Most famous people born in Hong Kong


Most famous people born in Hong Kong

Vibrant and unique, Hong Kong has also been the birthplace of many celebrities. Here are some of the most notable ones:

Jackie Chan
Perhaps Hong Kong's best known film star, Jackie Chan endured many years of long, hard work and multiple injuries to establish international success via his early beginnings in Hong Kong's manic martial arts cinema industry. Jackie was born on Hong Kong's famous Victoria Peak.
Shannon Walsh
Born to Australian parents, actress and gymnast Shannon Walsh is originally from Hong Kong. Until late teens, Shannon trained as a competitive gymnast under Ukranian national coaches Vladimir and Valentina Kovalenko. Before ending her gymnastics career, she won three all-around national gold medals. Walsh is known for her role in Begin Again.
Katrina Kaif
This actress is born to a Caucasian mother of British nationality and a father who was formerly from Kashmir, India, but who has acquired British citizenship. Kaif is known for her role in Zindagi N Milegi Dobara.
Romola Garai
Actress and known for her role in Amazing Grace, Romola Garai was born in Hong Kong to father Adrian (banker) and mother Janet (journalist), Romola Garai's unusual name is the female version of Romolo, an Italian name for boys (from Latin Romulus, the founder of Rome). She grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong until she was eight when her family returned to lay roots in Wiltshire.
Tzi Ma is a creative, imaginative and compelling actor born in Hong Kong who has created a score of memorable film, television and stage characters. He is known for his appearance in Arrival and for his role as a deadly efficient assassin and nationalist spy masquerading as Michael Caine's ever-invaluable assistant in The Quiet American.
Other honourable mentions include Yun-Fat Chow (Crounching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle), Celine Jade (Arrow), Maggie Cheung (In the Mood for Love), Sammo Kam-Bo Hung (Ip Man 2), Andy Lau (Internal Affairs), Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (Ying xiong), and Natalie Mendoza (The Descent).


HK Superstar funds BEAST Label



Highlight is a South Korean boy band formerly known as Beast. The band has 5 members: Yoon Doo-joon, Yong Jun-hyung, Yang Yo-seob, Lee Gi-kwang, and Son Dong-woon. KPop boy group BEAST gives the step.

Looking back they They were creating their own independent label. After seven years of being under Cube Entertainment, they've decided to create their leave their current agency to join other artists who have chosen release their own indie records. The KPop band named their label “Good Luck” after one of their hit singles released in 2014. The name shows how much the new agency will center its focus on BEAST only.
This didn't come as an entire surprise given that the group's leader, Doojoon, has already hinted in his Instagram account that BEAST will leave Cube after their contract expired.
His message was as follow: “Busan is so far away… But thank you, thank you to everyone who came from all over the place. Soon, it'll be our 7th anniversary… A lot of things will change, but hopefully everyone can get used to it quickly!!!! Thank you, B2UTY, B2ST. Everyone worked hard!!!!!! Please continue to take care of us.”
But BEAST couldn't take this big step on their own. There was a ghost investor that made all of this possible. This investor is Louis Koo, a veteran entertainer from Hong Kong, who has committed to help the new BEAST label grow.
BEAST investor was already a legendary celebrity in Hong Kong. One of the highest-earning actors in Hong Kong, Koo has starred alongside Jackie Chan in the movie Rob-B-Hood and is a spokesperson for world renowned brands like Pepsi, Tag Heuer, and Lotte.
The move was be supported by a Hong Kong-based concert producer Jasco Entertainment, which had previously become affiliated with Koo's entertainment. This is not the first time Jasco Entertainment and BEAST cross paths. Indeed, they had worked together during one of their showcases in Hong Kong.
The only outstanding issue now was that Cube Entertainment owns the copyright for the group's name. Therefore, now that BEAST has released a new label, fans are wonderful if the band members will continue to promote as BEAST or go with a new name. Now we know that is Highlight. Apparently, the members gave up on their current name and will adopt a new one instead. One personnel from Cube said: “the members are willing to change the group name if Cube Entertainment does allow it.”
Fans are also apprehensive about whether BEAST will be able to perform their hit songs like “Fiction”, “12:30” and “Shadow” or not. However, one of the producers that collaborate with BEAST, Shinsadong Tiger, assured that the group can still perform their previous tracks.
In his Instagram account, the producer gave words of encouragement to the group and a reassurance that they can still perform their old songs as long as they were rearranged even with the new BEAST label.


