A February 2005 trip
to Hong Kong by lucinda3
Quote: Chinese New Year in Hong Kong is a great time to experience the culture through parades, dining, museum tours, and more.
The atmosphere is crowded. Ordering is done at the counter, and then the food is brought to you. Chopsticks are in a cup on the tables. You will likely need to share a table with some locals. It seems to mostly be a lunch spot. Lines may form, so be prepared to wait a bit if you go at a peak time.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 22, 2005
Tsim Chai Kee Noodle Shop
98 Wellington Street
Restaurant | "Tea at Mandarin Oriental Hotel"
It is a traditional English tea. If you haven't had this experience before, you can expect the variety of food to include small tea sandwiches (cucumber, salmon, tuna, etc.), scones with devonshire cream and jam, and a variety of small pastries. You will also need to select a loose tea. They have a fairly complete selection. Feel free to ask the waiter to describe the flavor of the tea if you are not familiar with it. Each person can select a different tea, which will allow you to try more than one kind. They will keep bringing you more pots of hot water so that you can steep more tea. You just need to flip up the lid on the hot water pot to signal that you would like more.
It's a great place to stop in for a break after walking around downtown.
After tea, take some time to walk through the hotel. There are a few nice stores and beautiful architecture to appreciate.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
5 Connaught Road, Central
It's best to go here with a group of people so that you can sample more dishes. Many of the tables are large, to accommodate groups.
Save room for dessert. The almond soup is delicious and a true Cantonese experience.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2005
Che's Cantonese Restaurant
4/F, The Broadway, 54-62 Lockhart Rd.
Attraction | "Tian Tan Buddha (aka Giant Buddha)"
Since I was there during the Chinese New Year, many families from mainland China were also visiting there. They were burning incense and praying. The incense was quite large and in every area, and the smell could be overwhelming for some.
Although there is also a monastery there, there wasn't much to see. The focus of the trip was really around experiencing the culture and religious expression.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2005
Big Buddha-Tian Tan Buddha
Near Po Lin Monastery
Ngong Ping, Lantau Island
Of course, it is very crowded. Allow plenty of time to leave the parade if you've made plans afterwards, since many streets are closed and you may need to walk a bit to reach public transportation.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 22, 2005
Chinese New Year Parade
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