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06 Hot Dates Hong Kong’s hottest concerts, shows and events

20 art + antiques Top galleries and our pick of what’s happening

30 dining Your A-Z of the best eats in town

38 nightlife Our favorite places to sip a cocktail

52 Walking Tour Explore a neighborhood on foot

54 Maps Kowloon & Hong Kong Island

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58 30 THINGS WE LOVE Hong Kong’s all-time top spots and best experiences

10 drink up We've rounded up our fave new watering holes

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40 ling bling Our favorite new boutique makes custom cheongsams on the cheap.

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Fragment For those in search of a fresh take on the limits of art, this exhibition, featuring the work of renowned Australian artist Jason Sims, is one you won’t want to miss. The gallery has had to board up its windows for this particular art showcase because, unlike the work in most galleries, the pieces are all based on light. From edgy optical illusions to stunning light boxes, these pieces are sure to wow even the hardest to please of art viewers with their vibrant colors and though-provoking shapes and compositions. Through April 14. The Cat Street Gallery, 222 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan, 2291-0006. Free.

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SoundBase Festival

The finale of the annual acoustic music competition, SoundBase Festival, will be held at the beginning of the month. Hosted by Tom Lee Music, the event will feature 18 talented local bands giving it their all for a judging panel of music industry representatives for a chance to win the competition’s Gold Prize. The night will entertain a variety of music tastes and support local artists looking for a chance to showcase their work. 7:30pm. Sheung Wan Civic Centre, 345 Queen's Rd. Central, Sheung Wan. $90 from www.urbtix.hk, 2111-5999.

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Dirty Dancing To get your theater fix this month, Dirty Dancing promises a must-see show for a sensational night of dance numbers, drama, and timeless musical hits. Based on the classic film that captured the hearts of an generation, this show tells a story of forbidden love and a summer full of romance, passion, and above all—dance. Making its debut in Asia this month, the show will run for just over a week. Various showtimes. The Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd,. Tsim Sha Tsui, 2734-2009. Visit www.dirtydancingasia.com for more information.

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Beertopia Hey hop-heads, this one’s for you. Offering over 200 varieties of beer from all corners of the globe, this international craft beer festival is the largest of its kind in Hong Kong and is back and better that ever for its second year in a row. While beer-tasting is at the heart of the event, there will also be great food, games and live music for an epic night of fun you (hopefully) won’t forget. Noon. West Kowloon Cultural District. $250500 in advance from beertopiahk.myshopify. com; $300-600 at the door.

Hong Kong ArtWalk Back again for the 12th year running, The Hong Kong ArtWalk is a fun night of charity and cultural appreciation for art connoisseurs and casual viewers alike. With 70 galleries across Hong Kong opening their doors to the public, the walk is a fun way to experience Hong Kong’s gallery district. All proceeds of the event will go to charity. 4:30-11:30pm. $450; visit www.hongkongartwalk.com for a list of galleries selling tickets. APRIL 2013 I WHERE HONG K O N G 7

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Queen Elizabeth II Cup First held in 1975 to celebrate the queen’s visit to Hong Kong, the Queen Elizabeth II Cup has grown into an international event featuring some of the world’s best jockeys and horses. Sponsored by watchmaker Audemars Piquet, this annual Group 1 race covers 2,000 meters at the Sha Tin Racecourse and has a purse of over HK$14 million, making it one of the most exciting single races held in Hong Kong. Come to bet, people watch, and get caught up in the thrill of horse racing. April 28, Sha Tin Racecourse, New Territories.

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Akon in Macau Hip-hop and R&B sensation Akon is set to perform live for the second anniversary party at Macau's Club Cubic. With a number of platinum albums, awards, and chart-topping hits under his belt, Akon is set to give a amazing performance you won't want to miss. 10pm. Club Cubic, Suite 2105-02, City of Dreams, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau, (+853) 6638-4999. $880 from www.cityofdreamsmacau.com.

Living Art: MTR A Cappella Month If you plan on traveling around Hong Kong by MTR this month, you are certainly in for a treat! Every Friday there will be a number of different a cappella groups performing for commuters and visitors alike, courtesy of the Living Art program. Featuring groups such as Out of the Blue and Set Tone Man, these performances are sure to add entertainment to the otherwise ordinary train experience. April 5, 12, 19, 26. 6-6:45pm. Central MTR Station. Free.

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We Got Rhythm: Let’s Swing & Drum

The Frog Prince— A Ballet Chinois

Got rhythm? Check out the fifth installment of the “Swing for All” concert series for a taste some of the best jazz Asia has to offer. Conductor and producer Taka Hirohama will lead a host of talented musicians from around the world in this musical performance, which will feature drums and percussion for the first time. Sitting still through this concert will be a challenge for anyone who loves jazz, so come ready for a good time! April 12-13. 8pm. Concert Hall, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central. $150-280 from www.urbtix.hk, 2111-5999.

This new interpretation of a classic fairytale has an East-meets-West feel that adds excitement and intrigue to a unique ballet you won’t want to miss. Set in the Qing Dynasty court, this performance tells the traditional story of the Frog Prince, but with a whole new set of characters and plot twists. Choreographed by Hong Kong’s very own Yuri Ng, this performance will feature beautiful musical scores and unique set designs, with ballet dancers Yuh Egami and Ricky Hu performing in what will no doubt be a fresh, memorable version of a Brothers Grimm classic. April 19-21. Various showtimes. Studio Theatre, Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui. $250-500 from www.urbtix.hk, 2111-5999.

Jayesslee Asia Tour YouTube sensation Jayesslee is stopping by Hong Kong on their tour of Asia, and will be giving a live performance of the songs that have made them international hits on the internet. This sister duo featuring Janice and Sonia Lee has attracted attention from all around the world for their original takes on popular music, bringing them from the bedroom their first video was filmed in to a number of huge venues across the globe. Tickets are going fast, so make sure to grab some before it’s too late! April 5-7, 8pm. HKBU Academic Community Hall, 224 Waterloo Rd., Kowloon Tong, 3411-5182. $220-680 from www.cityline.com.

One Country Two Creations This joint art exhibition, hosted by VA Gallery in Wanchai, features pieces created by notable artists from both mainland China and Hong Kong. The exhibition draws attention to the differences in the work of artists from the two locations, examining the effects of their respective nationalities, political systems, and cultures in the creation and development of their art. This free show features the works of a number of artists, including Fan Mingzheng, Kang Haitao, Ling Chin Tang Parry, Shen Liang, Tsang Chui Mei, Vivian Poon, Wu Haizhou. Through April 10th. VA Gallery, M/F, 16-16A, Art One, Convention Plaza, 1 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai. Free.


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Top Tipples Hong Kong is Asia’s great nightlife city. But it can be hard for an infrequent visitor to keep up with all the hippest new places. No more—we’ve rounded up our favorites here.

Havana Bar The buzz: A brand new Cuban-themed bar on D’Aguilar Street, Havana Bar offers up Caribbean classics such as daiquiris, mojitos, and of course, plenty of rum. The cozy spot—located on the fourth floor— provides a hideaway where you can escape from the crowds below. The décor: The star of the show is the huge outdoor terrace, which is lined with palm leaves and decorated with multicolored pastel window shutters sourced from Latin America. The long, shaded space is bookended by a large raised area located underneath a mock billboard that’s perfect for bigger parties. Compared to the terrace, the bar itself is small but perfectly formed, with vintage leather bar stools looking over a stylish map of Cuba.

The drinks: If you love nothing better than a good ol’ tropical cocktail, you’ll fall in love with the variety of drinks offered at Havana Bar. While rum-based creations dominate the menu, there are a few standout creations to choose from. The Very Berry Mojito, consisting of fresh blueberries and strawberries with Chambord raspberry liqueur, is stronger than you’d expect, while the Luxury Mojito—made with rum and topped with champagne—is a flavorful concoction that is both bubbly and minty-fresh. Of course, it wouldn’t be a complete tropical bar experience without ordering the all-mighty Pina Colada. Made with the usual suspects of Havana Club light rum, Pusser’s Navy rum and Galliano liqueur with dashes and orange, pineapple and passion fruit juices, it’s hard to find one as well-made as this on these shores.

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The X Factor: On a crowded evening in Lan Kwai Fong, Havana Bar is a great option for escaping the crowds downstairs It also serves delicious small bites and mixed tapas which are not limited to those of a Caribbean flavor— these include Thai fishcakes, mixed olives and grilled baby artichokes. What’s more, after a few of those cocktails, the medley of Latino music is sure to get you shaking your stuff. 4/F, The Plaza, 21 D’Aguilar St., Central, 2851-4880

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Gala’s The buzz: Lyndhurst Terrace’s thriving nightlife scene is spread out between the upper levels of the buildings towards the Wellington Street end. Gala’s, one of the newest additions to it, claims to be on the ground floor; but the entrance is actually sneakily tucked away above a car park. It might not be great for luring in street traffic, but perhaps that is part of the idea for the private members’ club.

The décor: Using state of the art LED technology and dark, dramatic colors, the 3,500 square feet space was designed by Bosco Lam—also behind Macau’s megaclub, Club Cubic—to resemble a theater space. Reflective accents are dotted around the interior, while an enlarged Rolls Royce ornament emblem is positioned by bottles of Dom Perignon and acts as a centerpiece of the place. It feels a bit like an expensive boys’ club, but the flashes of pink and purple lights mean that ladies need not feel left out.

The drinks: Bottles of the finest bubbly are on offer if you’re ready to throw down anywhere between $1,280 to $16,800 (or more—as a few are “by request” only). But if you do happen upon Gala’s on a quiet night or during happy hour, there is a long list of cocktails to pick and choose from. Anyone who grew up in Hong Kong will be immediately drawn to the Yakult Martini, made with Belvedere, sugar peach and the one and only classic Japanese yogurt beverage. Seeing this tailor-made-for-Hong Kong concoction on the menu, we thought the signature drinks section would be similarly locally-inspired. However, we found expensive liquors lining the bar shelves. The drink which really stood out was the sweet Highland Grand which consisted of whiskey, Grand Marnier, both orange and pineapple juice, and orange bitters. What’s really nice is that all of the signature drinks and cocktails range from $99-105, which seems very reasonable. The X Factor: The prices on the signature cocktails are enough to bring us back; with new happy hour discounts and tasty nibbles from Italian resto Linguini Fini also served at the club, we can see this being a great after-work spot. If you’re looking for a late-night party, keep an eye out for the extensive lineup of international DJs that constantly hits the decks.

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Zanzo The Buzz: Located in the up-and-coming Tai Hang neighborhood, Japanese restaurant/bar Zanzo is the Miramar Group’s latest offering. Whilst the main focus of Zanzo is its food, the bar offers unique sakes from lesser-known Japanese brews, while also boasting a diverse range of the Japanese distilled beverage, shochu. Already a favorite among those in-theknow, this is one bar you will be hearing about for some time to come. The Decor: Designed with a contemporary Japanese theme, Zanzo is all about clean lines. Decked out with dark brown wooden tables and patterned walls, there is also an area outside allowing patrons to spill outside to enjoy their drinks. The Drinks: Many of Zanzo’s cocktails are sake-packed affairs. The Zanzito is a play on the classic mojito; using sake instead of the traditional rum, the creation also consists of the Japanese marble lemonade Ramune. Its minty smell is apparent the moment it hits the table, making it a good option for those who are not necessarily a fan of sake’s strong taste. The Yuzu Gonna Love Me—a blend of yuzu, midori, lemon juice and soda water—is a refreshing drink that is sure to be a favorite with those who love a citrus hit. Despite the strong ingredients used, the cocktails go down just a little too easily—lightweights, be warned. The X Factor: Catering to larger parties while also retaining intimacy in its setting, Zanzo is sure to make a mark in the bar scene. Outside of its regular menu, Zanzo also has a delicious range of bar snacks,

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including chicken teriyaki and Australian Wagyu beef chimmichurri salad. What’s more, its food and drink menu changes every two months—meaning there is always going to be an excuse to head to there. 15-16 School St., Tai Hang, 2750-6490, www.zanzo.hk.

