Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong.

Tips for your trips. Tourist information. Official websites.

Lan Kwai Fong (LKF, map) is a small square of streets in *Central, Hong Kong. The area was dedicated to hawkers before the Second World War, but underwent a renaissance in the mid-1980s. It is now a popular expatriate haunt in Hong Kong for drinking, clubbing and dining. The street Lan Kwai Fong is L-shaped with two ends joining with D’Aguilar Street.

From the west side of the rectangle, Wo On Lane (map) and Wing Wah Lane (map) extend to host several more spots for drinks and food. The area arguably extends to Wellington Street and Wyndham Street, through to the Hong Kong Fringe Club (map). It is also home to a small number of art galleries.

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Back in the 1870s, the street began its urban life as an area of prostitution. By the early 1900s it was popular with hawkers, or street traders.

On the doorstep of the Central business district, Lan Kwai Fong is favoured by the city’s young elite, as well as tourists, who wine, dine and party at an eclectic array of venues, from American to French, Chinese to Thai. It is centred around the small lane of Lan Kwai Fong itself and surrounding streets; festivals are staged here, such as the annual LKF Beer & Music Fest and the LKF Carnival, while holidays are celebrated in style – the Halloween night revelries are legendary!

The SoHo (map). Like much of Hong Kong, this district treads a precarious balance between preserving the Chinese and colonial culture that shaped it, and recent modern developments. The escalator is a quintessential symbol of modernity which has encroached on the residential neighbourhood, bringing with it expats and the bars, cafes and boutiques which help cocoon some from Cantonese traditions.

 

Public transport.

Information about all types of public transport.

MRT.com.hk (Commuter trains, Light Rail) • hktramways.com (city tram) • The Peak Tram

Octopus card – a contactless smart payment card, is widely accepted on railways, buses and ferries, and can be used for payment in most retail stores.

BAOLAU.com – transportation network in Asia includes flights, trains, buses and ferries.

The most common direction-finding app used by the Chinese themselves is Baidu Maps, though it is only available in Chinese. Amap is effectively the Citymapper for the whole of China.

Also сheck оut мore info: Getting around (discoverhongkong.com) • TransportationTips for Your China Train Trip (chinahighlights.com)

BUS: A coach or bus in rural China is a different experience. City buses vary from city to city. However, if you can understand the bus routes then they are cheap and go almost everywhere.

TRAIN: Train travel is the main method of long-distance transportation for the Chinese, with an extensive network of routes covering most of the country. >> seat61.com  (*Rail travel in China)

AIRPORT: Hong Kong International Airport. The main international gateways to mainland China are Beijing (Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing Daxing International Airport), Shanghai (Shanghai Pudong International Airport) and Guangzhou (Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport).

WATERWAYS: Star Ferry + TurboJetCotai JetChu Kong Passenger Transport.

Hong Kong party hotspot Lan Kwai Fong adapts to social and economic changes since 1997.

Ray Ng has been running nightclubs since 2002 in Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong’s main nightlife hotspot. Welcoming customers, including celebrities, from all over the world, his second club, Volar closed in 2021 when he was offered an attractive deal to move to a 5,000-sq-ft rooftop space for his third bar, Faye. In his two decades as a nightclub operator, Ng has had to adapt to the changing clientele and business environment, especially during the 2019-2020 protests and the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to many expats leaving Hong Kong. But Ng remains optimistic the crowds will return once the pandemic ends and that Hong Kong’s famed nightlife will thrive again.

video source: South China Morning Post / youtube.com /

Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.

VISAS & IMMIGRATION.

The documents you are to prepare before submission of visa application. Guidelines for Visa Applications. Visa Service Center.

chinahighlights.com

China Highlights is one of the best China tour companies. The website has a lot of useful information about China.

Baidu Maps.

It is one of the most popular digital mapping services in China. Public transportation directions for major cities in China.

China Culture is an official website of the Chinese government that provides information on Chinese culture and arts. It offers articles, videos, and images on topics such as history, literature, calligraphy, painting, and folk customs.

chinahighlights.com – is one of the best China tour companies that specializes in customized and creative China tours.

China Daily is an English-language newspaper that provides news and information about China, including cultural events, tourism, and travel advice.

Food

China Sichuan Food: This website is dedicated to Sichuan cuisine.

The Woks of Life is a food blog run by a family of Chinese-American foodies. They share recipes and stories about Chinese cuisine, as well as tips on cooking and entertaining.

Omnivore’s Cookbook is a food blog that offers a mix of Chinese and other Asian recipes.

China Daily is an English-language newspaper that offers coverage of Chinese food culture. Its food section features articles on regional cuisine, restaurant reviews, and culinary events.

Migrationology is a travel and food blog run by food blogger and YouTuber, Mark Wiens. He has a section on his website dedicated to Chinese food and street food, where he shares his experiences and recommendations.

Eating Asia is a blog run by food and travel writers, Robyn Eckhardt and David Hagerman. They specialize in documenting food and culture throughout Asia, including China.