WONG’S GUIDE TO HONG KONG

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STAY

I usu­ally stay at the Lan­son Place Ho­tel ( 133 Leighton Rd, Cause­way Bay, Hong Kong; www. slh.com/ho­tels/lan­son-place-hongkong-ho­tel), a lux­ury bou­tique ho­tel that’s tucked away from the crowded CBD area. For busi­ness trav­ellers, the ho­tel is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble via pub­lic trans­port and is within walk­ing dis­tance to res­tau­rants and late-night shop­ping.

VISIT

On week­ends, I like to wan­der along Hol­ly­wood Road, which runs be­tween She­ung Wan and Cen­tral. It’s a great place to spend a whole day.

SHOP

Hong Kong’s sec­ond old­est road, Hol­ly­wood Road, has the most eclec­tic va­ri­ety of res­tau­rants, shops and tourist at­trac­tions, in­clud­ing the fa­mous Man Mo Tem­ple. From an­tique shops sell­ing trin­kets through to high-end art gal­leries; street food ven­dors to fine din­ing res­tau­rants; and fast-fash­ion stores to branded bou­tiques, there is al­ways some­thing new and in­ter­est­ing to ex­plore.

EAT

My first stop is al­ways at Yung Kee Restau­rant ( 32-40 Welling­ton St, Cen­tral, Hong Kong; www. yung­kee.com.hk). Its char­coal bar­be­cued meats are a clas­sic, to­gether with many pop­u­lar Can­tonese dishes on the menu. Re­serve a pri­vate room if you’re host­ing a busi­ness din­ner. To sat­isfy my sweet tooth, I would travel across the har­bour to the Aus­tralia Dairy Com­pany ( G/F, 47-49 Parkes St, +852 2730 1356) for its Cold Steamed Milk Dessert and Cold Steamed Egg Cus­tard Dessert. Set up in a tra­di­tional Hong Kong cafe style, this is fast ser­vice with ab­so­lutely no frills.

DRINK

For a more ca­sual set­ting I would head up to the Sky Deck at Cé La Vi ( 25/F Cal­i­for­nia Tower, 32 D’Aguilar St, Cen­tral; www.hk. celavi.com) for a cock­tail and to en­joy the breath­tak­ing view of Hong Kong’s fa­mous sky­line.

Cul­tural Tip

“Hong Kong has a fast-paced com­mer­cial scene, so ‘time is money’. Try to keep your busi­ness meet­ings short and con­cise for the best re­sults.”

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