The popular Hong Kong party street Lan Kwai Fong will rock harder than usual during the Lan Kwai Fong Street Carnival. Two days of Mardi Gras-style fun and excitement mark this pre-eminent Hong Kong event. While it does celebrate special events throughout the year, from Chinese New Year to Christmas, the Street Carnival is a supreme attraction.
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Lan Kwai Fong district is composed of two L-shaped streets called D’Aguilar and Lan Kwai Fong, which form a rectangle. These cobblestone-paved paths were hawker enclaves in former decades before expats moved in sometime in the 1980s. Today Lan Kwai Fong is filled with bars, restaurants and clubs, as well as art galleries. On weekends establishments fill to standing room capacity as international students, businessmen, visitors and off-duty employees relax from the hectic pace of the city.
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By carnival time, booths are set up along the streets, to be populated by all sorts of souvenir, food and beverage sellers. Performers such as mimes, singers, dancers and magicians can be seen wandering the area to the delight of attendees. Live performances and parades enliven the night, featuring different genres of high-energy music. Fortune-tellers, body painters, astrologists and henna tattoo artists further add color to the festivities. Even the restaurants hold wine tasting and master-class activities to make the season feel special. During the carnival, the Lan Kwai Fong area will be closed off to traffic so that attendees can celebrate without worrying about approaching vehicles. There will also be an AIDS Concern organization manning several booths which will accept charity to their cause.
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Popular bars in Lan Kwai Fong include Bulldogs Bar and Grill, a British-style pub that serves European and Australian beer while televising major sporting events. Another one is Stormies, which is located at the intersection of both streets. This nautical-themed bar offers delectable seafood while blasting 80s and 90s music from the speakers. Those with children can head to Wo On Street, which features family-friendly attractions such as a bouncy castle, toy exhibit and interactive games.
The 2010 Lan Kwai Fong Street Carnival will happen on November 13 and 14 from noon Saturday to late Sunday night. The area is located in Central District, Hong Kong Island and can be reached by getting off at Central Station along the MTR line and walking for several minutes. A variety of superb Hong Kong hotels then, offer easy access to the area.