Travelling to Hong Kong during the long school break? If so, the SAR has plenty for you to enjoy and experience. Here are top three picks that could make your Hong Kong getaway more rewarding and memorable.

Running through April 5, the Hong Kong International Film Festival is one of Asia’s most reputable platforms for filmmakers, film professionals and film-goers to launch new works and view fresh features. Over 250 titles from more than 50 countries will be shown in major cultural venues across town.

With a focus on unearthing local new talent, the festival showcases the best of Hong Kong and Chinese cinema, as well as premiering world-class international works. This year, two independent films from Thailand are featured. “Die Tomorrow” by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit screens on March 30 and “Samui Song” by Penek Ratanaruang shows on March 28 and 30.

Taste of Hong Kong 2018, which continues through Sunday (March 25), sees restaurants at Central Harbourfront, featuring 60 mouthwatering dishes prepared by world-renowned chefs based in Hong Kong.

Get a chance to sample food from the city’s hottest new restaurants such as BlackSalt, Haku, Forbidden Duck, Frantzen’s Kitchen, and New Punjab Club, as well as other Hong Kong favourites including One Harbour Road, Pici and Chachawan. Visitors can enjoy Michelin star cuisine from Bo Innovation and Caprice, both of which are showing off new tantalising dishes. Asia’s Best Female Chef of 2017 May Chow of Little Bao will feature her mouthwatering baos and neo-Chinese dishes at friendly prices.

Dishes start at Bt200, and each participating restaurant will offer a choice of four dishes including at least one Taste Festival Exclusive and one limited edition “Icon Dish.”

Art lovers should not miss the street and cultural event HK-Walls running until April 1 at Central and Western district. The public will witness live mural painting and an exhibition featuring a mix of up-and-coming and established artists, both from Hong Kong and abroad.

The commendable effort to create public art spaces all over Hong Kong will surely bring lots of colour and new dimensions to the streets. The event provides a platform showcasing best-in-class artists. Admission is free.

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