Hong Kong street markets


hong kong street market

Hong Kong street market culture attracts visitors from everywhere. Here are some of the best markets in the region:

Cat Street antique market
Despite its name, there's more to Cat Street (Upper Lascar Row) than just antiques. During the colonial period, the street was a market for stolen items which are called “rat goods” in Cantonese. Since cats search out rats, the market is named after the customers. From stall to stall, you can find all sort of antiques, ranging from Chairman Mao figurine to brass Buddha statues, old coins and ceramic vases. These precious antiques conjure up images of Hong Kong's past.
Kowloon City Wet Market
One of the city's best food markets, Kowloon City Wet is perfect to find high-grade pork, veggies and beef. The stalls are so famous they have even attracted celebs to the market. It is not unusual to bump into somebody famous while searching for fresh produce.
Ap Liu Street Electronics Market
This is a second-hand and low cost items, mainly audio-visual equipment, assorted devices and mobile accessories. Take your time and scour the market before buying anything as prices vary significantly.
Flower Market
Decked out with flowers of every kind, this colorful, highly scented flower market feels like a lush garden. In the build-up to Lunar New Year, the places fill with the varietals of plant that promise good luck, and families flock there to make a purchase that will guarantee their fortune for the next lunar cycle.
Ladies' Market
This the place to go to buy brand name clothes and accessories for less. Sometimes you can hunt down surprisingly decent products at bargain prices.
Temple Street Night Market
Unlike other main Asian cities, it is rare to find a night market in Hong Kong and that is what makes Temple Street market so special. After the sun goes down, tourists flock to this market to buy “I heart HK” t-shirts and dodgy watches while the locals consult the fortune-tellers.


Kickass Facts about Hong Kong


Gucci Hong Kong

Hong Kong is an outstanding city in many ways, and the interesting facts about it never end.

Did you know that Hong King has one of the world's most efficient subway systems with a 99.9% on-time rate? Apart from this surprising system, it is relevant to mention that the whole subway system is managed via an AI.
Apart from the interesting facts, there are some hilarious ones as well. For instance, in 2012, a Hong Kong billionaire offered $65 million to any man able to woo and marry his lesbian daughter.
There are also some sad facts. For instance, a severe lack of affordable housing in Hong Kong has forced the city's poor to live in small plywood “coffins” or iron cages, costing around US$200 a month.
Did you know that Kowloon Walled City once existed in Hong Kong with no laws or rules to govern it? At the time, the city had an estimated population density of 3,250,000 people per square mile.
Hong Kong uses seawater to flush toilets.
As Hong Kong is overcrowded, burials in public cemeteries are exhumed after 6 years. The remains are either collected privately for cremation or reburied in an urn.
There is no law that forbids selling alcohol to minors in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is home to the world's most expensive district for retailers as luxury-brand companies like Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Channel, Aigner, Christian Dior and Marc Jacobs. In 2012, the average annual rents at Causeway Bay was HKD2,630 per square foot.
Residents of Cheung Chau Island have an annual tradition of organizing a bun festival between April and May. The event is intended to keep hungry ghosts residing on the island content. They build a tower of buns for this purpose but nowadays plastic is replacing the real baked version.
Another interesting fact is that Bruce Lee won the 1958 Hong Kong Cha Cha championship.
A group of musicians successfully fooled the Hong Kong government into thinking they were the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra long enough to play to over 10,000 people. Meanwhile the real MPO were touring in Europe.
Back in 2003, a Chinese doctor was patient 0 in Hong Kong. He was infected with SARS virus and arrived in the city to attend a wedding. He died a couple of weeks afterwards but he had already spread the virus. About 80% of the Hong Kong cases have been traced back to this doctor.
In 2004, a league cricket match in Hong Kong had to be called off because batsman Hussain Butt was hitting so many sixes, he was constituting “a danger to passing traffic.”
You can get married at the McDonalds in Hong Kong. All you need is $2000 USD and they include a balloon wedding dress, balloon rings, venue, and of course, food by McDonalds.
In 2003, Hong Kong ran a tourism campaign with the slogan “it will take your breath away”. This coincided with the height of the SARS epidemic, ironically, a particularly lethal form of pneumonia.


