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Plan your trip ahead! Festive Hong Kong June, July, August and September 2011

In Uncategorized on 2011/06/14 at 2:04 pm

More reasons to go to Hong Kong–Dragon Boat Carnival is coming up on 17-19 Jun, Kylie Minogue Concert on 1 July (same day as National Day celebration in Hong Kong, a day with flag raising ceremony  in the morning at the Golden Bauhinia Square outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, variety shows in various districts and fireworks display at the harbour in the evening), Book Fair on 20-26 Jul, Food Fair on 11-15 Aug and Red Hot Chilli Pepper Live Concert on 9 Aug. In terms of festivals, 6 Aug is Chinese Valentine’s Day and 13 Aug celebrates the annual Ghost Festival and 24 September marks the Confucius Birthday. You NEED to come to Hong Kong to experience these things!

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Here in Concorde Travel, we arrange hotels, private guide and transfer for individual/group&family/business travelers visiting Hong Kong. We hold contract rates with many 3-5 stars major hotels and are able to prepare keenly priced arrangements for individuals and groups. We’re only one email away!

Our destination guide for Hong Kong can be read here: https://concordetravel.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/destination-guide-hong-kong/

A list of Hong Kong tours can be found here: https://concordetravel.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/theme-park-obsessive-the-theme-park-guy/

 

Have a look at our June Newsletter:

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Theme Park Obsessive: The Theme Park Guy

In Destination Guide, Our Travel Stories on 2011/04/19 at 4:04 pm

For those of us who love theme parks, the thought of quitting our jobs and going on trips to visit every theme park on earth is recurring and daily. Such an amazing dream to have, yet few have ever realized it. You might become jealous if you find a young German man is living this dream.  Since 2007, he’s been visiting theme parks around the world publishing online reviews, posting pictures and videos. His idea is simple:

“My ongoing journey to theme parks around the globe is also a study of diverse cultures and the different responses these playgrounds evoke in them. Japanese are crazy about souvenirs, Americans love roller coasters and Eastern Europeans like to flirt in water parks – there is so much to discover!…My aim is to give you an overview of all theme parks in the world through pictures, text and video, from the ground and from the air, whether they are under construction, up-and-running or half-demolished. “

The Theme Park Guy Picture from Thethemeparkguy.com

This man named Stefan Zwanzger wears a tailor-made roller-coaster-themed hat in bright red so he is hard to miss. You might find him in June when he comes to visit Hong Kong. Check out his website.

Concorde Travel

Here in Concorde Travel, we arrange hotels, private guide and transfer for all visitors visiting Hong Kong. We hold contract rates with many 3-5 stars major hotels and are able to prepare keenly priced arrangements for individuals and groups. Since we are on the theme parks theme, let’s have a look at theme parks in Hong Kong and our relevant tour packages.

  • Hong Kong Disneyland Magic Tour (duration 11 hours):

A world-class, unique family entertainment experience inspired by the original Disneyland in California. The park features some of the best & classic attractions & entertainment from other Disney parks around the world but was made with a hint of Hong Kong and Asian culture. The result is a familiar yet entirely fresh Disney experience. All year round Disneyland arranges special events, celebrating with ‘Disney’s Summer Fun’ from Jun to Aug, ‘Haunted Halloween’ from Sep to Oct and ‘Sparkling Christmas’ from Nov to Jan. Leave the outside world behind and enter a world of yesterday, tomorrow & fantasy.

Inclusive: seat-in coach transfer and one day admission ticket.

Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland

  • Ocean Park tour (duration 8 hours):

Ocean Park is Hong Kong’s premier theme park that offers memorable experiences that combines entertainment and education about conservation. The current park features a diverse selection of world-class marine attractions, thrill rides and shows.

Inclusive: seat-in coach transfer and one day admission ticket.

Ocean Park

Ocean Park

Other tours in Hong Kong:

  • Hong Kong Island Tour (duration 5 hours)- daily operate:

Inclusive: Seat-in coach, visit to the Victoria Peak with one way Peak tram ride, Stanley Market, Aberdeen Fishing Village

  • Symphony of Lights Cruise (duration 1.5 hours)- daily operate:
    At night time, the spectacular Hong Kong’s skyline on both side of the harbor will fire your imagination as the dazzling neon cityscape emerges. The cruise clematises as the Symphony of Lights show brightens up the skyline with spectacular display of lazer beams bouncing off skyscrapers from both sides of the harbor. “A symphony of Lights” has been awarded by Guinness World Records as the world’s “ Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show”.

Inclusive: Seat-in coach, unlimited free drinks on the Junk include cocktails, whisky, gin, beer, soft drinks, house red/ white wine.