Peninsula The Bar The buzz: The recently revamped Bar at The Peninsula Hong Kong is a classy spot bringing back an old-world charm that can be hard to find in the city. Plus, it’s The Peninsula, so you can expect no less than world-class cocktails and immaculate service. The décor: A leather-finished bar and grand piano come into view as you step

into the room, while a separate area with cushy seats is behind the corner. The wood-style walls are adorned with snapshots of photographers Toby McFarlan Pond and Kristian Schuller and spotlighted by lamps. The overall effects of the décor present an intimate setting that also evokes the feel of a speakeasy—albeit one that also feels like where you need to be in a tuxedo or a ball gown. The drinks: Being a fan of sweet white wine, we found the Moscato Martini to be a particularly exciting option. Made with Moscato d’Asti with vodka and garnished with halved green grapes, this strong martini is definitely for the sweet-tooth in the group. The Tropical Bunny is half Pina Colada, half fruit punch, made with rum, Midori melon liqueur, banana liqueur, coconut milk and pineapple juice, and is served complete with a piece of melon cut into the shape of a rabbit. The Grand Peninsula, however, took the crown among the variety of outstanding cocktails. Consisting of Grand Marnier, orange liqueur, rum, guava juice, grenadine syrup, and lemon juice, it’s strong and sweet, but not overly so. The X Factor: A place that makes you feel like you’re in the midst of an old-school Hollywood movie, The Bar is as dazzling as the façade of the world-famous hotel. This is the place to go if you want to impress friends both in and out of town, or even if you’re simply looking for somewhere for an unmatched drinking experience.

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1/F, The Peninsula, 10 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2920-2888


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Lion Rock The Buzz: Prince Edward just got a whole lot classier. The Lion Rock lounge launched last October, and proudly features the largest cocktail list in Hong Kong. It has 193 to browse through (a tip of the hat to their 193 Prince Edward Road West location) on their slick iPad menus, plus an impressive selection of wines, whisky and delicious treats to boot if cocktails aren’t your thing. The Décor: It’s only fitting that Lion Rock’s layout gives guests a glimpse of Kowloon’s most famed peak, but the floor-to-ceiling windows and lack of architectural obstruction make city-gazing all the more impressive. The space is cozy and chic, with dark wooden walls, comfortable leather couches and marble table tops which glow fluorescent in the evening thanks to funky LED centerpieces. There is also a 10-person VIP room called The Den which can be booked for private events and “Hea,” an intimate lounge with an outdoor balcony, should you want to step out for some air. The Drinks: Okay. So we didn’t try all 193 cocktails, but we did dive into a sizeable sample of the signatures and were pleasantly surprised by both the clever presentation (order the namesake Lion Rock and the cocktail literally spells out its own name in gelatin letters) and the tasty concoctions. Start with the unconventional Kung Fu cocktail, which comes in three varieties: peach with white wine base, lemon with a sake base, and our favorite, berry with a red wine base (Pinot Noir, to be specific). The cocktail-for-two is served in a clay pot and the liquid changes color as you ladle it into the traditional Chinese chicken bowls you’re meant to drink from. From there, move on to the French Kiss if you want something sweet (a pleasant blend of champagne, caramel, pineapple juice and lime) or the French Green Fairy if your tastes lean towards something harder. With a mix of Absinthe, lychee liqueur, cucumber syrup and lemon juice, you might want to sip it slow. 14 W H E R E H O N G K O N G I APRIL 2013

The X Factor: Aside from the impressive drinks menu, Lion Rock’s attention to detail with every corner of their menu gives them staying power. The Japaneseinspired snack menu rivals the best sushi restaurants we’ve been to in town, with a mouth-watering choice of fresh sashimi, maki and robatayaki platters that perfectly complement the beverages. The best way to sample the dishes is to pop in after 3pm and order Japanese “high wine” (move over, tea); a tower of tasty treats served with either house, sparkling or sake. And did we mention that they serve Starbucks coffee? With execution this consistent and a vibe that’s equally as pleasant, expect to fight for tables with regulars in no time. 3/F, Royal Plaza Hotel, 193 Prince Edward Road West, Kowloon, 2622-6167.

Absolute Bull The Buzz: Endorsed by Absolut Vodka, this bar has exotic varieties of this distilled spirit you would never have imagined. Owner Magnus treats the bar like a little laboratory, where he creates new cocktails and types of vodka by using natural ingredients like fruit to flavor the liquor. The Décor: The bar has a sleek, simplistic design, which is spiffed up by rows of Absolute Bull

shining bottles at the back. Colorful infused vodkas take center stage on a table, so you can see all the ingredients used inside, from simple vanilla pods to the more complicated tom yum-flavored vodka which has coconut, lemongrass and other ingredients from the signature Thai soup. The rest of the bar resembles a karaoke room, with the black leather sofas, dice sets for late-night revelry and (natch) karaoke machines. Given the set-up for games and group singing parties, it’s giving off a local Chinese bar vibe—which means it’s simple, laid-back and fun for groups. The Drinks: Like a kid in a candy shop, you’ll literally just want to try just a little bit of everything given the vast number of vodka choices. The liquor is available in types from ginger and honey to mango and blueberry to Earl Grey tea and Thai chili. A must-try is their signature cocktail: a Bloody Mary made with their Thai chili vodka. They also have a range of cocktails made with Yakult, that ubiquitous old-school Hong Kong yogurt drink, that makes us reminisce about our childhoods. For those who are not a fan of vodka (gasp! Why are you even here, seriously?), you CAN try their range of whiskeys. The X Factor: With new drinks invented practically every day, you never know what’s in store when you step in the bar. Plenty of cocktails are even off-menu, just for kicks, from dessert-inspired vodka cocktails such as the crème brûlée and tiramisu to something as outlandish as satay beef. The staff here is friendly, but be careful, because they take their jobs super seriously. If you joke about possible vodka flavors—no matter how ridiculous they sound (milk tea, anyone?)—they’ll probably attempt to add it to the menu before your next visit.


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GO BO “Demon chef” Alvin Leung of famed molecular gastronomic destination Bo Innovation is known for his innovative takes on Asian cuisine, breaking down centuries-old concepts of what Chinese food should look and taste like. Steamed soup dumplings get transformed into different shapes, textures and sizes, and many other things don’t look like they’re supposed to—we’re sure you get the idea. 2/F, J Residence, 60 Johnston Rd., Wan Chai, 2850-8371.


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Lehmann Maupin Renowned international gallery Lehmann Maupin just opened its first international branch in Hong Kong. Here's our preview.

The buzz: Having founded the gallery in New York in 1996, partners Rachel Lehmann and David Maupin have made the decision to expand internationally, establishing the gallery’s first Asian branch right here in Hong Kong. The two founded their original location in order to nurture visionary contemporary artists; since its inception the gallery has curated shows by famous artists such as Gilbert & George and Tracey Emin. The works: The inaugural exhibition of the gallery’s Hong Kong space is a show by Lee Bul, an acclaimed Korean artist who is well known for her inventive sculptural works. She presents new sculptures of imaginary, futuristic landscapes that reflect her ideas about utopian ideals. The exhibition will also include a selection of drawings and sculptures from the artist’s existing body of work, and will run through May 11. The location: Joining other illustrious names like Simon Lee Gallery and Ben Brown Fine Arts, Lehmann Maupin opened in the historic Pedder Building. The traditional white cube-styled gallery was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rem Koolhaus. Leanne Mirandilla 407 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St., Central, 2530-0025, www.lehmannmaupin.com. Photos courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York and Hong Kong.

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You’ll find some of the best art and antique galleries in town along Hong Kong Island’s Hollywood Road.

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Opera Gallery One of the biggest art spaces in town gets resplendent new digs.

One of Hong Kong’s most venerable big name galleries, Opera Gallery, has just opened a new flagship space on Wyndham Street. The massive space stretches over 4,000 square feet and resembles a French boutique in design (not surprising because it’s designed to take inspiration from the famed gallery brand’s headquarters, located on iconic Rue Saint Honore in Paris). The multi-floor space is divided thematically, with some floors dedicated to multimedia and another to blue chip masterpieces. A wine bar is also available in the space, which is located just steps down the way from Hollywood Road, Hong Kong’s famed art gallery district. The Opera brand was founded in Paris by Gilles Dyan—and the Hong Kong branch features works by world-famous international artists, including Picasso, Chagall, Salvador Dali, Renoir and Chinese painter Ting Shao-kuang, among others. The gallery focuses on art from America, Europe and Asia. Opera Gallery, 52 Wyndham St., Central, 2810-1208

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ALTFIELD GALLERY — One of the first galleries to focus on antique Chinese furniture, Altfield holds eight to 10 exhibitions a year. It deals in Southeast Asian sculpture and decorative arts, antique maps and topographical prints relating to Asia, as well as Chinese, Tibetan and Caucasian carpets. Altfield also produces a range of reproduction furniture and accessories in the Chinoiserie style. Shipping available. Shop 248-9, 2/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Rd., Central, 2537-6370, www.altfield.com.hk. ARCH ANGEL ANTIQUES — Known as one of the best, largest and most reliable antique galleries in Hong Kong. Clients have access to both affordable and museum quality collections of T.L. tested ancient artifacts with specialty areas in Han, Six Dynasties and Tang sculptural pieces and large collections from Neolithic to Han vessels, and early celadon wares. The three-story shop also houses large collections of Qing dynasty blue and white porcelain and correctly restored 16th to 18th century Chinese furniture. Rare and authentic stone and bronze sculptures and buddhas, and terracotta sculptures from China and South-Eastern Asia are found in their viewing galleries plus there are over 200 paintings in the extensive ancestral scroll collection. All items come with photograph certificates, access to expert packing and shipping services and unconditional guarantees. Open daily 9:30am-6:30pm. 53-55 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2851-6848, antiques@archangelantiques.com.hk. ARCH ANGEL GALERIE “V” — This large gallery, just across from Arch Angel Antiques, is a must for collectors and connoisseurs interested in early stone sculpture and 16th to 18th century Chinese furniture. These fine early examples are shown in original condition and exquisitely reconditioned by an expert furniture specialist. The gallery owner has been collecting and restoring Chinese furniture since 1985. All items come with certification and unconditional guarantees. 58 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2851-6828, antiques@archangelantiques.com.hk.

