ARMANI/aqua Lounge come to Hong Kong | Hong Kong, Kowloon | Two of my absolute favorite brands have joined forces to create and even more spectacular space in Honk Kong. Thanks to the expert recommendation of my local friend James Gannaban, I had the pleasure to visit this exciting Lounge/Restaurant in Hong Kong, which seems taken out of a futuristic movie. But it seems I will need to come back and revisit since ARMANI is partnering with AQUA to create Armani/Aqua a refined restaurant where Giorgio Armani’s elegance meets the contemporary interior design of the eponymous flagship aqua restaurant at One Peking in Hong Kong. Photo above is the exact same table I share that evening with my friend James, while I was fully mesmerized by the fantastic panoramic views of the Hong Kong bay. Continue reading ARMANI/aqua Lounge come to Hong Kong
The Langham Hotel Hong Kong | Kowloon, Tsimshatsui, Hong Kong | The Langham Hong Kong, was my first stay ever at this amazing destination that completely blew me away. And I have to say that for the time I stayed with them, I truly felt I was at home. The services, their staff and the overall experience, made me feel so comfortable and welcome that I would definitely come over again. Located in the area of Tsimshatsui at Kowloon Island, liveliest and most popular area of the city with an outstanding choice of shopping and entertainment. Only meters away from the waterfront, The Peninsula Hotel. Also very conveniently located to subways, shopping areas and one of my favorites the Fish/Flower/Jade/Birds Markets, which will transport you back in time to the old times of Hong Kong. Photo above is Edward Ma – Chief Concierge and 1st. Vice President of Les Clefs d’Or of Hong Kong and myself.
Does The Langham Hong Kong have the breathtaking views of the Hong Kong peninsula, as The Ritz-Carlton or The Peninsula Hotel or many others on the Central Island… no they don’t, but The Langham is distinguished among the hotels in Hong Kong because of the meticulous attention that goes into ensuring your accommodation is absolutely delightful. Preeminent among local hotels,with a refined European-style, with gracious charm and polished five star luxury, claiming, so they say, the legendary heritage of the original grand hotel. Enchantingly opulent surroundings, innovative amenities and bespoke service that anticipates your every whim.
More expansive accommodation is yours for the asking. The Langham presents an attractive selection of sophisticated suites in a range of sizes and configurations. Your suite is furnished with all the modern communications facilities and amenities conducive to productivity. Video above is of my room Grand Langham Room. The spa-style bathrooms are open to the living space, with the clever design of beautiful wooden shutter windows. Completing this room is the supremely comfortable Blissful Bed. All guests enjoy unlimited complimentary internet access at the Business Centre on Lobby Floor, and WiFi access in rooms with a charge.
Your accommodation will delight with: Unlimited complimentary internet access at the Business Centre on Lobby Floor. Wired and wireless broadband Internet access. DVD player and flat screen Television. Gourmet mini-bar. iHome audio deck. IP phone. Iron and ironing board. Separate shower stall with deep bath tub. Tea and coffee making facilities. Cable and satellite television channels. In-room electronic safe.
One of my favorites areas of the hotel, where I spend quite a few hours doing research, socializing and I must admit drinking/eating is the The Langham Club. Having recently undergone an impressive refurbishment The Langham Club is fast becoming the residence of choice for those in the know. Innovatively designed, with a rich European style, The Langham Club is an enchanting haven that leaves guests with a unique, lasting impression of the very best luxury has to offer.Located on the 11th floor, The Langham Club is open from 6:30 am to 11:00 pm daily, serving breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails and canapés.
What a great spot to start your day, rest in between or have your first round of drinks before hitting the night scene of this captivating city. Suite guests have complimentary access to The Langham Club. I wonder if after my visit there is still any more Rose Champagne left. HA. !!!
Health and Fitness flourish at The Langham. Guests who are concerned with looking and feeling good may, thanks to their excellent facilities, leave The Langham with a fitter body and a more relaxed mind. On the upper levels you will discover a well-equipped fitness centre and sparkling swimming pool. When the desire to rekindle your inner glow overcomes you, then step into our sauna or steam shower. A range of relaxing massage treatments and facials may also be arranged by advance appointment.
