Former High Court judge Woo Kwok-Hing carries no political baggage but is using it to his advantage. The 70-year-old promises to give the city universal suffrage as a one-term leader.
Nicknamed 'Uncle Pringles' by locals for resembling the brand icon of the popular snack, Hong Kong's former finance chief John Tsang presents a softer image, more in touch with the city's younger generation.
Mrs Lam has secured the most number of nominations during the candidacy stage, but the tacit support of Beijing may prove to be more of a curse than a blessing.
He secured 90 per cent of the votes in the mock ballot, which received a less-than-expected turnout of 65,000 people.
Hong Kong elects its next leader on Mar 26. Unlike the last election five years ago, much has been made of the so-called invisible hand of Beijing this time around - having a direct influence in this year's race.
It is estimated to cost an average of US$536 per day for those travelling to Tokyo for business trips, including accommodation, transportation and food. Hong Kong is in second place at US$508 per day, while Seoul ranks third and Singapore, fourth.
Insurer AIA Group Ltd sees strong growth in 2017 after new business grew 28 per cent last year on strong demand in Hong Kong, with Chinese seeking overseas investment opportunities to cushion the impact of a weakening yuan.
Former Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang, the highest-ranking ex-official to be charged in the city's history, was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment for misconduct in public office.
A Beijing-based company called TLG Movie and Entertainment Group has offered to buy 30 per cent of one of Hong Kong's biggest broadcasters TVB, but little is known about the firm and no price tag has been disclosed.
The former right-hand woman of Hong Kong's current chief executive Leung Chun-Ying, Carrie Lam is expected to run on a manifesto seeking continuity with the current administration’s governing philosophy.