Hong Kong Touring

Hong Kong was my most favorite city we visited in China.  We spent the most time here of all of the spots during our two and a half week trip.

On the first day we took a private city tour and saw Victoria Peak, rode the mid level escalators, drove around the harbor a bit to ride a Sampan Boat and see the fishing villages, had the most amazing lunch at a local Dim Sum restaurant, and finished the day at Stanley Market.  Loved the Sampan Boat ride and by having the best private tour and guide, we had a private boat as well (which was the best!).

The next couple of days were filled with more Dim Sum, Ocean Park (the Panda’s were a must see!), and Disneyland Hong Kong.  As a Disney Travel Specialist, I completely believe in the power and have drank the “kool-aid” so to speak on Disney VIP Tours.  They are worth it, especially when you are traveling abroad and have a limited time to see that country, let alone time to spend at Disney.  Pay the extra for the VIP tour and everyone will be so much happier.  At Disneyland Hong Kong, they are especially reasonable in price (Approximately $700 USD) and only last for 3 hours.  In that 3 hours, we were able to ride almost everything we wanted, and our guide Crystal was amazing.  After our tour, we had lunch at the famous Crystal Lotus where they make Dim Sum in the shape of Disney Characters.  Loved the creativity, but it wasn’t the best Dim Sum in Hong Kong.

My favorite thing we did in the city was a street food tour of the Kowloon area.  Our guide took us to all of the best places (knowing that the restaurants/kiosks prepared the food safely is definitely a reason to hire a guide) and we had a blast.  We finished the evening at the Ozone Bar at the Ritz Carlton, the highest bar in the world.  The views were spectacular and it was definitely a “happening” spot that evening.

 

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The Upper House Hong Kong

Hong Kong is not to be missed on a trip to China.  Because of it’s former British Rule, it is a city runs somewhat independently of the main part of the country, having distinctive traits of both Chinese culture and British heritage.  The mountains juxtaposed with the Harbor make this one of the most beautiful big cities I have ever seen.

During our five nights, we experienced lots of great restaurants, sites, and also two great hotels.  Our first four nights in the city were spent at the Upper House Hong Kong which is situated on the top floors of the JW Marriott Building on the Hong Kong Island Side of the city in the Pacific Place area.  For the record, I loved staying on the Hong Kong Island side of the city for its ease of seeing the sites.  The other side of the city (Kowloon), is more famous for shopping and dining.  With the Upper House, you have a little of both worlds being near the Pacific Place Shopping Center and only a 5-minute cab ride from the “Central” area of Hong Kong Island.

From the moment we walked into the hotel, the service was exceptional as we rode the escalator from the entrance to the elevator bank.  Once in our extremely spacious and well appointed corner room, we were greeted with some very thoughtful welcome amenities such as Dim Sum handbooks, a Hong Kong tourist notebook made especially for children, a very high quality black leather bag, and a coloring book and pencils.

The 730 square foot Studio 70 Island View Room consisted of a large bedroom with a full “L” Shaped Sofa to the left of the bed, and a cushioned window seat to look out on the city from windows that expand almost the entire length of the suite.  The desk sits in front of the bed looking out the windows with a large built in TV to one side.  A built in Mini-Bar and Coffee/Tea Station were nicely hidden in a closet near the entrance and exit to the suite.

The Bathroom was just as much a showpiece of this amazing room as the expansive bedroom.  The separated dressing and sink area were lit with beautiful mood lighting and a wonderful closet that had a safe and many drawers to house all of the essentials.  Taking a step up behind this dressing area led to the shower and tub area of the bathroom which also boasted full windows that overlooked the city.  A built in TV directly in front of the bathtub was a wonderful perk as well!

The hotel itself feels very much like a boutique property, with only 117 rooms, a small gym, a terrace, and a (great) restaurant, this wouldn’t be a hotel for guests looking to “stay in” every night.  But then again, when in Hong Kong, you should be venturing out!  Cafe Grey on the top floor of the hotel was amazing for all meals.  The great views of the city, swanky bar (that was always buzzing but never felt crowded), and wonderful menu made for the perfect place to start and end each day.

The Upper House offers my clients lots of extra perks and a 4th night free promotion until late December.  Click here to Contact me and start planning today!

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