The Langham also has its own Les Clefs d’Or Concierge, and trust me, what better way to discover a new city than by the expert advice of a Les Clefs d’Or Concierge. Full compliments to Edward Ma, who made the whole difference to my visit. Not to mention the Limo he had me waiting at the lobby of the hotel for my transfers. Thank You.!
Unfortunately I did not have much time to enjoy the restaurants at the hotel. So many options in such a short visit, and I really wanted to check some of the restaurants around the island. But the local tradition by those living in Hong Kong, is to eat at the restaurants in the Hotel, so many that was poor planing from my side, since in the end I learnt that the best restaurants were within the same hotels. The Langham hosts 5 restaurants: L’Eclipse fueled by culinary creativity and an inspiring modern approach. Here, Chinese, Asian and Western fare is deftly prepared with generous helpings of flair and drama. T’ang Court two Michelin Stars restaurant – T’ang Court reflects the classic timelessness of the Tang Dynasty, China’s golden age. The Bostonian well-established American restaurant has long been a Hong Kong favourite. Main St. Deli in the true spirit of New York, Main St. Deli opened in April 2001 as Hong Kong’s first authentic New York style deli. Palm Court cosy meeting place is wonderful for discussing business or simply taking a break from the excitement of Tsimshatsui.
Time to leave unfortunately, but in style on the Limo courtesy of The Langham Hotel and Edward Ma. Thank you for a great stay. CM
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FINDS adds Norwegian flavour to Hong Kong | Kowloon, Hong Kong | If you are up for some Norwegian flavours while in Hong Kong, then Finds is the place to find it. Located in the island of Kowloon, at one of my favorite areas Tsim Sha Tsui on Kimberly Road, first floor of The Luxe Manor Hotel. FINDS stands for Finland, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden. It is a distinctly Scandinavian haven in the bustling heart of Asia. It remains the only Nordic restaurant in the entire Pearl River Delta.
From award winning contemporary Northern European cuisine by celebrity chef Jaakko Sorsa to exciting “Molecular Mixology” cocktails, FINDS experiences are inspired by the five Nordic countries. They create brand-new experiences with familiar flavours, sights & smells. They call them contemporary classics. The focus is on quality – the finer things in life – that can only be quantified by how much value you put into them.
FINDS is a state of mind. It is an intriguing juxtaposition of East and West – a distinctly Scandinavian aesthetic designed with a contemporary Asian sensibility. Over time, FINDS has evolved to mean Food, Ideas, Nightlife, Drinks & Service that’s friendly. FINDS is a restaurant, bar & terrace. FINDS is a home. FINDS is a destination.
My choices for the night where SLOW-BAKED FILLET OF JOHN DORY Green Pea Puree, Potato Gratin, Red Chard (HK$248) and ‘DAIM’ PARFAIT Meringue, Almond, Caramel, Nougat, Inspired by Swedish ‘Daim’ Candy Bar (HK$78). For more information, bookings and directions check their website FINDS Hong Kong.
I want to thank my friend James Gannaban for hosting and introducing me to both FINDS and The Luxe Manor Hotel. James not only is the Group PR & Marketing Manager for FINDS but also the right person to know if you plan to experience the night of Hong Kong in full (Right after FINDS, he took me to AQUA, and that was quite over the top. Only someone like James can pull that out, at the last minute). James is also the local producer of Mr Gay World Hong Kong. Check his blog called James Gannaban Asia’s most hyperactive Gay Boy. Thank you James. (picture above is James with me and Noemi Alberto – MGW Director for Asia). CM
Favorite Street Markets of Kowloon Hong Kong | Kowloon, Hong Kong | Day and night Hong Kong, like most cosmopolitan cities around the globe never stops. What I like about Kowloon, compared to Hong Kong Island is that there you can still have the old and traditional experience true to their Asian heritage. Of course you see a huge British influence around, but this markets are all you may expect to find and more…
Ladies Market Mongkok (Tung Choi Street) between Argyle Street and Dundas Street is known by the locals as “Ladies Market” or “Women’s Street”. A must-visit destination for fashion lovers with an eye for bargain-priced clothing, bags, accessories, toys, cosmetics and household knick-knacks. Real stuff and lots of knockoffs. It is open from noon until 11:30pm.
GoldFish Market (Tung Choi Street) Aquariums bring luck and natural beauty to many living rooms in Hong Kong. This specialist market is the preferred source for goldfish and other exotic fish of every shape and hue, as well as aquariums, corals and aquatic ornaments. Head for Tung Choi Street North Section* in Mong Kok. It is open from 10:30am to 10pm.
