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China and Europe, the exotic and the well-known, East and West – Hong Kong makes it easy for visitors to fall in love with the city, since it excludes no one and makes everyone feel as if they are somehow at home. Despite a population of just on seven million, Hong Kong doesn’t have the same overwhelming atmosphere of other Asian cities, but is compact and easy to find your way around.
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Designed by Philippe Starck, this restaurant and bar on the 28th floor of the Peninsula Hotelis considered the place to meet in Hong Kong.
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The craziest experience I had in Hong Kong was eating cheese with chopsticks.
The Mandarin Oriental is legendary for its interiors and style, top service, and the fabulous central location with views of Victoria Harbour.
A yellow door and an inconspicuous nameplate are the only indications of this well-concealed restaurant on the 6th floor of an ordinary private house
Fans of genuine Asian accessories or those with just a touch of Asia about them will feel as if they were in paradise here.
Forty different varieties of Chinese tea, all of outstanding quality and beautifully packed.
This is not the place to come if you want a suit run up quickly; Maxwell’s is committed to meticulous workmanship with at least two fittings.
The antique shops and stalls of the street flea market stand cheek by jowl, and offer all manner of curios.
The latest store is located in a former post office with a hallway that is hung with beautiful old black-and-white photos of old Hong Kong.
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First there are the views. From the 25th-floor terrace, guests can look down over the entire bay and into the canyon-like streets of Central.
The Aqua Spirit Bar with the best views of Hong Kong by night is on the 30th floor in the middle of Kowloon. One floor lower are the Aqua Roma and Aqua Tokyo, where fabulous Italian and Japanese food is served.
The legendary grand hotel, which opened in 1928, remains the no. 1 luxury hotel in Hong Kong.
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I recommend trying the coconut milk at King of Coconut in Mong Kok when in Hong Kong.
This Taoist temple was erected in the middle of the 19th century in honour of the gods of literature (Man) and war (Mo), and is one of the oldest temples in Hong Kong.
The snow-white colonial building of 1891 used to be on a flat hill overlooking the bay, and was the headquarters of Hong Kong’s marine police.
Hong Kong’s bird owners congregate in this charming Chinese garden with their singing pets.