As if you weren’t already convinced enough that Shanghai nightlife is dominated by Hong Kong names, an official “Lan Kwai Fong” (Hong Kong’s infamous bar street) is in development here and in Sichuan’s capital of Chengdu.
Shanghai’s official version of Lan Kwai Fong will be called “Fifth Avenue” and is planned to be in Hongqiao, Changning district. Though there’s no opening date set yet, it’s expected to be lined with five star hotels, shopping space, a myriad of dining and entertainment options and a pedestrian street.
It all sounds swell but you know, a lot of mainland cities have tried to replicate Hong Kong’s formula and it’s hit or miss. Xintiandi, though it’s improved over the years, is still always overrun with tourists. And while Sanlitun dominates up in Beijing, Super Bar street in the new embassy area there was a miserable failure. Chengdu may stand more of a chance because it has the backing of Allan Zeman, the original father of Lan Kwai Fong himself. His plans for the up and coming Sichuan city entails a 19-block dining and entertainment hub. We’ve included a a href=http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2010/11/25/video-king-of-the-fong-looks-west/>Wall Street Journal video interview with Zeman talking about his expansion below.