This month is Pink Season, and rainbow flags are flying high.
In Hong Kong, the LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer) community remains resilient in the fight for equality and diversity: which sometimes includes throwing back a few vodka sodas.
You’ll find the boys, girls and everyone else rubbing shoulders at newly opened bar Petticoat Lane tucked away in the backstreets of Central. The venue offers a Wednesgay happy hour (free-flow vodka) from 10:30-11:30pm. If you haven’t had your fill, head to the cosy T:me Bar on Thursday for free flow starting at 8:30pm.
Ready to mingle? Head to Guerrilla Hong Kong, the monthly, low-key social event gathering gay men and women together so they can get to know one another. It’s on 4 October at Happy Paradise – the neo-Cantonese fusion restaurant by out and proud chef May Chow. For a more revved up night, head to monthly meet-up Behind on 28 October for a Halloween bash. It’s where the hippest and hottest LGBTIQ people hang out.
On 14 October, A Very Feminem Floatilla Weekend kicks off with an opening party from 9:30pm at Sheung Wan’s FLM. The colourful affair includes an Adele tribute show and DJ set by Aussie drag sensation Feminem, as well as the opening ceremony.
Then, it’s all aboard the Floatilla on 15 October, an armada of junks carrying some fabulous females and tanned men clad in Speedos. Between eight and 12 boats usually head out together, so get on one to experience the biggest outdoor party of the year.
The LGBTIQ experience is not all about partying. It’s about love, respect, acceptance, family and community and no other event epitomises that spirit more than Pink Dot. On 22 October, the gay community and its allies can enjoy food, drinks and an outdoor concert featuring Hong Kong’s top music acts at the West Kowloon Cultural District. At around 4pm, the crowd is going to gather to create a giant pink dot for an aerial photo, so remember to wear pink and show just how proud you are…
19 Oct-19 Nov: The Taste of Artistry, a Four Seasons Signature Showcase, across China
At nine Four Seasons hotels in Greater China, top chefs and mixologists present sumptuous dishes alongside visual art works and performance pieces. fourseasons.com
3-4 Nov: Jeju Olle Walking Fesitval
Jeju organises walking tours of the island, incorporating cultural performances and local food along the way, when the weather is expected to be at its best. visitkorea.or.kr
23-26 Nov: 5th Musicus Fest, Hong Kong
The headliner at this year’s edition of this classical music festival is the Mantova Chamber Orchestra, which arrives from Italy to open and close the event. musicussociety.org
25 Nov: UFC Fight Night, Shanghai, China
Ultimate Fighting Championship, an American mixed martial arts competition, debuts in mainland China, with many of the night’s fighters coming from Asia. ufc.com