Road to Ultra - electronic dance festival


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The world's premier electronic dance music festival arrives in Hong Kong. Set in West Kowloon Nursery Park, Road to Ultra Hong Kong is a multi-sensory music extravaganza with a vibrant, energetic atmosphere, an unparalleled mind-melding blend of audio and visual stage production and a line-up saturated with heavy-hitters in the electronic dance music scene, which will bring together music lovers from abroad and locals alike.
Only adults (18+) revelers can attend as long as they can afford the tickets which are from HK$900. Created and founded by the team behind the electronic dance music festival, Ultra Music Festival, Road to Ultra (RTU) events are one day, single-stage events. The Ultra Worldwide team are also in charge of designing the stage, which are adapted to accommodate the needs of indoor and outdoor venues.
RTU was first launched back in 2012 in Seoul, Korea, leading up to the second edition of Ultra Korea that took place the year after. Ever since, Road to Ultra events have landed in Thailand, Colombia, Macau, Japan, Taiwan, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, the Philippines, Singapore and Chile. Hong Kong was the latest addition to Road to Ultra as of 2016.
The Road to Ultra: Macau, now known as Road to Ultra: Hong Kong, was held in 2015 at the Club Cubic and City of Dreams Complex in Macau, China. Some of the artists that headlined the event included Nicky Romero, Porter Robinson, 2ManyDJs, DVBBS, Tom Swoon, Justin Oh, and more local artists. The events debut was a commercial success, the tickets were sold out and was moved to Hong Kong for 2016.
The Road to Ultra: Hong Kong tok place on 17 September 2016 at the Nursery Park located in the West Kowloon Cultural District. The lineup for the event included artists like Knife Party, Martin Garrix, Nero (live), Carnage, Galantis, Jauz, Marshmello and Thomas Jack.
The inaugural Road to ULTRA Hong Kong was a staggering success and packed the biggest lineup for a Road to Ultra event in recent memory.
Ultra Worldwide is the global edition of the world's premier electronic music event, Ultra Music Festival.
The world's largest, independent and most international festival brand – ULTRA Worldwide – continues to dominate the electronic music landscape in Asia, completing four events across two weekends on the continent. ULTRA Korea, Road To ULTRA Hong Kong, ULTRA Singapore and ULTRA Beijing together show that the ULTRA brand is the industry leader on the Asian continent.

On the same weekend, ULTRA Beijing featured top talent across 3 world-class venues in the bustling capital city, with performances from Afrojack, The Chainsmokers, DJ Snake and Illenium, along with many other headlining DJs. Loco Dice, Nastia and Coyu were among the band of RESISTANCE artists who delivered top tier house and techno across the weekend.

The first leg of ULTRA Worldwide's 2018 Asia tour has proven the indomitable festival brand is showing no signs of slowing down its plans for global domination. With the second leg of the tour hitting the Asian continent in September, all eyes are on the sophomore edition of ULTRA China in Shanghai, ULTRA Japan's fifth return to Tokyo and Road To ULTRA Taiwan in Taipei.


