Tickets to see China’s Olympic stars in Hong Kong are being resold at up to 58 times the face value on Alibaba’s Taobao, the mainland’s top online shopping site. Prices range from RMB300 to RMB1,000 (HK$350 to HK$1,166), depending on the event. The tickets originally sold for HK$20 on Monday.

There were 5,700 tickets for sale across three events – a ping pong and badminton demonstration, a diving demonstration, and an event called “A Date with Mainland Olympic Gold Medallists.” Only two tickets could be bought each time regardless of the event, but Ming Pao reported that one seller has been able to resell 22 tickets.

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Reselling tickets on Taobao. Photo: Taobao screenshot.

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) told RTHK that it has seen media reports and suspects that there were ticket reselling activities online.

It said that, depending on the evidence, it will pass the cases to relevant government departments to follow up.

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Members of the Chinese Olympic team. Photo: China News.

The events will take place on August 28, and will feature mainland gold medalists demonstrating their skills at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium and the Victoria Park swimming pool.

Online sensation Fu Yuanhui, a swimmer now also known for animated expressions and frank comments, will also come to Hong Kong along with the Chinese team, as confirmed by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Fu won a bronze medal in the 100m women’s backstroke event. It is unknown if she will be present at the events.

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.