Flower Market (Flower Market Road) One of Hong Kong’s most colourful street markets, the Flower Market is a jungle of exotic blossoms, luck-bringing houseplants and sweet scents to be found in more than 50 shops. It’s fun to walk around the market admiring the huge variety of flowers and plants for sale. You’ll find this botanical treat on Flower Market Road*, Mong Kok. It is open from 7am to 7pm.
Jade Market (Yau Ma Tei Subway Station) A visit to the Jade Market in Yau Ma Tei will provide an insight into something very important to Chinese people – Jade. The written character for jade means a combination of beauty and purity. The stone, in all its many hues and colours, is associated with long life and good health. Open from 10am to 5pm.
Bird Market (Yuen Po Street Bird Garden) This charming Chinese-style garden is the favoured gathering place of Hong Kong’s songbird owners, who carry their beloved pets around in intricately carved cages. All manner of beautiful birds can be seen here, as well as a selection of traditional bird-keeping paraphernalia. Located on Yuen Po Street in Mong Kok, the garden contains some 70 songbird stalls as well as interesting courtyards and moon gates. It’s open from 7am to 8pm.
Temple Street Night Market (Yau Ma Tei Subway Station) Temple Street is an amazing shopping sight, featuring rows of brightly lit stalls hawking an astonishing variety of inexpensive items especially for men ─ including clothing, pens, watches, CDs, cassettes, electronic gadgets, hardware and luggage. That’s why it is also called ‘Men’s Street’. The market is open from 4pm to midnight, but really comes alive after sunset.
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong | Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong | Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong is not just a hotel, it is a legend of luxury and service, a full experience that combines the best of Hong Kong, the tradition of Asia, the best practices of hospitality and top of the class service for which Hong Kong is worldwide renown. I had the opportunity to stay two full days with them and I have to say that from their Les Clefs d’Or Concierge to the management of the hotel, they make sure that every single detail is taken care to assure your stay to be unforgettable. | Virtuoso Property + Les Clefs d’Or Concierge + Michelin Restaurants.
Located overlooking the glittering Victoria Harbour, our hotel has been the centre of Hong Kong’s social and business scene since 1963. Following their recent redesign and through constant attention to detail, they offer the finest in 21st century luxury for travellers. Their reputation continues to endure with our legendary service.
Our 501 rooms and suites, featuring both Harbour or City views, were redesigned for the most possible space, with suites ranging from 44 square metres to 292 square metres. The sleek interiors incorporate contemporary luxuries and thoughtful ingenuities that will surprise even the seasoned traveller. A clever open plan design gives the greatest sense of space. The Oriental theme and selected materials gives a sense of place, of course Asia and of course Mandarin Oriental. Bathrooms offer spacious showers only and are recreated with travertine stone and Black Forest Chinese marble; the rooms provide a base of dignified warmth, with silken cognac drapes and honey leather club armchairs. The sophisticated entertainment and business technology comes with the full support of our IT butlers. Details to highlight are: Mirror Bathroom TV, old Asian style ice buckets, ultra comfortable sofas next to the windows to seat and enjoy the view while sipping a glass of champagne, Ipod docking station, Salvatore Ferragamo designer toiletries and guests will find a set of binoculars to enjoy the details of harbour life.
Their restaurants and bars have a legendary reputation amongst local society; they are such familiar rendezvous that their Clipper Lounge has even earned the epithet ‘Hong Kong’s living room’. Mandarin Oriental offers 10 bars and restaurants all distinct in character. You’ll find dramatic views and bold cuisine on their 25th floor, more intimate settings in The Chinnery and Captain’s Bar and a lively sophisticated atmosphere in Clipper Lounge and Cafe Causette on the Mezzanine. Just to mention a few of them… Man Wah (photo aboove) is Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong’s signature Cantonese restaurant and often referred to as Hong Kong’s most beautiful dining space due to its imperial splendor and panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong’s cityscape.
