Lan Kwai Fong

Lan Kwai Fong is the main restaurant and night-life area in Hong Kong. Situated between the Central and Western Districts, it is defined by the cobblestoned, L-shaped Lan Kwai Fong lane and D'Aguilar Street which form a rectangular area. Before World War 2 the area was occupied by hawkers selling their wares and prior to these it housed many Mui Yan and was known as Mui Yan Hong (medium person lane). These were women who acted as a medium between families and arranged the details of a marriage.

The modernization of the area is credited to German-Canadian businessman Allan Zeman who has become affectionately known as the "father of Lan Kwai Fong". Zeman bought a block of buildings there in the 1980s and developed them into western restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. At the start it was mostly foreigners who came to the area but now it is a mix of both locals, visiting Chinese and all nationalities. Now, over a hundred bars and restaurants from all over the world are spread among its maze of streets.

Friday and Saturday nights when the streets become pedestrian only are the best time to visit if you are looking for a lively time. People spill out onto the street from the crowded bars creating a party atmosphere both inside and out. Then many will go to one of the numerous nightclubs. People from every walk of life will come here as it has something for everyone, no matter who you are or where you are from.