A Splash in the Ocean

They're up and dipping into the sea when most people are still sleeping. Varsity meets Hong Kong's morning swimmers who insist on their daily dawn exercise come rain, shine or even typhoons!

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.

Temples Get a Makeover

Some of Hong Kong's temples have swapped dark smoky interiors for clean marble, LED lights and airy glass walls. They want to provide a tranquil setting for spiritual reflection but devotees seem to have mixed feelings about worship in these modern shrines.

Islamic Culture in Hong Kong

Text: Liz Yuen, Gienne Lee and Krizto Chan Photos: Liz Yuen, Samuel Chan, Elizabeth Cheung

Stitching Back in Time

Reporter:Phoebe Man and Phyllis Lee

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.

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.
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.

Re-living World War II

In our city of skyscrapers, many people might be surprised to learn that many relics from World War II still survive. Without proper heritage protection, many of these historical structures are slowly eroding or being reclaimed by nature. With their deterioration and the passing of veterans who fought in the war, an important part of Hong Kong's history is fading away.
Imagine living by the beach in Stanley and practising canoeing and windsurfing as part of your school sports activities. This is not just the preserve of the rich and privileged elite, but also for the boys from the Hong Kong Sea School. Students at the school are mainly academically lower-achieving boys from underprivileged backgrounds. The school's maritime-based curriculum and strict discipline are designed to train them jobs in the maritime and hospitality industries.
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