Chinese New Year means we’re off to Hong Kong for some festivities to bring in the Year of the Pig! Born and raised in Hong Kong, concierge Eddie Ho has worked at the Harbour Grand Kowloon hotel for just over two years. Harbour Grand Kowloon enjoys a unique and accessible location, right on the Victoria Harbour waterfront in the breezy Whampoa Garden district. Let’s join Eddie for a tour of his home town…
Favourite locale when enjoying a day off
I like hiking and exploring the city to discover interesting sights and stories to share with the team and guests.
Where he takes his own guests when they visit
I’ll bring them for a walk along the beautiful Hung Hom Promenade before visiting the tourist spots in Tsim Sha Tsui. I’ll also take them to Tai O – a great escapade from the city, followed by a visit to the Big Buddha.
It’s a rainy day but we want to explore, what we should do
Visiting the museums and going shopping in the mall…. yes, it is an option but I will suggest you to take the double-decker trams (which we call ‘Ting Ting’) on Hong Kong Island; it allows travellers to slow down their pace and see Hong Kong from another perspective.
His recommendations as night-time entertainment
I would recommend they have a drink at Waterfront Bar & Terrace and enjoy the beautiful sunset from our outdoor terrace, and then they may go enjoy ‘A Symphony of Lights’ at the Hung Hom Promenade just right in front of the hotel. The light and sound show has set the harbour ablaze every night since 2004, and is recognised as one of the world’s most spectacular light shows. A special winter edition will bring even more colours to the city with enhanced features. Then they can go further down to Lan Kwai Fong in Central on Hong Kong Island. Lan Kwai Fong is one of Hong Kong’s most popular nightlife hot spots.
Key phrases visitors should learn
‘Ng Goi’ – Thank you, in Cantonese.
‘Lei Ho’ – Hello, in Cantonese.
The best shopping and souvenirs to buy
The vibrant Wonderful Worlds of Whampoa – a unique cruise-shaped shopping mall with over 300 shops and restaurants, just footsteps from the hotel. Tsim Sha Tsui (which is just eight minutes from the hotel, via our complimentary shuttle bus) is also a great shopping district that I would recommend for guests. However, for guests who would like to have an authentic local experience, they must not miss the ‘Ladies Market’ in Mong Kok & ‘Ap Liu Street’ in Sham Shui Po (just a few stops from the hotel by MTR). For souvenirs, our homemade cookies and sweets at Corner Café are popular options, and I also highly recommend the ‘Sweetheart cake’ (also known as ‘Wife Cake’), which is an authentic Cantonese pastry with a sweet filling of winter melon, almond paste and sesame.
A child-friendly thing to do or place to go
They may go to the Science Museum or the Space Museum, which are both in Tsim Sha Tsui and are easily accessible on foot or a short ride on our hotel shuttle bus. Ocean Park and Disneyland are also fun, themed parks perfect for children and families just within half an hour from the hotel by MTR.
His best-kept secret or favourite hidden treasure
Tung Ping Chau, an island located the North-east of Hong Kong, offering spectacular wave-cut cliffs and extraordinary rock patterns from different ages.
The best way to get to the airport
A luxurious limousine to the airport to end your memorable journey with us in Hong Kong. We also offer complimentary shuttle bus service to the Airport Express Train station for guests to get to and from the airport.
Best time of the year to visit
October and November as the weather is cool and dry.
Anything else we should know when visiting
Remember to bring along your passport for immigration if you plan to visit Macau from Hong Kong; Macau has its own currency but Hong Kong dollar is a semi-official second currency in Macau and can be used just about everywhere.
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