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A performer wearing a traditional costum...A performer wearing a traditional costume looks on during an event organised by a shopping mall to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year of the horse in Hong Kong on January 23, 2014. The Lunar New Year falls on January 31 and marks the beginning of the year of the horse in China.  AFP PHOTO / Philippe LopezPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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A performer wearing a traditional costume looks on during an event organised by a shopping mall to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong. The lunar new year falls on January 31 and marks the start of the Year of the Horse in ChinaRead more

Commuters travel on the Star Ferry (R) in Victoria Harbour from Kowloon to Hong Kong island (background) on November 21, 2013. Hong Kong's economy grew "moderately" year-on-year in the third quarter as domestic demand and "resilient" growth in the mainland Chinese market offset a weaker environment in the West, officials said on November 15.

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Commuters travel on the Star Ferry in Victoria Harbour from Kowloon to Hong Kong island on Thursday.

Lights from apartment buildings and office blocks clustered tightly together in Hong Kong's Kowloon district on Monday.  Home prices in the crowded city have risen by 120 per cent since 2008, and by more than 30 per cent from their previous peak in 1997, with prices in the luxury market being pushed up by wealthy buyers from mainland China.

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Apartment buildings and office blocks clustered tightly together in Hong Kong’s Kowloon district. Home prices in the crowded city have risen 120 per cent since 2008, and by more than 30 per cent from their previous peak in 1997, with prices in the luxury market being pushed up by wealthy buyers from mainland China.

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Men stroll past a painting by Chinese artist Yue Minjun, entitled Between Men and Animal, during a Sotheby’s auction preview in Hong Kong. The work is estimated at $644,650 to $1,031,440.

TOPSHOTS A worker activates an hydraulic...TOPSHOTS A worker activates an hydraulic press at a waste paper collection outlet in Hong Kong on September 25, 2013.  While the former British colony already recycles around half of its waste, its per capita generation of domestic waste remains significantly higher than other leading Asian cities, including Tokyo, Seoul and Taipei.

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A worker activates an hydraulic press at a waste paper collection outlet in Hong Kong on Wednesday. The former British colony already recycles about half of its waste, and its per capita generation of domestic waste remains significantly higher than other leading Asian cities, including Tokyo, Seoul and Taipei. Read more

The child of refugee parents from Africa looks on during a protest to demand changes to a food distribution that they say fail to meet refugee needs in Hong Kong on September 2013.  Hong Kong may be one of Asia's wealthiest banking and luxury hubs, but the picture is very different for hundreds of asylum seekers forced into slum-like conditions as they scrape a living in the city, say campaigners.

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The child of refugee parents from Africa looks on during a protest to demand changes to food distribution that they say fails to meet refugee needs in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Hong Kong may be one of Asia’s wealthiest banking and luxury hubs, but the picture is very different for hundreds of asylum seekers forced into slum-like conditions as they scrape a living in the city, say campaigners.

Hong Kong Braces Itself For Typhoon Usagi...HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 23:  A few pedestrians walk along a quiet Des Voeux Road in Hong Kong's CBD on September 23, 2013. A category typhoon eight warning was in place till 9:30am as Typhoon Usagi swept by Hong Kong. Most businesses are closed if a category eight typhoon is in place.

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A lonesome pedestrian walks along the quiet Des Voeux Road in Hong Kong’s Central business District. A category typhoon eight warning was in place as Typhoon Usagi swept by Hong Kong. Most businesses are closed if a category eight typhoon is in place. Read more

Latest IPhones Hit Shops In Hong Kong...HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 20:  Customers queue before being let into Apple's store in Central district on September 20, 2013 in Hong Kong, China  Hong Kong was one of the first places in the world where can purchase the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5C models

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Customers queue before being let into Apple’s store in Central district on in Hong Kong. Hong Kong was one of the first places in the world the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5C models went on sale Read more

Hong Kong sees very high air pollution levels

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Tourists from mainland China take photos in front of a large outdoor banner showing what Hong Kong looks like on a clean air day, on Wednesday. Hong Kong’s air pollution index’ reached ‘very high’ in Central and Western District, Causeway Bay and Mongkok, with ‘very high’ levels of toxic ozone and nitrogen dioxide recorded at roadside monitoring stations

TOPSHOTS A man crosses an empty street in Hong Kong on August 14, 2013. Hong Kong battened down as typhoon Utor forced the closure of the city's financial market and schools and disrupted hundreds of flights after leaving six dead in the Philippines.   AFP PHOTO / Philippe LopezPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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A man crosses an empty street in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Hong Kong battened down as typhoon Utor forced the closure of the city’s financial market and schools and disrupted hundreds of flights after leaving six dead in the Philippines.