Check out what’s going on in Hong Kong this month, from wine festivals and restaurant openings to extreme obstacle races and the Rugby Sevens.

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What’s happening in Hong Kong this month?

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Hong Kong Sevens

One of the most fun sporting events in Hong Kong and the world’s biggest Rugby Seven’s event, Hong Kong Sevens is back on 7th April for three days of madness. The Proclaimers are again performing at the Kick-Off Concert on the 5th April, followed by a HK Sevens carnival at Lan Kwai Fong on the same evening.

The Hong Kong Sevens parade. Image copyright Flickr user Jon Parise.
The Hong Kong Sevens parade. Image copyright Flickr user Jon Parise.

South African Wine Festival

If that’s not enough of a boozy weekend for you, you’ll be happy to hear the South African Wine Festival is back with over 120 wines and matching tapas at Hotel Icon. Education and sommelier corners are there to help you better explore the world of wine. After sampling some of South Africa‘s finest wines, you might even be tempted to visit the vineyards themselves with Jacada Travel.

Babylonstoren wine farm, South Africa.

May Chow’s Happy Paradise

May Chow, recently crowned 2017’s Best Female Chef in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, is opening her third restaurant – Happy Paradise. I recently bumped into her at Little Bao and asked about her concept. “Unlike Little Bao or Second Draft, Happy Paradise focuses more on traditional Chinese cooking,” she told me. With the cocktail scene still going strong in Hong Kong, May has also partnered with Proof & Co, the team behind the award-winning bar 28 Hong Kong Street in Singapore to bring over great drinks. It’s now soft open for walk-ins.

Address: Happy Paradise, UG/F, Ming Hing House, 52-56 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong.

Peek-a-boo. #happyparadisehk

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Spartan Race Hong Kong

After an overwhelming response to the first Spartan Race, Hong Kong’s Spartan Sprint is back on 22nd April at Kam Tin Country Club. The race has over 20 obstacles with more than six kilometres of sprints, so start training and push yourself out of your comfort zone. Registration is now open.

The Explorer Lounge

What’s been happening in our luxury travel space, The Explorer Lounge?

Launch of The Noise of Ice: Antarctica exhibition

Jacada Travel and Italian photographer Enzo Barracco launched the exhibition of Enzo’s Antarctica images at The Explorer Lounge with a reception and talk from Enzo and Sharon Kwok, one of the directors of Mission Blue.

Enzo Barracco.
Enzo Barracco.

Jacada Travel’s founder and MD, Alex Malcolm, started the evening: “We hope these images will inspire you to travel, to see part of the world that looks like a different planet.” Alex went on to explain that visiting somewhere like Antarctica reminds one how fragile the environment is, which is why it’s so important to raise awareness of conservation at evenings such as this one.

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Alex Malcolm of Jacada Travel with guests.

Enzo vividly described his expedition to Antarctica, the dangerous journey across the Drake Passage and how he felt when he saw the first iceberg.

Barracco and Sharon Kwok.
Enzo Barracco and Sharon Kwok.

Sharon Kwok, one of the directors of marine conservation charity Mission Blue and the founder of AquaMeridian, gave an inspiring presentation identifying a number of wildlife species that are in danger, and what we can do in Hong Kong to contribute to conservation efforts.

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Some of the guests at the opening reception.

See this recent interview with Enzo in the South China Morning Post.

The Noise of Ice: Antarctica Hong Kong Exhibition

23rd March onwards
Monday to Friday, 10:00 – 19:00

The Explorer Lounge by Jacada Travel
17F Oriental Crystal Commercial Building
46 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central

Free entry, by appointment only:

[email protected] / +852 2110 0537