Government Mobile Apps on Culture, Leisure & Sports
The Government provides more than 100 mobile apps covering different kinds of services, and this feature article highlights some of the mobile apps related to culture, leisure and sports.
Culture & Events
Bruce Lee: Kung Fu‧Art‧Life
Created by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum for Bruce Lee: Kung Fu‧Art‧Life exhibition, this app gives a brief introduction about the legendary life of Bruce Lee and comes with an interactive game where users can take pictures with him.
This event platform enables users to browse public events organised by the Government or held at Government premises when their mobile devices are connected to the Internet. With daily highlights and event details arranged by category, date and venue, users can easily comb through the app to find events that interest them and bookmark those events.
This app provides information on cultural events organised solely or jointly by LCSD and sponsored programmes under the Venue Partnership Scheme. Users can find out what is on in the cultural venues near them; browse events by genre, venue, date and keyword; bookmark favourite programmes and share them via social media. This app also contains interesting trivia for users to learn more about art and culture.
With this portable library, patrons can log in their library accounts to search, reserve and renew library materials, and receive notifications of pick-up notices and due date reminders even when the app is closed. Searching for library materials is further made simple by scanning ISBN barcodes. Patrons can also locate the nearest library via GPS.
This app allows users to access the digitised content, including eBooks, images, audio and video materials in the Multimedia Information System of the Hong Kong Public Libraries. Some of the eBooks are downloadable for offline viewing. Users can also view Library Resource Guides, Newsletters and winning works from the Hong Kong Creative Writing Awards and the Children Literature Awards, as well as listen to subject talks organized by public libraries.
URBTIX is a widely used computerised ticketing system serving events at LCSD performance venues and a number of venues not managed by LCSD. My URBTIX app allows patrons to browse and bookmark their favourite events, pick their seats and pay online for ticket purchases conveniently. Registered members can also enjoy personalised services such as email reminders to attend purchased events and email promotional information on their favourite event categories.
Environment & Health
Hong Kong Air Quality Health Index
The app provides real time broadcasting of the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) reported by general and roadside air monitoring stations operated by the Environmental Protection Department. It also gives users health advice for different health risk categories and conditions of people. Users can pre-set health risk alerts according to their needs by location, forecast or current AQHI, station type or health risk level.
“Waste Less” provides the location and details of more than 7000 recyclable collection points all over Hong Kong. The “Search” function helps users to locate proper collection points. Users can record their recycling efforts in the “My Recycling Diary” and join the Big Waster to practice correct clean recycling procedures. Users can also share the “Waste Less” contents and message to their friends on various social media.
“Don’t fly-tip” is a mobile application developed by the Environmental Protection Department of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. It introduces the enhanced control against illegal dumping of construction waste under the Waste Disposal (Amendment) Ordinance 2013. Its real-time map allows parties concerned and the public to identify locations with depositing activities acknowledged by EPD through the prior notification procedures.
Chinese History – the Flourishing Age
This app showcases Chinese history, starting from the Han Dynasty, by telling the legendary stories of leading Chinese figures and offering a glimpse of the major world events through cartoons and audio clips.
Where is Dr Sun?
With Augmented Reality function and mini games, this app guides users through an interactive journey to discover Dr Sun’s stories in various locations within Hong Kong. The interesting interface gives a lively overview of Dr Sun’s life from 1894 when the First Sino-Japanese War broke out till his death in 1925.
“M” Mark Events App
“M” stands for Major. The Major Sports Events Committee awards “M” Mark status to international major sports events held in Hong Kong. This app contains all the “M” Mark event information, photo and video gallery, e-newsletters, and a calendar for users to browse the upcoming events.
To encourage the public to adopt a healthy lifestyle through regular physical exercise, this app provides information and quick search function of the 33 Fitness Walking tracks in 18 districts of Hong Kong. Users can learn more about the basics of fitness walking, establish personal health profiles, arrange their own routes, and share their personal walking records to popular social media.
On this app, information on various hiking trails is organised by region or route type so that users can choose the most suitable routes according to their interest, physical fitness and experience. Besides detailed maps, a plug-in GPS hiker tracking service will auto-feed the users’ tracking locations through GPS and cellular data network to facilitate rescue operations when necessary.