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With 2021 drawing to a close, Google has revealed the top search trends of the year in Hong Kong and around the world. From pandemic-related topics to local celebrities and movies, read on to discover what Hongkongers were Googling the most for in 2021

While 2020 was the year of escapism defined by social distancing, plenty of Zoom calls and gatherings filled with face masks, this year we found ourselves feeling more optimistic thanks to the vaccine rollout and gradual resurgence of entertainment and sporting events. In another year of living in the shadow of Covid-19, it came as no surprise that many people had been Googling for all things pandemic related—but there are also quite a few interesting trends to take note of in online searches across the city.

Search engine and tech giant Google on Wednesday (December 8) released its annual “Year in Search” list, which reveals the biggest search trends of 2021 both globally and broken down by country and categories ranging from local and international events, people, pop culture and more. In 2021, aside from updates on the pandemic including social distancing rules and vaccination appointment, Hongkongers had been curious about the Olympic Games, homegrown athletes including Siobhan Haughey, Cheung Ka-long, as well as local boy band Mirror, with members Keung To and Anson Lo taking the top spots in the overall list of 2021’s most searched local celebrities.

As one of Asia’s most diverse and exciting dining destinations, lots of food items also emerged on Hong Kong’s trending search list. Chinese delicacies including turnip cake, New Year cake, and lamb stew with bean curd sheet were among the most searched for recipes.

Curious to know what were the other top search terms in Hong Kong of 2021—including the most popular movies, TV shows and hotels? Scroll down to see the lists below and check how many you searched for. You can also visit Google Trends’ official website here for more information. 

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Top Trending Keywords

  1. registration for Consumption Voucher Scheme
  2. Olympic Games 
  3. vaccination appointment
  4. iPhone 13
  5. Anita
  6. Siobhan Bernadette Haughey
  7. Edgar Cheung Ka Long
  8. Leave Home Safe
  9. Squid Game
  10. Anson Lo 

Top Trending Local News

  1. registration for Consumption Voucher Scheme
  2. Olympic Games
  3. vaccination appointment
  4. Leave Home Safe
  5. vaccination lucky draw
  6. Tuen Ma Line 
  7. iBond 2021
  8. Disney+
  9. Book Fair 2021
  10. ACGHK2021 

Top Trending People in Current Affairs (Local)

  1. Siobhan Bernadette Haughey
  2. Edgar Cheung Ka Long
  3. Sarah Lee Wai Sze
  4. Charles K. Kao
  5. Angus Ng Ka Long
  6. Vivian Kong Man Wai
  7. Nicholas Muk Ka Chun
  8. John Lee Ka Chiu
  9. Joseph Lam Chok, Derek Cheung
  10. Grace Lau Mo Sheung

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Top Trending International News

  1. Olympic Games
  2. Popcat
  3. GME
  4. Urban Dictionary
  5. coronavirus outbreak in Taiwan
  6. Afghanistan
  7. Taliban
  8. China Women’s National Volleyball Team
  9. coronavirus outbreak in India
  10. Xinjiang cotton 

Top Trending Entertainment Celebrities (Local)

  1. Anson Lo
  2. Mirror
  3. Keung To
  4. Louise Wong
  5. Ricco Ng
  6. Terence Lam
  7. Error
  8. Gigi Yim
  9. Master Qi Xian Yu
  10. Maverick Mak Chau Shing

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Top Trending Entertainment Celebrities (International)

  1. Kris Wu
  2. Kim Seon-ho
  3. Zheng Shuang
  4. Zhao Wei
  5. Aragaki Yui
  6. Hoshino Gen
  7. Du Mei-zhu
  8. Kimberley Chen
  9. Tang Yan
  10. Cai Zi

Top Trending Movies

  1. Anita
  2. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  3. Eternals
  4. The Battle at Lake Changjin
  5. Black Widow
  6. Dune
  7. Soul
  8. Raging Fire
  9. Cruella
  10. Lamb

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Top Trending Shows

  1. Squid Game
  2. Ossan's Love (by ViuTV)
  3. The Sword and the Brocade
  4. The Legend of Xiao Chuo
  5. Kids' Lives matter
  6. King Maker IV
  7. True Beauty
  8. Mr. Queen
  9. Sinister Beings
  10. Battle of the Seven Sisters

Top Trending Hotels

  1. Hong Kong Disney Resort Hotels
  2. Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
  3. Marriott Hong Kong Ocean Park
  4. Cordis, Hong Kong
  5. Harbour Grand Kowloon
  6. Island Pacific Hotel
  7. InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong
  8. Alva Hotel by Royal
  9. Park Hotel
  10. The Royal Garden

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Top Trending Recipes

  1. Turnip cake
  2. New Year cake
  3. Lamb stew with bean curd sheet
  4. Honeycomb cake
  5. Chicken pot
  6. Sweet dumpling
  7. Vegetarian dishes
  8. Cookies
  9. Bread
  10. Cake



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