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Art+Antiques | The Guide CHINA ART — This leading restorer and dealer in fine Asian antique furniture and artifacts holds frequent exhibitions and has published two books, “Antiques in the Raw” and “Regional Furniture.” Go to the website to see what’s in stock, then make an appointment to visit the warehouse. Room A-B, 2/F, Casey Aberdeen Center, 20 Wong Chuk Hang Rd., Aberdeen, 2542-0982, www.chinaart.com.hk. DRAGON CULTURE — Specializes in dinosaur egg fossils, Han Dynasty terracotta, Tang sculptures and Ming porcelain figures. 231 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan, 2545-8098, www.dragonculture.com.hk.

a warehouse in Aberdeen, and a workshop in China where skilled workers restore furniture using traditional techniques. The Hollywood Road showroom houses a large collection of furniture from the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as authenticated pottery items and sculptures dating as far back as the Neolithic era. Repair, restoration and shipping available. 52 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2964-0554, www.oilingantiques.com. WATTIS FINE ART — Specializes in antique maps of Asia, and historical photographs and prints of China, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia. 2/F, 20 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2524-5302, www.wattis.com.hk.

and cartoon as vehicles for expression. Has branches in Vancouver and on Queen’s Road Central. G/F, 35 Graham St., Central, 2522-1138, www.artbeatus.com. ASIA FINE ART — Dedicated to promoting young Asian artists at affordable prices, this gallery has regular exhibitions of work from China, Vietnam and Burma for sale on site and online. 12 Sik On St., Wan Chai (entrance at 99 Queen’s Rd. East), 2522-0405, www.asia-fineart.com.

Galleries 10 CHANCERY LANE GALLERY — Focusing on established and emerging international artists, 10 Chancery Lane consists of three large gallery spaces. It holds exhibitions of paintings, photographs, installations and videos, as well as performances by renowned artists. G/F, 10 Chancery Lane, SoHo, 2810-0065, www.10chancerylanegallery.com. Joyce Gallery

JOYCE GALLERY — Specializing in ancient utensils and sculptures from across China, Joyce displays a collection of antiquities dating to the Tang dynasty, including ancient bronzes, stone carvings, gold and silver ware, jade, and pottery. It guarantees its descriptions of the period and history of its items and offers a full refund if the purchased item does not match the description. Shop 1, 123 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan, 2545-1869, www.joycegallery.com.

AGNèS B. LIBRAIRIE GALERIE — French fashion chain and long-time supporter of the arts, Agnès b. has a contemporary art space dedicated to showing the best from Asia and the world. 1/F, 18 Wing Fung St., Wan Chai, 2869-5505, www.agnesb.com. ALISAN FINE ARTS — This well-established gallery has organized more than 100 exhibitions for Chinese artists from around the world. Run by respected art-world figure Alice King, who has worked with the Guggenheim Museum, it also mounts exhibitions for overseas venues. 315 Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Rd., Central, 2526-1091, www.alisan.com.hk. AP Contemporary— AP Contemporary is dedicated to supporting up-and-coming contemporary artists, especially those from developing countries like Brazil, Russia, India and China. Having said that, European and American talents are also represented at this space. 28 Tai Ping Shan St., Sheung Wan, 3105-2148, www. apcontemporary.com.

Lam & Co Antiquities

LAM & CO ANTIQUITIES — An impressive collection of fine Chinese antiquities which ranges from the Neolithic period to the Qing dynasty and includes bronze, gold and silver ware, pottery and porcelain. This shop is well-known by collectors, galleries and auction dealers worldwide and offers repair, restoration, authentication and shipping services. 44 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2543-8877, www.lamantiquities.com. OI LING ANTIQUES — A renowned dealer in fine Chinese antique furniture and objets d’art, Oi Ling has been featured in major international art exhibitions under the gallery’s previous name, Contes D’Orient. The company operates an outlet in Central, 22 W H E R E H O N G K O NG I APRIL 2013

ARCH ANGEL ART GALLERY — One of Hong Kong’s biggest galleries features an outstanding collection of contemporary Vietnamese oil paintings, acquired directly from the artists. The owners have carefully selected and bought each painting during frequent trips to Vietnam so, contrary to common practice, none of the works are on consignment. Be sure to check out their private stock on nearby Peel Street, featuring a fine collection of 20th-centurycontemporary paintings from some of Asia’s leading artists. 58 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2851-6882, art@archangelart.com.hk. ART BEATUS — Established in the early 1990s, Art Beatus features mainly original paintings and art by contemporary Chinese artists. Most of its collection has a retro slant, and uses elements of pop, propaganda, illustration

Asia Society Hong Kong

ASIA SOCIETY HONG KONG — Asia Society Hong Kong's big, brand-spankin’-new headquarters are in a beautifully refurbished former storehouse for British artillery and ammunition. Playing host to a myriad of lectures, exhibitions, performances, film screenings, tours, seminars and conferences—97 percent of which are open to the public—the Asia Society is a literal treasure trove. Closed Mondays. 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, 2103-9511, www.asiasociety.org/hong-kong. BEN BROWN FINE ARTS — After 10 years at Sotheby’s and two more at a private gallery, Ben Brown and his wife sought to create a space that housed pieces reflective of their tastes—primarily on European modern and contemporary artworks. 301 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St., Central, 2522-9600, www.benbrownfinearts.com. THE CAT STREET GALLERY — Showcasing contemporary and modern art in a variety of mediums, Cat Street exhibits emerging and established artists from around the world. 222 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan, 2291-0006, www.thecatstreetgallery.com. CONNOISSEUR ART GALLERY — Specializing in contemporary Chinese fine art since 1989, Connoisseur features such acclaimed artists as Paris-based Jia Juan-li, renowned Guangzhou artist Zhang Da-zhong and still life artist Liu Ying-zhao. Shop G3, Chinachem Hollywood Centre, 1 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2868-5358, www.connoisseur-art.com. CONNOISSEUR CONTEMPORARY — This contemporary gallery seeks to identify new and emerging talents as well as those deserving of more space and recognition. Expect to find a wide range of genres and styles from around the world. Shop G4, Chinachem Hollywood Centre, 1 Hollywood Rd., Central, 3521-0300,


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www.connoisseurcontemporary.com. CONTEMPORARY BY ANGELA LI — Perhaps best known for introducing Chinese artists Chen Jiagang and Liao Yibai to the art world, CBAL boasts a lovely space and a carefully curated exhibition program. G/F, 248 Hollywood Rd., Central, 3571-8200, www.cbal.com.hk. DE SARTHE GALLERY — Specializing in the sale of 19th and 20th century masters, previous exhibitions have shown the works of art world greats such as Miro, Picasso and Chu Teh-chun, just to name a few. First opening in Paris in 1977 and branching out across the U.S. and Europe, de Sarthe finally opened its first Asian outpost in Hong Kong in 2011. 8/F, 16 Ice House St., Central, 2167-8896, desarthe.com. ESPACE LOUIS VUITTON — LV has been invading gallery spaces for the past half decade, stirring unrest in the hearts of hard-line art critics but appreciation in the eyes of those beholders who’re able to look past reservations about brand-name commercialism. Espace Louis Vuitton, Louis Vuitton Mansion, 5 Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 8100-1182.

Gagosian Gallery

GAGOSIAN GALLERY — With 12 galleries and counting, the famed Gagosian has chosen Hong Kong as its gateway to Asia. They opened their doors in January 2011 with a bang, featuring an all-new exhibition by Damien Hirst— Gagosian only exhibits the crème-de-lacrème of the art world. 7/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St., Central, 2151-0555, www.gagosian.com.

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Red Square Gallery — Red Square Gallery is a window into Contemporary Russian Art. Expanding into four branches, the gallery is dedicated to bringing creative and dynamic artwork to Hong Kong. Shop 2, 1A Wong Nai Chung Rd., Happy Valley. 2838-0040, www.redsquare-gallery.com.

HANART TZ GALLERY — A specialist in contemporary Chinese art, Hanart has exhibited works in oil, ink, print, sculpture, photography and video by mainland, Taiwanese and Hong Kong artists. It offers a wide selection and prices that accommodate almost everyone. 202 Henley Building, 5 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2526-9019, www.hanart.com. GALERIE KOO — Focusing on contemporary art, Galerie Koo features both western and Chinese emerging and established artists who deliver a variety of contemporary works in media from painting to photography. 1/F, 68-70 Wellington St., Central, 2525-0331, www.galeriekoo.com.

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Rouge Ephemere

Rouge Ephemere—Rouge Ephemere is a new gallery on Hollywood Road by French natives Françoise Thuriere and Yves Azemar, showcasing a selection of artworks which are not commonly found in Hong Kong’s art scene. Japanese raku ceramics, metal and wood sculpture as well as jewelry and vintage prints from international artists such as Christine Cloos, Diane Truti and Maud Lelievre can all be found here. Flat B, 1/F, 89 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2323-2394, www.facebook.com/ RougeEphemere.

WHITE CUBE — One of the world’s top contemporary galleries opened its first nonUK outpost in Hong Kong in March of 2012. The gallery represents many members of the Young British Artists (YBA) movement, who are known for their shock factor, confrontational nature and use of disposable materials—for instance, Damien Hirst’s famous dead shark suspended in formaldehyde. 50 Connaught Rd. Central, 2592-2000, www.whitecube.com. ZEE STONE GALLERY — Zee Stone, established in 1991, exhibits a wide range of contemporary artists from mainland China, using both ink and color on paper and oil on canvas. The gallery’s exhibitions reflect the rich diversity of contemporary Chinese art, including abstract landscapes, realistic portraits, paintings on rice paper by traditionally trained Chinese masters and new work by a younger generation in acrylic and mixed media. G/F, Chinachem Hollywood Centre, 1 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2810-5895, www.zeestone.com.

Museums Opera Gallery

OPERA GALLERY — Opera Gallery features works by world-famous international artists, including Picasso, Chagall, Salvador Dali, Renoir and Chinese painter Ting Shao Kuang, among others. 52 Wyndham St., Central, 2810-1208, www.operagallery.com. PICTURE THIS — The city’s largest affordable art gallery specializes in posters, antique maps, prints and early photographs of Hong Kong and China. It also carries antiquarian and secondhand books about Asia, first editions of modern literature, prints and photographs for children’s rooms, and sporting prints. Suite 1308, 13/F, 9 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2525-2820, www.picturethiscollection.com. PLUM BLOSSOMS GALLERY — Recognized for its exhibitions of contemporary Asian art as well as an outstanding collection of museumquality ancient textiles, Plum Blossoms is an established platform for the promotion of both ancient and modern arts. Shop G6, Chinachem Hollywood Centre, 1 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2521-2189, www.plumblossoms.com.

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SAAMLUNG GALLERY — Expect a variety of contemporary works in media from painting to photography by both regional and international artists. 26/F, Two Chinachem Plaza, 68 Connaught Rd. Central, 5181-5156, www. saamlung.com. SHIN HWA GALLERY — Focusing on Asian contemporary art, Shin Hwa features both upcoming and established artists. It is particularly committed to innovative Chinese artists. G/F, 32 Aberdeen St., Central, 28037960, www.shinhwagallery.com.

FLAGSTAFF HOUSE MUSEUM OF TEAWARE — Located in Flagstaff House, the oldest surviving colonial building in the territory, and once the home of the commander-in-chief of British forces in Hong Kong, the museum houses a prized Asian teaware collection. It’s also home to Lock Cha Tea House, which serves myriad varieties of tea and delicate vegetarian dim sum in a cute Chinese-style setting. Closed Tue. 10 Cotton Tree Drive, Hong Kong Park, Central, 2869-0690, www.hk.art.museum.


