Hong Kong has long been known as a global financial hub, renowned for its stunning skyline and delicious dim sum. But that barely skims the surface. This city of seven-million people has a rich and unique heritage. The last two decades have been shaped by its relationship with mainland China, following 156 years of British colonial rule.

As Hong Kong faces the future, it is embracing its own vibrant culture, to find inspiration for transformation. This month CNN’s ‘Iconic Hong Kong’ explores the various aspects that make this city special. Highlights of the 30-minute program include:

Arts & Culture
Hong Kong is home to a dynamic art scene. Architect-artist William Lim says Art Basel has helped the city appreciate creativity. He shows CNN a new arts hub in Central, called H Queen’s, and shares his renowned private collection of Hong Kong art. 

It’s a familiar fixture in Hong Kong shops: Vitasoy. Whether it’s in a glass bottle or a cardboard box, this drink is steeped in nostalgia. The company started in 1940 and its products are now available in around 40 countries tapping into the appetite for natural products and plant-based nutrition. CNN discovers the secret to long-lasting success and plans for future growth.

Innovation & Technology
Two engineers-turned-entrepreneurs have a bright idea for cycling safety. Eu-wen Ding and Jeff Chen created Lumos, a smart bicycle helmet with integrated brake and turn-signal lights. It recently won a prestigious design award, beating out Tesla for the honour. CNN visits the start-up’s office in Science Park, to learn about the challenges and advantages of being an entrepreneur in Hong Kong.

The traditional fishing village of Tai O is famed for its stilt houses and shrimp paste. For generations, people there have used the sun to make dried seafood delicacies. Now they are learning to harness solar power for clean electricity. WWF Hong Kong hopes this pilot project is just the start of developing renewable energy across the city.

Creative Industry
The golden era of Hong Kong cinema made its martial arts movies an international phenomenon. Today, young people with dreams of being the next Bruce Lee come from around the world to attend stuntman school. Another project, at the City University of Hong Kong, aims to preserve the secrets of Kung fu for future generations. It is recording the moves of masters in 3D, to create a “living archive.”

Airtimes for 30-minute special: Hong Kong, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore and Taipei
Friday 7th July at 1730 and 2330 HKT
Saturday 8th July at 1000 and 2000 HKT
Wednesday 12th July at 1630 HKT

Iconic Hong Kong stories:
Cycle helmet has built-in turn lights
Fishing village gets solar power


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