The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - JOHN LETHLEAN

IT may be sell­ing Hong Kong a lit­tle short to re­sort to the trusty cliche that all its res­i­dents do is ‘‘shop and eat’’, but as with most gen­er­al­i­sa­tions, there’s a ker­nel of truth in there some­where. And for any­one with a lust for re­tail ther­apy, the mas­sive Har­bour City uber-mall is a pretty good way to sat­isfy the urge. Which makes The Lang­ham, just off Can­ton Road in Kowloon’s Tsim Sha Tsui and a stone’s throw from shop­ping nir­vana, ide­ally placed for any­one want­ing to do as Hong Kongers do. Din­ing op­tions here­abouts in­clude the un­usu­ally named Su­per­star Seafood Restau­rant, where T&I ate re­cently to cel­e­brate hairy crab sea­son, one of the many sea­sonal cal­en­dar en­tries lo­cals ob­serve with glee. The Lang­ham, an ele­gant mar­ble-and-chan­de­liers kind of ho­tel, isn’t just close to shops — the Star Ferry pier is five min­utes’ walk and so is the city’s ex­cel­lent MTR, so that’s your roam­ing sorted. But hang­ing out at the ho­tel is not a bad op­tion. It has all the ex­pected five-star lux­u­ries, from fluffy robes, great toi­letries and Egyp­tian cot­ton bed­ding to acres of mar­ble and plush car­pet and warm, ef­fi­cient ser­vice. Along with the ex­pected in-house din­ing fa­cil­i­ties, the sig­na­ture restau­rant is the re­fined T’ang Court (pic­tured), the re­cip­i­ent of one Miche­lin Guide star. More: hongkong.lang­hamho­tels.com; dis­cov­er­hongkong.com.

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