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If Game of Thrones was set in Hong Kong

Though Winter is never coming

Written by
Douglas Parkes

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones finally lands on screens on Monday, April 15 (well, technically Sunday night, if you’re counting the US) and team Time Out is desperately hoping to avoid all sorts of spoilers. To that end, we’ve focused instead on imagining what locations in Hong Kong match those featured in A Song of Ice and Fire. From Sheung Shui being reimagined as Winterfell or comparing Meereen to Causeway Bay on Sunday, here’s what we came up with. Graphics by Jessica Li

(We also created a map of it as well, made by our wonderful house elves here click here for a hi-res version of it.)

RECOMMENDED: Inspired by these comparisons? You can check out the best things to do and eat in Causeway Bay, Central and Happy Valley while you’re here. 

If Game of Thrones was set in Hong Kong

The Wall – Lok Ma Chau

Let’s be honest, there’s a whole horde of “wildlings” up there in the north that many Hongkongers would rather keep out. If they’re ever to cross over, Lok Ma Chau is the main station they’re going to come through...

Winterfell – Sheung Shui

True, Sheung Shui might not be as grand as the seat of House Stark, but stranded up there in the New Territories, beyond Tai Po, beyond even Fanling, it’s one of the last bastions of Westeros Hong Kong.


The Eyrie – Tai Mo Shan

The Peak may grab the headlines but Tai Mo Shan is actually our highest point. Thus, it’s only fitting the mountain (not The Mountain) gets to be home to The Eyrie. Perhaps we could consider ejecting the entire Legislative Council down the Moon Door. 

Harrenhal – Ma Wan Fishing Village

A place of great expectations now left in near ruins, Ma Wan Fishing Village is eerily reminiscent of the great castle of Harrenhal. Abandoned and falling into disrepair, Ma Wan is in fact just one of Hong Kong’s many ghost towns.


The Twins – Tsing Yi

No Red Weddings here, just many shipping containers. A less dramatic spot than the real Twins, then. While there might not be much to visit on Tsing Yi, as a bridge to Lantau and the airport, it’s an equally vital location – much like how the fortified bridge at The Twins acts as the main route between Winterfell to Riverrun.

Dorne – Discovery Bay

Dorne is a remote region of Westeros with a reputation for sexual licentiousness. Sounds exactly like Discovery Bay, then. Okay, all those rumours of orgies and swinging in DB have never been proven, but there’s no smoke without fire, right?


The Iron Islands – Tai O Fishing Village

A seafaring people, those of the Iron Islands never like to stray far from the waters. And that’s pretty much what goes on over in Tai O, where the houses still sit on stilts above the water and the sea provides a livelihood.

Casterly Rock – Central

Sitting atop gold mines, Casterly Rock is the richest part of the Seven Kingdoms. Naturally, Central and its concentration of banks is the perfect parallel. No, this isn’t implying bankers are like the Lannisters and villains of the whole tale. I mean, they pay their debts, right?


King’s Landing – Admiralty

And in any case, while the wealth may lie in Central, it’s Admiralty where political power resides in Hong Kong. Our city’s King’s Landing, Admiralty is home to Legco and much of the government apparatus. The area is also home to the People’s Liberation Army barracks – perhaps then the Dreadfort is a more appropriate comparison?

Dothraki Sea – Happy Valley

Moving over to Essos now, what are the Dothraki known for? Horses and buff men, basically. And where do you find the two of those in Hong Kong? Happy Valley, where the Jockey Club is centred and where the rugby teams butt heads. Shame none of them look like Khal Drogo/Jason Mamoa. 


Meereen – Causeway Bay on a Sunday

Largest of the three Slaver Cities of Slaver’s Bay, we imagine Meereen must look an awful lot like Causeway Bay on a Sunday. After all, that’s the only time when the city’s indentured domestic helpers get time off and are made visible instead of silently toiling in the background.

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