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Sleeping, Eating and Playing in Hong Kong at the Mandarin Oriental

Updated on August 13, 2014

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

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GM of the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong - Jonas Schuermann with Jill Weinlein

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What's New in Hong Kong and the Mandarin Oriental

Re-uniting with the General Manager, Jonas Schuermann of the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, at a lovely contemporary home in Holmby Hills is always a treat. He is so passionate about his properties in Hong Kong. I also met with Greg Liddell, the General Manager of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.

I learned from both gentlemen that in 2005, the Mandarin Oriental hotel spent $150 million to renovate its 501 guestrooms, 10 restaurants, and numerous public spaces, as well as to construct the Mandarin Spa. Now there are 71 individually-designed suites and 430 guest rooms with either exciting city or lovely harbor views.

Jonas told me he has been working at the property for 25 years. He loves the property so much, that he resides there with his two poodle.

Hong Kong is very GREEN. Jonas shared that approximately 3/4 of Hong Kong is rural, comprising of 24 country parks, scenic hills, woodlands, reservoirs and coastline easily accessible from the city. His concierge team can steer guests to the best walking and hiking trails.

Within the last five years the art and wine world have made a big introduction into Hong Kong. "During art auctions, the airport runs out of space for all the private jets," shared Jonas. "Hong Kong has become a city filled with stunning artwork in all of the galleries."

Jonas told me that people come from all over to buy rare and popular wine, because there in no tax. "It makes buying wine or anything in Hong Kong very attractive," said Jonas. I learned that the world's most expensive bottles of wine sold at $232,692 per bottle at an auction in Hong Kong.

The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong offers incredible harbor views and is about 200 meters from it's sister, The Landmark Hotel. The Landmark offers an exquisite contemporary design with oversized rooms.



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Cuisine in Hong Kong

Rooftop bars have exploded on the dining scene in Hong Kong. There are now 7000 restaurants and bars located within blocks of the Mandarin Oriental.

At the Mandarin Oriental, 80% of the patrons in the ten restaurants are locals in Hong Kong. They enjoy dining at the Michelin starred restaurants from legendary French chef Pierre Gagnaire at Pierre and Mandarin Grill +Bar serving classic grill dishes and seafood.

Liddell said that The Landmark offers 113 large guest rooms and has Amber, a two Michelin star restaurant- The Amber. The Amber is offering black truffle from Tasmania. The “Black Diamonds” creations by Chef Richard Ekkebus are paired with premium wines selected from traditional wine regions in France to enhance the taste.

Jonas mentioned that Executive British Chef and television star Gordon Ramsay is opening a Bread Street Kitchen restaurant in Hong Kong this coming September.

Bread Street Kitchen opens in the Hotel LKF by Rhombus near to where Jamie Oliver is expected to open an Italian restaurant. According to a press release, Bread Street Kitchen, which serves "British European" food.

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What to pack when visiting Hong Kong

Must Bring
For the Day
For the Evening
umbrellas
The weather may be hot, humid and you may get wet from May to Sept.
Hong Kong is one of the safest cities. Bring walking shoes and explore.
You don't need a Visa, yet you will if also visiting Mainland China
English is widely spoken in Hong Kong and is the language of preference in the government, business and tourism sectors.
In the evening, locals dress up, so bring one or two formal outfits if you are dining at a Michelin star restaurant
The standard electrical voltage in Hong Kong is 220 volts AC, 50Hz.
Wear cotton clothing
Leave room in your suitcase for a few souvenirs

5 Must-See Sights to See in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Tourism Bureau recommends you see some of the following attractions.

1. Visit The Peak. It's the highest point on Hong Kong Island and has been the city’s most exclusive neighbourhood since colonial times. The views are of the world’s most spectacular cityscapes. The Peak Tram became the first cable funicular in Asia in 1888 and remains one of the steepest and oldest cable railroads in the world. An average of over 11,000 people ride the Peak Tram every day or more than 4 million annually.The opening and closing scenes of the 1955 movie Soldier of Fortune, starring Clark Gable, were filmed in the Peak Tram.

2. Shop at Ladies Market - It gets its name from the huge amount of clothing and accessories on sale for women of all ages. With over 100 stalls of bargain clothing, accessories and souvenirs, the Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street provides a one-kilometre stretch where you can haggle the price. Watches, cosmetics, bags, home furnishings, CDs and trinkets are also for sale.

3. The Wong Tai Sin Temple’s claim to ‘make every wish come true upon request’ might have something to do with its popularity. It is home to three religions - Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. Its natural setting and beautifully ornamented buildings make it as much a scenic attraction as an important religious centre.

4. Temple Street Night Market - In the evening, when the sun goes down, the traders lay out their wares and the opera singers and fortune tellers begin to emerge. Named after a Tin Hau temple located in the center, the place is steeped in local atmosphere. It has served as the backdrop to many a memorable movies. Nearest Metro stop: Jordan or Yau Ma Tei.

5. Lin Heung Tea House - Try the lotus paste buns or the glutinous rice dumplings. 160-164 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong; 852-2544-4556.

5 Fun Hong Kong Facts

1. In 2005 Hong Kong Disneyland officially opened its gates. It's the third Disney theme park outside the US and the first in China.

2. Hong Kong has the most skyscrapers in the world. There are 8,000 buildings that have more than 14 floors. That is almost double that of New York City.

3. The British government colonised Hong Kong in 1841 during the first Opium War (1839-43). It was handed back to China in 1997.

4. Mongkok is one of the most popular street food destinations in Hong Kong with locals and visitors. It's a unique culinary experience with stalls on pedestrian sidewalks offering cooked meat, vegetables, noodles and cut fresh fruits.

5. Hong Kong is composed of more than 200 islands.

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Hong Kong is a Great Cruise Port

Cruise Line
Length of Cruise
Destinations
Star Cruises’ largest Asian vessel, the SuperStar Virgo, will be based in Hong Kong
One night to six nights at sea
Hong Kong, travelling to Keelung, Taichung and Kaohsiung in Taiwan, Sanya in Hainan, China, or Halong Bay in Vietnam.
Celebrity Millennium
14-Night Southbound Asian Allure Cruise
Hong Kong to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, then Bangkok in Thailand to Singapore.
Diamond Princess
6 nights
Hong Kong to Da Nang, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore

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