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Hong Kong, a place for shoppers and foodies

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First of all, let's start from International Airport, Hong Kong. It's one of the top efficient airports in the world from Immigration to baggage claim. Transportations from airport to city centers of Hong Kong and Kowloon are provided by the most efficient Airport Express. Many hotels provide shuttle buses at the Hong Kong and Kowloon Stations to the nearest location of hotels. If you like some luxury, limousine is provided by your hotel with extra charge. The Peninsula Hotel will serve you with their special extended edition of Rolls Royce at about USD200/ trip. Plus, taxis are available just outside the airport at the taxi station. Airport Express tickets can be purchased at a sale counter in the middle of the arrival hall of the Airport. It only takes 11 minutes from airport to Kowloon station and 21 minutes to the Hong Kong side. Then just follow the sign to other ground transportations such as taxis and shuttle buses. Although Hong Kong is a paradise for shoppers and foodies, it has several top tourist spots that one can enjoy the city. Victoria Peak where you can view the famous Hong Kong skyscrapers, harbor, and New Territories. On the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade which locates by the waterfront of Kowloon Island will let you have the most spectacular view of city skylines. The nightly laser light show is not to be missed. For shopping, there are several places that will fit everyone's taste and budget. The most high end shopping places are the IFC or International Finance Centre on the Hong Kong side, plus the Landmark, and Pacific Place. You can find the most famous brands in these shopping malls. The highest floor usually locate the most expensive shops. On the Kowloon side, you can have the ICC or International Commerce Centre and Harbour City. I personally prefer the IFC. All the shops are well located and friendly all shoppers. Besides there are many good eateries and a nice super market, City Super, inside the IFC. Strolling along the Ladies Market is fun for someone who likes to bargain for souvenirs, clothing, and accessories. Temple Street Night Market offers a very local feeling with many varieties of souvenirs, snacks( the very famous curry fish balls and a pancake like crepe), and fortune tellers. These two locations are on the Kowloon side. Just like all other crowded places in the world, please keep your personal items close to your body, and beware of pickpockets although Hong Kong is considered to be quite safe as a city, After a long day of shopping and sightseeing, you may like to relax in the Lobby of the Peninsula Hotel for an authentic English afternoon tea. Dress code is to be observed. No shorts or sandals are permitted to the respect of others. Please be prepared for a long queue except for hotel residents who can have the priority of table reservation. On the Hong Kong side, the Lobby at the Four Seasons Hotel is also great for Afternoon Tea. While Hong Kong is a paradise for foodies, many Michelin starred restaurants can be found and worth to try. My most favorite restaurants for lunch and diner are as followed: L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon inside the Landmark Hong Kong; Caprice inside the Four Seasons Hotel; Lung King Heen, the first Chinese restaurant that received 3 Michelin Stars, also at the Four Seasons Hotel. All these are in Central of the Hong Kong side. Lung King Heen is famous for their dim sums at lunch and crispy chicken at dinner. I would also like to suggest 8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo for Italian food. Pierre at the Mandarin Oriental is a very good place for French cuisine as well. While many people give Amber inside the Mandarin Landmark a high point but it doesn't fit me well with a tight ambiance and not that friendly sommelier. Taste and service are average, no surprise . On the Kowloon Island side, the best and most authentic French restaurant is undoubtedly Gaddi's in the Peninsula Hotel. Verandah on the first floor of the Peninsula is wonderful for their buffer dinner which serves marvelous fresh seafood and many hot items with my favorite curry. Spring Moon, their Chinese restaurant is famous for dim sums and Peking Duck. For a less expensive taste bud, dim sums at Tim Ho Wan in Mongkok is highly recommended where the owner and chef was formerly dim sum chef of Lung King Heen of the Four Seasons Hotel but long line is expected. Wonton noodle soup is the most famous and popular snack or light meal in Hong Kong. It's difficult to find a bad wonton noodles shop in Hong Kong. The most famous are the Mac's and Ho Hong Kee in Central, and Mac Man Kee on the Kowloon side on Parks street. It's extremely easy o travel inside the cities of Hong Kong and Kowloon. Taxis are everywhere with a very reasonable price. Most of the taxi drivers have some knowledge in English but it will be better to show them the place that you plan to reach in Chinese. I am certain any hotel concierge is willing to help on the translation. Besides, subway is the most efficient way to travel. It's friendly and economical. Any information center inside the stations can provide travelers the best tips. My personal tips for having a nice meal at a more reasonable price at all the high end French restaurants is to have lunches there. You only pay a fraction of what you would have pay for dinners. Certainly reservations are highly recommended for both lunch and diner because Hong Kong residents love gourmet food and like to dine out. Bon appétit and happy shopping!!

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monique l's City Tips

  • Subway is the most effective and economical way to travel. Taxis are easy to catch and tips to drivers is not necessary unless they are extremely friendly and if you want to be nice, then a few HK dollars is sufficient. Most decent restaurants charge 10% tips on the bill but it would nice to leave some extra if you really like the service. Like 5% or a little bit more.
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    Gaddi's
    Restaurants (French, European)
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    This is my most favorite restaurant in Hong Kong . Please read my review on Tripadvisor.com

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    Ranked #11 of 8,818 restaurants in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Impeccable! 23/06/2018
    • Exquisite Restaurant 17/06/2018
    • Gaddi's
    Address:
    1/F, The Peninsula Hotel, Salisbury Road,
    Tsim Sha Tsui
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-26966763
    Price range:
    US$65 - US$200
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 14:30
    19:00 - 22:30
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    Happy Valley Racecourse
    Horse Tracks
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    Visit if you like horse racing and enjoy the fresh air.

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    Ranked #18 of 878 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very nice to eat and enjoy 18/06/2018
    • YOU MUST GO 18/06/2018
    • Happy Valley Racecourse
    Address:
    Happy Valley Racecourse, Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    1817
    Hours:
    Wed
    18:00 - 23:00
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    Tsim Sha Tsui East
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    Nice place along the Harbour for a nightly laser show

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    Ranked #58 of 878 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best Buy 17/06/2018
    • Its a great area to explore! 28/05/2018
    • Tsim Sha Tsui East
    Address:
    Chatham Rd. South
    Hong Kong
    China
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
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    Star Ferry
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    Cheap and easy way to cross the Victoria Harbour with nice sea breeze.

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    Ranked #2 of 878 things to do in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The cheapest boat ride ever 23/06/2018
    • A Hong Kong Classic 23/06/2018
    • Star Ferry
    Address:
    Kowloon Point, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-23677065
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    The Peninsula Hong Kong
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    Please see my review on Tripadvisor.com for a more complete review on this hotel.

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    Ranked #10 of 731 Hotels in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Staff are robotic and lazy 22/06/2018
    • Luxury hotel in convenient location! 22/06/2018
    • The Peninsula Hong Kong
    Address:
    Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
    Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    011 852 2926 2888
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