A Year of Living Dangerously: A snake in the Year of the Pig tries to make astrological amends

Last month, Chinese people around the world ushered in the Year of the Pig with the usual feasts and fireworks. But it’s not all lanterns and laisee for some. With the coming of each Lunar New Year, a fresh set of Chinese zodiac signs clash with the “Tai Sui,” the stars known collectively as the ...

On the Inside Looking Out: Doing life in HK’s maximum security prison

On the Inside Looking Out: Doing life in HK’s maximum security prison

Mario de los Reyes is gasping for air. It’s just after midday on a hot afternoon in late May and the sun is baking the concrete yard where the 64-year-old has been playing...

Wild life: A day of rescuing animals in Hong Kong’s urban jungle

Wild life: A day of rescuing animals in Hong Kong’s urban jungle

In the battle to save the city’s animals from harm, you pick up some war stories. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) inspectors are full of them. Stories of...

HK’s Bazaar Battle: Second-hand sellers push for greater freedom to trade on the streets

HK’s Bazaar Battle: Second-hand sellers push for greater freedom to trade on the streets

The streets are still dark when Ms. Tsoi and her husband head out from their flat, pushing a handcart overflowing with used shoes, clothing, pans and other bric-a-brac. The pair...

Neon’s Dimming Legacy: Turning out the lights on a ‘golden era’ in Hong Kong

Neon’s Dimming Legacy: Turning out the lights on a ‘golden era’ in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s economic and cultural explosion in the second half of the 20th century radiated neon light. Its warm glow spilled into the streetscapes from signs advertising...

Sent packing: Hong Kong’s elderly cardboard collectors

Sent packing: Hong Kong’s elderly cardboard collectors

Her fingers are bent from 20 years of collecting cardboard from Hong Kong’s streets, but Au Fung-lan says she has no desire to give up the grueling work. At 67-years-old she...

Retirees turn to videography to ‘build a bridge’ between the elderly and their families

Retirees turn to videography to ‘build a bridge’ between the elderly and their families

Wanted: Aspiring videographers, no experience necessary, preferably retired. Ng Kwok-hung is recruiting. The 78 year old leads a team of over-60 year olds for Caritas, an aged...

Understaffed, overcrowded: 11 days in Hong Kong’s health system

Understaffed, overcrowded: 11 days in Hong Kong’s health system

As a native Hongkonger, I’d always taken the city’s healthcare system for granted. Maybe that’s why I felt so blindsided by my recent experience of being...

Hong Kong’s Luxury Timber Problem: Major stockpiles, minor prosecutions

Hong Kong’s Luxury Timber Problem: Major stockpiles, minor prosecutions

Hong Kong has a timber-trafficking problem. Held in 50 cargo containers at secure sites, a stockpile of more than 1,200 tons of seized tropical hardwood attests to the city’s...

Why Hong Kong’s property agents are brawling in the streets

Why Hong Kong’s property agents are brawling in the streets

The combatants were nicely dressed. The fight was ugly. One man smacked a grounded rival in the ribs with a metal pole. Another man thwarted the fighter’s attempt...


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Although weird and wacky news is our staple diet here at Coconuts Hong Kong, our Features section gives us an outlet to rant, rave, and really get stuck into a variety of subjects, ranging from current affairs to local quirks and customs, and a thoughtful examination of living in this city with a physical disability. To really get to know Hong Kong beneath its glittering surface, come to the Long Reads tag, where we bring our readers original and in-depth work like a comprehensive series on the city’s craft gin movement or carefully curated catalogue of the best English-language books about Hong Kong. Next time you’re in a traffic jam, or taking a long ferry ride, sit back, whip out our latest Long Read, and prepare to be schooled in something you never knew (at least so extensively) about Hong Kong. We’ve got insightful Interviews with everyone from local artists to daring adrenaline junkies, up-and-coming musicians, old-school (or should we say, pre-Tinder) matchmakers, and the elusive Lan Kwai Fong regular known as Gollum. For those who want to explore more aesthetically pleasing features, check out our picture-perfect Photo Essays tag for images of Hong Kong’s all-important protests, gorgeous local shop cats, tweezer-happy “face readers”, disappearing neon signs, and the odd larger-than-life supermoon. Coconuts Hong Kong contributors air their fierce and feisty views on everything from living with the Filipina stereotype to their personal rebellion against the “clean-living” movement in the Opinions tag, whilst regular writers dole out their observations in the Columns.