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Too Cool for the Olympics

Too Cool for the Olympics

Skateboarding is set to become an official Olympic sport at the Tokyo games in 2020 but skaters are ambivalent about the development – they’re worried this will hurt skateboarding’s freestyle street culture.

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Behind the scenes of K-pop Fandom

Behind the scenes of K-pop Fandom

Hardcore K-pop fans in Hong Kong have gone far beyond paying for concert tickets; now they give out souvenirs, ask concert-goers to practice the lyrics of hits, and even order birthday cakes for their idols.

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Camping on the Wild Side

Camping on the Wild Side

Hong Kong has designated campsites, but some campers prefer to live on the edge and go beyond official site in pursuit of nature.

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Made in Hong Kong

Made in Hong Kong

The Chinese Manufacturer’s Association says there are almost no factories still operating in Hong Kong. But some companies remain optimistic that local manufacturing won’t die out and do all their production here.

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Sweet Survival

Sweet Survival

Honey bees around the world are under threat from a mysterious condition called colony collapse disorder where worker bees abandon their hives. But here in Hong Kong, the destruction of sources of nectar, such as fruit trees may be a bigger danger.

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The Changing Taste of Tai O Shrimp Paste

The Changing Taste of Tai O Shrimp Paste

Thanks to its rich natural resources and access to quality shrimps, Tai O has been renowned for its scrumptious shrimp paste. But the ban on trawling has shifted the production line to the Mainland. Varsity asks long-established brands how they see the future of their businesses.

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Medicine Street Seeks Prescription for Survival

Medicine Street Seeks Prescription for Survival

Ko Shing Street in Sheung Wan has been a wholesale centre for Chinese medicine for decades. The street is renowned for its high-quality herbs and dried seafood. But the opening of the West Island Line is pushing up rent. Varsity asks the street’s vendors about how they see their future.

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Hard To Say Goodbye

Hard To Say Goodbye

Wah Fu Estate, with its ocean views, spectacular sunsets, fresh sea breezes and a Pok Fu Lam address, is not a luxury residential complex but a public housing estate with 18 concrete blocks. When it welcomed its first low-income residents in 1967, the area was a remote backwater. Now with land scarce and housing in short supply, Wah Fu faces what some consider to be long-overdue revelopment. Still, many residents will miss the old days and the ties that bind in this old Hong Kong community.

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Band of Brothers: Hong Kong’s Last Shipbuilders

Band of Brothers: Hong Kong’s Last Shipbuilders

The shipbuilding industry in Hong Kong has long since said goodbye to its golden era. But the city’s ship-builders have adapted to the times with a thriving yacht repair business. Varsity looks at the bonds between the shipbuilders, fostered over decades of working together and keeping the business afloat.

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The Grounding of Hong Kong’s Kites

The Grounding of Hong Kong’s Kites

Kites – inexpensive to buy or make and fun to fly – were once a familiar sight above the rooftops of urban Hong Kong. But as the city’s skyline grew higher and regulations to protect air traffic were introduced, they began to disappear from the city’s skies. Varsity looks at Hong Kong’s kite-flying culture and talks to those who are still holding on to this aspect of our collective memory.

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