Respondents put cheap eats at the top of a nostalgic list of city-defining icons and pastimes Pineapple buns, yin yeung (mixed tea and coffee), Master Q comics and, above all, local cheap cha chan tang restaurants are the icons that most represent Hong Kong, according to an RTHK survey. The online survey, to promote Hong Kong design, asked 3,403 people to choose 10 objects or designs that best represented the city from a list of 50 items chosen by local designers. Cheap Hong Kong-style restaurants were voted the city's best icon with 1,930 votes. They were followed by old trams (1,824), the Star Ferry (1,603) and pineapple buns (1,554). Hong Kong-style restaurants represent the whole society, said Elizabeth Wong Lo-tak, executive producer of RTHK's general programming. 'Many people miss them very much after they leave Hong Kong. 'Coffee with tea is another new 'design' of Hong Kong,' she said, adding that these items provided valuable material for creativity. 'The idea of mixing up is new and creative.' Ms Wong said 'refugee bags' (or amah bags), which received 1,394 votes, were also characteristic of Hong Kong. 'There is even a theme about refugee bags in November in the Heritage Museum,' she said. In addition to the survey, RTHK has also invited eight schools to participate in a workshop to promote design among young children and teenagers. Phoebe Lo, 10, a Primary Four student who joined RTHK's multimedia workshop, said the experience was very valuable. Phoebe and her eight classmates came up with a design theme dubbed 'Eye Open, Eye Shut' as a way of promoting the city. 'The people who love Hong Kong can have their eyes open,' she explained. 'We think that people who don't like Hong Kong do not want to see Hong Kong.' She said the students came up with the idea after a brainstorming session. Besides the multimedia workshop, the plan to get people designing includes fashion, Chinese tea and CD tray workshops, which also promote the protection of copyright.