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Hong Kong Heritage Museum

HONG KONG HERITAGE MUSEUM — This modern museum is devoted to preserving the city’s historical, art and cultural heritage. It features permanent exhibitions on the New Territories, Cantonese opera and a Children’s Discovery Gallery. Closed Tue & public holidays. 1 Man Lam Rd., Sha Tin, 2180-8188, www.hk.heritage.museum. HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART — One of the city’s largest museums houses fine examples of ancient Chinese art from the Han to the Qing dynasties. The exhibition galleries regularly showcase contemporary and international works, including major traveling exhibitions from world-class museums. 10 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2721-0116, www.hk.art.museum. HONG KONG MUSEUM OF HISTORY — This fascinating museum explores 6,000 years of Hong Kong history, from the Neolithic to the post-war period, with recreations of prehistoric scenes and the early colonial era. It’s the reconstruction of a street that really grabs your attention. Closed Tue. 100 Chatham Rd. South, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2724-9042, www.hk.history.museum. HONG KONG MUSEUM OF MEDICAL SCIENCES — Located in an elegant brick building, this museum charts the development of medicine in the city. It was the first to focus on both Western and traditional Chinese approaches to healthcare. Along with a display of herbs and remedies, there is antique apothecary equipment. Closed Mon. 2 Caine Lane, Mid-Levels, 2549-5123, www.hkmms.org.hk. LAW UK FOLK MUSEUM — Law Uk, which means “Law’s House” after its original owner, is an 18th-century, Qing-dynasty Hakka village house, complete with furnishings and artifacts. It is the sole remaining architectural example of its kind in Chai Wan. Free admission. Closed Thu. 14 Kut Shing St., Chai Wan, 2896-7006, www.hk.history.museum. LEI CHENG UK HAN TOMB MUSEUM — Housing a 2,000-year-old tomb with four chambers, this is one of the city’s most fascinating monuments. Discovered in 1955, it now has an adjacent gallery that features 58 items excavated during the construction of the Lei Cheng Uk Resettlement Area. Closed Thu. 41 Tonkin St., Sham Shui Po, 2386-2863, www.hk.history.museum.

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Connoisseur Art Gallery was established in 1989 and has more than twenty years of experience in the art industry. With a total of three galleries in Hong Kong, it enjoys the unique reputation of being one of the most important and influential art galleries in Asia. The flagship gallery in Hong Kong specializes in Chinese figurative fine art while its sister galleries are dedicated to showcasing original and innovative works by the most talented, new generation contemporary artists from China and East Asia.

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Schoeni Art Gallery

Main Gallery: 21-31 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong Branch Gallery: 27 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong Tel (852) 2869 8802 Fax (852) 2522 1528 gallery@schoeni.com.hk www.schoeniartgallery.com Mon-Sat 10.30 – 18.30 Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays 26 W H E R E H O N G K O N G APRIL 2013

Shop Stop G Wattis Fine Art, specialist antique dealers focusing on China and East Asia – Paintings, Prints, Photographs, Books and Maps. For over twenty years we have put together many collections and exhibitions about the fascinating cities and countries of this part of the world, showing the features of early Macau, Canton, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Peking, and the development of contacts and trade with China from the sixteenth century.

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Empyrean Fine Chinese Antiques

g/f, 70 hollywood road, central, hong kong tel (852) 2559 7338 fax (852) 2559 8256 info@empyrean-antiques.com www.empyrean-antiques.com

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Indulging in a Sunday brunch with a tipple or two of champagne is a veritable Hong Kong tradition. Here are our favorites. By Dannie Ranck

The Principal 9 Star St., Wan Chai, 2563-3444.

When: Sundays (noon to 2:30 pm). Food: Starts with a selection of freshly blended juices, yogurt mousse and a platter of cold cuts and cheeses. Mains include The Principal’s signature slow-cooked 63-degree egg, which is heated for 45 minutes to retain a creamy consistency. The dessert bar includes several chocolates, creams, nuts and features a specialty of churros con chocolate. Drinks: Free-flow Aubry champagne, mineral water, red and white wine, Brooklyn lager, Harney & Sons tea and Graffeo coffee. Add $80 for a signature Gazpacho-style Bloody Mary.

The Lobby The Peninsula, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2696-6772.

When: Saturdays and Sundays (9am to 1pm). Food: The deluxe brunch menu includes classics such as eggs Benedict, a chargrilled breakfast burger and black cod fillet with parmesan. Drinks: Comes with a glass of Ruinart blanc de blancs champagne; $88 per additional glass. Price: $428 with one glass of champagne, $688 for free-flow champagne.

The French Window Shop 3101, 3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., Central, 2393-3812.

When: Sundays (noon to 9pm). Food: The semi-buffet brunch includes a choice selection of sausages, cold cuts, cheese, salads, and dessert. The buffet features seafood including oysters, lobsters, and crabs. The French Window offers an a la carte menu of everything from seafood to pasta. Drinks: Free-flow sparkling wine (noon to 4pm). Price: $598 per adult. 28 W H E R E H O N G K O NG APRIL 2013


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The Parlour Hullett House, 2 Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 3988-0101.

When: Saturdays and Sundays (11am to 2:30pm). Food: The semi-buffet includes appetizers, salads and seafood. Diners choose their main course from the a la carte menu that includes risotto, sea bass, mushroom velouté, and steak. Drinks: Free-flow champagne, juice and soft drinks. Price: $638 per adult.

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Top Deck

Causeway Bay 2/F, JP Plaza, 22-36 Paterson St. Reservations: 2881 8012

Top Floor, Jumbo Kingdom, Shum Wan Pier Drive, Aberdeen, 2552-3331.

When: Saturdays (11am to 3pm), Sundays and public holidays (11am to 4pm). Food: This all-you-can-eat buffet-style brunch has unlimited food and drinks for all diners. Top Deck has several food stations, including a grill and sashimi bar. Special offers include Peking duck, and fresh mussels. Drinks: Free-flow Clair Diamant Blanc de Blancs N.V., Le Saint Andre Rosé wine, Santa Carolina Sauvignon Blanc white wine, sodas, juices, coffee and tea. Price: Saturdays, $258 without booze, $358 for free-flow drinks package. Sundays and public holidays, $488 including free-flow drinks.

Wanchai 1/F, De Fenwick, 8-12 Fenwick St. Reservations: 3101 0418

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Whampoa Shop 3A, G/F, Site 4, Whampoa Garden, Hunghom Reservations: 2766 2823

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Tsim Sha Tsui East Taikoo Causeway Bay

Tsim Sha Tsui Shop 1, Level 2, 26 Nathan Rd. Reservations: 3741 1728

Tsim Sha Tsui East Shops 23-28, Upper Ground Floor, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 66 Mody Rd. Reservations: 2311 7800 Tsuen Wan Shops 3-5, Level 2, Discovery Park Shopping Centre, 398 Castle Peak Rd. Reservations: 2940 0682 Taikoo Shops G9-G10, G/F, Kornhill Plaza, 1 Kornhill Rd. Reservations: 2560 8246 Tuen Mun Shop 2016-2017, 2/F, Phase 1, Tuen Mun Town Plaza Reservations: 2426 3918

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dining | The Guide Admiralty DAN RYAN’S — American. $$$ With mammoth meat platters and massive potato skins, Dan Ryan’s prides itself on Chicago-style chow. Shop 114, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, 2845-4600. METROPOL — Dim sum. $ Beef balls, steamed shrimp dumplings, pork-and-shrimp dumplings, stuffed rice rolls and other Hong Kong specialties are wheeled around in traditional trolleys for an authentic dim sum experience. 3/F, United Centre, 95 Queensway, Admiralty, 2865-1988.

on the traditional hotpot joint takes it to the next level. The dunkable delicacies are where it really gets fancy—fresh fish, lobster, crab, even Wagyu beef. 20-22 Tang Lung St., 2893-1884.

Central & Lan Kwai Fong AMBER — Modern French. $$$$ Modern, inventive French cuisine meets attention-grabbing decor. 7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2132-0066.

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NICHOLINI’S — Italian. $$$$ Hands down the best Sunday brunch around. It gets kudos from honest-to-goodness Italians, and that’s good enough for us. 8/F, Conrad International Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, 2521-3838. PETRUS — French. $$$$ This place can best be equated with a fine wine: expensive but so pleasing to the palate that it’s worth the money. The décor is a bit ostentatious, but the opulence suits the magnificent view. 56/F, Island ShangriLa, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, 2820-8590.

Causeway Bay IPPUDO — Ramen. $ Japan’s famous chain serves ramen in bowls so enormous they should be called cauldrons, with a meaty, savory broth, tender pork pieces, springy noodles and tangy spring onions topped with fungus and bean sprouts. They also have a signature mini BBQ pork bun, which is a little two-bite sandwich of porcine heaven. 2/F, 8 Russell St., 2892-2387. MANGO TREE — Thai. $$-$$$ Somehow, in the middle of bustling Causeway Bay, in a high-rise chock-full of other restaurants and bars, Mango Tree manages to be an oasis of dim lighting, carefully placed flowers and good Thai food. 5/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Rd., Causeway Bay, 2577-0828. Sorabol — Korean. $$ The smell wafting from the open barbecues in the middle of each table will get your appetite going—which is a good thing, since you’ll want to try everything. 17/F, Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival St., 2881-6823.

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CAPRICE — French. $$$$ Three Michelin Stars. Splurge on haute cuisine at this French restaurant staffed by chefs formerly of Le Cinq in Paris. The gorgeous interior includes floor-toceiling windows. Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance St., 3196-8860.

Tott’s — Modern Asian/Western. $$$-$$$$ Sophisticated décor, harbor-view seats, and perfectly crafted entrees are the hallmark here. The attentive service also deserves special mention. 34/F, The Excelsior, 281 Gloucester Rd., 2837-6786. TYCOON (JUI HO HEEN) — Hotpot. $$$-$$$$ You’d think dunking meat into boiling soup couldn’t get too elegant, but this stylish take 30 W H E R E H O N G K O NG APRIL 2013

LUNG KING HEEN — Cantonese. $$$-$$$$ Three Michelin Stars. The name means “view of the dragon” and the floor-to-ceiling windows make the case. Stylish décor, flawless service and traditional as well as innovative dishes only add to the appeal. 4/F, Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance St., 3196-8888. pierre — French. $$$$ Masterminded by threeMichelin-star chef Pierre Gagnaire, this is a bastion of fine French dining. 25/F, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Rd., 2825-4001.

FOURTH FLOOR — European. $$$ Innovative restaurant with creative cuisine and funky, contemporary surrounds. The menu is modern European, the wine list classic and the crowd well dressed. Harvey Nichols, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Rd. Central, 3695-3388. Frites — Belgian. $$$-$$$$ This Belgian beer hall is everything you’d expect—cheerful, beercentric, with high-end pub fare. Roasted meats, stews, mussels and of course the titular frites are all on offer. Shop 1-2, 1/F, Queen’s Palace, 74 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2179-5179. INAGIKU — Japanese. $$$ The Hong Kong branch of one of Japan’s oldest and best-known restaurants, it lives up to the buzz: authentic, delicious and quiveringly fresh. 4/F, Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance St., 2805-0600.

