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Hong Kong art hub taps growing market despite shrinking freedom

New museum M+ passes 'test' under national security law, top donor says

Wang Xingwei's "New Beijing" at M+. The museum's collection includes works related to the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. (Photo by Takeshi Kihara)

HONG KONG -- The M+ museum of contemporary art, a centerpiece of Hong Kong's plans to turn the West Kowloon Cultural District into an art destination, has been the subject of heavy buzz, attracting more than 370,000 visitors since it opened in November.

The district is drawing more attention with events over the new year, and looks set to enhance its appeal this summer with the opening of the Hong Kong Palace Museum. West Kowloon is likely to see an influx of tourists from mainland China once the coronavirus pandemic subsides, thanks partly to its station along the high-speed rail line linking the island with the mainland.

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