Hong Kong/Kowloon

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90 things to do

All Places Hong Kong



Mong Kok

Popular for consumer electronics and computers. Shops can be found along the road, but normally the shops on upper floors, which tourists may miss, often sell things cheaper. A block of famous "upper floor" electronics shops, which is popular among locals, is '''Fa Yuen Commercial Building''' , which is easily accessible from Mong Kok MTR Station. If you're after a new phone, the '''Sin Tat Shopping Centre''' on Argyle Street is home to many sellers with a wide selection, from iPhones to Japanese imports. When buying electronic items in Hong Kong, remember that you have limited consumer rights and a bargain may not always be such a good deal. Be aware that if the product is not tagged with a price, you could be "slaughter", with a ridiculous profit margin which the seller will pretend to try his best to give you a discount that is still way overprice by Hong Kong standards but might seem reasonably priced by your country's standards.

BUY   —  75-77 Fa Yuen St

Welcome Guest House

Good guest house in Chung King Mansions. Doubles go for $180, are fairly roomy and are equipped with AC, fridge, TV, telephone and bathrooms with hot shower and toilet. Singles are $130, are positively tiny and don't have a fridge. Most rooms, apart from those farthest from the reception, have free Wi-Fi. Rooms are clean but are of a rather mediocre standard (leaky sinks, some cracked tiles, nothing too serious); sheets are changed and rooms cleaned daily. The biggest problem with this guest house is that some of the air-con units are rather noisy (even when turned off), so if you have trouble sleeping, it's worth bringing your own earplugs. The staff are very friendly and trustworthy. Some travellers report having left their luggage, including rather expensive laptops and Kindles in plain sight in their rooms unattended for several days, and nothing having been taken or tampered with.



Temple Street Night Market

Encompasses a block of streets in Kowloon barricaded at the end of each day with stalls selling almost anything until midnight. You can buy the usual touristy stuff, but there are also bargains like Chinese silk pajamas, toys, electronics and cheap leather goods. Arrive at Yau Ma Tei MTR Station Exit C, then walk up Man Ming Lane to Temple Street after nightfall. Be prepared to bargain vigorously as there are no fixed prices. Also, don’t forget to watch singers and musicians perform an aria from their favorite Peking opera (free, but donations appreciated) or get your future revealed by fortune tellers reading your palm and face or by using animals, cards or dice. Most of them can do readings in English. Professional Chinese chess players can also be found plying their trade in the public square.

BUY   —  Map

Chungking Mansions

Houses many budget Indian and Nepalese restaurants. Touts at the front entrance will lead you to the restaurants via the small rickety lifts. Be warned that the competition between the touts can become very open, sometimes aggressive, so you should be prepared to make your choice as quickly as possible to avoid being dragged away to a restaurant that you did not really plan on going to. Chungking Mansions is one of the most (in)famous buildings in Kowloon. To many local people it is the very best place for cheap, honest, Indian or Nepalese food, whilst others will condemn it as a rat-infested hell-hole with a good chance of diarrhoea thrown in for free. This is also a good (albeit shady) place to change money, with rates slightly better than on-the-street establishments.



Star Ferry

Riding the ferry from Central (Pier 7) or Wan Chai ferry piers on Hong Kong Island is considered a "must-do" for any traveller to Hong Kong. Not only is this the cheapest way to traverse the harbour, it's also the finest way to go sight-seeing, particularly at night, where you're surrounded by a wall of lights and skyscrapers on both sides. The Central ferry has different fares for the two decks; if you're feeling posh, you can travel on the comfortable upper deck, or you can travel steerage and maybe get a glimpse and sniff of the noisy diesel engine room. You can buy a trip token from the vending machines at the piers. You can also pay by coins at the turnstile, but no change is provided if you don't have the exact fare.

