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Mice Net : February 2009
hong kong LEFT: The Lion Pavilion on The Peak. Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board. BELOW: Sea Dreams show at Ocean Park. OPPOSITE: The Mira Hong Kong – The Ballroom. al fresco. An invigorating way to start the day and a wonderful catalyst for group bonding. Essential Shopping Whether for international brands or interesting souvenirs, Hong Kong has shopping in spades, particularly in Kowloon. The biggest mall is Kowloon’s Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui. Sprawling across four levels it is especially good for brand names. For a bazaar feel, take a group to the outdoor Ladies Markets in Mongkok for trinkets and the flower and bird markets further on. The place to head for the latest trends is Elements, set underneath soon-to-be Hong Kong’s tallest building, the ICC in Kowloon. Over in Admiralty, upscale Pacific Place features two department stores, including Lane Crawford. En-route to drinks and dinner, a stroll down Hollywood Road passes amazing antique stores, full of jade and ancient Chinese curios. Enjoy the Harbour Hong Kong is a magnificent archipelago and its harbour is central to its beauty. After a day of meetings, try cocktails onboard a traditional 28 metre Chinese junk, the Aqua Luna (www.aqua.com.hk). With its iconic red sails, the junk’s Cantonese name of ‘Cheung Po Tsai’ is named after an infamous pirate of the South China Sea. Departing from both Central and Tsim Sha Tsui, the junk crisscrosses Hong Kong harbour daily. The 1500 square foot cabin has capacity for 80 guests, serving hip cocktails and light snacks. At 8.00pm guests can see the Symphony of Lights spectacular on the Hong Kong skyline. Jazz nights are scheduled for April 2009. Food & Wine Hong Kong has endless opportunities to taste different cuisines, wines and cocktails in an array of wonderful settings. Up high, Azure in Lan Kwai Fong offers swish 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). 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 the mainland. the big attraction Ocean Park (www.oceanpark.com.hk) is the venue to consider if called to gather and entertain very 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. mice.net 189