Your guide to love in the Big Ly­chee

Dat­ing doesn’t have to be an end­less grind. Here are eight ways to woo the ob­ject of your af­fec­tions, whether you’re look­ing for some long-term lovin’… or just a one-night fling. By Eve­lyn Lok and David Vet­ter Graph­ics by Kay Le­ung

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Ro­man­tic Ren­de­vouz for Get­ting' Se­ri­ous

Is­land of the Day Be­fore

Ask your date to meet you in Stan­ley, just a scenic bus ride away from Cen­tral (buses 6, 6A, 6X, 66 and 260 ought to do the trick). Your part­ner might be an­tic­i­pat­ing a bor­ing trip around the mar­ket, but you head over to the pier and board a kaito ferry to the lovely Po Toi is­land. Here you’re free to wan­der hither and thither, far from the cares of the city, and then gorge your­selves silly on seafood at Ming Kee restau­rant (Tai Wan, Po Toi, 2849-7038) as the sun goes down.

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Bumper Car and Grind

Noth­ing says innocent ro­mance like car­ni­val games and a sweet tooth. Tick both off your list at Lai Yuen Su­per Sum­mer, which ends this week­end (Through Aug 7, Asi­aWorld-Expo, Air­port Expo Boule­vard, Chek Lap Kok, $180, in­cludes 12 game to­kens, laiyuen.hk). The amuse­ment park of­fers nos­tal­gic fa­vorites, from bumper cars to ball pits, in­clud­ing a new 650-me­tre go-kart race­track. Af­ter­wards, grab a bite at Kala Toast (G/F, 4-6 Tsuen Hing Path, Tsuen Wan, 3706-5432), famed for its rain­bow grilled cheese sand­wiches, just a short cab (or train) ride away in Tsuen Wan, which you can ex­plore while you’re at it. Sweeter ren­di­tions like matcha, s’mores, or pur­ple sweet potato are also avail­able.

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When Na­ture Calls

Get out­side. Get sweaty. Get more than your RDA of vitamin D. Crest­ing a moun­tain peak at one of Hong Kong’s mul­ti­tude of awe­some hik­ing trails is truly a bond­ing ex­pe­ri­ence—even (or es­pe­cially) when your en­tire body is cry­ing. And if she’ll give you a peck on the cheek when you’re drenched in sweat, you know you’re onto a win­ner. Make the mod­er­ate trek over to

Tai Long Wan in Sai Kung and you’ll find some of the best beaches in the re­gion. Take some food with you and make it a pic­nic (City’su­per does a fan­tas­tic sweet potato salad). End the day on the way back with mod­ern ta­pas at Casa in Sai Kung town (Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung, 2440-9288).

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Malt­ing in your Arms

The beardier sorts will de­light in the glut of new mi­cro­brew­eries crop­ping up all over town. There are reg­u­larly run beer events all over the city, such as mak­ing your own beer at HK Brewcraft (hk­brewcraft.com), which gives you the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pound on all things hoppy to the ob­ject of your de­sire... if they’re into that sort of thing. And if get­ting el­bow deep in malt mash isn’t your idea of sexy, try Im­port Beer Club (face­book.com/ im­port­beer­club) on for size: It hosts monthly beer tast­ings that al­low par­tic­i­pants to min­gle and win prizes. Next up? “Span­ish Sum­mer Nights” on Aug 20, 8:30pm, at Plat­form, 120 Con­naught Rd., Sai Ying Pun. Check their Face­book page for more.

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Fish and Meet

No one can re­sist din­ner and drinks at a sexy bar. Hid­den be­hind a heavy vel­vet cur­tain in what seems like an or­nithol­o­gist’s cu­rio shop is Ophe­lia (Shop 39A, 1/F, Lee Tung Av­enue, Wan Chai, 2520-1117). Part pea­cock-in­spired drink­ing den, part dreamy cabaret com­plete with cos­tumed dancers, if the mys­te­ri­ous air of the place doesn’t get the blood pump­ing, the heady, elab­o­rate cock­tails and bar nib­bles will. Try the “Cheon­gasm” cock­tail ($115), which is served in a lit-up bird cage, along­side shell-on fried school prawns in Sichuan pep­per ($90). The mood still isn’t right? You know what they say about the power of oys­ters to set things pump­ing down be­low. Head up the road to get your fix of sexy bi­valves from Fish­ste­ria (111 Queen’s Rd. East, 2343-8111), which will only set you back $10 a pop be­tween 10pm-mid­night on Thurs­days to Satur­days.

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Pic­ture Per­fect

Got some­one you can’t stop think­ing about? Win ‘em over with a lit­tle spon­tane­ity and ad­ven­ture on a ro­man­tic but un­pre­ten­tious stroll to the Shek Tong Tsui water­front. There the Western District Pub­lic Cargo Work­ing Area, fondly dubbed “In­sta­gram Pier” by nearby res­i­dents, has ev­ery­thing a bud­ding ro­mance needs. There are cute photo op­por­tu­ni­ties, a ro­man­tic sun­set van­tage point, and some­where to sit while you lay your hearts bare. Fin­ish up at nearby Lit­tle Crea­tures (5a, New Praya Rd., Kennedy Town, 2833-5611) with a fresh brewed-in-Hong-Kong pint and a plate of food to share, and your new re­la­tion­ship will be stronger than bam­boo scaf­fold­ing.

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Let Me See that Junk

For the body-con­fi­dent, there’s per­haps noth­ing half so in­tox­i­cat­ing as hang­ing out to­gether on the ocean waves wear­ing next to noth­ing. If you al­ready own a pri­vate yacht, you prob­a­bly don’t need our help in at­tract­ing able-bod­ied (ie. hot) ship­mates to your deck. Oth­er­wise there’s the ever-pop­u­lar Hong Kong junk party: cruise out, get soz­zled, see each other in your re­spec­tive thongs/budgie smug­glers, and maybe take a ride on the ba­nana boat, if you know what we’re say­ing. If you feel like splash­ing out,

Break­away (break­awayhk.com) does a ro­man­tic boat trip for two with din­ner ($5,900), and we’re sure that if you ask the boat boy to look the other way, you can slip be­low decks to, you know, ride the swell. For the par­si­mo­nious paramours out there, why not smug­gle a bot­tle of plonk and a hunk of cheese onto the Star

Ferry and canoo­dle at the back of the boat? And on no ac­count sneak into the invit­ingly steam­punk en­gine room for some greased-up pis­ton-thrust­ing ac­tion.

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Net­flix and Thrill

To put things real­is­ti­cally, peo­ple who look for “short term fixes” don’t re­ally “date” any more, per se. And if you’re one of th­ese folk, why not just get to the point and go for some good ol’ fash­ioned Net­flix and Chill? What you watch barely mat­ters, but this month you can sink into “The Get Down” (launches Aug 12), a Baz Luhrmann-di­rected, Nas-pro­duced hip-hop musical, and of course, “Stranger Things” (de­buted Jul 15), which has Wi­nona Ry­der as a mother who un­cov­ers all sorts of para­nor­mal se­crets in the search for her lost son. Feel­ing peck­ish? De­liv­eroo is an ob­vi­ous choice for the hun­gry and lazy. But if you’re re­ally look­ing to im­press, or­der a ready-cooked din­ner for two (from $185) from

Nosh by Se­cret In­gre­di­ent (or­der.nosh.hk). All you have to do is plate up, and your date will melt into your arms.

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