The M bar, is the buzzing epicenter of Hong Kong’s nightlife. Perched on the 25th floor, this stylish bar, which boasts stunning views, has established itself as one of the city’s favourite night time destinations. The Mandarin Grill + Bar, Long renowned as Hong Kong’s favourite dining room, the Mandarin Grill + Bar has retained its Michelin star for the second consecutive year. By talented Executive Chef, Uwe Opocensky, serves an exciting adaptation of grill specialties with a dash of progressive gastronomy. Pierre, This stunning two Michelin starred restaurant, situated on the 25th floor, is Pierre Gagnaire’s pied a terre in Hong Kong. Recipient of its second Michelin star in 2011, diners can expect outstanding modern French cuisine in a stunning environment.
Café Causette offers informal contemporary all-day dining, with something for everyone. The lively show-kitchens serve Asian and international dishes such as Nasi Goreng, Hainan Chicken Rice to The Mandarin Burger and pizza’s which are considered by locals as the best in town.
The Cake Shop, home to perfectly roasted coffee and luxurious hot chocolate that is served with its own chocolate spoon, The Mandarin Cake Shop has been delighting guests and local residents for over 25 years. Chef Yves Matthew offers homemade delicacies including pastries, chocolates, breads and incredible cakes, which are showcased alongside exquisite cake sculptures. Photo above is a comestible piece of art.
The Mandarin Salon, The Mandarin Barber and The Mandarin Oriental Spa. The Mandarin Spa is one of only 18 spas in the world to be awarded five stars by the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide. Eight treatment rooms, two couples’ suites with private steam room and tub. Heat and water experience. Hong Kong’s first authentic Ayurvedic Centre. Range of therapies including traditional Chinese medicine. Spa Boutique.
The Mandarin Barber, with dark wood veneers, decorative ironwork, Chinese screen-printed glass and original barber chairs, The Mandarin Barber is a classic masculine retreat. Traditional wet shave using badger hair brushes and hot towels. Shanghainese pedicure in private room. (for this last, be aware that you must prebook with at least two month in advance).Indoor swimming pool with flume jet. 24-hour Fitness Centre with high tech diagnostic equipment and Hong Kong’s first Kinesis studio.
What else can I say…. it is just SUPER and SOPHISTICATED. Even when drinking beer at the Captain’s Bar, famed for serving draught beer in silver tankards – regulars receive their own tankard engraved with their name – this has been a landmark in the city’s nightlife for over 45 years. CM
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Man Mo Temple over Hollywood Road | Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong | It does sound all mixed up doesn’t it, when you read Man Mo Temple and the Hollywood Road ? Well it is what it is….. Indeed Hollywood Road in Hong Kong Island is the right place if you are looking either for Asian Antiques or one of the best dining spots in the city, being that the SOHO – which in Hong Kong stands for South Of Hollywood Street, is just there.
FYI pictures this time are not that great…. at least from inside the temple, and there is a very good reason why. You are NOT ALLOWED to take pictures inside the temple. I wasn’t being disrespectful, but HEY I am on a mission to show you the world, so guilty of that. BTW I love the reverse camera feature of the new iPhone 4, it is so gay!!! you know what I mean all about ME…. what other reason has the reverse camera than taking pictures of yourself ? ha ha ha …. and let’s be honest WE LOVE TO DO SO. Oh yes yes… the other use is for Facetime or Chat… who cares about that ha ha ha .
Step back into all traditions of China. For a moment feel the spiritual side of Hong Kong. The playground for those looking for quietness into this cosmopolitan city, the place where to worship. A Man Mo Temple or Man Mo Miu (traditional Chinese: 文武廟) is a temple for the worship of the civil or literature god Man Tai and the martial god Mo Tai. The two gods were popularly patronized by scholars and students seeking progress in their study or ranking in the civil examinations in the Ming and Qing dynasties.
There are serveral Man Mo Temples in Hong Kong, but the largest Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong is located at Nos. 124-126 Hollywood Road, in Sheung Wan. It was built in 1847. It is part of a complex that comprises three adjacent blocks namely Man Mo Temple, Lit Shing Temple (No. 128 Hollywood Road) and Kung So. Lit Shing Kung (列聖宫) is for the worship of all heavenly gods. Kung So (公所), to its west, was an assembly hall where community affairs and disputes were settled.In 1908, it was graded as a Grade I historic building in 1993 and it is now a declared monument.
The images of the two gods are enshrined inside the temple, which is located on Hollywood Road. You’ll find Man dressed in a green robe, holding a writing brush in his hand. Kwan Yu, dressed in red, totes a long sword. Statues of other Chinese gods are found throughout the temple, particularly ones that are important to those who are part of the Buddhist and Taoist communities.
