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Maria Mao

Based in Hong Kong, Maria has a keen eye on interpreting cultural and art movement into actionable trend stories. Before joining the City by City team, the emphasis of her work was on youth and sport trends, with particular focus on China. When not on inspiration and product development travel, she can be found swing dancing with a big social group, or plunging into the world of indie music.

46 posts  |  Last entry Jul 19, 2016

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Why Shanghai’s Bustling Private Dining Scene is on the rise

WGSN's Maria Mao explores how the rise in food-related apps have helped boost Shanghai's under-the-radar private dining scene.

Bangkok’s Chinatown is a must-visit

WGSN's Maria Mao travels to the deep alleys of Bangkok and brings to you a hipster guide to one of the city's most vibrant areas - Chinatown.

Top art events not to miss during Art Basel Hong Kong 2016

Art Basel has made March Hong Kong’s official art month with local galleries adjusting their calendar according to the happenings of this major fair. WGSN reports

Stylish Seoul boutique hotel to embrace social initiatives

Travelling to Seoul? Head to Hotel Cappuccino, a new hotel focused on sustainability and style. WGSN's Maria Mao, City by City Assistant Editor reports

10 Chinese Indie Bands to Watch in 2016

Get to know the music stars who are making their mark in China and globally. Maria Mao, WGSN Assistant Editor of City by City reports

Hotel Tuve Hong Kong

Hotel Tuve: The Hong Kong hotel inspired by a lake in Sweden

It's sleek, minimalist and nothing like Hong Kong's usual offering. WGSN Assistant Editor of City by City Maria Mao reports

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Top 10 happenings around the world: September 2015

Brought to you by WGSN’s team of editors and correspondents around the globe, this month’s Top 10 list details the not-to-be-missed events from cities across the world

The Cool Hunter Store, Melbourne: Three reasons to visit

The store is half retail, half gallery space - and it's the ultimate antidote to boring shopping experiences. WGSN City By City Assistant Editor Maria Mao Cui reports

Top 10 happenings around the world: August 2015

Brought to you by WGSN’s team of editors and correspondents around the globe, this month’s Top 10 list details the not-to-be-missed events from cities across the world

Cedele: The Hong Kong hangout you’ve got to try

Are you into a) wellness b) cake and c) cosy, homey hangouts? WGSN City By City Editorial Assistant Maria Mao has found your new favourite place

TOP 10 HAPPENINGS AROUND THE GLOBE: JULY 2015

Brought to you by WGSN’s team of editors and correspondents around the globe, this month’s Top 10 list scoops the not-to-be-missed events from cities across the world.

HANGZHOU: Yuhang Rong Design Library

Design studio PINWU has stepped up its game and opened a design library in Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province, where the studio is based and gets its inspiration from.