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It’s the week of Art Basel Hong Kong! That means fairs, gallery shows, museum exhibitions, and plenty of events – all taking place here in Hong Kong. We are here to guide you through the must-see and be-seen-at spots around town. All week-long we’ll bring you “Insider Tips” from those in-the-know on what to see, do, eat, and drink. Next up, Lynn Fung, director of Liang Yi Museum.
Neo is one of my locals for cocktails. The Mezcal Crack is a must-try. For a great meal, I always recommend Serge et le Phoque, for refined modern French, but set in a local wet market. The menu changes often, but if you can find it, the eggplant with dill, and the mackerel, are two of my favourite dishes.
Getting out to Chi Lin Nunnery is always worthwhile. It’s a huge complex of temples, Chinese gardens with beautiful bonsais and a surprisingly delicious vegetarian restaurant. If you like architecture, this is the only place in HK where you will see buildings built in the traditional Tang Dynasty style, with interlocking wooden frames rather than nails.
Here at Liang Yi Museum, we are always told that we provide a tranquil respite from the madness of Art Basel. This is because we are HK’s largest private museum, which takes visitors by appointment only. This March, we opened an exhibition that is in collaboration with the V&A in London, showing the best of historical and contemporary British silver. It’s the first time these pieces would have come to Asia.
Though one of the world’s most densely populated cities, 40% of Hong Kong is actually country parks. Hiking its mountains is one of the best ways to escape the crowds. One of the trails I like the most is from Mui Wo (take the ferry over to Lantau Island) and then it’s about 90 minutes up and down-hill to Pui O, a beach where you can then end with a beer at sunset at Maverick’s.
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