It looks like Joey Yung, Nicholas Tse and Lin Ching Hsia are not the only Hongkong A-listers hoovering up the city’s luxury properties.
The media reported that Hongkong-based Taiwanese actress Shu Qi, 42, recently bought a 2,499sq ft duplex (about the size of two four-room HDB flats) at a luxury Mid-Levels development called Yoo 18 Bonham.
The paparazzi had found out through Hongkong’s Land Registry that the buyer was someone named Lin Li-hui (Shu Qi’s real name). She was said to have paid HK$127mil (about $22.1mil) for the apartment.
Yoo 18 Bonham’s property agent confirmed that Shu Qi had indeed snapped up a home in the building, revealing: “She got a pretty good deal for a four-bedroom ocean view luxury flat in Mid-Levels West.”
In 2011, Shu Qi also splashed HK$18.3mil ($3.1mil) on a unit at posh complex The Beverly Hills in Tai Po.
Her property collection makes her one of the lucky few in Hongkong to own luxury homes in a notoriously exorbitant property market.
Other property-savvy glitterati include Hongkong actor Nick Cheung Ka-Fai, who bought a 3,355 sq ft flat for HK$131mil ($22.8mil) at Grenville House in the Mid-Levels last year, while actress-model Angelababy got a flat in Residence Bel-Air in Pok Fu Lam for HK$36mil ($6.3mil).
Chinese tabloids have pegged Shu Qi as one of the highest-paid actresses in China, currently commanding a paycheck of about $1.7mil per movie. She last appeared alongside Andy Lau in 2017’s caper flick The Adventurers directed by her hubby Stephen Fung.
It’s hardly unusual for a celeb to be acquiring properties like they are grocery shopping, but we're more intrigued about the fact that Shu Qi is apparently buying properties on her own.
Last July, the Hongkong media speculated that Shu Qi and Stephen, who got hitched in 2016, had separated and were living apart after less than a year of marriage. Rumours also swirled that they were getting divorced.
Though they've denied rumours of a split, are we wrong to think there's more to Shu Qi's recent purchase than meets the eye?