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Lan Kwai Fong tops HK nightlife

As the World City of Asia, Hong Kong is known for its vibrant 24-hour lifestyle. And when the sun goes down, Lan Kwai Fong is the place to party, with its collection of bars, pubs, and restaurants.

Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong's trendiest nightlife street.

And it's probably the most westernized place in town, drawing thousands of tourists, expatriates, and locals every day.

Lan Kwai Fong is a Hong Kong icon. It's a place where people of different cultures can meet, and find good food and drinks and late night fun. As the saying goes, if you work hard, you've got to play hard. And Lan Kwai Fong is just the right place to do it.

Dutch tourist, said, "People here are friendly, open, welcoming. I feel like home."

Australian tourist, said, "It's quite a bazaar with everybody outside drinking, dancing, standing."

Many bar owners and customers here are foreign nationals. And no matter where they come from, Lan Kwai Fong has become part of their life.

Mr. Fox came to Hong Kong over 20 years ago from California in the United States. At Lan Kwai Fong, he found a place that reminds him of home -- the California Restaurant. For the past 20 years, he's sat in this seat almost every day.

Customer, Lan Kwai Fong, said, "I came here every…my second family…second child"

27 years ago, a young Canadian, Allan Zeman, opened the first restaurant in Lan Kwai Fong. It was he who later transformed the area into a dazzling bar street. And his name is now linked to many other Hong Kong successes besides the world-renowned entertainment zone.

Allan Zeman said, "If the walls can tell the story, …so many different events happening in Lan Kwai Fong…became the meeting place where from all the world….They really made me the father of Lan Kwai Fong."

Now Allan Zeman owns 17 restaurants in Lan Kwai Fong. After Hong Kong's return in 1997, he brought Lan Kwai Fong to Shanghai. And Zeman says his next stop will be China's capital city, Beijing.

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