China Journals

Pot Pourri - China and Hong Kong

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A travel journal to China by koshkha

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Quote: A collection of reviews from China and Hong Kong

M on the Bund

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Restaurant | "Mmmmmmmm on the Bund"

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I used to go to China often for work in the days before I started writing reviews. I remember a lot of meals – many of them pretty scary, but half a decade later only one restaurant stuck in my mind enough for me to remember its name. That place was called 'M on the Bund' and was in Shanghai.I love Chinese food – just not in China. I know that sounds really small minded but if you don't eat meat, real Chinese food is a scary experience. In most countries I just shut up and put up with what I'm given but I really struggle in China. Thankfully I was never exposed to eating the fish that's not yet dead (a famous dish) but I saw some pretty horrible things. I ate in many renowned Chinese resta...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 27, 2011

M on the Bund
7F, 5 The Bund
Shanghai, China 200002
+86 (0)21 6350 9988

Buddhist Dining for Vegetarians

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If you don't eat meat, eating in China can be a nightmare. There is absolutely nothing in the Chinese psyche which seems to be able to deal with the idea that a dish can't be made better by throwing in some meat. Even when you take care to order what looks like it's vegetarian – a tofu dish for example – there's still a very good chance that the chef will look at it as it swirls around the wok he's been cooking meat in all evening and think "I know what would make this SO much better" and then chuck in a handful of minced pork. You, sitting with your chopsticks in your hand, trying desperately not to give offence to your hosts, will then spend most of the evening trying to scrape mince off your dish w...Read More

Swissotel Beijing Hong Kong Ma

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Hotel | "Big, a Bit Swiss, Not Very Chinese"

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I stayed at the Swissotel in Beijing about 5 years ago on a business trip. I’ve stayed in many Chinese hotels but strangely this is the only one whose name I still remember years later. Swissotels are always lovely and each is very different from the others. It’s nice to stay with a chain that’s not driven to try to make all their hotels look the same.The hotel is enormous. It’s a curved multi-story building that sits at the intersection of two busy roads. It’s actually set a bit lower than the roads which is a bit weird at first. The lobby is spectacular with a tall atrium and masses of shiny marble. My room was large and nicely furnished but almost totally lacking any sense ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2010

Swissotel Beijing Hong Kong Ma
NO. 2 CHAO YANG MEN BEI DA JIE
Beijing, China
86-1065532288

Hong Kong International Airport

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Attraction | "Making Being in Transit Less of a Drag"

Hong Kong International Airport Photo, Hong Kong, China
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It might sound like a strange thing to say but Hong Kong airport is beautiful. And very very big. As a fan of the work of the British architect Sir Norman Foster, I instantly recognised it was one of his buildings the first time I went to check in at the new HK airport. It has the high ceilings with light-maximising techniques that I recognised from Stansted, one of his other great airport designs although in the case of Stansted it's a fabulous building but an awful airport.The old HK airport was very close to the city, so close in fact that landing could be quite scary. The new one is a different matter and is well over an hour drive from the city. It's built on an artificial island on l...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 7, 2010

Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong

Hong Kong International Airport

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Attraction | "Massage and Showers but Lousy Food"

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Last summer my husband and I went to Australia and travelled over via Hong Kong. We flew Cathay Pacific whereas my sister and her partner flew Quantas via Singapore and my parents went BA via Singapore. You could be forgiven for thinking that we're a family that doesn't get on very well! The truth was that we were all travelling on different days and so we each picked the flight options that worked best for us.I was not impressed when Expedia, with whom we'd booked our flights, contacted us to say that our connecting flight had changed and we'd have to take a much later plane. I was doubly not impressed when we landed in Hong Kong and the plane we would have taken was there waiting to leav...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 8, 2010

Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong

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koshkha

koshkha
Northampton, United Kingdom