While the Man Mo Temple is no longer used for settling disputes, believers come here for a number of other reasons. Devotees burn huge bell-shaped coils of incense that hang from the temple’s ceiling in hopes of attracting the attention of the gods. Some also believe the incense is food for the “spirits” that have gone before.
During the 1900s, it is said that locals came here to solve disputes that could not be solved by British law. The process of finding an equitable solution involved the legal system of the Qing Dynasty, which stated that both plaintiff and defendant should make a promise in the temple and write it – along with a curse or punishment – on a piece of yellow paper. They then killed a chicken, chopped off its head, let its blood drip onto the paper, and burned the paper. It was believed that because the promise was made before the gods, if the individual broke the promise they would suffer the indicated punishment. Many Chinese preferred this justice system to the British system. (who can blame them right.? I wonder if Margaret Thacher was already in power. Hmmmm no I think she is older than that.) I have to say that I stood up in a corner for almost an hour and watch a lady go through all this process, yes in the process, but of course no chicken or blood was involved. And it was fascinating to see the devotion, love and care this people have for their gods.
Insider TIP by Carlos Melia. Once you are finished with the Man Mo Temple, keep walking up on Hollywood Road to Lok Ku Road. Turn right and then right again on Upper Lascar Row Street. I found thanks to Giovanni – Les Clefs d’Or Concierge of the Mandarin Oriental, this fantastic Antique Flea Market in the middle of the street, that not many people know about. Trust me worth the visit, and get ready to bargain. CM
The Peak and The Peak Tram | Honk Kong Island, Hong Kong | Do you want to get the best views of Hong Kong, this time from Hong Kong Island to the bay and Kowloon… ? Then visit the area of Mid Levels and take The Peak Tram. Have you ever ridden on a Tram… ? Well it is highly time you do so, and the panoramic views at the end are worth the experience.
The venerable Peak Tram is, as most passengers agree, the only way to truly experience the beauty of Hong Kong’s natural wonders. Tens of millions of people from every corner of the globe have taken the ride, which affords a uniquely spectacular perspective of the city. The best way to enjoy the ultimate Peak experience is Peak Tram Sky Pass, offering you enjoyment of a trip on the famous Peak Tram and the fabulous panoramic views of Hong Kong from The Sky Terrace, the highest 360° viewing platform in Hong Kong. (HK$ 56 Round Trip).
My advise, get the tickets at the Concierge Desk of your hotel to avoid standing in line to get the tickets at the station. One more thing, the views from The Peak are both amazing with/without day light, so plan your visit (depending on the seasons) close to the sunset time. In this way you will get to see the panoramic views with sun + sunset + night view.
The views from The Peak are completely different from the ones you will get during the Show of Lights from Kowloon side. Both worth seeing and experiencing. Tram departs every 10 to 15 minutes.
The Peak, Hong Kong’s most popular attraction is more than just stunning vistas or great shopping and dining. It’s an amazing collection of unique must-visit attractions, providing you with a diverse fun-filled experience of Hong Kong’s living culture. Getting to the Peak by the Peak Tram is an unforgettable experience. One of the world’s oldest and most famous funicular railways, the tram rises to 396 metres (about 1,300 feet) above sea level. It is so steep that the buildings you pass look like they are leaning a gradient of between 4 to 27 degrees! Whether you are going up or coming down, you will love this trip.
Offering a stunning 360-degree panoramic view across the Hong Kong, the Sky Terrace standing at 428 metres above sea level, is a scenic spot that visitors could not miss. An added attraction on the terrace is The Sky Gallery, which showcases the works of the city’s talented artists.
Perching on The Peak at 396 metres above sea level, The Peak Tower is one of the most stylish architectural icons in Hong Kong. With an avant-garde design representing the epitome of modern architecture, the spectacular tower has been featured in millions of photographs and postcards across the world.
The Peak Tower is located at Victoria Gap and is directly connected to the city centre by The Peak Tram, which runs between the Peak and The Peak Tram Terminus on Garden Road, just a short stroll from the Central MTR station.
