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How Hong Kong Became an International Hub for World-Class Florists

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It is said that art transcends cultural boundaries. Indeed, for the arts to flourish in any city, it is not enough to just have a couple of museums and galleries. A thriving ecosystem needs to be nurtured from a community of artists, performing arts venues, museums, and creative support services. Last but not least, there must be an underlying commercial and financial structure to sustain the artistic community. Without funding or a market, there can be no healthy arts ecosystem.

The Rise of Hong Kong’s Arts and Florist Scene

Hong Kong, historically serving as a bridge between mainland China and the rest of the world, lacked the reputation for art and culture enjoyed by other financial centers like London and New York. However, this has changed dramatically. Hong Kong has emerged as a cultural and commercial arts hub for Asia, and its journey to this status is remarkable.

The Commercial Aspect

In keeping with its position as an international financial center, Hong Kong is now one of the world’s biggest art trading centers. In 2020, Hong Kong’s global art market share rose to 23.2 per cent, overtaking London. Largely owing to the rise in wealthy and middle-class Chinese, we are now the second-largest contemporary art auction market in the world, behind New York. Even during the pandemic, Hong Kong saw record-breaking art sales. The commercial aspect is important because it engages the private sector and provides a platform to showcase regional and local artists. International auction houses and art galleries have flocked to Hong Kong, driving cultural diversity. Hong Kong was the first overseas outpost for Art Basel in 2013, attracting 60,000 people in its first year.

The Role of Film and Music

Hong Kong’s arts sector is predated by its dynamic film and music industries. In the heyday of Hong Kong cinema from the mid-80s to mid-90s, the industry enjoyed cult status in the West, and the city became known as the “Hollywood of the East”. We produced an average of 400 films a year – more per capita than any other market.

Strategic Investments

The government made a strategic long-term investment to the tune of HK$21.6 billion (US$2.8 billion) to build a world-class integrated arts and culture hub comprising 17 museums and performing arts venues. This investment has paid off, creating a vibrant arts scene that attracts artists, collectors, and enthusiasts from around the world.


Hong Kong’s journey from an underappreciated arts scene to an international hub for world-class florists, artists, and cultural events is a testament to its resilience, vision, and commitment to creativity. As the city continues to evolve, it will remain a beacon for those who seek inspiration, expression, and the soul-refreshing power of art and floristry.

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