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Hong Kong Museum of Art

A fascinating, strange and elusive place. The entrance lies up one floor, mimicking the “temple” approach to the high altar of culture and art. Once you arrive on the first floor, you are bathed in light from the wall of glass that gives you a panoramic view of Hong Kong Island. The objects on show are Chinese ceramics, terracotta, rhinoceros horn and Chinese paintings. There is also a temporary exhibition space devoted to items from their own collection with additional lent material. There is also space for contemporary art produced by Hong Kong artists, most of whom have moved away from the traditional Chinese art forms to fusion art with North American and British influence, reflecting Hong Kong's colonial past.



Sham Shui Po

Has the largest number of computer and electronics shops. The '''Golden Computer Centre''' is the largest computer mall in Hong Kong, with both hardware and software vendors competing extremely vigorously. This is a Mecca for nerdy-trainspotter-types, mostly men, who salivate over the latest widget. The nearby '''Apliu Street''' has a collection of market stalls, where you can find phones, small electronic devices and DIY tools. Even if you are not that interested in electronic bric-à-brac, the pedestrianised streets in the area have a buzz about them that make a visit interesting. Look out for the "High Phone" which is sold at a fraction of the cost of the Californian version. Use Sham Shui Po MTR, Exit D.

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Kowloon Walled City Park

When the British returned after the war, the Walled City remained notorious for drugs, vice and many things shady and criminal. Here, triad gangs operated alongside dodgy dentists and refugees escaping the cultural revolution. In 1987, after so many years of being beyond the reach of the law, the colonial government, in consultation with the Beijing authorities, made the bold decision to raze the place to the ground. Sadly, the park that remains is very tame in comparison to its distinctive history, but it does offer a few clues and remnants from its colourful past.



Hong Kong Museum of History

The permanent exhibition, the [http://hk.history.museum/en_US/web/mh/exhibition/permanent.html Hong Kong Story], covers the history of Hong Kong from millions of years ago until the reunification with China in 1997. Exhibits are about the nature, culture and history of Hong Kong. Also special exhibitions changing every few months. Forget the idea that all of Hong Kong museums are frumpy and boring. The Hong Kong Story is a real must go and do, ideal for those who want to make sense of Hong Kong's vibrant past in an engaging and interactive way. Allow 2-4 hours.


Langham Place

Located in Mong Kok, Langham Place is an entertainment complex comprising of a 15-storey shopping mall, a 59-level Grade A office tower and the 5-star Langham Place Hotel. Over 300 shops where you will find everything from fashion labels to casual wear, from accessories to electronics. On special occasions, large crowds will gather under the 'Digital Sky' to celebrate festive events such as the New Year's Eve countdown. Throughout the year, there will also be live musical performances, art exhibitions, and a host of special events to keep people entertained.

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The Salisbury YMCA

Hong Kong's main YMCA and a well regarded hotel. All rooms have private bathrooms and some have good views of the harbour. The location, next to the Peninsula Hotel and near the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station, can't be beaten. Rooms start around $900 per night, making this a very popular choice with budget minded families. If you have a dependable schedule, reservations well in advance are highly recommended. Other Y services (swimming pool, gym, restaurants, etc.) are available to hotel guests either free or at reasonable rates.


Hong Kong Science Museum

Large museum with many interactive exhibits including an energy machine and an airplane. A museum which decided to make an architectural statement about its purpose, yet somehow got it horribly wrong. This museum is primarily aimed at children. The maths puzzles and optical illusions on the top floor are challenging. There is a giant Rube Goldberg machine spanning the entire museum that is run for a few minutes every two hours. (Sections are being renovated during 2016.)


Temple Street

South of Mong Kok is a great place to eat Chinese street food. You have not been to Honkers unless you have eaten in this street. Temple Street, famously featured in Chinese cinema, is one of the few pedestrianised streets in Kowloon where you can sit, relax and watch the world pass by. Seafood is a popular choice, but most restaurants will provide you with an extensive English/Chinese menu that caters for most tastes. Frog is a tasty option, or try the oyster omelettes.

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Hong Kong Space Museum

Small museum, with a basic history of space flight in static exhibits, including a single exhibit on Chinese space flight. It also has interactive exhibits, allowing you to fly a hang glider, work a space motion system, and simulate walking on the moon. It has a planetarium attached that shows movies projected onto the roof. Plan ahead if you want to see an English session, as most are Cantonese. It is fun for kids aged around 10 to 15 years. Free on Wednesdays.