Unfortunately this time, due to my short visit, I was not able to take any of the Natural Trails. But I strongly recommend taking the time to enjoy the stunning vistas that can be found along nature walks enveloping the Peak, where visitors are greeted by lush tropical forests and extensive birdlife. Winding through mountainous landscape, the walks are both visually exciting and easy for visitors to access. Try one of the suggested walking trails at The Peak below to further explore Hong Kong’s diversity and sophistication.
(*) For more information on The Peak and The Peak Tram visit their official website at www.thepeak.com.hk
The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong to be the Tallest hotel in the world | Kowloon, Hong Kong | Opening next March 29th. 2011, the The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong will officially become the Tallest Hotel in the World. Here you will find exclusive videos and photos taken personally by me this week during my private site inspection of the hotel in Hong Kong. Tallest hotel in the world, set in between the 103rd. to 118th. floor of the ICC Tower in Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Featuring 312 luxurious Hong Kong hotel rooms, each with spectacular city and harbour views, guests at The Ritz-Carlton can enjoy a soothing retreat in a one-of-a-kind location. In addition to standard guest rooms, the hotel also offers an array of Deluxe and Island Rooms, Specialty Suites, a magnificent Ritz-Carlton Suite and Ritz-Carlton Club Rooms. Each of these distinctive hotel rooms in Hong Kong offers include 24-hour access to the Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge which offers complimentary food and beverage presentations, as well as a dedicated Club Concierge, work stations, meeting rooms and Wi-Fi.
Literally sleep, dine and entertain yourself among the clouds. The The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong will become the tallest hotel in the world. Their Lobby/Concierge Desk (BTW by Les Clefs d’Or of course) and 4 signature restaurants will be located on the 103rd. floor of the ICC Tower, offering magnificent panoramic views of Hong Kong Island, and Hong Kong Bay. No other hotel in Hong Kong will be able to offer this views from their rooms… yet. !!!
The ICC Tower, Kowloon version of its sister IFC Tower in Hong Kong Island. The skyscraper completed in 2010 in West Kowloon, Hong Kong, making it the tallest building in Hong Kong. It is a part of the Union Square project built on top of Kowloon Station. The development is owned and jointly developed by MTR Corporation Limited and Sun Hung Kai Properties, Hong Kong’s metro operator and largest property developer respectively.
Since I was there before the opening of the hotel, I was not allow to take pictures of the common areas, that are still getting the last touches by the international designers and architects. But trust me, it is looking just FANTASTIC. The OZONE Bar on the rooftop of the ICC Tower (118th. floor) will, with no doubt, become the MUST BE SEEN spot of Hong Kong. The Spa (116th. floor) by ESPA, indoors Infinity Pool and outdoors Yoga balconies will challenge your senses.
Delight the palate at an exquisite array of Hong Kong restaurants located just steps from your door. Featuring six distinctive dining venues starting on the 102nd floor, guests at The Ritz-Carlton can indulge in exceptional fine dining and casual cuisine ranging from traditional Chinese offerings and Italian specialties to a lobby lounge featuring creative cocktails, a soothing tea lounge and a stunning rooftop bar. In addition to exceptional dining and impeccable service, each of these stylish restaurants in Hong Kong offers uninterrupted views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. OZONE The name says it all. OZONE is proudly positioned on the top floor of the hotel – making it the highest bar in the world. The Chocolate Library Chocoholics will delight in the extensive menu offered: from chocolate savory dishes to chocolate based drinks, and the piece de resistance – chocolate afternoon tea. Tosca Named after one of the best-loved operas of all time, Tosca offers Southern Italian cuisine in a dramatically stylish backdrop. Tin Lung Heen presents refined authentic Cantonese cuisine at its best. The Lounge Bar An ideal all-day dining venue from breakfast onwards, The Lounge & Bar offers a wide tea and coffee selection, including its signature afternoon tea accompanied by live band performance. Pastry Gems A boutique-style pastry shop conveniently located at the arrival lobby.
I would like to thank both Gloria Ip – Sales Manager and Geraldine Lo - Director of Sales, for welcoming me on this private tour and extending their invitation to come back once the hotel is open. I look forward to it. Best of success as I know you will have with this incredible property.
The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is conveniently located on Kowloon Island, right off Kowloon Station, Elements Shopping Center, only minutes away from the Hong Kong International Airport and Central Station in Hong Kong Island.
