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Mice Asia Net : January 2009
hong kong at a Getting there Hong Kong International Airport welcomes 60 airlines bringing travellers from 130 global destinations on 350 flights daily. The Airport Express links the airport directly to Hong Kong’s central business district (24 mins). cocktails on the terrace 30 floors up (www.azure.hk). Nearby, a group can take in SoHo (“South of Hollywood Road”) from the mid-level escalators en route to Alcove, a chic, innovative Hong Kong ‘private kitchen’ which offers cooking classes and dining for groups (www.alcovesoho. com). Further out in Shouson Hill, the Clubhouse at Crown Wine Cellars is a unique venue for private wine tasting and fine dining for up to 100 people on a UNESCO Heritage Site (www.crownwinecellars.com). Gateway to China Hong Kong is a key gateway to China. Frequent air links from Hong Kong’s international airport, efficient rail services and some of the world’s largest fleets of high-speed and overnight ferries make China easily accessible for long-haul travellers to Hong Kong as part of multi-day itineraries. The Pearl River, in China’s sub-tropical south, connects three of the Far East’s most exciting destinations - Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong province (formerly Canton). This region includes one of China’s most vibrant cities, Guangzhou, while the rural landscapes of Shenzhen lie only 45 minutes from Hong Kong by bus. While each area has its own international airport, day trips from Hong Kong are an ideal way to enjoy Macau and mainland China. The Big Attraction Ocean Park (www.oceanpark.com.hk) is the venue to consider if called to gather and entertain large groups of delegates and their families from right across the Asia-Pacific region. Located on the Southern side of Hong Kong Island overlooking the beautiful South China Sea, Ocean Park aims to provide entertainment, education and conservation facilities, with a range of rides, interactive exhibits, cuisines and incentive packages. Already two years into its major redevelopment, Ocean Park will double the number of attractions to 70 and build three resort hotels by 2012. Above: Sea Dreams show at Ocean Park. 22 miceAsia.net Weather Comfortable all year round, from the middle of September to the end of February Hong Kong’s mild climate and clear days (17-24 degrees C) are perfect for business travel. The weather from May to mid-September is very warm, humid and rainy (up to 30 degrees C) with typhoon potential. Visa requirements Visitors from most countries can enter Hong Kong without a visa for periods of seven days to six months, depending on nationality. For more information go to www.immd.gov.hk/ehtml/hkvisas_4.htm Helpful Cantonese Phrases Welcome - foon ying Goodbye - joy kin Hello - nei ho Thank you - ng goi (for a service), dor dze (for a gift) How much? - Gei dor tsin? How do I get to (place)? - (Place) dim hui? Or look up these websites:www.cantonese.ca/, www.cantonese.ca/phrases.php Dining Hong Kong has 9000 restaurants and is renowned for its fusion of eastern and western cuisine and seafood. The different districts of Hong Kong each have unique flavours to offer but good Chinese food is available everywhere. Must try: Hong Kong-style tea, for its richness and aroma; Hong Kong’s sweet egg tarts, famously favoured by ex-Governor, Chris Patten; crispy roasted goose. Itinerary ideas For itinerary ideas, go online to “Itinerary Planner”, HKTB’s latest online tool to assist travellers with planning their visit - www.discoverhongkong.com/planner. glance