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ALWAYS FANTASISED ABOUT MAXING
OUT THE PLASTIC IN HONG KONG?
RACHAEL OAKES-ASH HAS AN EASY
GUIDE FOR GIRLS.
ARTWALK An annual March charity event
for AIDS. Start at The Fringe Club, peruse
40 art galleries in one night, quaff
complimentary vino and make "I just
adore the line of his work, it's so sultry, so
mesmerising, so psychologically binding"
comments. The Fringe Club, Lower Albert
BRIDES brides, brides. Hong Kong Park, a
maze of fake waterfalls, ponds and turtles
provides the photographic backdrop for
Chinese brides in hired western frocks.
It's Queer Eye heaven. Critique six brides
every thirty minutes. Ruffles are big this
CLIPPER LOUNGE for Tai Tais, and we're
not talking cocktails. The modern day
concubine, Tai Tai, marries Chinese
gazillionaires and sips tea in couture at
The Clipper Lounge each afternoon at 3.
The Mandarin Oriental Clipper Lounge, 5
DOUBLE HAPPINESS plenty of it Friday
night girlie happy hour, 13 Lan Kwai
Dim Sum at Maxims daily from 11.30 -
2.30pm. It's worth the wait so play nicely
with the other children in the line. 2nd
Floor, City Hall (next to Star Ferry
Dragon I The light of day reveals deep red
décor and the mammoth bamboo birdcage
on the patio. The individual unisex loos
get a good workout from the chic 'I don't
eat' crowd sundown to sunup. The
Centrium, 60 Wyndham St, Central.
EATING In HK some of the best fine
dining can be found in five star hotels - go
figure. Philippe Starck put his name on
The Peninsula's Felix Bar, Alain Ducasse
lent his to Spoon at The Intercontinental
and Tang Court at The Langham has a
wait list just to eat.
FINDS Stylish Scandinavian restaurant
with not a roll mop in site. Think ice
white beads and lighting and an intimate
bar serving The Greta Garbo, a sinful mix
of ginger and vanilla vodka. Wellington
St, Lan Kwai Fong, Central.
Fruits in Suits meet on the third Tuesday
of the month at One Bar and Grill, 1
Exchange Square Central. 6.30pm --
8.30pm. Mixed crowd.
Fetish Fashion HK's only leather
playroom. Enough said. 32 Cochrane St,
Feather Boa More boudoir than bar,
discover it on your first night and you
won't go anywhere else. There's no street
signage and curtains drape the doors so
you could easily walk by. Shame if you
do, as you'd miss the best Peach Blinis in
town. 38 Staunton St, Central.
GECKO Eccentric French (an oxymoron)
alley bar. All very tribal with freestyle
drumming to the resident DJ in a space
reminiscent of your lounge room. The
barman's name is Cameron: tell him
Rachael sent you. Ezra's Lane, 15-19
Hollywood Rd, Central.
HOT HOT HOT as in Szechuan cooking at
Da Ping Huo private dining room. The 13
courses are rated by heat from mild to
inferno to "is there a plastic surgeon in
town, I just burned a cleft palate into my
mouth". The chef's charming after dinner
rendition of Chinese Opera will brulee
what's left of your eardrums. 49
Hollywood Rd, Central.
I SPA therefore I am. Chan Xue Tao is a
Feng Shui master and created the
harmony of I-Spas five private spa suites.
Golf clap for Chan, he's done one hell of
a job. Take two hours out for The Ancient
Rituals of the Orient. The Intercontinental
18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui.
JIA Mandarin for "home" and thankfully
only one syllable, which helps when
instructing the cab driver after too many
cocktails. The only Philippe Starck
designed boutique hotel in Asia. Stock up
on the complimentary Kiehl's products
and Luxe City Guide to Hong Kong - no
stylemeister leaves JIA without it. 1-5
Irving St, Causeway Bay.
KOKAGE This town loves foie gras and
truffles, it's a status thing. You won't be
complaining when you try the foie gras
and mango nori rolls at Kokage, the best
Japanese outside of well, Japan. Star St,
LADIES MARKETS in Mongkok every
afternoon and night. Buy buy buy fake
Ladies night in Wan Chai. Free drinks for
all females in every bar.
M ON THE FRINGE M stands for Michelle
as in Garnaut. The look? Oriental
bohemian with a touch of France, oh go
see for yourself. If you're missing home
have the pavlova. 2 Lower Albert Rd,
MTR Don't ask what it stands for just get
on it. Anywhere you want to go in haste.
The best public transport system in the
NINETY SEVEN Friday night Happy Hour
is a must for any Tongzhi (gay) visiting
HK. Lan Kwai Fong, Central.
ORGANIC LUNCH AT MUNCH Imagine,
organic food in Hong Kong, must be
imported. 19-21 Hankow Rd, TST,
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