La Taverna Restaurant

Hong Kong's oldest Italian restaurant sits hidden in plain view at the end of busy Ashley Road. Stepping through the door is like stepping back in time to a Hong Kong of the past or at least an Italian version of it circa 1960s. Delicious pastas and meat dishes and risottos to die for. Well worth a visit as much as for a sense of Hong Kong history as the tasty Italian food. A true oasis of tranquility in bustling Kowloon and very reasonably priced.


Kowloon Park

the location of a former British barrack. There, you will find not only pleasant gardens, but aviaries, museums, and sporting facilities, including Hong Kong's best swimming pool complex, which offers both indoor and outdoor pools. A wide range of swimming, diving and children's play-pools will appeal to kids of all ages, and their frazzled parents who are seeking a safe place for youngsters to play away from the traffic.

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USA Hostel Hong Kong

Located in an old building that is also home to stores and other commercial enterprises, expect a budget hotel which (usually) is clean. Ask to see the room first, or you'll get a ''really'' small one. Generally, the next day they will move you out of the good room into one of the smaller ones. Also don't be surprised to see the television and shower not function properly. It is right beside Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station.


Avenue of Stars

Look down to see where so many local film stars have pawed the wet concrete. You might not recognise their names, but it shows how big Hong Kong's film industry is. The experience is targeted at tourists from mainland China and the piped music gives it a slightly cheesy feel, but the statue of film legend Bruce Lee provides a photo opportunity even for those who know little about Cantonese cinema.

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Peninsula Hong Kong

Hong Kong's grand old historic hotel has a commanding presence with some of Hong Kong's best bars, restaurants and luxury boutiques (and equally commanding prices starting at around $2,500 per night). Or how about the $50,000 honeymoon suite package including a helicopter tour of the city? The hotel was taken over as a military headquarters during the Japanese occupation in World War II.

SLEEP   —  +852 2920 2888 —  Salisbury Rd

Perfect Vegetarian Food

This Buddhist restaurant serves a very wide range of delicious vegetarian food. Food can be ordered by a small single serving or a large serving (around $60) and dim sum is available until 4PM. Many dishes imitate meat and are simply described as the meat dish, e.g., beef and noodles. Despite the taste and appearance being incredible realistic, rest assured it is completely vegetarian.


Tokyo/Australian guesthouse

A clean guesthouse with TV, good Wi-Fi, fridge, hot water, air con and en suite bathroom. The rooms seem to be quite modern and updated although fairly tiny, but that's typical for the Chung King Mansions. Owner is a pretty nice and helpful guy. Room was cleaned and made up every day. Hot water is pretty strong and good! The beds in the twin rooms (sleeps 2) go for about $250.


Langham Place Hotel, Mongkok

Built in 2004, this five-star technological trend setter provides an oasis of tranquility in the bustle of Mongkok. Adjacent to an ultra-modern trendy shopping mall, the hotel is also a stone's throw from traditional street markets. The MTR is in the basement. Just a few blocks south is Hong Kong's unofficial red-light district along neon-lit Portland Street.


Elements

Opened in 2007, Elements is Hong Kong's latest mega-mall. Aimed at wealthy shoppers, it has five themed shopping zones: Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth. Owned by the MTR Corporation, the shops are located above Kowloon MTR station. Probably not worth going out of your way for, but it does have some of the most extravagant public toilets in Hong Kong.


New International Guest House

Located on 11th floor of Chung King Mansion, this is one of the nicer guesthouses in the building. Rooms are small (like most in Chung King Mansion), but clean and cheerful. A double room with A/C, TV and in-room wireless internet access should cost around $250 per night, perhaps less during low quieter times or for those willing to bargain hard.


Felix

Atop the Peninsula Hotel on Salisbury Rd, is known for its Philippe Starck interior and the views of the harbour skyline, whilst the men's bathroom has an impressive view up Nathan Road. According to legend, the world's first screwdriver was mixed up here, sampling this simple mix of orange juice and vodka will set you back around $100 a pop.


Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Opened in 1989 and in a prominent position on the waterfront, it is a contender for being the most famous ugly building in Hong Kong. However, if you are a lover of the arts, don't judge this building by its bland exterior; inside the architects have created a superb space that really does justice to the sights and sounds of each performance.


Shek Kip Mei Estate

Built in the 1950s, this is one of the few remaining places where you can grasp the living conditions of Hong Kong during the 50s and 60s. Despite the march of progress promulgated by the Urban Renewal Authority, there are still a few blocks of flats remaining from the 1950s, which are still occupied. Walk from Shek Kip Mei MTR Station.

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Knutsford Terrace

Near the Miramar hotel is perhaps best described as the 'Lang Kwai Fong' of Kowloon, and has a large number of bars and restaurants of variable quality that cater for mid-range budgets. A little smaller and less phrenetic than Lan Kwai Fong, but well worth the effort to poke your nose along this narrow street on a Saturday evening.

DRINK   —  Map

Ocean Terminal

Visitors can not help but be impressed by the spectacle and majesty of 40,000 tonne cruise liners parked in the heart of the city. Begin your walk by inspecting the historic clock tower, which is all that remains of a railway station that once took colonial officials back to London via the Trans-Siberian railway.

SEE   —  Map

Harbour City

Harbour City is an enormous shopping mall in Tsim Sha Tsui, the largest in Hong Kong. It is next to the Star Ferry pier. There are shops of almost any description there. The goods are mostly mid price range to high price brand name goods. The views of the bay are especially good from here at night.

BUY   —  Map

Gaddi's

Arguably Hong Kong's leading restaurant that has delighted aficionados of French food and wine for over 80 years. This is the place where you can test your own command of the French language against French-speaking Chinese waiters. You will be disappointed if you are expecting great harbour views.


Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

Next to Wong Tai Sin MTR Station, this is the most popular Taoist temple in Hong Kong. This is where many people ask for divine guidance by a practice known as ''kau cim'' (求籤), a practice that has all but disappeared in mainland China. Entrance is free, though voluntary donations are welcome.

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Tung Choi Street

Between Prince Edward Road and Boundary Street, is one of Kowloon's up-and-coming bar strips. Few tourists or expats venture here, but there are nearly two dozen bars. Some specialize in karaoke while others have open fronts and extensive drink menus. Prince Edward MTR, exit A.

DRINK   —  Map

June 4th Museum

A museum about the 1989 demonstrations for democracy in Tiananmen Square in Beijing that were violently suppressed by the government. Opened April 2014. Display panels are only in traditional Chinese, not English. The website has descriptions of exhibits and photos in English.


Nobu

The HK location for this exclusive Japanese restaurant. Nobu has delicate bento box lunches and decadent dinners and desserts. Remarkable service and drinks, and a view overlooking the Harbour that is worth the price. Dress nice and make a reservation if going for dinner.


Fook Lam Moon

The yum cha/dim sum is excellent. The service and decor is also impressive. Expect to pay around $55 per serve for the mid range dishes. The English menu is only a small subset of the Chinese menu so take along someone who can translate to increase your choice of dishes.


Morton's The Steakhouse

The Hong Kong location for this famous chain of American steakhouses, Morton's has one best in the city multiple times. With views overlooking the harbour, great service and classic cocktails - combined with thick steaks - makes Morton's a classy and classic experience.


Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui

381 rooms and suites with views of the harbour and Kowloon skyline, Sky Garden and outdoor pool. Guestroom amenities: work area, marble bath, wireless internet access. Regency Club Lounge for free continental breakfast, private concierge and secretarial services.


Mody Road/Centennial Garden

Close to many good hotels, this area of Tsim Sha Tsui offers a more relaxed environment for a drink. Here you will find bars and restaurants spilling out onto the pavement. Leave East Tsim Sha Tsui station at Exit P1, and head past the Kowloon Shangri-La hotel.