Most memorable quotes by HK films


memorable quotes HK films

“The jianghu underworld filled with crouching tigers and hidden dragons, but so are human feelings.” - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

“From now on, we're friends of one minute.” - Days of Being Wild
“If I were a girl, would you want to marry me?” - The Love Eterne (1963). The Chinese folk legend of the Butterfly Lovers may have been adapted many times, but with this film's poetic lyrics and colorful scheme, it may be the best adaptation both historically and artistically. The film tells the story of a young scholar who chances upon an aristocratic daughter who attends a male-only school disguised as a boy. The two become sworn brothers and spend three years together as classmates. However, when she reveals her true identity, they decide to get married. Their plan is halted by her father who had planned to marry her off to a rich family.
“I'm not showing them I'm the best. I just want to tell them I can take back what I've lost.” - A Better Tomorrow (1986) directed by John Woo. The director explains how he first came up with the now-customary tradition of double-pistol shooting in the action movie genre? “When I was preparing for a scene in A Better Tomorrow, where Chow Yun-fat has to take on a large group of people, I asked Chow to use two pistols at the same time to produce the musical rhythm of drum beats and the damages of a machine gun.”
“Why don't you photograph the sea and the clouds? People are so ugly.” - Boat People, directed by Ann Hui . this is one of the most important films in Hong Kong cinema. This political thriller centers around a Japanese photojournalist (Lam) who revisits the post-Liberation Vietnam in 1987 to document its rebirth The film reveals the horrors facing the people living in the port of Danang, who are sent to forced labour camps that are misguidedly labelled as “new economic zones.” The film forecasts the fate of Hong Kong after 1997, an interpretation not weakened by the Chinese authorities' view of it as an “anti-communist” work. The film was selected in competition at Cannes Film Festival. “At some point, we were asked to negotiate with the (authorities) in Paris, and were told that we couldn't be included in the (main) competition anymore,” Hui recalls. “We were still given the status of ‘official selection', (but were instead) presented there as the ‘film surprise'. And they told me that the preceding ‘film surprise,‘ which was also prevented by the government (from competing), was Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker. At that point, I was so smitten I just said yes.”
“I believe we wouldn't be like them. I was wrong.” - In the Mood for Love (2000). “He remembers those vanished years. As though looking through a dusty window pane, the past is something he could use, but not touch. And everything he sees is blurred and indistinct.” And so the great Hong Kong film ends with a quotation from writer Liu Yi-Chang's stream-of-consciousness novella, Intersection, which loosely inspired Wong Kar-wai into capturing the tentative affair between two potential lovers who cross paths briefly before parting forever.


HK Tycoon offered $65m marry off his daughter


Faith in Love

A well-known Hong Kong billionaire has offered $65m to any man able to woo and marry his lesbian daughter. Property and shipping tycoon Cecil Chao initiated his husband recruitment after reports emerged that his daughter had wed her long-term girlfriend. However, Mr Chao has contradicted this rumor, assuring that his daughter is still single and in need of a “good husband.”

Although homosexuality was de-criminalized in 1991, same-sex unions are still not recognized in Hong Kong.
Businesswoman and graduate from the University of Manchester, Gigi Chao is said to have married her female partner of seven years, Sean Eav, in a ceremony in France. However, her father has rejected this claim as false and added that his generous offer had already generated many replies from potential suitors.
The reason why Mr Chao won't accept this union is due to social reasons. “My father thinks it is worth the money as a matter of social standing,” said Gigi.
“It is an inducement to attract someone who has the talent but not the capital to start his own business,” Mr Chao said. “I don't mind whether he is rich or poor. The important thing is that he is generous and kind-hearted.”
“Gigi is a very good woman with both talents and looks,” he added. “She is devoted to her parents, is generous and does volunteer work.”
Despite his public recruitment for a husband, Mr Chao insisted he would not force his daughter to marry a man against her will.
Meanwhile, Gigi confessed she found her father's plan entertaining but would not worry about it until an actual suitor had been found.
Cecil Chao has since withdrawn the offer saying he "respects her choice" after his daughters letter asking him to accept her for who she is. We certainly do and wish her all the best. People should be free to love who they want to love.
Cecil Chao has since been busy on Faith in Love. Compassionate unconditional giving. A charity serving underprivileged youth and families.

