Leading the Way

Guide dogs for the blind are making a comeback in Hong Kong. Two groups are training a new generation of guide-dogs by enlisting the help of "puppy walkers" who help young dogs learn how to socialise with humans and navigate around the city. Varsity finds out what it takes for a puppy to become a guide dog.

In the Mood for Cheongsam

From the "World of Suzie Wong" to "In the Mood for Love", the cheongsam or qipao is an iconic garment that symbolises Hong Kong femininity in the popular imagination. Here two very different cheongsam collectors tell Varsity why they love these figure hugging Chinese dresses.

Collecting for Posterity

History is not something we only learn about in textbooks. There are many local enthusiasts who study history through collecting various historical tangibles, such as old maps, revenue stamps and photographs. Varsity meets the collectors, restorers and archivists who can help us understand how the past has shaped our city today.

Inside Out

Hong Kong's young people lead hectic lives - stressing out about how to maintain a balance between study, work and family. Recent political tensions have only made matters worse. Many are turning to mindfulness and meditation to provide relief, insight and inner peace.

The World is your Racetrack

Attracted by routes that take them through city centres and past scenic sights, more and more Hong Kong runners are participating in overseas marathons.

Save Our Seas

Kayakers, stand-up paddle boarders, and rowers have explored Hong Kong’s spectacular coastal scenery for years, but increasing amounts of rubbish and pollution means those marine paradises are far from unspoiled.

The Weather Chasers

When others bunker down with instant noodles and television updates at home, Hong Kong's weather geeks put on their waterproof clothing, grab their wind meters and rush out to chase the storm. But there is also more to metereology than just typhoons. Varsity meets the amateur meteorologists who form Hong Kong's weather underground.

Flash Mob Takes off in Hong Kong

From a seemingly spontaneous mass performance of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" in Mong Kok, to an apparently aimless pillow fight in Central, to a mass gathering to call for the elimination of violence against women - flash mobs have become increasingly popular in Hong Kong. Varsity finds out how something that started as a sarcastic commentary on urban hipsters turned into a way to connect people and raise social awareness.

Humour out of Chaos

Hong Kong has a long tradition of poking fun at society through satire; now political satire is everywhere in light of events like Occupy Central and Hong Kong’s fraught relations with China, to the point where a spoof awards show can pack Queen Elizabeth Stadium.

Taking the Play out of Playground

You can't cycle, skateboard, make loud noises or even lie on benches in Hong Kong's public playgrounds. These rules are made to ensure safety, but they limit free play. Varsity looks at why playgounds are no longer fun, and what some people are doing about it.

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