DRINK   —  Map

Tim Ho Wan

It is said to be the cheapest Michelin starred restaurant in the world, serving a variety of dim sum dishes starting at $10. Be prepared to wait one, two or even three hours if you come on a busy day (you get a numbered menu/ticket and can come back later).


P.J. Murphy's

A couple of blocks north on Nathan Road from Ocean Terminal between Salisbury Road and Mody Road. Murphy's Bar is a western-style Hong Kong drinking establishment. Enjoy a Guinness with a perfect pour. Throw your tips through the dart board behind the bar.

DRINK   —  Map

Ovolo Hotel

Design-boutique hotel, opened in 2011. Rooms: 63, 2-3 bedrooms suites with AppleTV, living room, rainfall shower, free minibar, free Breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free Happy Hour. Outdoor terrace. Winner of Tripadvisors Certificate of Excelence 2013


Kowloon Shangri-La

Accessible through East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station, Exit P1. From the airport, take the Airport Express train to Kowloon Station, then the free Airport Express shuttle bus (route K4) from the station to the hotel (bus duration: 15 minutes).


Green

Contemporary cafe and restaurant located within the modern Hotel Icon. Lunch offers set menus with lobster, pasta and more. Nice desserts and wine list. The interior is beautiful, with one of the world's largest indoor vertical gardens.


Jade Palace

A tasty and tourist-friendly dim sum spot. Order by selecting from a card (also in English), not from a cart. Try the shrimp and chive dumplings and the tripe in ginger soup. Dim sum served 11AM-3PM daily, dishes $16-40 each.


Biergarten

This friendly German bar is one of the few places in Kowloon where you can find a good range of quality beers. Excellent German food is served — not just sausages and sauerkraut. Use Exit N2 at East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station.


Canadian Hostel

Clean guesthouse with TV, fast Wi-Fi, 24 hours cold and hot water. All the rooms are air conditioned and have en suite bathrooms. The rooms are modern. The owner is friendly. The rooms are cleaned and made every day.


Aqua

Nearby at the top of the 1 Peking Road office building is an alternative and less touristy spot with equally impressive views. As well as a bar, they have a Japanese and Italian restaurant for those without a budget.

DRINK   —  Map

Hutong

Hutong is a great place to get a good view of Hong Kong from the top floor of a business building. It's a Michelin starred restaurant with amazing food — try the signature crispy lamb breast with garlic and ginger.


YHA Mei Ho House Youth Hostel

YHA hostel in the Shek Kip Mei Estate. You can either stay in a modern room or a 1970s themed one. The dormitories are all modern. There is also a museum about early public housing (open Tue - Sun 9:00 - 17:00).

SLEEP   —  Map

Cheung Sha Wan Road

Famous for garments. There are many shops selling clothes along Cheung Sha Wan Road. It is within walking distance from Sham Shui Po MTR Station. A number of bus routes also pass along Cheung Sha Wan Road.

BUY   —  Map

Lok Fu Centre

Next to Lok Fu MTR station, is a place for cheaper goods and food. Located in a public housing estate, goods are generally more affordable than in other places. There is also a large department store here.

BUY   —  Map

Festival Walk

Next to Kowloon Tong MTR station, Festival Walk is another excellent shopping mall in the suburb of Kowloon Tong. A very pleasant place to shop, similar to Pacific Place but catering more to locals.


Dialogue in the Dark

An exhibition in complete darkness. Experience five different Hong Kong themed environments using your non-visual senses with the help of a visually impaired guide. Reservations are recommended.


Fa Yuen Street Complex

A complex consisting of a wet market, cooked food centre, sports centre and a public library. It is a place where you can find cheap and genuine Hong Kong style food in Kowloon.

EAT   —  123A Fa Yuen St

Hop Inn

A clean and stylish hostel with friendly staff, one of the best in the Tsim Sha Tsui area. Each room was designed by a different local artist/illustrator (very interesting).


Cosmic Guest House

A clean hostel with mostly friendly staff, you can get clean dorms here. or bargain for a good deal on one of the tiny private rooms with air-conditioning and cable TV.