Big Buddha at Lantau Island | Lantau Island, Hong Kong | Come to Lantau Island and see the biggest outdoors seated Buddha of South East Asia. Very impressive and moving, even for those not professing Buddhism. It is very easy to get there from Kwoloon or Hong Kong Island, so no excuse not to t squeeze it into your itinerary. It is hard to express in words the feeling you get once from your cable car you have the first glance at this magnificent Buddha figure in the middle of the green mountains.
I must admit that it is kind of sad and lame that the village where the Buddha is placed, has turn into a sort of theme park with Starbuck and other souvenir shops. But trust me once you walk by and see the Buddha, nothing comes in between you and him.
Ride the cable car to visit the must see attractions in Lantau Island, Po Lin Monastery and Big Buddha, to experience the Buddhism Culture.
If you look up to the southwest from Tei Tan square in the middle of the Po Lin Monastery plaza, you will see a flight of 268 steps leading to the world’s largest outdoor bronze statue – the Big Buddha. Walking up the steps, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Lantau and the South China Sea from the podium. The huge statue body is a breathtaking sight, and the kind smile on His face instills a sense of peacefulness. The Big Buddha sits solemnly atop the 482m Muk Yue Shan. The whole complex stands opposite to the monastery and is 6,547 m2 in size.
The planning of the Tian Tan Buddha started in 1976. Constructed by the China Aeronautic Department, the works were completed in 1993. It was selected as one of the “Ten Engineering Wonders in Hong Kong” and was awarded the “Merit of Unique Artistic Features” by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers in 2000.
Featuring the pronounced facial expression of the Buddha and the statue craftsmanship of the Sui and Tang Dynasties, the Tian Tan Buddha was built with bronze and weighs over 250 tonnes. Gold was used for the face, portraying the beauty and solemnity of the Buddha. The right hand of the Buddha is held up as a “Fear-Not mudra”, a manifestation of the great vow to eliminate suffering from all sentient beings. The left hand is placed on the Buddha’s thigh with His palm facing out and fingers slightly pointing downwards. This is known as the “Wish-Granting mudra”, signifying the compassionate vow to grant happiness to all men. The Dharma cakra in the palm represents the everlasting turning of the Wheel of Dharma and the dissemination of the Dharma to every corner of the world.
Facing North, the Tian Tan Buddha statue is 34 metres high. It symbolises Sakyamuni, who meditated deeply under the Bodhi tree and attained enlightenment and awakening to true reality. The magnificent Tian Tan Buddha is the world’s largest seated outdoor bronze Buddha statue, which is located next to the Po Lin Monastery. Inside the pedestal of the Tian Tan Buddha there is a three-storey exhibition hall presenting a number of invaluable Buddhist items.
How to get there: either from Kwoloon or Hong Kong Island take the Subway to Tung Chung Station. Cable Car Terminal is adjacent to MTR’s Tung Chung Station. It is a two-minute walk from Exit B of the station. The cost is less that USD 1. The subway ride takes approximately 25 minutes.
Once there jump on the GNONG Ping 360 Cable Car, that in 15 minutes will take you on a panoramic ride to the Big Buddha. Here you have to options, the regular car or the Crystal Bottom Car. Of course I took and suggest the second one. The cost was Hong Kong Dollars 169 = USD 22.
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Hong Kong Show of Lights | Kowloon, Hong Kong | If you happen to be in Hong Kong and in the island of Kowloon, please follow my advice and block your 8PM appointment at the Tsim Sha Tsui Harbor Walk to experience the unique Show of Lights. If you are lucky enough to be in Hong Kong for the Chinese New Year or the 31st. DEC you will also be able to see the Laser/Lights show complimented with the extra fire works.
So if you are indeed in Hong Kong, come to Kowloon and get off at Tsim Sha Tsui Subway Station. Once there ask for The Peninsula Hotel or the Space Museum. Once there you will see the FULL Hong Kong Island skyline and from there all is pretty much self explanatory. Please do not forget to be there by 8PM sharp.
If you are staying at The Peninsula Hotel or the new Ritz Carlton, you will get the full panoramic view from your hotel room. But still I would recommend to come down to the Harbor to experience the full excitement. Another optional spot with a great view of the Light Show is the FELIX Restaurant at The Peninsula Hotel on the 28th. floor.
Important NOTE. This show can not be seen from Hong Kong Island. CM