Hong Kong in March

Nov 6th, 2011, 10:06 AM
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Hong Kong in March

We will be in Hong Kong on March 14th for 10 days and I was wondering about the weather. Will it be warm enough to use the pool at the hotel?

We would also appreciate help in finding good Asian restaurants, price is not a concern. We would like to try Dim Sum along with some Cantonese. Not looking for Hotel restos unless they are really great. There is no Chinatown where we live so looking forward to some good meals. Thanks for your help........
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Nov 6th, 2011, 10:32 AM
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www.weather2travel.com/climate-guides/hong-kong

Nice time last month B4 big rains start in April warmer

fourseasons.com Best upscale DS or Lee Restaurant best overall

with best selection www.chowhound.com will have all the best

with honest reviews check there.

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Nov 6th, 2011, 10:37 AM
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We would also appreciate some info on not to be missed sites in Hong Kong.
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Nov 6th, 2011, 10:46 AM
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I was in Hong Kong in early March of 2010. I am an avid swimmer and learned, from my research, that a heated pool is necessary to insure swimming at that time of year. So you need to look for an indoor pool, or a hotel with heated outdoor pool. Four Seasons has 2 outdoor pools--one heated and one not. The swimming is fabulous. YOu will find more detailed info here:



http://www.fodors.com/community/asia...swith-pool.cfm


While the dim sum at the Four Seasons Lung King Heen is excellent, and the value is definitely there for lunch, you can also do very well in a much lower price range. Fu Sing is one good option but there are many others.
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Nov 6th, 2011, 11:20 AM
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look for posts by Cicerone, who lives in Hong Kong. She has several long threads about things to see and do as well as a great restaurant thread.
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Nov 6th, 2011, 11:30 AM
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ekscrunchy,

Thank you for your quick response. I have just read the link you sent and am worried about the weather. Was it as foggy and damp as they suggested it could be.

Did you stay at the FS. We are booked there for 10 days in a harbour view room. What are your thoughts on the hotel. My husband would like to be able to swim and use the pool area on Sunday after a great Dim Sum lunch! I'll pass and go to the mall with some time for myself.

We were in HK 6 years ago waiting to go on a cruise and didn't see or eat enough to satisfy us, so back we go.

The restaurants are VERY important to us as we travel to eat!
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Nov 6th, 2011, 12:44 PM
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Dorie: Yes, I spent about 5 nights there last year. It is a magnificent hotel. My friends had the harbor view room but I took the non sea view; we were both happy with our choice. We had a dim sum lunch at LKH and I recommend it. The price was surprisingly reasonable for such a well-rated hotel restaurant; we paid 140HKD for a dim sum lunch for three which worked out to less than $20US per person at the exchange rate at the time of my visit.

We had decent enough weather; it was cool and foggy a few days but we also had some sunny days. I would not be deterred by thoughts of poor weather.

I am also a bit of a food fanatic ( a brief peek at my trip reports on this forum will confirm that, for better or worse!) Although I never completed the trip report for that particular trip, I did write about my meal at LKH (look at the very end of this link; that visit to HK came at the end of a 3 week stay in Burma followed by a few days in Shanghai, another great eating city.)

http://www.fodors.com/community/asia...yssey-2010.cfm

As I mentioned, I also had two good meals at Fu Sing, at their Wanchai location, one in the company of a prolific Chowhound-er who is a native of HK. That restaurant is known for dim sum, although my two meals there were dinners. Typical HK style place..gruff service, perhaps, with some servers less-than-adept in English, but some divine dishes--the cha siu and the pork belly rank with the best dishes of that long trip. I would certainly return on my next visit to the city.

There is a more upscale restaurant, Lei Garden, in the IFC Center that houses the Four Seasons. We had an excellent meal there, too.

