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What are the Hong Kong spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
There is no other view like the view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak. I recommend going there on a clear night. The view is colourful, complex and really quite magnificent. Forget the paid observation deck. Save your money for the Peak Lookout for a romantic dinner or go budget and go around the back of the Peak Tower where you'll find a pagoda to chill at all for free. If you want to take the best pictures, bring a tripod.
Do’s and don’ts in Hong Kong: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):
Do: try every type of street food you can find, even if they seem disgusting or strange. Do: go on a short hike. It's not Yosemite but the blend of city and nature is something special. Don't: get ripped off by taxis, ALWAYS go by the meter and make sure your driver doesn't stray too far from the recommended route on Google Maps. Don't: fall into other tourist traps (but we got your covered here, don't we?)
What do you do and why do you do it?
I have done a lot of things (including working with dolphins and pandas) but right now I work in urban and spatial research. I love to envision a city where everything is enjoyable and everyone is nice. It's nice to be working towards something that will benefit everyone. I have creative capacity but I am not good at drawing so I focus mainly on research and work with designers instead.
How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?
I can have a very decent night for around $500HKD, less if you go to a dai pai dong (cheap but delicious outdoor eatery) and Club 7 (the 7-11 in Lan Kwai Fong).
Which Hong Kong shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?
Kapok is a super chic store that sells clothes and lifestyle accessories sourced from Europe. Select 18 is an awesome vintage store for old records, classic brass and glass Ray-Bans and random nostalgia pieces that will give you some major Wong Kar-wai, In the Mood for Love vibes.
Your all-time favorite musicians:
Tupac, Coldplay, Lana Del Rey.
Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?
Day time Poho, night time Soho (or Temple Street).
What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Disneyland Hong Kong. Don't waste your precious vacation on this one.
What’s the one place in Hong Kong you think is underrated?
Tai Hang is really popping but people just go to Causeway Bay.
Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?
Grissini for dinner and and hidden jazz club Visage One afterwards.
Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Hong Kong?
Koku Ryu Ramen in Wanchai or Ho Ho Restaurant in Kennedy Town.
It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?
Cosy up in a bar with some live music (Visage One?)
Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?
Jumbo Floating Restaurant.
Your go-to brunch spots:
Dim sum. Try Lin Heung Tea House for the authentic old school Chinese experience.
Your perfect night out in Hong Kong includes:
A casual dinner at Queen Street Cooked Food Market, a nice craft beer at Craftissimo before hitting up a few more bars or maybe a club outside of Lan Kwai Fong, ending the night with a hearty meal at Ho Ho Restaurant.
Which local creators do you admire?
Seanie P, Prodip Leung, MC Yan, Kevin Cheung, Tjoe Man Cheung, Kevin Poon, The Low Mays.
Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:
The sunset from the South Horizons promenade.
Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:
Ho Ho Restaurant in Kennedy Town.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Hong Kong. How do you spend it?
Wake up early for dim sum, hike up Victoria Peak to see the view and hike back into town for a final shopping spree, have a sociable and casual dinner at Queen Street Cooked Food Market with friends.
You’re meeting the mayor of Hong Kong - what constructive criticism would you give them?
Hong Kong is a great city, don't fuck it up.