Sevva

SEVVA — Contemporary. $$$$ The brainchild of local socialite Bonnie Gokson, this 22,000-square-foot penthouse restaurant comes with a buzzing wraparound terrace. The elegant eatery serves dishes drawn from Cantonese, Shanghainese, Indian and British culinary concepts. 25/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Rd., 2537-1388.

ISLAND TANG — Cantonese. $$$$ Shanghai Tang founder David Tang’s art-deco dining space is a welcome bright spot amid Central’s modern office towers, with top local cuisine to match. Shop 222, 2/F, The Galleria, 9 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2526-9798. ISOLA BAR & GRILL — Italian. $$$$ The glam factor is off the scale, with stunning harbor views and high ceilings, not to mention handmade pastas, pizzas, risottos and more. Shop 3071-75 & 4011, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., 2383-8765.

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good food. Most people come here for daytime dim sum, but dinner’s good, too. 160-164 Wellington St., Central, 2544-4556.

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L’ATELIER DE JOEL ROBUCHON — French. $$$$ The Frenchman named “Chef of the Century” by Gault Millau designs authentic dishes with exquisite finesse and precision, which are then turned out by highly trained chefs in the open kitchen. Shop 401, 4/F, The Landmark, 2166-9000.

WOOLOOMOOLOO — Australian/New Zealand. $$$ This steakhouse is several places at once: a laid-back wine bar and a casual drinks-anddinner scene on the ground floor, and a fine-dining, open-kitchen restaurant on the first. G/F-1/F, Onfem Tower, 29 Wyndham St., 2894-8010.

LIN HEUNG — Cantonese. $$ The setup has changed little in more than 50 years and it still remains a popular hangout for those craving a bit of old Hong Kong nostalgia and really, really

YELLOW DOOR KITCHEN — Sichuan. $$ Hong Kong’s first private kitchen, this favorite has been serving up fiery Sichuan cuisine since the early 1990s. 6/F, 37 Cochrane St., 2858-6555.


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ZUMA — Japanese. $$$$ This is one good-looking restaurant, split over two floors and linked by a sumptuous staircase. It’s the local branch of London’s famed eatery, offering a sophisticated twist on the traditional izakaya. 5-6/F, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Rd. Central, 3657-6388.

The Peak THE PEAK LOOKOUT — International. $$$ Offering an alfresco terrace with a view of the city, this restaurant features an open, bright and airy environment—more like a mountain lodge than a country club—and excellent fare. 121 Peak Rd., 2849-1000.

Yardbird

YARDBIRD — Yakitori. $$$ This is a no-frills yet achingly modern two-story yakitori joint in a trendy corner of the district. The skewers are all chicken-based, and taken from every part of the chicken’s body from the heart to the skin. Don’t forget to sample the house sake. 33-35 Bridges St., Sheung Wan, 2547-9273.

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HUTONG — Northern Chinese. $$$$ Dark wood furnishings and a fabulous harbor view make for a modern-day Chinese dining hall. The food is beautifully presented northern Chinese haute cuisine. 28/F, 1 Peking Rd., 3428-8342. MORTON’S OF CHICAGO — Steak. $$$$ With huge slabs of prime, aged beef accompanied by what looks like the winning entries in a hard-fought vegetable show, Morton’s is one of the best steak restaurants in Hong Kong. 4/F, Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers, 20 Nathan Rd., 2732-2343. NOBU — Japanese. $$$$ Mind-blowingly artistic in presentation, design and execution, this famous restaurant deserves the hype. Sushi is a must, as is the amazing black cod. 2/F, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Rd., 2721-1211.

SPICES — Pan-Asian. $$$ Below a glassy highrise, this restaurant is devoted to showcasing the “fabled ingredients of the exotic food of the East.” It also offers a fantastic view of the South China Sea and the sandy shores below. Repulse Bay Hotel, 109 Repulse Bay Rd., 2292-2821. THE VERANDAH — Continental/International. $$$ Book brunch in time to get a seat at this popular spot. On other days, the a la carte menu never disappoints. Closed Mon. The Repulse Bay Hotel, 109 Repulse Bay Rd., 2292-2822.

SoHo JASHAN — Indian. $$ Immediately impressive, with dim lighting, vermilion walls and colonial furnishings, Jashan offers an extensive menu, delicious food and hotel-level service. 1/F, Amber Lodge, 23 Hollywood Rd., 3105-5300.

Angelini

ANGELINI — Italian. $$$-$$$$ With Italian native Marco Medaglia at the helm, Angelini serves up unpretentious food, with an emphasis on seafood and ingredients air-freighted from Italy three times a week. Also has a great harbor view. Kowloon Shangri-La, 64 Mody Rd., 2733-8750.

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SPOON — French. $$$$ Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse’s restaurant has floorto-ceiling windows, a fabulous harbor view and a pick-and-mix menu that gives you room to be creative. InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Rd., 2313-2256. T’ANG COURT — Cantonese. $$$$ This little gem serves some of the city’s finest Cantonese cuisine. 1/F, Langham Hotel, 8 Peking Rd., 2375-1133.

LA TERRASSE WINE BAR & RESTAURANT— French. $$$ This small place has all the trappings of fine, intimate dining. The service is attentive, the wine list good and the food outstanding. Closed Sun. 19 Old Bailey St., 2147-2225. Felix

FELIX — Fusion. $$$$ Still one of the swankiest restaurants in town, with Philippe Starck décor, modern food and famous bathrooms. It’s glam, contemporary and kid-free. 28/F, The Peninsula, Salisbury Road, 2315-3188.

Posto Pubblico

POSTO PUBBLICO — Italian. $$$ Hip Greenwich Village types come to get their fill of such dishes as veal meatballs and “Brooklyn Special”

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FOOK LAM MOON — Cantonese. $$$$ Devotees swear this place serves the best Cantonese cuisine in the world. It’s been the place to go for southern Chinese delicacies for more than five decades. 55 Kimberley Rd., 2366-0286.

Whisk

Whisk — Modern European. $$$ Try the innovative, flawlessly presented dishes at this special eatery. 5/F, The Mira, 118 Nathan Rd., 2315-5999.


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YE SHANGHAI — Shanghainese. $$$ With upscale cuisine served in shareable portions, this is the place for Shanghainese dishes such as camphor-smoked duck with pancakes. Also known for its interior full of fabulous chinoiserie. 6/F, The Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel, 3 Canton Rd., 2376-3322.

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BO INNOVATION — Asian. $$$-$$$$ Experimental cuisine pairing local ingredients with delicacies imported from across the world. Shop 13, 2/F, J Residence, 60 Johnston Rd., 2850-8371.

Cepace

CéPAGE — European. $$$$ There are just 56 seats for maximum privacy—and exclusivity, of course. Dishes are intricately prepared, including their caviar on petals of potato salad with herbs, and their grilled amadai with vin jaune and black truffle. Be warned: Cépage is toe-curlingly expensive, but hey, you might spot a tycoon or two. 23 Wing Fung St., Wan Chai, 2861-3130. Grand Hyatt Steakhouse — Steak. $$$$ This classic steakhouse serves up mouthwatering prime cuts of beef from the US, Canada and Japan, and also boasts a seafood and oyster bar, extensive salad bar, wine room and cigar tasting room. 2/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai, 2584-7722. MADAM SIXTY EIGHT — European. $$$ At this posh eclectic eatery, an open kitchen faces the diners, with chefs readying exquisitely prepared dishes scurrying around. 1/F, The Podium, J Senses, 60 Johnston Rd., Wan Chai, 2527-2558. THE PAWN — British. $$$ Serving fabulous food in a faithful restoration of an 1888 landmark building, The Pawn houses a bar and a restaurant with a roof and a breezy balcony overlooking Johnston Road. The menu has modern British fare with a luxurious twist. 62 Johnston Rd., 2866-3444.

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Upscale Tipples Hong Kong’s cocktail scene has just gotten a lot fancier

Gone are the days of the classic cocktail, with uncomplicated staples like vodka or gin as key ingredients. A variety of cocktails—molecular or otherwise— have been springing up at new bars all around town. You won’t be seeing typical concoctions at +852 Flair Cocktail Bar (G/F, 2 Glenealy, Central, 2537-2281), where the cocktail menu consists of scrupulous creations crafted from unusual ingredients sourced from all over the world. Take the yuzu sake mojito, for example, which consists of Thai spirit Mekhong and a mix of yuzu juice, fresh mint and Demerara sugar, topped up with sparkling sake. Blue Butcher’s (108 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan, 2613-9286) Blue Absinthe Fairy is a lethal mix of London dry gin, Blue Curacao and aperitif wine Lillet Blanc topped with fresh lemons, as well as—of course—absinthe. The drink, which serves four people or more, is certainly not something you’ll find at any old bar. Meanwhile, Antonio Lai, owner of molecular cocktail bar Quinary (56-58 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2851-3223), continues to come up with creations that have earned him approval among demanding drinkers. These

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include his signature Earl Grey Caviar Martini, a vodka-based drink blended with elderflower syrup and apple juice, completed with little spheres of Earl Grey “caviar” floating inside and beautiful foam atop the mixture. Another highlight is the Oolong Tea Collins, which mixes vodka and homemade oolong tea with cordial and soda. Honorable mentions should be given to Boujis (37 Pottinger St., Central, 2324-0200) and Honi Honi Tiki Lounge (3/F, Somptueux Central, 52 Wellington St., Central, 2353-0885) for their lavish creations that have raised the bar in the cocktail arms race. The former’s $1,250 Faboujis Egg (pictured) is a glorious mix of Havana Club rum, agave and Veuve Clicquot champagne with lychee, apple and lemon—which is then served in a large egg-shaped ice sculpture. The Honi Honi All the Way is a $2,888 c``ocktail served in a large watermelon, involving a mix of fresh ingredients like orange juice, passion fruit and mint along with Plantation rum and Grand Marnier. Drink up!

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Bars & Clubs ANGEL’S SHARE — This unique drinking loft is specifically designed for whisky-lovers. From Scotland, to Japan, there’s enough aged golden liquid here to suit even the most discerning single-malt drinkers. 2/F, Amber Lodge, 23 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2805-8388.

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AQUA spirit — For cocktails with a killer view, you can do no better than this swanky high-rise venue with an eagle’s eye view of the harbor. 30/F, 1 Peking Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 3427-2288.

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Azure

Azure — Stunning view, minimalist blue décor and great cocktails. 29/F, LKF Hotel, 33 Wyndham St., Central, 3518-9330.

Beijing Club

Beijing Club — This impressive megaclub recently celebrated its fourth anniversary and is the biggest in town. Expect wet-look vinyl walls, gold-plated bathrooms and a youthful crowd. 2-3/F & 5/F, Wellington Place, 2-8 Wellington St., Central, 2526-8298.

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Café Gray Deluxe — Beside the seductively stretched bar are cozy booths for intimate lounging, and its 49th-floor perch guarantees breathtaking harbor views. Cocktail lovers should try the Hong Kong Highball. 49/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 3968-1106. Blckbrd — This chilled-out spot has an official “no loud music” policy, making it the perfect place for a few low-key drinks. Located on the sixth floor, the outdoor terrace is a serene place to watch the world go by. 6/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2545-8555.