Top Films set in Hong Kong


Long Arm Of The Law(1)

Hong Kong is a city like no other. It's the place where the most modern skyscrapers stand tall next to historic temples. It's the place where east meets west in an interesting clash of civilizations. These singularities about Hong Kong have also attracted filmmakers interested in capturing the city's spirit. Here are some of the most notable films set in Hong Kong:

Directed by Johnny Mak, Long Arm of the Law (1984) was a marvelous pre-cursor to the explosive crime thrillers of John Woo and Ringo Lam. Famous for its quote “We'll act in unison from now on. All for one, right?” the film follows Red Guards-turned-armed robbers through the sharp end of these Mainlanders' dreams of making a fortune in the more “modernised” Hong Kong. With memorable scenes ranging from a helicopter ambush to a gunpoint standoff, the film reaches its climax with a shootout inside the claustrophobic Kowloon Walled City.
Election 2 also tops the list with its famous quote “I can also make you a deal. I can also be a patriot.” Directed by Johnnie To, the film shows an intrinsic interest in the triad society's origins. The political satire shows the power struggles surrounding the biannual voting process at the top of “Hong Kong's oldest triad.” The film mocks simplistic capitalist ideals and democratic aspirations in the very same stroke.
The Private Eyes, directed by Michael Hui and released in 1979, impresses the audience at once with its wordless opening credit sequence showing only the characters' feet. The comedy is known for many quotes, including:
“Eating too much will cause hemorrhoids, don't you know? Name one person with hemorrhoids who doesn't eat.”
“I said when I died, that I'd come back. If you believe in ghosts, you're on the right track. I'm out of the grave, and roaming the moores. If you want to be safe, you better lock all the windows and screens.”
“In this house, it's hard to survive. Some'll be dead, who are now alive. Mr. Uwatsum is gone, ‘cause he knew too much. Bye for now, but rest assured we'll keep in constant contact with each other.”
“Sucked the brains clean out of a pig.”
“You know who you are? You're the two idiots what got your picture in the newspaper.
The characters include a cheeky boss ready to exploit his employees, a kung-fu fighting apprentice and a stupid assistant who will test a bomb for him, literally. The comedy includes Bruce-Lee inspired fight scene with flour and sausages.
The Arch is the first feature by Cecile Tang, one of the extremely few woman filmmakers then working in Hong Kong. This legendary film, released in 1969, is one of the most significant classics in film history despite its limited distribution. The film tells the story of Madam Tung, a dignified middled-aged widow soon to be honored by the emperor for her chastity. Meanwhile, she is tormented by her suppressed desire for a cavalry captain stayer at her aristocratic residence. The main character meets her misery when the captain turn his attention to her young daughter. A famous quote from this film is “We can't take the plums home.”

Paul Theroux, Kowloon Tong: A Novel of Hong Kong


kowloon tong

With an intoxicating cultural clash like no other, Hong Kong is a unique city and this special character about the city has seduced many notable writers who have attempted to convey this distinctive character. Taking into account its complex history and evolving present, these works of both fiction and non-fiction focus on Hong Kong and are a means to understanding this city in constant evolution. Kowloon Tong is a novel by Paul Theroux about Neville "Bunt" Mullard, an English mummy's boy born and raised in Hong Kong. The story is set in the days leading up to the handover to China of Hong Kong from the British.