I will be happy to give you further details, but since I've only been to HK a few times and am not so knowledgeable about the dining scene, I would recommend taking a peek at the many HK dining threads on Chowhound since there are a few regular posters there who visit frequently and are enamored of the food (as I am!)
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Nov 6th, 2011, 12:47 PM
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And I forgot: I swam every morning. The pool itself, the view from the pool deck, and the service (pool guy rushing to bring you your terry robe as you ascend the pool stairs)--impeccable. There were a few swimmers using the non-heated pool but I was not among them. Both pools are large enough for serious swimming.
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Nov 6th, 2011, 02:46 PM
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ekscrunchy,

I am looking forward to reading your trip report this evening, thanks for all the info. We did have dinner at Lei Gardens on both of our trips to HK. The hotel restaurant LKH sounds perfect for our Sunday Dim Sum.

I'm so glad you liked the Four Seasons. We stayed at the Peninsular the last two times, but the tower is closing in January for a redo so we had to choose a new spot.

There is not alot of talk on Chowhound about HK right now, but we have plenty of time to plan all our meals, which we love to do.

Again thanks for all of your help. I love to plan these trips and take lots of time picking out restaurants.
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Nov 7th, 2011, 01:39 AM
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Dorie: I look forward to "discussing" your forthcoming trip, especially the restaurants! I can almost guarantee that you will not be disappointed by the Four Seasons. Marvelous breakfasts, too, in which dishes are not served buffet style but brought freshly made to your table.
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Nov 7th, 2011, 12:59 PM
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ekscrunchy,

Breakfast sounds great. We hate to eat at breakfast buffets as we always eat too much.

The more I read about the hotel the more I like it. Now if I could only find a way to get a less expensive rate!

We have booked round trip on Continental out of Newark, with a quick trip up the day before from Florida.
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Nov 8th, 2011, 03:50 AM
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Dorie: I hope you have better luck getting a discount rate than I did!! I ended up booking with a Virtuoso agent, who got us free breakfast and upgrade contingent on availability. There was a sports event in the city and the hotel was full, so we did not get the upgrade but did love that breakfast, as I mentioned. I'm afraid I did eat too much at breakfast in spite of it not being a buffet!

Are you set on that hotel, or are there others in contention?

Another place we ate was Tim's Kitchen, which has changed location since my visit. Interesting concept; you had to choose many of your dishes in advance (they fax you a menu and you can go over it with the hotel concierge). Not sure what the latest reports are, but it might be worth considering. There is also lots of talk about a place called The Chairman. Again, there are a few very knowledgeable posters on Chowhound that are always willing to help out a visitor.
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Nov 8th, 2011, 04:29 AM
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ekscrunchy,

I think we are pretty well set on the FS. We looked at the Ritz, but the pool was indoors. The Intercontinental from all that we have heard has really turned into a very comercial hotel, not what we want. The Mandarin Oriental looks nice but the rooms are not as nice, and is more of a bussiness hotel. We have never stayed on the HK side so this is also interesting for us.

I have been reading up on restaurants and the Chairman comes up quite often. I put it on our list for an early lunch. I am looking for a Dim Sum lunch spot that has soup dumplings. So far Ye Shanghi, in the Pacific Place Mall, is the only place I can find that has them. We have eaten there and enjoy the food so we just might go back again. Zen is still getting good press so we will go there. It was one of our favs on our last trip.
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Nov 10th, 2011, 07:17 AM
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Here are my thoughts and observations:

1. If I had to choose one month NOT to visit Hong Kong, it would be March. (The next worse month is February, but my motto for February is “at least it’s not March”. You also have Lunar New Year during Feb in some years, which adds to its appeal. ) March is the month I typically try to get out of Hong Kong for at least part of the time. It’s either damp, foggy and cool, or damp, foggy and warm. It is the weather in which your mirror never clears all day after your morning shower, and mold grows on your shoes and leather car seats. If you can move your trip to most any other month, I would think that is a better idea. You could of course luck out and have great weather in March. The odds are against you, esp for 10 days, but it can of course happen. Then, thank your lucky stars and enjoy.

2. As you seem to have been to Hong Kong a few times before, the weather may not be as much of a factor to you. Only you could know. I don’t know if you could or would want to swim outdoors in March, even in a heated pool, but that will be a matter of luck in the weather and your own preferences. I would not pick a hotel in March based on its outdoor pool. If it is nice enough to sit outdoors when you are there, please don’t waste time sitting by a pool.