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nightlife | The Guide BLUE BAR — The upscale Blue Bar is a big hit with the cocktail set. Yes, the martinis are worth getting dressed up for. Four Seasons Hong Kong, 8 Finance St., Central, 3196-8330. Central Wine Club — This exclusive spot on Wyndham Street was designed with oenophiles in mind. Luxe, modern Baroque surrounds keep pace with the slow jazz and contemporary tunes. 3/F, Sea Bird House, 22-28 Wyndham St., Central, 2147-3448. CLUB@28 — This stylish bar has killer views, deadly cocktails and its very own outdoor oasis called The Pavilion. It’s members only, but you can join on arrival and it’s free. 28/F, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 8 Leighton Rd., Causeway Bay, 3980-3300.

MCSORLEY’S ALE HOUSE — Woody, Irish and vaguely Victorian, McSorley’s is the biggest pub in SoHo. 55 Elgin St., SoHo, 2522-2646.

Jaa Bar

Jaa Bar — Located in a small alleyway off of Peel Street, Jaa Bar combines comfort and charm for an exclusive experience. The centerpiece of the ornate enclave is a custom-made wooden bar pieced together from classical furniture pieces. 1 Pak Tsz Lane, Central, 2815-8887. KEE CLUB — A good concierge should be able to get you into this exclusive members-only club, where you can sip a cocktail and check out the Picassos, antiques and colonial-style service. 6/F, 32 Wellington St., Central, 2810-9000.

Cocky Bar

COCKY BAR — The name is simply the bar’s way of boasting that it’s a top spot to grab a cocktail. Arguably true, since it has a stunning alfresco balcony overlooking the glittering harbor. 18/F, The One, 100 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2724-6222. DRAGON BAR — The kitschy-chic bar sits betwixt the equally droll west and east dining rooms, and looks like an exotic dive in 70s London Chinatown. Hullet House, 2A Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 3988-0101.

LE BOUDOIR — This Francophone hangout is all sultry drapes, chandeliers and velvet upholstery. The cocktails are stellar, too. B/F, 65 Wyndham St., Central, 2530-3870.

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LILY — VIPs are buzzed in and out of Lily’s fabulous secret room, the Blind Pig. The aesthetes amongst you will be delighted that so much attention has been paid to the visual elements of the venue. 6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham St., Central, 2810-6166.

Ozone — Located 118 floors above the ground, this watering hole boasts a superlative title: the highest bar in Hong Kong. This nightspot is a must see, especially due to its drop-dead gorgeous lookout onto Victoria Harbour. 118/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Rd. West, West Kowloon, 2263-2263.

M BAR — Set against the heights of Hong Kong’s skyline, the Mandarin Oriental’s M Bar makes for a ravishingly chic hangout. Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Rd., 2825-4850.

RED BAR — Located on a terrace atop IFC Mall, this funky destination bar has a breathtaking outdoor area with harbor views. 4/F, Two IFC, 8 Finance St., Central, 8129-8882.

Martini BAR — This stylish hotel bar has nightly entertainment, a range of cocktails beyond just martinis and is one of the few cigar lounges in town. The Royal Garden, 69 Mody Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui East, 2733-2995.

RIEDEL ROOM — The world’s first Riedel Room offers exclusive wines to be enjoyed in Riedel crystal glassware. JW Marriott Hotel, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2841-3836.

DRAGON-I — Watch the bold and the beautiful work the celeb-studded room. It’s usually packed with models, especially on Wednesday nights. UG/F, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham St., Central, 3110-1222.

GRAPPA’S CELLAR — This bustling after-work spot features some of the city’s top jazz musicians. B/F, Jardine House, Connaught Place, Central, 2521-2322.

MO BAR — The bar at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental is a sleek, upscale addition to the nightlife scene. The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Rd. Central, Central, 2132-0077.

L’etage — With the feel of a true gentlemen’s club, this is a place for refined Hongkongers to sit back and relax with a traditionally made cocktail in one hand and a cigar in another. It’s worth coming back just to watch head bartender Katsuhisa Hirakawa hand-carve spheres of ice for whiskey. 33-35 Staunton St., Central, 2522-5300.

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EXECUTIVE BAR — So quiet the sound of a ninja’s sword slicing through silk would be cause for shushing. Well, not really, but it is quiet, Japanese and well stocked with Scotch—the drink of the introspective man. 27/F, Bartlock Centre, 3 Yiu Wa St., Causeway Bay, 2893-2080.

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Lion Rock

Lion Rock — Lion Rock is the place to unwind and relax while having one (or more) of 193 signature cocktails. Enjoy the awesome view and weekly wine and whisky tastings. 3/F, Royal Plaza Hotel,193 Prince Edward Rd. West, Kowloon, 2622-6167.

Sake Bar Ginn — Sake sommelier Ayuchi Momose is behind this upper-floor bar. In addition to serving 100 types of sake and Japanese tapas, she also imports special sakes by microbreweries. Shop 4C, 4/F, Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D’Aguilar St., Central, 2536-4355. Staunton’s — Popularly considered the best “people-watching spot” in Hong Kong, Staunton’s has the right equation for a chill evening drink. It also has an eclectic menu. 10-12 Staunton St., Central, 2973-6611. SUGAR — Sink into one of the sofas at this swanky rooftop bar and enjoy the amazing views of the harbor. 32/F, East Hotel, 29 Tai Koo Shing Rd., Tai Koo, 3968-3968.


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Salon De Ning

Salon de Ning — Decadent Shanghai art deco lounge with live music Mon-Sat. B/F, The Peninsula, Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2315-3355.

Shore

SHORE — A chill outdoor space and one of the most extensive drinks selection in town. Newly renovated. 3/F, L Place, 139 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2915-1638.

The Lawn

The Lawn — This outdoor garden is a genuine urban oasis, exuding a serene, intimate vibe and illuminated entirely by a few candles. 6/F, The Upper House, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 3968-1106. THE PAWN — The modern British restaurant and bar, a former pawn shop, has an outdoor balcony from which to enjoy a view of Hong Kong’s 100-year-old trams. 62 Johnston Rd., Wan Chai, 2866-3444. The Tonno — This complex features a bar, a clubbing zone, a restaurant, a live music lounge, karaoke rooms, taking “all-around entertainment” to a whole new level. Head here for an epic marathon of dancing, drinking, Elton John hits, dart games and Shanghainese buns. 5 Tonnochy Rd., Wan Chai, 3125-3888. VIBES — This is the Mira hotel’s svelte venue for drinks with a stunning secret garden. 5/F, The Mira, 118 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2368-1111. VOLAR — Frequented by models and wannabes, Volar can be exclusive, but you can dance the night away to top DJs. B/F, 38-44 D’Aguilar St., Central, 2810-1510. WOOLOOMOOLOO — This steakhouse outlet boasts a gorgeous rooftop with stunning views of Victoria Harbour and the Happy Valley horse racing track. 31/F, The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Rd., Wan Chai, 2893-6960.


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Ling Bling Ling Boutique is the go-to shop for affordable, handmade cheongsams

The buzz: Originally from Singapore and having lived in Hong Kong for a number of years, designer Jennifer Gooi decided to open a boutique due to her love of cheongsams. Having been unable to find quality cheongsams at affordable prices in the city, she decided to take matters into her own hands—all of Gooi’s cheongsams are hand-made and cost between $890 to $1,290, compared to the usual prices of $2,000 and up. The goods: Specializing in evening dresses and cheongsams, Gooi designs all of her clothing herself before sending them to be hand-made in Shanghai. New designs are added every month; her new, summery collection will

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feature Thai silk with lace, including pieces suitable for both daywear and for more formal evening wear. The shop’s Western evening dresses are ready-made and sourced from China. A range of accessories from Korea and clutch bags from China are also available. The décor: Conveniently located in SoHo among a collection of other trendy boutiques, the space is clear and modest. It’s designed by local interior design firm Cave Architecture, which has designed hotels and cultural spaces in Hong Kong and China alike. Leanne Mirandilla Shop B5, 16A Elgin St., Central, 2810-9600, www.facebook.com/LingBoutique.

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ShopS+Services | The Guide Shopping Centers APM — In the center of Kwun Tong, APM opens late (11am) but closes even later (2am). It boasts 150 shops, a cinema, more than 20 international restaurants and a convenient link to the MTR station. Millennium City 5, 418 Kwun Tong Rd., Kwun Tong, 2267-0500.

THE LANDMARK — The Landmark is a fashion mecca centered around a five-story atrium. Don’t miss iconic London department store Harvey Nichols or upscale supermarket ThreeSixty for Asia’s widest selection of organic food. 12-16 Des Voeux Rd. Central, 2921-2199.

Blanc de Chine — Modern Chinese luxury clothing and accessories for women and men. The Landmark, 12-16 Des Voeux Rd. Central, 2104-7934, www.blancdechine.com.

G.O.D. Langham Place Elements

ELEMENTS — Two floors and a million square feet of retail heaven beneath Hong Kong’s tallest building, the ICC, this luxury mall offers international cuisine and world-class shopping. Other features include a cinema, ice rink and enormous roof garden. 1 Austin Rd. West, West Kowloon, 2735-5234. HARBOUR CITY — This enormous stretch of shops runs along Canton Road for what seems like miles. Its four levels of shops, services and restaurants sprawl across over 2 million square feet. 3-27 Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2118-8601.

LANGHAM PLACE — Occupying about 600,000 square feet, Langham Place houses fashion and lifestyle stores and more than 20 restaurants. It’s within walking distance of the Ladies’ Market and Fa Yuen Street. 8 Argyle St., Mongkok, 3520-2800, www.langhamplace. com.hk. LEE GARDENS — Divided into Lee Gardens and Lee Gardens Two, this luxury mall is stuffed with high-end retailers such as Gucci, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and more. Lee Gardens Two has children’s fashion shops, and there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. 18 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, 2907-2166, www.leegardens.com.hk. PACIFIC PLACE — One of the most popular malls in Hong Kong, Pacific Place has four floors of upscale shops and restaurants anchored by a massive Harvey Nichols. There’s also a nice range of eateries and a multi-screen cinema. 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2844-8988.

Hysan Place

HYSAN PLACE — This brand-new mall is a great one-stop shopping destination, with over 120 stores (including hard-to-find Japanese brands) and tons of high-quality dining options. 500 Leighton Rd., Causeway Bay, 2886-7222. IFC MALL — This popular shopping center is home to more than 200 international high-end brands with Lane Crawford acting as an anchor. It also has a luxurious cinema, and some of the finest dining in the city. Easily accessible via MTR, Airport Express and Star Ferry. 8 Finance St., Central, 2295-3308. HORIZON PLAZA — It may not look promising but this is something of a mecca for bargain fashion, furniture and Chinese antiques. The industrial high-rise features Lane Crawford and Joyce outlets. Also look for homeware emporium Tequila Kola and antiques warehouse Shambala. 2 Lee Wing St., Ap Lei Chau. ISLAND BEVERLEY — Browse through closetsized boutiques offering the best of hip local designers. 1 Great George St., Causeway Bay.

