
See more hiking and cycling routes in Hong Kong: bit.ly/3oPRGCM