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When Hong Kong stood still

Hong Kong's long isolation during the pandemic brought significant changes to everyday life, from mask mandates to a newfound importance of hiking.

  • Hong Kong was already a city of masks when the pandemic hit.
  • The city was closed off from the rest of the world for three years.
  • The policy mandating mask use outdoors and indoors was dropped this month.
  • The pandemic made it difficult to ascertain what was and wasn't normal in Hong Kong.
  • Hiking took on even greater importance during the pandemic.
When Hong Kong stood still
Thomas Hale was on his way to China when the pandemic struck — and then for two and a half years he watched as a city defined by movement was shut off from the world