  •  Highlight of the Night Tour (duration 5 hours)- daily operate:

Inclusive: Seat-in coach, air-conditioned coach transfer, guided service, open-top bus ride, buffet dinner on Harbour Cruise Bauhinia.

  •  Lantau Island Monastery Tour (duration 6.5hours)-daily operate:

Inclusive: Seat-in coach, one way Nong Ping 360 Cable Car ride and Chinese Vegetarian lunch.

Cheung Chau is a beautiful, fascinating South China Sea island. It is easily reached from Hong Kong’s main business district by high-speed ferry in thirty minutes, or preferably, if it’s a sunny day, by slow ferry that takes one hour. It’s a scenic boat ride, commencing with the spectacular high-rise commercial buildings of the Central business district and then the towering residential blocks which line the harbor foreshores all the way to harbor entrance. The contrast on arrival in the fishing harbor of Cheung Chau is extreme. There are no cars on Cheung Chau and the harbor front and bustling back streets are full of interest.

Hong Kong Island was ceded to Britain under the Treaty of Nanking, but the area was too small to be viable and the original territory stopped at Boundary Street, hence its name. Britain wanted more land on which to farm and build, so in 1898 leased the New Territories from China. This increased the size of the colony by more than 10 times. The Lease was for 99 years and the region became  known as the “New Territories”. The region consisted of Lantau Island (the biggest of the group), Lamma Island, Cheung Chau Island, Tsing Yi and numerous smaller islands. A large piece of flat land which finished at the Shenzhen River, formed most of the new boundary between Hong Kong and China. This is a tour of Hong Kong’s countryside, the rural and the traditional. Visit the Yuen Yuen Institute, Tai Mo Shan , Hong Kong’s tallest mountain and stop at Luen Wo Market to enjoy the atmosphere of this traditional community.  Continue along the border with mainland China to Luk King, passing through the Plover Cove Country Park to Sam Mun Tsai fishing village to see how local fisherfolk breed fish in submerged cages.

  •  Heritage Tour (Morning Tour):

When most visitors think of Hong Kong, Heritage is not a word that springs to mind. Although most are aware of the long history of the ex British Colony, they see it as being all sky-scrapers and banks. Perhaps surprisingly, there is still quite a bit of heritage left in Hong Kong; from temples and fishing villages, to ancestral halls and old defensive walled villages. An English speaking guide (other languages are available on request) will meet you in the lobby of your hotel.

  • A week with the YHA (Youth Hostels Association) including Hiking (7 days):
    A surprisingly inexpensive option. The superbly situated hostel is high on Mount Davis, overlooking the entrance to Hong Kong’s spectacular harbor. The nightly fireworks display at Hong Kong’s Disneyland can be seen in the distance, far across the island studded South China Sea. This tour package also includes a Hong Kong Island day tour, a climb up the Dragon’s back, visits to Shek O, Big Wave Bay and Sai Kung Country Park. An entire day spent on Lantau Island plus a day excursion to Macau.
  •  Macau Excursion (duration 10 hours)- daily operate:

Inclusive: Seat-in coach, lunch and round trip ferry tickets to Macau.

There are many more Hong Kong tour packages that we provide. For inquiries,  please kindly visit our website and feel free to send us an email.

Destination Guide: Hong Kong

In Destination Guide on 2011/04/19 at 2:08 pm

Hong Kong, with its blend of East and West, of Chinese roots and British 150 years of colonial heritage, of ultramodern sophistication and ancient traditions, is one of the most diverse and exciting cities in the world. From the dishes you love to something you’ve never tried. Take a stroll into the green and serene Hong Kong hills. Buy souvenirs and antiquities from street markets or glamorous malls. Leisure and luxury make sightseeing easy with our organised sightseeing.

 Accommodation

In survey after survey, Hong Kong’s hotels frequently top the list of the world’s best accommodation. Whether you’re treated to hand-made chocolates in your room or greeted by a doorman in impeccable white gloves and pillbox hat, the city’s deluxe hotels offer a style and service that is second-to-none. Relax in comfort. Easy to get to and comfortable to stay in, from deluxe to moderately priced, Hong Kong’s hotels offer service with a smile. Even smaller establishments take pride in their ‘family-style’ way. English-speaking front-line hotel staff are full of useful information. And Hong Kong hotels offer a vast array of cuisine’s – from homey hamburgers and pizzas to some of the world’s finest fare.