Evergreen Hotel Hong Kong

A reasonable hotel with clean rooms, friendly staff and good location near Jordan MTR station, Temple St night market and Nathan Rd. Special internet rates available.

SLEEP   —  48 Woo Sung St, Jordan

Choi Lung Restaurant

A typical local Chinese restaurant offering dim sum and a Cantonese style dinner. Dim Sum starts from $4.80. It is a nightclub after seven with contemporary music.

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Langham Hotel Hong Kong

An elegant European-style hotel located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui. It is just a few minutes' walk from Star Ferry and the harbour, Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station.


Hong Kong Coliseum

Multi purpose in door arena with 12,500 seats. A famous landmark shaped almost like an upside down pyramid. Used for sport events, concerts and other things.


Marine Police Headquarters

Dating back to 1884, it is an attractive colonial building that has been recently renovated to become a major tourism attraction with shops and restaurants.


Red Ant

A modern bistro-like restaurant with a wide selection of light meals and snacks. No alcohol is served but there is a long list of fresh juices and teas.


Hotel Benito Hong Kong

A relatively new hotel (opened late 2007) with rates around $800+. It has a very good location in Tsim Sha Tsui and is 2 minutes from the MTR station.


Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum

Tomb from the Eastern Han dynasty (AD 25 - 220) discovered in 1955. Exhibition hall displaying pottery and stuff from the excavation of the tomb.


Dragon Hostel

Tiny but clean rooms with aircon and free Internet at reception. Located on the 7th floor and a short walking distance from Mong Kok MTR Station.


CitySuper

A local upscale supermarket chain with pan Asian, Western style food and has its own food court in Harbour City on Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.


Mr. Wong's

This one is popular with exchange students in Hong Kong, offering all the food you can eat and all the beer you can drink for only $50.

EAT   —  Yau Ma Tei

Hakkas Guest House

This well-maintained guesthouse is home to 10 immaculate rooms and is one of the best budget deals at the Yau Ma Tei end of Nathan Rd.


Dragon Centre Food Court

This food court provides a variety of Chinese, Southeast Asian and Western cuisines at attractive prices. Dishes range from $10 up.


Citadines Ashley Hong Kong

Studio apartments with a modern living space that doubles as a home office, complete with high-speed broadband internet access.


Regal Kowloon Hotel

600 rooms and suites with wireless Internet access. Near the Temple Street Night Market and shopping areas on Nathan Rd.


Lee Garden Guest House

Tiny but clean rooms, this hostel is in a great location, near the MTR station and a few blocks from Nathan Road.

SLEEP   —  36 Cameron Rd

InterContinental

Right on the waterfront, this hotel offers some of the very best views of the harbour and the Hong Kong skyline.


Swaget

On the first floor of Chungking Mansions, this is arguably one of the best Indian restaurants in Hong Kong.

EAT   —  Map

Ashley Road

Between Nathan Road and the Ocean Terminal shopping mall, features many Western restaurants and bars.

DRINK   —  Map

Harbour Plaza Metropolis

Rooms overlooking the harbour. Large outdoor swimming pool. Free shuttle bus to Tsim Sha Tsui.


Chelsea Hotel

Quite a bit nicer than the budget places, not a lot more expensive, prime location.


Yat Tung Heen

Cantonese dishes and dim sum, from traditional favourites to original creations.


Eaton Hotel Hong Kong

A four-star hotel overlooking Nathan Rd and a short stop from the MTR station.

SLEEP   —  Jordan

New Peking Guest House

Rooms are small but very clean, and staff is very friendly and helpful.


Novotel Nathan Road

In Jordan Yau Ma Tei district, 3 stops away from Jordan MTR station.

SLEEP   —  +852 3965 8888 —  348 Nathan Road

Garden Hostel.

Dorm beds with hot water bathrooms. has a garden to sit in.


Telecom Digital Services Ltd

Get your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad repaired or replaced.


Lamb Rack

Serves good lamb and snails in a French Hong Kong style.


Wonderful Inn

Clean rooms, fast service & helpful staff.


Istanbul Express

This is a place for Turkish kebabs.


Gok Jai

Hostess Club


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