Chairman's Choice: Hong Kong
This cosmopolitan city, once known as the most eastern of western cities, is now regarded the most western of eastern cities. The history of Hong Kong is revealed through its distinct blend of carefully preserved colonial buildings overlooked by skyscrapers designed by the world's leading architects. Hong Kong offers countless sightseeing options, shopping opportunities, and Hong Kong acts as the financial hub of Asia. While in Hong Kong, attend the theater, view the arts, taste an array of international food or visit one of the numerous world-class museums and monuments dotted throughout the four districts of Hong Kong. A great way to get your bearings is to take a sightseeing cruise in Hong Kong harbor.
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Once you're there……
The Majestic Peak
The famous Victoria Peak looms above the crowded streets of Kowloon and the bustling waterway of the harbor. The best way to reach the top is on The Peak Tram, a railway which takes a steep path up the lush mountain. Views of the harbor and the city of Hong Kong are breathtaking. Even more breathtaking are the views of Hong Kong at night!
A wander along the Hong Kong streets to unearth antiques or select designer clothes will thrill. The abundance of choice and symbols of the wealthy island are further magnified by the luxury cars cruising the curb beside you. There is no better demonstration of Hong Kong wealth than at Happy Valley Racecourse, renowned as the entertainment venue that truly showcases the money loving tune of Hong Kong. The weekly Wednesday races around Hong Kong are enjoyed by everyone. Flowing champagne and gourmet food served in private boxes is standard fare for corporate hospitality, while blue-collar workers enjoy simple food and beer in the stands. The picturesque evening races are filled with suspense set within the ring of skyscrapers. The high stakes races are run on the weekends at suburban Sha Tin Racecourse near Hong Kong.
Symbolic Jewelry Abounds
Hong Kong has more jewelry stores per square mile than any other city in the world. Gems are imported duty free from around the globe. Jade is the most popular item purchased. The Chinese believe that jade protects wearers against illness and wards off bad luck. Pearls, one of the "eight jewels" have long been a symbol of purity in China. These miracles of nature, lustrous sea water and fresh water cultured pearls are available in all shapes, sizes and colors - the perfect prize after collecting your race winnings in Hong Kong!
Chinese Festivals Fill the Air
Chinese festivals are celebrated throughout the year. The streets of Hong Kong are festive with decorations at Chinese New Year, the Cheung Chau Bun Festival or during the Mid-Autumn festival. Take part in the myriad traditions related to each festival by savoring from the variety of food specialties available at street side stalls in Hong Kong or served formally in one of the many famous restaurants.
For one lunar month during the Hungry Ghost or Yue Laan Festival, the Chinese believe ghosts roam the earth. In some areas of Hong Kong, you will see small roadside fires, where believer's burn money and other offerings to appease the restless spirits during the celebrations held in August/September. This festival in Hong Kong also features a Chinese opera. Popular venues to view the performances are King George V Memorial Park in Kowloon and Moreton Terrace Playground in Causeway Bay.
Hong Kong Hotels
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Hotel - The Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Hotel is Hyatt International's flagship property. Situated among the best hotels in the world and offering magnificent views of Hong Kong Victoria Harbour, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Hotel provides easy access to the thriving Hong Kong lifestyle. Featuring 556 guest rooms and suites, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Hotel offers spectacular views of the harbour area and downtown Hong Kong. Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Hotel features Hyatt International's Grand Club® rooms.
InterContinental - The InterContinental Hong Kong Hotel is among the internationally acclaimed best hotels for business or leisure travelers. Located in the unique Kowloon waterfront, InterContinental Hong Kong Hotel features a variety of hotel services and facilities of unsurpassed quality. Offering 495 hotel guest rooms, including 92 suites with breathtaking views of the harbour, InterContinental Hong Kong Hotel provides excellent accommodation options for hotel guests. Each hotel guest room at InterContinental Hong Kong Hotel is equipped with a range of state-of-the-art business and leisure conveniences such as high-speed Internet access, dual-line telephones, work desk, minibar, refrigerator, cable television and bathtub.
Langham Place Hotel Mongkok - As the most technologically advanced hotel in Asia Pacific, the 665-room Langham Place Hotel, Mongkok, Hong Kong, is a refreshingly elegant and luxurious five-star hotel located in the bustling heart of Mongkok. Facilities include hotel wide wireless broadband, three restaurants and bar, five function rooms, the Chuan Spa with Fitness Studio and rooftop open air swimming pool.
The Peninsula Hong Kong - The Peninsula Hong Kong has long been hailed as one of the finest hotels in the world. Created 75 years ago in the glamorous 1920s, the legendary "Grande Dame of the Far East" continues to set hotel standards worldwide, offering a blend of the best of Eastern and Western hospitality in an atmosphere of unmatched classical grandeur and timeless elegance. The Peninsula Hong Kong offers the ultimate in luxury accommodations with the most spacious hotel rooms and suites in Hong Kong. Each one of the hotel's opulent guest rooms is comfortable and stylish and equipped with advanced technology for the convenience of hotel guests - underlined, of course, by the world-famous Peninsula service.