Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Hong Kong

Thu Sep 23, 2010 7:59pm EDT
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By James Pomfret

HONG KONG (Reuters Life!) - Nestled on the southern coast of China, the former British colony of Hong Kong is renowned for its famous harbor, teeming skyscrapers, ultra-capitalist dynamism, great Cantonese dining, shopping and a buzzing nightlife on China's doorstep.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors make the most of a 48-hour visit in Hong Kong:


6 p.m. - Drinks in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel's Captain's Bar ( A favorite with the city's movers and shakers, the hotel evokes Hong Kong's British colonial past before its historic 1997 handover to Chinese rule. Sink into a leather sofa in the wood-paneled bar and savor the Anglo-Oriental ambience.

For a quick second, nip across the road swing to hip restaurant/club Sevva ( atop Prince's Building for an amazing vista of iconic buildings from its sweeping penthouse balcony.

8 p.m. - Dinner at Yung Kee ( One of the finest Cantonese restaurants in the world, its roast goose is a culinary institution as are its ultra-smooth 1,000-year old eggs. Fans of the Michelin-starred restaurant include Hong Kong's last governor Chris Patten and local tycoons.

11 p.m. - Take a two-minute stroll up to nightlife hub, Lan Kwai Fong. There, the city's burned-out workaholics let loose in a pulsing knot of bars, clubs and restaurants. Nearby Wanchai -- the legendary haunt of Richard Mason's fictional Suzie Wong -- comes into its own at night with a slightly seedy edge.

For a quieter evening, head west along the world's longest covered escalator to Soho's intimate bars and diners which snake up narrow lanes and ancient stone steps. Bar-hop westward past the antique shops of Hollywood road and enjoy a plate of artisan cheese and wine at "Classified The Cheese Room," next to the historic Man Mo temple, for one of those quintessential East-West moments that makes living in the city such a pleasure.   Continued...

<p>Commercial buildings are seen at the financial Central district in Hong Kong August 17, 2010. REUTERS/Bobby Yip</p>