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.

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!
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.

Fishing for memories

The sweet and bitter lives of Hong Kong’s Fisherfolk
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.

Saying Goodbye to Lung Mei

Environmentalists and ordinary members of the public have been flocking to Lung Mei Beach before the government implement plans to turn the strip of Tai Po coastline into an artificial swimming beach. As one last-ditch attempt to save the strip, which is abundant with marine life, follows another, people are appreciating the wildlife and saying goodbye, perhaps for one last time.

Same Same but Different

It seems fun to be a twin, but then there's the endless comparision, and poor families find it hard to support an additional child. Varsity speaks with twins of different ages to hear their stories.

Islamic Culture in Hong Kong

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

Cemetery Stories

Hong Kong is a fast-changing city, where malls, residential blocks and entire neighbourhoods seem to transform constantly but there are some corners of the territory that have remained almost unchanged for more than a century. The cemeteries of Happy Valley are an open history book telling the stories of old Hong Kong and the different communities that turned it from a sleepy fishing village into a city on the doorstep of China.

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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Too Many International School Places

It is a misconception that Hong Kong doesn’t have enough international school places. In fact, there are too many, says Ruth Benny from Top Schools.

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