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Hong Kong travel information

May 06, 2012

If you go

THE BEST WAY TO HONG KONG

From LAX, Cathay Pacific offers nonstop service to Hong Kong, and Air China, United, China Airlines, Asiana, All Nippon, Korean, Delta and China Eastern offer connecting service (change of plane). Restricted round-trip fares range from $890 to $1,252, including taxes, fees and fuel surcharges.

TELEPHONES

To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 852 (the code for Hong Kong), and the eight-digit local number.

WHERE TO STAY

Lan Kwai Fong, 3 Kai U Fong; 3650-0000; http://www.lankwaifonghotel.com.hk. A 33-floor, 158-room boutique hotel. Least-expensive rooms are small, light and modern with Chinese accents. Hotel has a small gym and a nice, fourth-floor open-air lounge for drinks and snacks. Doubles from $154.

Central Park Hotel, 263 Hollywood Road, Central; 2850-8899; http://www.centralparkhotel.com.hk. 148 rooms, near the Man Mo Temple and the financial district. Near the Western Market. Part of the same hotel group as the Lan Kwai Fong but less expensive and slightly less conveniently located. Rooms for two from $128.

The Ritz-Carlton, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon; 2263-2263; http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/HongKong/Default.htm. All the luxuries of a first-class international hotel, with a state-of-the-art health club and infinity pool on the 118th floor. The hotel is a bit removed from the sights of Kowloon, though the building has its own MTR station, including a stop of the Airport Express, and a large underground shopping mall. Rooms for two start at $515, depending on the season.

WHERE TO EAT

Shanghai Lane, 35-37 Gough St., Central, Hong Kong; 2850-7788. Friendly service, good food. Neighborhood place near the Lan Kwai Fong. Main dishes, $5-$15.

Wang Fu, 65 Wellington St., Central; 2121-8089. Tiny Beijing-style dumpling place. Delicious. Main dishes, $5-$10

Sang Kee Seafood Restaurant, 107-115 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong; 2585-2236. Cantonese home-style cooking. Main dishes, $20-$40.

Ozone, the 118th-floor bar at the Ritz-Carlton. Sweeping views of the Hong Kong skyline. Well-stocked bar and light snack menu, mostly Asian tapas. Eclectic, foreign and expatriate crowd. Thumping music. Drinks from about $10.

WHAT TO SEE

The Peak Tram, http://www.thepeak.com.hk, round trip to Victoria Peak: $5.

Happy Valley Racecourse, http://www.happyvalleyracecourse.com, Horse race season runs September to June. Check website for race days.

Edward Youde Aviary in Hong Kong Park, 19 Cotton Tree Drive, Admiralty. Free. Stroll on a wooden suspension bridge for an eye-level view of 90 species of birds. It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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