PRINCE’S BUILDING — Part of the “Centers of Central” shopping hub, Prince’s Building is linked by covered walkway to The Landmark, Chater House, Alexandra House and The Galleria. A cozy mixture of the uberfashionable, the artistic and the maternal, it also houses the excellent Oliver’s supermarket. 10 Chater Rd., Central, 2921-2194. One Peking ROAD — Satisfy your thirst for designer wear with Dior, Fendi, Miu Miu and Cartier. 1 Peking Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui. TIMES SQUARE — One of Hong Kong’s largest malls, this 16-story complex contains more than 230 shops—including Lane Crawford, upscale Japanese supermarket City’super, Page One books and a cinema. 1 Matheson St., Causeway Bay, 2118-8900.

Shops, Boutiques and Local Designers ADOREÉ — Popular lingerie boutique selling fashionable, international brands. Rm 604, 6/F, Commerical House, 35 Queen’s Rd. Central, 3101-0188, www.adoree.com.hk. Amours Antiques — Antique jewelry and vintage clothes. 45 Staunton St., Central, 2803-7877.

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G.O.D. — Some “Goods of Desire” for those searching for the perfect couch or unique home accessories. G-1/F, Leighton Centre, 77 Leighton Rd., (Entrance on Sharp Streat East), Causeway Bay, 2890-5555, www.god.com.hk. Rise Shopping Arcade — A playground for hip, trendy and young fashionistas. 5-11 Granville Circuit, Tsim Sha Tsui. SPY Henry Lau — Edgy and bold fashion for men and women. 1/F, 5 Cleveland St., Causeway Bay, 2317-6928, www.spyhenrylau.com. Vivienne Tam — Elegant, feminine contemporary dresses with a Chinese twist. Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2918-0238. Walter Ma — Well-established designer offering luxury fashion. 33 Sharp St. East, Causeway Bay, 2838-7655. Western Market — An Edwardian-styled building with restaurants and shops selling Chinese crafts and fabrics. 323 Des Voeux Rd. Central, Sheung Wan.

Department Stores Harvey Nichols — The Hong Kong branch of London’s department store is a haven of international brands, with a good restaurant— the Fourth Floor —and a fabulous beauty department. The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Rd. Central, 3695-3388, www.harveynichols.com. JOYCE — Named for founder and Hong Kong’s first lady of fashion, Joyce Ma, this is the place for redhot fashion and accessories, cult beauty brands and too-chic housewares. New World Tower, 18 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2810-1120; 334 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2523-5944; 23 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2367-8128. LANE CRAWFORD — This Hong Kong institution is almost as old as the city itself, and just as fashionable. It’s stacked with must-have designer brands as well as handbags, shoes, silver, linen, crystal and everything in between. 3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., Central, 21183388. SHANGHAI TANG — Shanghai Tang specializes in a funky fusion of traditional and contemporary Chinese design. You’ll find kitsch accessories, great housewares, fun T-shirts, fashion for men and women and incredibly beautiful bespoke cheongsams. The brand-new flagship is worth a visit. 1 Duddell St., Central, 2525-7333.


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SOGO — Japan’s most famous department store sits at one of the city’s busiest intersections. 555 Hennessy Rd., Causeway Bay, 2833-8338. THE SWANK — Representing established designers as well as up-and-coming talents, The Swank has been one of the finest local fashion houses since 1955. It has 17 free-standing boutiques and points-of-sale in major department stores. Shop 103B, 1/F, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2735-0842.

Chinese Emporiums CHINESE ARTS AND CRAFTS — Stuffed with the best of Chinese crafts, from tablecloths to objets d’art to some incredible jade, this is one of the best places to stock up on gifts, porcelain, jewelry, cloth and fine antiques. 1/F, Star House, 3 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2735-4061. YUE HWA CHINESE EMPORIUM — Yue Hwa is a great place to pick up souvenirs and gifts, from acupuncture needles to Chinese Zodiac figurines. There is a good selection of cheongsams, tops and trousers tailored from quality silk. 143-161 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2739-3888.

Tailors DAVID FASHION — G/F, Shop 15, Empress Plaza, 17-19 Chatham Rd. South, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2368-6884.

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LA ELITE FASHION — G/F, 1H Mody Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2368-0040. L & K Custom Tailor — G/F, 2 Carnarvon Rd., 66-70 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2369-7278. Nita Fashion — G/F, 16 Mody Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui. 2721-9990, www.nitafashions.com. Punjab House — 5/F, Suite C, Golden Crown Court, 66-70 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2366-6612, www.punjabhouse.com.hk. Raja Fashion — G/F, 34C Cameron Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2366-7624, www.raja-fashions.com. REGAL fashion — LG/F, Shop 8 & 9, Houston Centre, 63 Mody Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2367-6007. Sam’s Tailor — Shop K, Burlington Arcade, 92-94 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2367-9423. Shaniel Custom Tailor — G/F, Shop B & C, Comfort Building, 86-88A Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2730-1287.

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Tourist Information HONG KONG TOURISM BOARD — The Hong Kong Tourism Board is ready to answer all your questions about travel in Hong Kong. Look for visitor centers at the following locations: Hong Kong International Airport (at Buffer Halls A and B, Arrivals Level, Terminal 1); Lo Wu (Arrival Hall, 2/F Lo Wu Terminal Building); Kowloon (Star Ferry Concourse, Tsim Sha Tsui, open daily 8am-8pm); and The Peak Piazza (between The Peak Tower and The Peak Galleria, Hong Kong Island, open daily 9am-9pm). You can also call their Visitor Hotline (25081234) from 9am to 6pm. Visit www. discoverhonghong.com for descriptions of attractions plus shopping, dining and touring tips. The website also has a comprehensive description of the month’s events and festivals as well as virtual tours, e-cards, a photo gallery and handy downloadable apps for your phone.

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Hong Kong has a great public transportation system called the MTR, as well as highly punctual, carefully scheduled buses (with their routes clearly printed in English). Renting a car can be a headache because roads can be confusing and parking costly. It’s cheaper and easier to take a taxi, ferry, tram, bus, hotel limousine, or even a helicopter.

These are “wave-and-go” stored-value cards used across all of Hong Kong’s transportation systems, and in retail outlets like car parks and convenience stores.

Taxis Taxis are readily available at reasonable prices. Be aware that drivers cannot pick up or drop off on roads marked with double yellow lines, and no waiting is allowed except on unmarked roads. Red taxis serve Hong Kong Island and Kowloon and can go anywhere in the territory. Green taxis cost less but only serve the New Territories. Similarly, blue taxis serve Lantau Island only. Drivers generally speak some English but it is wise to get the hotel staff to write your destination in Chinese characters, or point to one of the destinations in this guide.

The size of a credit card, the Octopus is simply placed on the touch pads at the entrance to public transportation or the cash register in shops. Payment is automatically deducted. Cards can be refilled at MTR stations and any retail outlet that accepts them. Three types of Octopus cards are available. The “On Loan Octopus” costs $150, which includes a $50 deposit and $100 of stored value. The “Sold Octopus” costs $70, and does not include any stored value. The “Airport Express Tourist Octopus” costs $220/$300 and includes one/two single Airport Express journeys and three days of unlimited rides on the MTR, $20 stored value and a $50 deposit.

Trams have been a part of Hong Kong life for more than 100 years. With a $2.30 flat fare, they are still the cheapest way to get around.

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Travel by Tram A new app allows visitors to take in the sights along part of the city’s vaunted 107-year-old cablecar route.

There’s no better—or cheaper—way to soak up the sights and sounds of Hong Kong than aboard one of our famous old-fashioned trams. Known locally as “ding ding” because of the sound they make, they are a slow, affordable and atmospheric way to explore the city. For the bargain price of $2.30, you can ride as long as you like in one direction along the route, which extends east to west, from Kennedy Town to Shau Kei Wan. For the best views, head upstairs to the top deck and grab a seat at the front. Hong Kong has 163 double-decker tramcars—making it the largest fleet in the world—and they started operating in 1904.

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As part of the University of Hong Kong’s centenary celebrations, Professor of Urban Planning and Design Anthony Yeh created a free downloadable app for iPhones and Android mobile phones that narrates the urban history and development of the city as it can be witnessed along the part of the tram line that spans from Western District to Wan Chai. This location-based service app uses GPS technology to locate the zone that the tram rider is in. It can then play corresponding videos and pull up photographic juxtapositions of old and present-day Hong Kong. Did you know that high-rise towers now stand in Kennedy Town where

there was once a slaughterhouse? That Shek Tong Tsui used to be a red light district? Learn where all the best shops to buy dried seafood delicacies are (Sheung Wan) and what formerly occupied the site of the Macau ferry terminal (a night market). “HK Tram Trail,” which is available with Cantonese, English and Mandarin narration, is available for free download from the iTunes App Store or the Android Market. For more about the tram, visit www.hktramways.com or call 2548-7102. Visit www.dupad.hku.hk/cusup/tram for more details about the app.


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Sights & Attractions

Avenue of Stars

AVENUE OF STARS — Fans of Hong Kong movies will find their heroes’ hand- and footprints permanently etched in concrete along the Avenue of the Stars, along with a statue of martial artist Bruce Lee. Go at 8pm for the nightly Symphony of Lights. Music plays over loudspeakers here and nowhere else, although the light display can be seen from around the city. Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. BANK OF CHINA TOWER — I. M. Pei designed this 70-story building and bank headquarters to resemble stalks of bamboo. 1 Garden Rd., Central. BIG BUDDHA (大佛) — The world’s biggest Buddha of its kind took 10 years to build and sits on a lotus throne atop Lantau Island. The 200+ steps to the top are open from 10am to 5:30pm daily and definitely recommended for the spectacular mountain views. Special admission tickets are available and include a vegetarian meal. Also check out the nearby Po Lin Monastery. Take the MTR to Tung Chung Station and then bus 23 to Ngong Ping. CHI LIN NUNNERY—An oasis of peace in the heart of Kowloon, this graceful, wooden Buddhist nunnery is the largest building in the world to be constructed using no nails—only wooden dowels and brackets. It’s a 33,000-square-meter complex whose architectural style dates back to the Tang Dynasty, although the buildings themselves were completed in 1998. It’s centered on a courtyard filled with lotus ponds. Vegetarian food is available. 5 Chi Lin Drive, Diamond Hill, 2354-1888. CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE — Finished in time to host the handover ceremony in July 1997, the center’s roof was designed to look like a seagull’s wings in flight. 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, 2582-8888. HONG KONG DISNEYLAND—Take a trip back to the 1900s on Main Street, catch a train to Fantasyland, float down the Rivers of APRIL 2013 I WHERE HONG K O N G 49


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Adventure, catch a show or blast through outer space in Tomorrowland. When you’re done charting your exotic surroundings take a moment to dine, shop or cavort with the various Disney characters who roam the park. It’s easy to get to via MTR, bus or car. See the website for transportation details. Lantau Island, 1-830-830, park. hongkongdisneyland.com. Hong Kong Dolphinwatch — Catch a glimpse of the pink dolphins, an animal so unique to these waters that it was named the official mascot of Hong Kong’s 1997 handover. Tours depart every Wed, Fri and Sun from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Central at 8:30am, and the Kowloon Hotel in Tsim Tsa Tsui at 9am. The cruise takes up to three hours, and if no dolphins are seen, the company provides a free “go-again guarantee.” $320 for adults, $160 for children under 12 years, with proceeds going to dolphin research. Call 2984-1414 or visit www.hkdolphinwatch.com.

