Hong Kong preview


Hong Kong has a rich and diverse culture with a wide range of entertainment options available. Cinemas, theatres and concert venues offer a good mix of international entertainment from all over the world. In addition, Hong Kong's local arts scene has developed significantly in the last few years and there is a wide variety of concerts, productions and exhibitions opening on a weekly basis. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a year-round mix of programs covering music, dance, drama, opera, film and other performing arts, often at affordable prices. The department also organizes the annual Arts Festival, bringing in a plethora of world-class acts ranging from Shakespearean theatre to top orchestras. Further details can be found on their website: http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/cs.php.

Cinema and Film

With more than 100 modern and comfortable cinemas located throughout Hong Kong, you can find a cinema in most neighborhoods. Shopping districts like Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay often have several cinemas from which to choose. The film schedule generally changes on Thursdays, but box-office hits usually have a longer run in the theatres.

Hong Kong also has its own well developed and world renowned film industry which produces largely action films in Cantonese and has thrown up superstars like Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee over the years. Hong Kong's indigenous film industry is extremely popular with the locals.

International films are usually shown in their original language with Chinese subtitles, though they are dubbed into Cantonese in some cinemas. Cinemas nearer the central districts generally screen more English-language movies. The South China Morning Post newspaper and other English-language entertainment magazines publish the daily cinema listings, and the language in which the film will be shown along with which subtitles are available.

Ticket prices range from HK$50 to $100 depending on the show time and cinema location, with reduced rates for off-peak screenings in the mornings and afternoons, and on some weekday evenings. 3-D films cost more, ranging between HK$90 and $110 per ticket. Most of the cinema chains now offer online and telephone booking with credit cards, but usually add a surcharge of HK$5-$10 for the service. It is advisable to book your tickets in advance for major Hollywood blockbusters or box-office hits, especially if you plan to watch on the weekends, as most seats to such shows are sold out quickly.

For movie rental, almost every shopping mall has DVD shops where films can be rented or purchased. Head to the larger chains like HMV for a wider selection or to smaller shopping centers in Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Ts…

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