LNY markets to make online move

Local | Sophie Hui and Carine Chow 22 Jan 2021

With traditional Lunar New Year celebrations scrapped amid the pandemic, the Tourism Board will launch an online Lunar New Year market with discounted products, including a HK$28 Peak Tram ride and Peak Tower sightseeing combo.

In a three-week "Fortunes at Home" campaign slated for February 8 to 26, the board will launch an online mart where citizens can buy festive products at discounts or get festive gift packs by playing a mini-game.

The mart will offer more than 100 products and delicacies with Lunar New Year and romantic elements - as Valentine's Day this year will fall on the third day of Lunar New Year.

Those born in the Year of the Rat or the Ox may get a return journey on the Peak Tram along with access to Sky Terrace 428 for HK$28 - down from the original price of HK$99.

Some traditional local brands will launch products in cooperation with trendsetting brands. They include handmade herbal tea candies by 70-year-old Kung Kee and Spanish brand Papabubble.

Traditional snack shop Yiu Fung has created a Lunar New Year paper candy box with Papery containing five classic snacks. The candy box even features a paper tangerine plant, a symbol of good luck.

Citizens can also order festive meals and poon choi - a dish comprising a big bowl containing many layers of different food.

Other limited-time offers include a 75 percent discount on braised abalone in brown sauce from Premier Food, half-price discounts for dendrobium from Chinese medicine shop Tung Fong Hung and braised abalone with chicken from Victoria Harbour Restaurant.

"With this promotional platform, we have moved some mega events 'online' and added 'offline' elements for flexible promotions in response to development of the epidemic," the executive director of the board, Dane Cheng Ting-yat, said.

Meanwhile, HSBC is introducing an e-booking system for the distribution of new banknotes for lai see, or red packets.

Starting from today, customers can make appointments via the HSBC website or the HSBC HK mobile banking app to exchange packs of brand-new notes valued at HK$3,000, consisting of 100 HK$20 bills and 20 HK$50 bills.

All HSBC branches will open an hour earlier at 8am from next Tuesday to Saturday for the collection of new notes.

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