Thanks to its unbalanced gender demographics, often insular expat community and long working hours, finding the right partner here can be a tricky business.
Hongkongers are hungrier for love than ever, reveals a recent survey by social networking app Paktor, which polled Hong Kong men and women on their dating habits. An impressive 63 per cent of them reported dating more than once a week - around 30 per cent say they date two people at the same time. So, from the latest apps that are digitising the local dating scene, to the hottest spots to find likeminded singles and advice from the experts on how not to blow it on your first date, here's everything you need.
Surefire first dates Life's journeys begin with a single step. For love affairs that's a first date. ABC Kitchen A perfect first-date spot. ABC Kitchen's right wet market setting makes it uniquely Hong Kong, and the food and service are old-world romantic. Also, hope that your date is "the one" - romance like this doesn't come cheap. Some would suggest Hong Kong's most romantic date involves drinking champagne, watching the city pass by from an open-topped tram. If a nightcap here doesn't seal the deal, it was never meant to be.
The location is a secret. Telephone or Google it. Building a love buzz Ah, love in the time of the iPhone. Jump on the cyber bandwagon and look for love with your phone. Tinder The simple interface and emphasis on fun makes browsing for a potential mate downright addictive.
Tinder is the Candy Crush Saga of dating apps: OkCupid Although it's one of the most popular dating sites and mobile apps elsewhere, OkCupid in Hong Kong seems to mainly appeal to a bunch of lonely hearts.
Grindr This gay hook-up app caused a mini-sexual revolution when it was launched. It's mostly for singles seeking a more, shall we say, fleeting romance. Blendr Don't worry straight daters, there's a hook-up app for you too.
Although Blendr, the straight answer to Grindr, may rattle some hetero sensibilities. Not for the faint of heart. Paktor Just launched in Hong Kong, this Singapore-based dating app is Asia's answer to Tinder, and aims to take the stress and embarrassment out of dating.
Finding Mr or Mrs Right Looking for true love or to get more serious? There's no shame in seeking out a little help from the professionals.
Speed dating Speed dating is fun, trendy and convenient. To find an event near you, visit Hong Kong Speed Dating at hkspeeddating. You have just a minute or two with each person. Matchmaking Computers are fine but sometimes true love requires the human touch. Matchmakers have been bringing people together for centuries. Hong Kong Matchmakers - visit them at hongkongmatchmakers.
Lovestruck Lovestruck calls itself the city's best dating site and lovestruck. The service allows you to find someone who shares your interests, in your area. They also have an app. Meetup Less pressure than a dating service, a Meetup group event is a great way to meet like-minded people and explore the city. Down and dirty There's no shame in wanting a bit of fun, even if you're not looking for love. Hong Kong is one of the world's sexiest cities.
It would be a crime not to make the most of it. Volar Many a Hong Kong prowler's go-to spot. Volar's late hours and reputation for debauchery make it a prime pick-up destination. With two dance floors, it's double the fun. Basement, D'Aguilar Street, Central, tel: Here, you're guaranteed a good time, often into the wee hours. The dance floor is a perfect combination of pulsing and low-key that encourages strangers to come together. Next time you find yourself in an amorous mood in Tsim Sha Tsui, head to Castro's.
This convivial watering hole seems to host an inordinate amount of singles. With a few of their famous Picklebacks in you, you're almost guaranteed sexual success. Still, Propaganda is a pick-up spot nonpareil. Those that look hard enough are sure to find. Belinda Flanders, marketing manager at Lovestruck, offers some expert advice on how to navigate the often intimidating dating world. Become a better version of yourself Get fit, take a course, spring clean your life, make an effort.
You have time to focus on yourself, so use it to reassess your personal narrative, your mission, values, goals and dreams. No one is coming along with the sole purpose of completing you.
You're responsible for that. It won't last forever Make the most of being independent. Live a full life. Do whatever you want to do. No one's stopping you. I meet people frustrated by their single status and, honestly, what's more attractive is to put a positive spin on it. Get out there Get online.
It's a numbers game. Avoid lengthy volleys of e-mail - a few messages ought to be enough to arrange a date. Then, test the chemistry over drinks at happy hour. Hour is the operative word. Snappy dates are efficient, cost-effective and the best way for busy people to see if they click.
And sometimes, drinks turn into dinner. Be social Attend events and join interest groups. Stand in the centre of the space, solo or in a pair, rather than surrounded by a group of friends.
It's the best-known method for making friends and, remember, every person you meet represents a fresh social network. Be polite If it works, it works.
It won't work with just anyone. Accept that and diplomatically suggest that it's not working out for you when you need to let someone down. Show respect and, in the spirit of supporting a healthy dating culture, treat others as you wish to be treated. Single and satisfied There are plenty of people that are single by choice and happy to stay that way. Hong Kong is a great city for singles: Japanese Japanese restaurants, with their emphasis on bar-style seating and small portions, are perfect choices for a date with your book.
Pubs Pubs are oases for the solo tippler. They have all the charm - and alcohol - of a bar without the constant annoyance and desperation of the singles scene.
Plus most have television and food. Tapas The tapas craze gripping the city has been a surprise boon for singles. With tapas, unaccompanied diners wanting to try new things can order a variety of dishes without breaking the bank or overeating.
The cinema We will never understand why people consider the movies such a great date destination. You can't see each other, you can't speak to each other, and the most romantic thing on the menu is a hot dog.
A Sunday afternoon solo trip to the cinema is one of life's great pleasures.