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Maya Lin's Hong Kong

the city guide interviews

Maya Lin's Hong Kong

Jordan Rhodes


By Jordan Rhodes

Hong Kong is often described in many ways - exuberant, colorful, boundless, beautiful. And for luxury travelers, it has always been synonymous with glamour and extravagance, so who better to interview on the city than the director of high jewelry for Cartier in Asia, Maya Lin. After several years in New York at NYU and Parsons, Lin returned home to fully immerse herself back into that world. No stranger to luxury, she is the daughter of opera singer and philanthropist Jacqueline PC Leung who founded Poscelin, an upscale garment manufacturing company, and a google search will show her at many Hong Kong galas, or listed on Tatlers guide to “Who’s Who” in the city. But when she’s not surrounding herself with priceless jewelry and gemstones at work, or walking a step and repeat for a Cartier-sponsored event, she’s playing the role of wife and mother. Married to Alex whom she met while they were both working on their MBA’s, they now have two beautiful young girls and enjoy a simple home life. A Tatler article on Hong Kong parents lists Lin’s favorite things to do with them, including “reading bedtime storybooks...singing nursery rhymes and dancing.” But my favorite part of the article asks Lin the best parenting advice she has ever received. Her answer? “Encourage them to explore the world without fear.” I couldn’t agree with that more. And she is the perfect mom to inspire adventure as she is no stranger to exotic travel herself, according to a separate magazine article which mentions trips to Morocco, Koh Samui (the site of her wedding) and the Maldives. So for those of you wanting to make the exotic trek through China, she is surely the one to give you the best recommendations. Here is Maya Lin’s Hong Kong.

1) How long have you lived in Hong Kong?

Born and raised here!

2) Where do you like to dine with your children, and where do you like to dine without them?

With children

Our daughters are still very young and we enjoy dining outdoors with them. Some usual places that are super kids friendly:
The Pulse at Repulse Bay
Fratelli - home-made pasta
Amalfitana - artisan pizzas 
Tate Dining Room & Bar - if we feel like having fine dining with our kids. Chef Vicky is very accommodating with all your toddlers’ dietary needs.

Without children

Seventh Son Restaurant - one of the best Chinese restaurants in town
Sushi Mori Tomoaki
Madame Fu

3) How do you spend your days here? What do your kids like to do?

HK is a very compact and convenient city. We enjoy taking the kids to the islands by ferry, beaches, country clubs, Hong Kong Parks, zoo, Ocean Park and botanical garden.

4) Any favorite boutiques?

Multi brand stores:  Lane Crawford, I.T and Joyce

5) When friends vacation here, where do you suggest they stay?

In the city - Murray Hotel, Upper House, Peninsula, Landmark Mandarin 

If feeling adventurous  - Tai O Heritage Hotel

6) If you had one last day in the area, what would you do?

Dim sum for breakfast, a stroll on Hollywood Road & hunting for antiques. (Then) take the star ferry from Central to Tsim Sha Shui in the evening to enjoy the spectacular skyline set against Victoria harbour.

7) What is your travel style? Uniform, beauty products, accessories, luggage?

Light and easy. Always have my Clinique overnight moisture surge mask with me for the plane ride. Radiant cushion foundation from Cle de Peau Beaute and lip balm. A cashmere scarf. 

8) Any general travel advice for families? 

April - September is the monsoon season in Hong Kong and might be less pleasant to travel with kids at that time. 
MTR is an easy public transport system that can get you to almost everywhere. Taxis are convenient and charged by the meter.

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