Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Hong Kong
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 (www.mandarinoriental.com). 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 (www.sevva.hk) atop Prince's Building for an amazing vista of iconic buildings from its sweeping penthouse balcony.
8 p.m. - Dinner at Yung Kee (www.yungkee.com.hk). 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...