HOME AND AWAY
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.