Pairing Cantonese Cuisine with Fine Wines

I have never understood why – when I order a glass of red wine at some of Hong Kong's more stylish hotel dining rooms – my teacup is mysteriously lifted from my midst just as my wine arrived. Isn't tea, to Asian diners, what water is to Western diners? I've never had my water glass …

Pairing Sichuanese Cuisine with Fine Wines

Sichuan is home of one of China's legendary Eight Great Cuisines. Because of the province's heat and humidity, lots of innovative preservation methods were developed in the days before refrigeration and air conditioning. Included are drying, pickeling, salting and smoking. Sichuanese cuisine is noted for its pungency and oilness. Flavours range from sweet and spicy …

Pairing Shanghese Food with Fine Wines

How to Match Shanghainese Food with Fine Wine Shanghai is China's largest city. At the mouth of the Yangtze River, it is also the country's most important port. During the 1920s and 30s, it was one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities, referred to as the Paris of the East. Interestingly, Shanghai does not really …

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 …

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 …

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 …