One of the most outstanding authors that have attempted to capture the essence on this city in his writing is Paul Theroux. In fact, the novelist said that “When I went to Hong Kong, I knew at once I wanted to write a story set there.” His book Kowloon Tong: A Novel of Hong Kong, published in 1997, depicts the city on the cusp of the most dramatic event in its history, the 1997 handover to China. Today, the book remains a powerful exploration of the ambivalence felt by most citizens towards this epoch defining event. Ninety-nine years of colonial history are about to meet its end and the time has come for the east and west to finally meet.
The book tells the story of a family of English expats who have settled in Hong Kong and become entangled in a mysterious web of crime, deceit and betrayal due to their involvement with the shady Chinese businessman Mr Hung. The main character Neville ‘Bunt' Mullard is symbolic of the confusion of identities Hong Kong citizens inherit, and leads a double life as he winds his way through the crowded city. Theroux's novel captures the sense of anxiety and menace that encapsulated Hong Kong at the time, and the complex spectrum of economic, social and historical issues which the city faced before returning to Chinese control.
“Albion Cottage was off Lugard Road, on a bluff above the Peak fire station. The fire brigade was inside today with the windows and doors shut. Everything in the bungalow on a morning like this had a film of dampness and the dampness seemed to live in the mildew and gave the interior the ripe cheesy odor of a mortuary... Yet on a clear morning, like a hallucination from the east-facing windows, where heavy with blackflies and aphids there were nasturtiums tumbling from a window box, Betty could see China - red China, as they used to call it. Shum Chun was an hour by train from the factory in Kowloon Tong across the harbor.”
Paul Edward Theroux is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best known work is The Great Railway Bazaar (1975), a travelogue about a trip he made by train from Great Britain through Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, through South Asia, then South-East Asia, up through East Asia, as far east as Japan, and then back across Russia to his point of origin. Although perhaps best known as a travel writer, Theroux has also published numerous works of fiction, some of which were made into feature films. He was awarded the 1981 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel The Mosquito Coast.

Books set in Hong Kong


White Ghost Girls

From Paul Theroux to Jan Morris, famous authors from all walks of life have been fascinated by the vibrant city of Hong Kong and have chosen the island as the setting for their successful books. Here are the books that have best captured Hong Kong's in all its colorful and vibrant glory.

The first one to be mentioned is Jan Morris' book “Hong Kong” which was published back in 1997. The author explores Hong Kong's complex past, present and future in 1997, during the last days Hong Kong was under the British rule. In 1984, the British and Chinese governments signed the Sino-British Joint Declaration which stated that the sovereignty of Hong Kong should enjoy a “high degree of autonomy” under the “One Country, Two Systems” principle.
One of the famous passages of the book reads as follows:
“It is more than a city actually, being an archipelago of some 235 rocks and islands attendant upon a squat mountainous peninsula. Humped or supine, silent in the haze, to the south and west the islands seem to lie bewitched along the dim blue coast of China, and to the north a line of mainland hills stands like a rampart - the hills of Kowloon, or Nine Dragons. With luck the sea, when the mist disperses, will be a tremendous emerald green, and if one looks with a sufficiently selective eye it is easy enough to imagine the place as it was when it first entered world history, 150 years ago.”
Another honorable mention is Alice Greenway's White Ghost Girls, published in 2006. This is a powerful and haunting novel of love and loss that was long-listed for the Orange Prize. The book tells the story of Frankie and Kate, two American sisters living in a foreign land in a chaotic time.
“Out in the harbor, at the end of summer, fishermen feed the hungry ghosts. They float paper boats shaped like junks and steamships. One is double-prowed like the cross-harbor Star Ferry which plies its way back and forth between Hong Kong (island) and Kowloon, never having to turn around. The fishermen load each tiny paper boat with some tea leaves, a drop of cooking oil, a spoonful of rice, a splash of petrol, before setting it afloat. Boats for the lost at sea, for the drowned. They hire musicians to clang cymbals. Children throw burning spirit money into the waves.”
An engrossing and detailed historical novel is The Piano Teacher by Janice Y K Lee, published in 2009. The novel tells a love story set in Hong Kong in the 1940s and 1950s. A married woman is hired by a rich family to give piano lessons and ends up having a love affair with the driver who had a tragic love story of his own. The novel moves fluidly between one love story and the other. The character of Trudy was loosely based on American novelist and journalist Emily Hahn.
Here is an extract from the novel:
“To her surprise, she didn't detest Hong Kong, as her mother told her she would - she found the streets busy and distracting, so very different from Croydon, and filled with people and shops and goods she had never seen before. She liked to sample the local bakery goods, the pineapple buns, and yellow egg tarts, and sometimes wondered outside Central, where she would quickly find herself in unfamiliar surroundings, where she might be the only non-Chinese around. The fruit stalls were heaped with not only oranges and bananas, still luxuries in post-war England, but spiky, strange-looking fruits she came to try and like: starfruit, durian, lychee.”


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