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Ha Chung-kin, 60, who calls himself the King of Lanterns, lo

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Ha Chung-kin, 60, who calls himself the King of Lanterns, loves his job as one of the few traditional Chinese lantern-makers left in Hong Kong. “Art cannot make money, so I turned it into a business by making lanterns,” he says.⁠

In one corner of his busy workshop, tucked away in a small alleyway in Sai Ying Pun on Hong Kong Island, hangs a Guinness World Records plaque he received in 2017. “I got this for making the largest hanging lantern in the world. It was 9.39 metres tall and 5.33 metres wide.”⁠

Despite his enthusiasm for the centuries-old Chinese craft, Ha predicts a grim future for the art form in Hong Kong, Asia’s biggest financial hub.⁠

“I don’t think the cultural heritage will be able to survive in this city,” he says. ⁠

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