Pearl River Delta’s Top Hotels

Hong Kong’s Big Four – the Mandarin Oriental, the Landmark Mandarin Oriental, The Peninsula, and the Four Seasons – have had their status as the most luxurious hostelries in town reaffirmed. All of them maintained their 5-star ratings in the 2010 Forbes Travel Guide hotel and spa awards, which were announced Tuesday. “The Forbes Travel Guide is one of the most respected publications in the … Continue reading Pearl River Delta’s Top Hotels

Greater China’s Top Spas

Hong Kong has long been known as a Shopper’s Paradise. It has great Chinese restaurants, a spectacular harbour, and a well-deserved reputation for having some of the world’s most luxurious hotels. But spas? They’re not the first thing that generally comes to mind when people think of Greater China’s most dynamic city. The same can be said about Macau, just a 1 hour’s jet foil … Continue reading Greater China’s Top Spas

Eight Wonders of the World

The ancient Greeks believed that there were Seven Wonders of the World. These included the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria. Not surprisingly, they were all located around the Mediterranean. In 2001, the Swiss-based New7Wonders … Continue reading Eight Wonders of the World

From Los Angeles to New York – the Long Way!

Have you ever sat on the sofa watching The Amazing Race and said, “I could do that!”? Well, here is your chance! For US$9,900 per person, 25 couples will compete in the sixth annual three-week international travel adventure competition, known as The Global Scavenger Hunt. They will embark from Los Angeles on 9 April 2010 and head for New York. But instead of traveling East, … Continue reading From Los Angeles to New York – the Long Way!

Eight Great Cuisines of China

The Cantonese are reputedly China’s most adventuresome eaters. According to a popular saying, they will eat anything with two wings except airplanes and anything with four legs except tables. The Hunanese like their food hot – so hot that Chairman Mao, who was born in the province, maintained that one of the reasons that so many revolutionaries were born there was because of the province’s … Continue reading Eight Great Cuisines of China

Hullett House Opens in Hong Kong

On 26 November 1996, just months before Hong Kong’s historic return to Chinese sovereignty, the then British colony’s Marine Police formally beat their last retreat from the gracious old white stucco edifice – to the strains of bagpipes and drums – that had served as their headquarters for 112 years and 68 days. “They did so in the form of a grand parade commanded by … Continue reading Hullett House Opens in Hong Kong

Cantonese Cuisine

Cantonese cuisine can be interpreted two ways. Either it is the cooking style of Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province, which was formerly known in English as Canton – thus Cantonese. Or it is a catch all phrase for the many and varied cooking styles found across Guangdong Province. Since there are three other distinct provincial cooking styles of merit – Chiu Chow, Hakka and … Continue reading Cantonese Cuisine