Your insider’s guide to Hong Kong

Central Casting

DJ, drag queen, milk-tea maker, ribbon seller, lawyer, newspaper vendor, artist – just a few of the fabulous characters in our neighbourhood who make Hong Kong the fantastically cosmopolitan place that it is

Photos: Nic Gaunt


DJ HELEN — DJ

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental
I’ve met many people from different countries in Central, which has given me lots of overseas job opportunities


MEI LEE — NEWSPAPER VENDOR

Queen’s Road Central
Nowadays, there are too many people and cars in Central, but not too much business


COCO POP — DRAG QUEEN

Jervois Street
Central is where everything collides. High-brow meets low brow: it’s expensive and trashy; luxurious and filthy; real and fake; or perhaps it’s all fake, a glorious illusion


PAUL HASWELL — SOLICITOR

Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal
Much as Central is the heart of Hong Kong, its legal system is the heart of Hong Kong’s status as Asia’s world city


LEUNG SANG TANG — MILK-TEA MAKER

Gage Street
I’ve been a milk-tea maker at this stall all my life, and I’ve seen so many restaurants and bars opening around us


BENNY SZE — RIBBON SELLER

Pottinger Street
Central has changed so much over 50 years – the buildings keep getting higher and higher


KRISTOPHER HO — ARTIST

Duddell Street
Central is a creative hub where people from different cultures and backgrounds gather and unleash inspirational things, and nurture the next generation

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