Hong Kong's Venues - Views from an Intern Fresh off the Boat

July 15, 2015

VenueHub’s new intern Peter Lee has just arrived, fresh off the boat from Boston. Below he describes his first week in HK and his initial impressions of our city’s venues.

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I came to Hong Kong exactly one week ago and it’s been such an amazing experience so far. Coming from Boston, Hong Kong immediately blew my mind away. I joined the VenueHub team through The Intern Group a week ago as a marketing intern in their funky new Cyberport office. Compared to Boston, I was struck by the heat, humidity (=sweat fest!), diversity of the population, size and scope of the shopping centres and of course the towering skyscrapers. I have been amazed by some of the landmarks here in Hong Kong such as Victoria Peak, with its fantastic views of Central, Victoria Harbour, Lamma Island and the surrounding islands. The city’s MTR system here makes Boston’s subway look decrepit! The ease and affordability in which you can explore and move around the city is a great perk for the lowly intern.

I went out to Lan Kwai Fong for the first time last weekend to explore Hong Kong’s nightlife. I’ve never seen so many people partying all in the same place before! In ‘LKF’ (as I’ve learned its commonly known as!), there were loads of ideal partying spaces including Stormies LKF, LEVELS and Rula Bula which were just buzzing with atmosphere and great people. I even sampled the famous ‘jello-shots’ in Al's Diner. Moreover, there were countless bars in LKF that turned on some trendy electronic music which was enjoyed whilst sampling the endless cool cocktails on offer. It was great to know so many as these venues are listed on VenueHub! Having this insight into the best venues from my job has made me the go-to man amongst my new friends here.

Aside from the nightlife, what really struck me was the sheer number of restaurants in this city. I think I’ve come across over 30 different types of cuisine already, including some I’ve never seen before, such as Jamaican food at Rummin' Tings or great fusion flavors at the Crafty Cow. Being a native of Korea, I was also excited to see a huge variety of Korean restaurants including some authentic Korean BBQ joints. It’s also clear how much Hong Kongers like their Japanese – there are Japanese restaurants everywhere! I sampled Tamashii in Jordon which was great. I’ve also heard good things about Amazake.

Working at VenueHub has been really interesting. Being Hong Kong’s largest venue portal, our site lists all types of venues including hotels, restaurants, bars, party rooms and even unique venues like football pitches, boats and rooftopsl. In my role at Venuehub, I’m in charge of managing all of the Venuehub’s social media, including our Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Although our team had invested significant amounts of effort in building the social media sites, I believe that we can utilize these channels better to inform more people about how our online platform helps users find Hong Kong event venues for free. In the coming days, I will be posting some more interesting insights and introducing new venues and new deals. So stay tuned and please like our Venuehub FB page and follow us on Twitter at @Venuehub and @Venuehub_hk on Instagram.

Cheers,

Peter



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