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HONG KONG ZOOLOGICAL AND BOTANICAL GARDENS — Home to eight endangered species, the zoo successfully breeds rare birds and orangutans. Established in 1864, the park retains all the Victorian accents from that era and is an idyllic spot in the middle of the city. Admission free. Open daily 6am-7pm. Garden Rd., Central. A staircase from Upper Albert Rd. leads to the main entrance.

MTR to Tung Chung Station and walk two minutes to the cable-car terminal. OPEN-TOP BUS TOUR — One Big Bus day tour ticket includes 24 hour hop-on-hop-off access to the red tour (Hong Kong Island) and the blue tour (Kowloon), as well as prerecorded commentary in eight languages and other perks. Unit 501, 5/F, No.1 Minden Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2723-2108. PEAK TRAM AND VICTORIA PEAK — The world’s steepest funicular railway hauls passengers up Victoria Peak in approximately eight minutes. Once at the top, enjoy panoramic views of the city, or check out the restaurants, shops and various attractions at the Peak Galleria and Peak Tower. The tram runs daily 7am-midnight, tickets $25 one-way, $36 round trip. Bus No. 15C runs between Peak Tram lower terminus and Central, near the Star Ferry. It costs $4.20 for a single journey. Garden Road and Cotton Tree Drive, 2522-0922. PO LIN MONASTERY — Translated as “Precious Lotus,” Po Lin on Lantau Island was established in 1917 and is popular for day trippers who come to marvel at its 80-foot-tall seated Big Buddha. Temple open 10am-6pm, Buddha 10am-5:30pm, restaurant 11:30am-4:30pm. Free entry. Take bus No. 2, marked “Po Lin Monastery,” from Silvermine Bay (Mui Wo). Ngong Ping, Lantau Peak, Lantau Island, 2985-5248. Ferries for Mui Wo on Lantau depart from pier No. 6 near the Central Star Ferry Terminal. SIK SIK YUEN WONG TAI SIN TEMPLE — This active Buddhist temple is large and colorful with beautiful adjoining gardens. Have your fortune told by palm readers in the main arcade. Open 7am-5:30pm. A small donation is expected. Follow signs from Wong Tai Sin MTR stop. 2328-0270.

Man Mo Temple

MAN MO TEMPLE (文武廟) — This temple was built in 1847 to honor the God of Literature, Man Cheong, and the God of War, Mo Tai. A grade-1 historical building, it is one of biggest tourist attractions in Central. Star Ferry

STAR FERRY (天星小輪) — Cross Victoria Harbour between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula on the Star Ferry. These open-deck ferries are one of Hong Kong’s most recognizable attractions and a common, cheap—and pleasant—form of transportation. Take the MTR to Central or Tsim Sha Tsui and follow the signs. Ngong Ping 360

NGONG PING 360 — Home to a theater, teahouse, nature center, cultural themed village and more, Ngong Ping 360 is best known for its 5.7-kilometer cable-car service that offers panoramic views of Lantau Island’s lush valleys, the South China Sea and the world-famous Tian Tan Buddha. Take the 50 W H E R E H O N G K O N G I APRIL 2013

ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL (聖約翰座堂) — A beautiful cathedral built in the shape of a cross. Open daily from 7am to 6pm for quiet prayer and meditation. Take the MTR to Central.


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TEN THOUSAND BUDDHAS MONASTERY — One of the most celebrated monasteries in Hong Kong, the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery actually has more than 12,800 Buddhas stored in five temples, four pavilions and a nine-story pagoda. The one that you’re likely to remember best is the mummified Buddhist monk, who sits in splendor, coated in gold leaf, inside a glass case. Light meals are served at the on-site vegetarian restaurant. Sha Tin MTR, Exit B, 2691-1067, www.10kbuddhas.org. TAI O — This charming fishing village is a maze of stilt houses built over a creek on the very tip of Lantau Island. It’s a fascinating slice of old Hong Kong, with dried fish stalls, the picturesque Tin Hau Temple and a couple of interesting little museums. Take a ferry from Central.

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Financial Matters Generally, business hours are weekdays 9am-5pm, with a lunch hour from 1pm-2pm, and Saturdays 9am-1pm. The local currency is the Hong Kong dollar. There is no central mint; instead, notes are issued by three separate private banks and the city’s Monetary Authority. The Hong Kong dollar is pegged to the US dollar at a rate of approximately US$1 to HK$7.79. Denominations include $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 and $1,000 notes. Coins come in denominations of 10, 20 and 50 cents, and one, two, five and 10 dollars. BANKS — Major banks are open weekdays 9am4:30pm, and Saturdays 9am-12:30pm. Banks are closed Sundays and public holidays. Some services, such as foreign exchange-related transactions, are not available at banks one hour before closing. The following details are for the banks’ main offices, call for retail locations: Bank of America, Bank of America Tower, 12 Harcourt Rd., Central, 2847-5588; Citibank, Citibank Tower, 3 Garden Rd., Central, 2868-8888; HSBC, 29 Queen’s Rd. Central, 2233-3000; Standard Chartered Bank, 4 Des Voeux Rd. Central, 2868-2154.

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An EverChanging Landscape Walking through Wan Chai, you’d never know that 100 years ago, you would have been standing in water. Follow this guided walk and stroll through land brought into existence by six separate reclamation projects, plus the nightlife district made famous (or infamous) by Suzie Wong.

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Tai Yuen Street Market

The Blue House The Blue House, listed as Wah Tor Hospital in records dating back to 1872, was also known as the Wah Tor Temple and is believed to be the first facility to provide traditional Chinese medicine to local inhabitants. This is about where the coastline was from 1842 to 1890.

study and is said to have helped traders and fishermen avoid natural disasters. Open 8am-5:30pm daily. Y Cross Queen’s Road East and head down Tai Wong Street East until you reach Johnston Road.

Southorn Playground

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Old Wan Chai Post Office

Experience the hustle and bustle of a local market where on-street hawkers sell a wide range of dry goods and household merchandise at bargain prices. Stalls are open from 7am to 7pm daily. Y Walk straight up Tai Yuen Street, then turn left and walk along Queen’s Road East to Wan Chai Road. Cross Queen’s Road East and turn onto Stone Nullah Lane. 52 W H E R E H O N G K O N G I APRIL 2013

This single-story, L-shaped building, constructed between 1912 and 1913, was once a police station. In 1915, it became the Wan Chai Post Office. Listed as a Declared Monument in 1990, it is now a resource center belonging to the Environmental Protection Department. Y Continue along Queen’s Road East.

Hung Shing Temple Once only a small altar on a boulder overlooking the shoreline, this petite temple is named after a virtuous official who governed during the Tang dynasty (618-906 AD). He encouraged scientific

This popular playground was built on reclaimed land just north of Johnston Road. The British Navy used it during World War II. Later, in the 1950s and 60s, schoolchildren had their lessons here, and laborers gathered waiting for jobs. In the 1950s, it was fenced off and became a government-sanctioned playground. Now you’re where the coastline was from 1930 to 1945.

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Lockhart Road The “World of Suzie Wong” and the girlie bars of Wan Chai are now mixed up with trendy restaurants, bars and late-night party places. The coastline extended up to here from 1960 to 1972. Y Walk along Fenwick Street towards the water and cross the footbridge.

Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts This institution offers professional training in the performing arts and hosts a wide variety of concerts. Y Follow the directional signs and cross Fenwick Street to reach Harbour Road.

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

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Y Follow the directional signs, turn left and walk northward along FlemingRoad and Expo Drive East to Golden Bauhinia Square.

Golden Bauhinia Square The “forever blooming bauhinia,” standing on the Expo Promenade outside the convention center on land reclaimed in 1990, is a gift from the central government to commemorate the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on July 1, 1997, after the handover from Britain. Nearby stands the Reunification Monument. Catch the official daily flagraising at Golden Bauhinia Square from 7:50am to 8:03am. An “enhanced” flagraising ceremony is held on the first of every month from 7:45am to 8:13am. It includes a party and performances by police bands. Y For more Hong Kong walks, visit www.discoverhongkong.com or call the HKTB hotline on 2508-1234.

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1 Trying tai chi for free at the Sculpture Court in front of the Hong Kong Museum of Art from 8am to 9am every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 2 Dressing up for high tea at The Peninsula. Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2315-3169. 3 Watching the sunset from tranquil Pui O Beach, Lantau Island. 4 Having our palms read at the Temple Street night market, Yau Ma Tei.

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9 Shaking fortune-telling bamboo sticks at the Wong Tai Sin Temple.

!0 Saying hi to Bruce Lee at the Avenue of Stars, Tsim Sha Tsui. !1 Shopping for antique kitsch on Cat Street (Upper Lascar Row), Sheung Wan. !2 Eating with the locals at a dai pai dong food stall. Gough St., Central. !3 Hiking along the beautiful Sai Kung Peninsula.

6 Seeing all your animated favorites come to life at Hong Kong Disneyland, Lantau Island, 1830-830.

!4 Listening to a Chinese tea expert talking about the varieties of tea, its proper preparation and tea-drinking etiquette. Free talk at Lock Cha Tea Shop from 4pm to 5pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Call 2801-7177.

7 Dining aboard the kitschycool Jumbo Kingdom floating restaurant. Shum Wan Pier Drive, Aberdeen, 2553-9111.

!5 Haggling with hawkers for jade, gold and cheap jewelry at the Jade Market. Kansu and Battery Streets, Yau Ma Tei.

8 Cruising Victoria Harbor on the Duk Ling, an authentic Chinese fishing junk, 2573-5282.

!6 Getting a shave at the Mandarin Barber, 5 Connaught Rd. Central, 2522-0111.

5 Spotting endangered white dolphins with Dolphinwatch off Lantau Island. 2984-1414.

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!7 Riding the cable car 5.7 kilometers over Lantau’s lush valleys to visit the Ngong Ping cultural-themed village and the Big Buddha. !8 Snaking through the highrises on the Mid-Levels Escalator—the longest in the world. Cochrane, Shelley, and Peel Streets, Central. !9 Meeting Pui Pui, our famous crocodile, at the eco-friendly Hong Kong Wetland Park. Tin Shui Wai, New Territories, 2708-8885. @0 Taking the Peak Tram to visit Hong Kong celebrities at Madame Tussauds. Shop P10, The Peak Tower, 128 Peak Rd., 2849-6966. @1 Exploring Lamma Island, then feasting on deep-fried squid at Rainbow Seafood. 16-24 First Street, Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island, 2982-8100. @2 Marveling at the beautiful Chi Lin Nunnery, the world’s largest building to be constructed without nails. 5 Chi Lin Drive, Diamond Hill.

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@3 Taking the oldest ride in Hong Kong—a tram from Western to Causeway Bay. @4 Enjoying free kung fu demonstrations and cultural performances at Kowloon Park every Sunday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. Weather permitting. @5 Slurping oysters for brunch at Café Deco. 1/F-2/F, Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Rd., The Peak, 2849-5111. @6 Taking a walk down the Historic Trail at the Museum of Coastal Defence, 2569-1500. @7 Drinking at panoramic bar Aqua Spirit. 30/F, One Peking Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 3427-2288. @8 Checking out the KowloonCanton Railway clock tower. Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. @9 Snacking on egg tarts at Tai Cheong Bakery. 32 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2554-3475. #0 Bird-watching at the Mai Po Marshes, Mai Po, 2526-4473.


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