South China Morning Post published this video item, entitled “Hong Kong party hotspot Lan Kwai Fong adapts to social and economic changes since 1997” – below is their description.
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.
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Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.
Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.