an evening out in hong kong

October 24, 2011  |   column: DELIBERATE POLISH

while on a recent sourcing trip to china, we leapt at the chance to take a break from work and spend the evening at the china club—an exclusive dinner club that occupies the top three floors of the old bank of china in central, hong kong.

we arrived with our hosts for the evening, our partners from kate spade china, and climbed the stairwell (3) to slip into the long march bar for a champagne toast (4). we were enchanted with the setting—a perfectly curated space with pops of brilliant blue woven throughout the artwork (2, 7, 9), chinoiserie wallpaper (6) and even the exit sign (10).

our meal included a delicious roast duck (5) and we ate with silver chopsticks—historically used by the emperor’s servant to test for poisoned food.

following the meal, we headed outside for cocktails on the balcony (8) and enjoyed an unobstructed view of the bank’s new skyscraper (1). a fellow barfly and hong kong native explained that when the skyscraper was first built, the chinese were upset by the feng shui of the building, claiming it’s angles threw like a knife. to offset this, a second, much taller building—viewed as the “cover to the knife”—was built directly beside it. the brilliant lights made a great geometric pattern, standing out against the skyline and reminding us of home.

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