3. As you have 10 days, you might want to split time between hotels. I am not usually a fan of moving hotels within a city, but you have a big chunk of time, and a nice budget, and may want to consider it. In that case the Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons might be interesting. The Ritz really has the views (March fog notwithstanding) and has a rather stunning indoor pool. It’s an infinity pool looking out over the western harbour, so seems to float 115 stories above the water. Really fantastic at sunset. The pool has a ceiling with electronic bits imbedded into it which projects images onto the ceiling in a mosaic-like pattern (clouds, colours, her images), it’s rather spectacular. There are several very good restaurants.

You could also consider staying someplace like the East Hotel, in the far east of Hong Kong Island, which is an area not frequented by tourists. (See http://www.east-hongkong.com/en/default.aspx) The area is a lot of offices and shopping malls, but you can get to interesting bits from there rather easily. such as the Tai Hang area to the west in Causeway Bay which has the charming Lin Fa Kung Temple on Lily Street and is a mix of upscale restaurants and noodle shops, or the Sai Ho Wan area on the waterfront to the east where you can find some interesting temples as well as the excellent Museum of Coastal Defense (see http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/Coastal/en/index.php).

4. If you don’t switch hotels within Hong Kong, consider an overnight to Macau which would give you time to see the quieter parts of the various Macau islands away from the obnoxious casinos. Or consider going to areas of the mainland PRC which are a day trip or overnight trip, like the Kaipíng area which is about 2 hours from Guangzhou, to see the diaolóu (often called, somewhat erroneously, “watch towers”). These were built by returning overseas Chinese in the early part of the last century. Some articles can be found at the Frommers.com website and at http://www.kaiping.gov.cn/test/diaolou/eng; http://www.chinaculture.org/gb/en_cu...ent_79330.htm; and http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/1688. Or consider a trip to
Crosswaters Lodge, an “eco lodge” outside Huizhou, which is about 70 miles from Hong Kong. You can take a car or train. It’s in a lovely mountain area with birding, hiking and visits to local Hakka villages. Quite interesting and pretty and very untouristed. Huizhou is a largish city, with some pretty areas along the river. For the lodge, see crosswaters.net.cn/. You need a PRC visa for either of these trips.

5. The soup dumplings you mentioned are Shanghainese, not Cantonese, which is why you have so far only seen them at Ye Shanghai (which is quite good). You can sometimes find them in Cantonese restaurants as well; I can’t recall if Zen has them. One place I would recommend for them is below:

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao
Shop 310, Tai Yau Plaza
181 Johnston Road
Wanchai
Tel: 2573-8844
(see website for other outlets in Hong Kong at http://www.crystaljade.com/hongkong.htm

You should also be able to find them here:

Shanghai Garden
1/F Hutchison House
10 Harcourt Road
Admiralty
Tel: 2524 -181
http://www.maxims.com.hk/en/index.asp

I have an embarrassingly long restaurant list which I would be happy to send you if you send me an email at [email protected]; I would suggest you wait until Jan or Feb to get my list as I update it about once a month (restaurants tend to open and close here with lighting speed).

6. I personally would never rule out a restaurant because it is in a hotel. In Asia, unlike Europe and America, some of the very best restaurants are found in hotels. This is changing, but still I would say it is more the rule than the exception that the better restaurants here are in hotels; for example Lung King Heen mentioned above in the Four Seasons. That is certainly the case with “name” restaurants like Nobu.
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Nov 10th, 2011, 12:33 PM
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Cicerone,

Thanks for all the information. We are unable to change our travel dates so we will deal with the weather as best a possible. We have been to HK twice, both times in early March so we really know what to expect weather wise. That said one trip was cold and damp in the 50s, and the following year we saw sunny days in the high 60s, and clear views from the Peak.

I would be very honored to have your restaurant list and will contact you after the new year here, Jan 2012.

Hotel dining is fine with us and we expect to try out the best ones HK has to offer. We do need one special dinner as my brother will be in HK for three nights while we are there. Should it be the Ritz or the Four Seasons restaurant.

