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Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019

My Hong Kong: insiders reveal what to see in the city—and where to wind down—during Art Basel

Yang Yeung, William Zhao, Evan Chow, Tung Wing Hong and Samson Young give us their top tips for a hectic week

Ping Pong Gintonería during a dinner event 2015 Jonathan Maloney Photography

Yang Yeung

Co-curator of Notating Beauty that Moves (Artistree, until 29 March) and founder of soundpocket

Yang Yeung Mike Pickles

My favourite place to switch off in Hong Kong is…

Too many! One, Shek O beach. Two, with my yoga coach and yoga mates in the studio. Three, home—but that’s when I switch on to a different kind of light.

The art world in Hong Kong is different because…

We cannot be otherwise.

Living here makes me feel…

Proud.

My top tip for surviving Art Basel Hong Kong is…

Don’t forget to breathe.

The best place for a private view in Hong Kong is…

Artists’ studios.

Art fairs are important because…

We all need gossip.

The last exhibition I saw was…

Songs for Disaster Relief by Samson Young at the M+ Pavilion.

I last cooked for…

My sister, who needed a flu-fighting yummy soup.

I last watched (film/theatre/box set)…

The YouTube lecture The Sounds of Music by the MIT physics professor Walter Lewin, an amazing demonstration.

William Zhao

Independent critic and collector

William Zhao N/A

My favourite place to switch off in Hong Kong is…

Ping Pong Gintonería, a bar in Sai Ying Pun.

The art world in Hong Kong is different because…

Hong Kong is a crossing-point city, where the East meets the West, and the culture is so complex.

Living here makes me feel…

Very international. I can easily travel to Europe, the US and even the Middle East any time.

My top tip for surviving Art Basel Hong Kong is…

Don’t go to the art parties-—try to avoid them all.

The best place for a private view in Hong Kong is…

Any private collector’s home. If you get a chance to visit, you can view their art collection.

Art fairs are important because…

People can see and experience art from galleries and institutions from all around the world in one go.

The last exhibition I saw was…

Something There and Never There, a solo show by Leung Chi Wo at Blindspot Gallery.

I last cooked for…

Myself.

I last watched (film/theatre/box set)…

Call Me by Your Name.

Evan Chow

Managing partner at MCL Financial Group, and collector

Evan Chow N/A

My favourite place to switch off in Hong Kong is…

Sai Kung.

The art world in Hong Kong is different because…

It is super international and connects East to West.

Living here makes me feel…

Honoured.

My top tip for surviving Art Basel Hong Kong is…

Don’t go overboard with events and dinners, otherwise you will get burnt out easily.

The best place for a private view in Hong Kong is…

Private collections.

Art fairs are important because…

They bring together global collectors, gallerists, curators and all art lovers!

The last exhibition I saw was…

Wang Yin at Vitamin Creative space.

I last cooked for…

My niece.

I last watched (film/theatre/box set)…

The Good Fight on a plane ride.

Samson Young

Hong Kong-based sound artist (on show in Songs for Disaster Relief world tour, M+ pavilion, until 6 May)

ArtisTree - Notating Beauty That Moves - Music at an Exhibition; co-curator Samson Young Mike Pickles

My favourite place to switch off in Hong Kong is…

Actually, believe it or not, in my studio. It's my favourite place!

The art world in Hong Kong is different because…

I don't know if the art world in Hong Kong is so different from the rest of the world!

Living here makes me feel…

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My top tip for surviving Art Basel Hong Kong is…

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The best place for a private view in Hong Kong is…

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Art fairs are important because…

The drum corp is only as good as its individual drummers!

The last exhibition I saw was…

John Akomfrah at Talbot Rice gallery, University of Edinburgh.

I last cooked for…

My husband.

I last watched (film/theatre/box set)…

The Post.

Tung Wing Hong

Hong Kong-based video and kinetic installation artist (on show in Following the Imagined, CL3 Architects Limited, Hong Kong Art Centre, until 26 April)

Tung Wing Hong Courtesy of Pearl Lam Galleries

Hong Kong matters because...

I live here and it is undergoing a rapid transformation because of regional and historical tensions.

Living here makes me feel…

Crowded, busy and sometimes like everyone's choices and decisions are spatially limited.

My favourite place to switch off in Hong Kong is…

My home and studio.

My top tip for surviving Art Basel in Hong Kong is…

Relax, socialise and always remember that the world is bigger than you think.

Art fairs are important because…

They draw public attention to the art scene and broadens people's vision.

The last exhibition I saw was…

The ifva media art exhibition in Hong Kong Arts Centre, a space that shows the current media art trends of the city as well as other regions in Asia.

I use Instagram for…

Showing my art practice.

I last cooked for…

I don't cook.

I last watched (film/theatre/box set)…

An Elephant Sitting Still.