Talk to anyone that has visited Hong Kong before and most will tell you with confidence how one should go about visiting the island. Not to mention, there are plenty of information on the world wide web providing visitors with comprehensive to-do lists and how to go around doing it. In an attempt to bring readers beyond the normal and expected route, we have chosen a few interesting spot for those who would prefer a touch of elegance, class and style.
The Art of Collecting
Hong Kong has a long history of playing the middle man between East and West, hence making this a treasure island for collectors of arts and antiques especially Chinese artefacts. These highly sought-after items continue to see auction houses around the world hammering new record prices every now and then. Hollywood Road and its surrounding areas have historically been the hunting ground for many of such unique pieces and continue to be a popular area for new discoveries. A note of caution to those who may have stumbled across a good art deal, which more than likely be forged or copied artwork professionally crafted to look just like the real deal. Be prepared to make a purchase with the absolute knowledge of the artwork and mindful that you can always go away and do a little research before coming back with an offer.
Pearl Lam Galleries in Pedder Building nearby is a respected art gallery that plays a vital role in promoting Chinese and Asian contemporary art. This unique gallery is committed to encouraging cross cultural exchange and stimulating international dialogues. A few other art galleries are also located in the same building. Another interesting art gallery to visit is none other than the Opera Gallery on Wyndham Street. With a headquarter based in Paris, this well-established international chain of galleries, is one of the leading dealers in modern and contemporary art.
驻扎毕打行的 “艺术门画廊- Pearl Lam Galleries”是相当受推崇的艺术画廊，它在促进中国和亚洲当代艺术起着关键作用。这家独特的画廊致力于跨文化交流与倡导国际对话，而一些艺术画廊也设在同一大楼，其中最吸引人的是云咸街的“Opera Gallery”，这个总部设在巴黎，颇具规模的国际连锁画廊，是现代与当代艺术的主要经销商之一。
C.Y. Tse Antiques & Collectibles founded by Joseph Tse over 40 years ago has a shop along Hollywood Road and a boutique lot in Landmark Prince’s Central. Joseph and Phillip owner to this father and son business have been in the buying and selling of antiques and collectibles for many years. Their knowledge in the business have gained trust among their regular buyers and sellers in all their purchases. Both shops house mainly beautiful antiques that date back to the Qing dynasty and collectibles from of the Republic era. The Christies’ Hong Kong sales office located directly opposite their shop, in Alexandra House provides some of the latest auction gossips in town.
The pearl is the heart and the very soul for those who demand exceptional luxury an
d one that provides exquisite taste for fine quality pearl in Hong Kong would be none other than René Hodel. Founded in 2005, the Hodel brand name is one of the most truste
d Swiss brands when it comes to defining nature’s miracle. When it comes to showcasing Hodel jewellery to their friends and customers, René and his wife Linda exert only their undying passion, sincerety and commitment like no other.
夺人心魂的珍珠是华丽的奢侈品之一，而香港优质珍珠品牌当属成立于2005年的René Hodel – 这系列品牌名称源自值得信赖的瑞士品牌，而精致无比的珍珠首饰杰作定义了大自然的奇迹。René和他的妻子Linda把品牌系列首饰展现于朋友和客户时刻，显现了崇高热情与真挚承诺。
Dining Day & Night
One will never go hungry in Hong Kong as it lives up its name as a food paradise providing unsurmountable choices at every nook and corner of the city. It is definitely the place for those who prefer local delights served with a touch of elegance and class. Moreover, some of the best find for the most delicious local snacks or fine dining experience can be found on the internet – the fastest and updated source. These hidden gems are normally found on the upper floors of tall buildings around the city. Whether it is dim sum served at the Sportful Garden Restaurant up on the 24th floor of ISQUARE or a gathering of friends at Budaoweng Hotpot Cuisine in Time Square, Hong Kong’s undying love for food never fail to charm visitors and residents alike.
The InterContinental Grand Stanford
The InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong is strategically located between Kowloon and Hong Kong city centres. Perfectly nestled in the ‘quiet’ gully slightly away from the hustle and bustle of this metropolis, this hotel is located only minutes away from some of Hong Kong’s popular tourist destinations such as Hong Kong Science Museum, Tsim Sha Tsui Shopping District and Promenade and MTR. Moreover, breathtaking view of Victoria Harbour from the hotel room and friendly staffs are just reminders why you should prolong your stay. The captain responsible for leading this 5-star luxurious hotel is none other than hotelier heavyweight Alexander Wassermann. He has managed respected and international hotels around the world including brands such as Hilton, Kempinski, Movenpick and InterContinental.
Alexander was indeed an interesting and most certainly an informative man. This General Manager was fascinated with 5-star hotels and their impeccable services since he was a kid and eventually came face-to-face with having to decide a career path. His three choices were between being a priest, a chef and a rock star. He thought that being a priest was not a suitable choice as he still preferred girlfriend(s); cooking was a bit too difficult and being a rock star was a tad too ambitious. Consequently, Alexander decided that joining the hotel industry was the best option which led him to starting an apprenticeship in 1992 and joining the Intercontinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong as Hotel Manager in 2007 before spending some time in China, and returning as the General Manager in Intercontinental Grand Stanford in 2014. Today Hong Kong is home to this ‘Intercontinental Boy’ as he believes that he is in the premier league of hospitality.
Although there are plenty of dining choices in Hong Kong, InterContinental Grand Standford takes a notch up by offering Halal meals to guests and diners upon requests. Hoi King Heen, one of the restaurants at the hotel, is recognised as one of Hong Kong’s finest Chinese restaurant in town. Awarded ONE MICHELIN STAR by the Michelin Guide Hong Kong & Macau in 2011, this restaurant boasts not only authentic Chinese dishes but also its celebrity chef Leung Fai Hung for his skilled craftmenship. Customers who had dined at the restaurant has only described meals fit for the Emperor.
EZ highly recommend the ‘Braised Beef Brisket Stuffed in Pear’, ‘Fried Prawns with Wasabi and Sesame Sauce’ and ‘Braised Winter Melon Balls stuffed with Black Olives Mustard’. To finish off the perfect meal, try its refreshing selection of desserts of either ‘Almond Cream with Egg White’ or ‘Chilled Hawthorn Rolls’. If there is a choice to experiencing one 5-star hotel in Hong Kong, let it be InterContinental Grand Standford, a choice for comfort, service, class and fine dining.
The Flying Goose
Hong Kong is famous for its delicious Cantonese crispy roast pork, duck and goose. The most iconic and award-winning restaurant in Hong Kong that serves the world’s best roast goose is none other than Yung Kee restaurant. Strategically located in the Central of the CBD, this restaurant has a humble beginning as a ‘Dai Pai Dong’ (a name for a street foodstall) in 1942. Today, Yung Kee is managed by second generation Ronald Kam and his two children Carrel and Yvonne. This last remaining charcoal-grilled oven in town is not only famous for its flying roast goose but also other dishes including its roast chicken and the suckling pig popular among locals and tourists. According to Yvonne who comes from an accounting background, it is important to ensure an authentic way of roasting and cooking; by selecting the finest goose and choosing the very best ingredients. This is not only to preserve the good name of Yung Kee but also to ensure that the heritage brand of Hong Kong is protected preserved.