Dim Sum is high on our list for lunch and we are starting our list with Ye Shanghi and The Chairmen. I have lots of reading to do and will check back here everyday to see whats new.

Thanks again for you help, all suggestions are appreciated.
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Feb 11th, 2012, 08:14 AM
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We are about a month away from our trip and I'm trying to firm up our restaurant selections. Here is our list so far, and please critique as much as you like. We will be in Hong Kong for seven days right before the Rugby 7s.
LUNCH
Zen
Din Tai Fung
Sunday Dim Sum Tin Lung Heen
Liu Yuan Pavilion
Ye Shanghai

DINNER
Crystal Jade
The Square
Isola
Fook Lam Moon
Tosca
Lei Gardens
Man Wah

Thank you so much for all of your help planning this trip.
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Feb 11th, 2012, 05:04 PM
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I just wonder if someone will get tired from all the high-end dining. Just curious about it.
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Feb 12th, 2012, 03:59 AM
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Dorie I know only a few of those restaurants so cannot comment on most. We did have a very good dinner at Lei Gardens in the IFC Center connected to the Four Seasons. That would be an appropriate spot for the "special" dinner with your brother, as would Lung King Heen in the Four Seasons. The latter is a bit more elegant, especially at dinnertime.


Ye Shanghai, Crystal Jade, and DTF are part of fairly upscale Asian chains and all will give you very good food in a slick environment. I've been to DTF in several Asian cities and always have had a good meal. The xlb, or sup dumplings, at DTF are legendary. I, too, read quite a bit about The Chairman but did not have time to go there.

You will absolutely be able to swim in March, even if the weather is chilly, as the FS' largest pool is very well heated. I swam every morning before breakfast and had the pool mostly to myself. We were there DURING the Rugby tournament and the city was packed!

For more food information I will direct you to www.Chowhound.com, where there are several posters local to HK or frequent travelers to HK who are very knowledgeable about the local food scene.

I wish I were going along with you!
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Feb 13th, 2012, 08:19 AM
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Zen
Always a good choice. Make a booking.

Din Tai Fung
Don’t know it

Sunday Dim Sum Tin Lung Heen
To be frank, if you are gong to Tosca, I am not sure it is worth going to this one as well (view is not of the harbour but looks north and west). I would pick one. If you wanted to spend a lot of money on dim sum, I think I would go to the Four Seasons actually.

Liu Yuan Pavilion
Don’t know it

Ye Shanghai
I actually think I would go here for dinner and switch out the Square or Crystal Jade for lunch. Otherwise fine for lunch.

DINNER
Crystal Jade
Also a good choice for lunch, but hard to go wrong for either meal at any of their outlets. Some outlets are more casual than others, the one in Wan Chai is not particularly upscale, IMO.

The Square
I like it for dim sum, but fine for dinner.

Isola
Due to construction going on in front of the IFC building, their view is not much at this point, lots of cranes. It is better at night, and if you are not sitting outdoors (which you may not want to do in March in any event). For the IFC Mall, the higher you can go, the better the view will be at this time. Isola is a bit too low.

Fook Lam Moon
Not sure which outlet you mean. I like the one on the Wan Chai side.

Tosca
Consider joining the blue plate special crowd and booking a table before sunset (maybe half an hour) and go and have a drink at the table while the sunsets. I think the earliest booking they take is 5:50 or 6 pm which may just make it for sunset in March; you will then get the fabulous views both day and night, which are really something (assuming the March weather cooperates.)

Lei Gardens
Not sure which outlet you mean, again hard to go wrong with this one.

Man Wah
One of my personal favourites, for atmosphere and food.
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Feb 14th, 2012, 05:44 AM
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Cicerone thanks for your input. I have changed Sunday lunch from Tin Lung Heen to Lun King Heen, reservation is made.

Ye Shanghai will now be for dinner, and The Square lunch.

Fook Lam Moon on Johnston Street, is that the one you mean? and Lei Gardens at the IFC.

Are there any reservations that need to be made before we leave or can we arrange them upon arrival.

I would love to have your restaurant list if possible. Thanks again for all of your help.
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