HK's Top 10: Things to look forward to in 2015

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What can we expect from 2015? We look ahead to the next 12 months and round up some of HK's most exciting upcoming events, city projects and more...
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1 California Tower
The long awaited California Tower will finally open in the second quarter of 2015! Since it closed two years ago, the entertainment hotspot has been reopening bit by bit and though we’ve been expecting its grand opening for most of 2014, we’re told it’s finally coming this summer. The newly revamped 27-floor building, located in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong, will mark a fresh look for the entertainment strip.


2 West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade Phase One (WKCD)

The cultural and entertainment hub on the waterfront of West Kowloon is now scheduled to launch in 2017, but in the meantime we’ll see a temporary nursery tree park taking shape and plenty more events held in the space this year. On completion though, the wedge-shaped area is set to become the cultural heart of the city, with many concert halls, theatres and museums expected to make the West Kowloon Cultural District stand out.


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A year of top events

Get ready to fill up your calendars again! Some of Asia’s best events are returning to Hong Kong this year, like the annual Rugby Sevens and for the art connoisseur, Art Basel, showcasing modern and contemporary works, both in March. The music festival that is Clockenflap is expected to build on the huge success of 2014’s line up and, of course, there will be plenty of Time Out events to keep you busy too.


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Summer
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Although we’ve only really just in to winter, summer is really only a few months away! And that means countless days in the sun, junk trips and beach parties. We’re already dreaming of not having to wrap up like a burrito every morning. Just imagine the hot glistening sun on your back while you sail off into the, er, sunset. Kind of makes you feel warm already doesn’t it?


5 New MTR openings
With Kennedy Town and HKU MTR stations just opened, Sai Ying Pun on the West Island Line will officially open in 2015, though the exact date is still to be confirmed. The added 3km trail, which currently runs straight from Sheung Wan to Kennedy Town, began its construction in 2009. The extension of the Kwun Tong line, that sees new stations at Ho Man Tin and Whampoa, also opens this year. For the other openings, including the South Island line and the Sha Tin-Central link, you’ll have to wait until at least 2016.


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Ultra Marathon
The Hong Kong Ultra Marathon Association will host our city’s first ever Ultra Marathon in late January 2015. The races, including 24, 12 and six hour races, plus a five hour relay, will be held at Pak Shek Kok in Tai Po. For those that prefer the more traditional 26.2 miles, the Standard Chartered Hong Kong marathon is also in January and the 50km run, MSIG Sai Kung 50, in February.


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Concerts
Hong Kong seems to be a key destination for live acts in 2015. Many international artists are gracing the fragrant harbour this year. Be dazzled by young British heartthrobs One Direction, crooner Michael Bublé, pop rock princess Lily Allen, indie guitarist Ed Sheeran, American rapper Pitbull, and many more still to be announced.

8 Disneyland’s 60th celebrations
Disneyland is turning 60 and Hong Kong Disneyland will be celebrating with ‘Disney Paint the Night’, their new electrical night time parade that debuted in October 2014 among other glowing works. The main street will be glistening with over 740,000 lights, featuring many of the beloved Disney films. It gets even more exciting as phase two of Hong Kong Disneyland is rumoured to be in the works. Now, where did our Mickey Mouse ears go?


9 New ways to travel
Crystal Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Star Cruises are offering many vacations on water that are departing from Hong Kong this year. There will also be new advancements in the air, as Scoot launch a Boeing 787 double Dreamliner in Hong Kong early 2015 and Etihad airways add Hong Kong to their list of destinations in mid-2015. It’s never too early to start planning that trip!


10 Universal suffrage
It’s a long shot but if we’re looking ahead to stuff in 2015, this has to be on our list. Extending from the events of Occupy Central that began in September, universal suffrage is the ultimate answer that protestors were looking for but didn’t get. We’ll keep hoping… Annie Wong

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