Compact and cosmopolitan, most Hong Kong hotels are located within easy reach of major attractions and transportation. Shuttle buses can whisk you from airport to hotel in air-conditioned comfort, and the Mass Transit Railway (MTR), linking the city with conveniently located stations, has easy-to- follow English language instruction. Ride the rails on the vintage working tram way system that has run from one end of Hong Kong to the other since 1904. A superb network of air-conditioned buses can take you to all corners of the Territories, and regular ferries run between all major islands.

Transport


Travel in style on transportation from another era. The Star Ferry (which celebrated its 100th birthday in 1998); the Street Tram (inaugurated in 1904); and the Peak Tram (the oldest form of mechanised transport in Hong Kong, at 110 years) are still used widely by locals and tourists alike. Easily accessible, Victoria Peak, via the Peak Tram, is the most popular attraction in Hong Kong. Stanley Market, on the south side of Hong Kong Island, is another favourite with visitors for its lively street market atmosphere and scenic setting. For long-staying visitors, an “Octopus” stored-value card will be useful. It allows you to travel on the MTR, KCR, Light Rail, some outlying ferry services, cross-harbour and city buses, and the Airport Express. Like most major cities, though, it’s best to avoid rush hours (8am-10am and 5pm-7pm) if possible.

Chinese Extravaganza

The capital of Chinese cuisine, lovers of authentic Oriental cooking need look no further. Cantonese, the local style, is known for its fresh flavours and quick frying. Steamed fish and barbecued meats are also popular dishes. From China’s provinces the tastes are rich and varied. You can have the most succulent Peking duck served with spring onion and plum sauce on a wafer-thin pancake, or wake your taste buds with some spicy Szechuanese or Hunanese fare.

Familiar Flavours
The City that lives to eat, Hong Kong boasts nearly 8,700 restaurants. Food to tempt your taste buds is never far from hand. From American-style steaks and burgers to authentic Italian fare, SoHo (the area ‘South of Hollywood Road’) and Knutsford Terrace (in Tsim Sha Tsui) has a cluster of cosy yet cosmopolitan restaurants. Lan Kwai Fong, the trendy nightlife area known for its excellent restaurants and bars in Central district, caters for tastes ranging from Californian to Vietnamese. Simply bring your appetite and feast away. Openrice.com is a Hong Kong people’s online directory for eating places and it is frequently visited by lots of locals for restaurant reviews and coupons.

Tea Time

 

An enduring tradition from the colonial era is the charming custom of afternoon tea. At the city’s most prestigious hotels on both sides of the harbour, visitors can take high tea, a tradition steeped in both British and Chinese cultures. Enjoy a pot of fine English tea accompanied by delicacies such as cucumber sandwiches, Windsor cake and home-made scones (with Devonshire cream and jam). Tea sets withlocal flavors can be found in most cha chang tang(they are everywhere, ask any local on the street, they’ll point you to one), while traditional English tea set can be tasted in Peninsular Hotel located on the Kowloon side in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Seafood
For seafood, Hong Kong’s Outlying Islands are a pleasant surprise for most visitors. With relaxed island atmosphere, quiet village ambience, lush greenery and excellent restaurants, of the 260 Outlying Islands, about a half-dozen have ferry service and are accessible to visitors. The main islands are Lantau, Lamma, Cheung Chau and Peng Chau. With a giant bronze Buddha, craggy mountains, quaint villages and seafood restaurants galore, it’s well worth the effort to visit these charming rural retreats. Dim sum (or light snacks) is the quintessential Hong Kong dining experience. During breakfast and lunchtime, restaurants and teahouses offer such tasty snacks as har gau (shrimp dumplings) and shiu mai (minced pork and shrimp in flour casing).

Super Shopping
Second only to dining, Hong Kong’s favourite pasttime is shopping. The City of Life has an unrivalled diversity of shopping destinations – from glitzy malls to lively market stalls.

High style
For international names at bargain prices, head to the many factory outlets and wholesale warehouses. These outlets buy fashion from factories where international brands are made and sell them at bargain prices. Places to look, with European and North American sizing and designs, are Central’s Pedder Building and Li Yuen Streets East and West. Also on Hong Kong Island, there’s Ap Lei Chau. In Kowloon, head for Hung Hom, or Granville Road and Fa Yuen Street for their casual fashions.

Market Magic
When market shopping, prepare to haggle! Visit the Ladies’ Market in Mong Kok for inexpensive style, or Yau Ma Tei’s Temple Street Night Market for anything from goldfish to electronics. Stanley Market on the south side of Hong Kong Island is famous for its Chinese souvenirs. As well as souvenir markets, visitors can enjoy markets dedicated to birds and flowers. Market shopping – it’s all part of the Hong Kong experience.

Stroll through historic streets in search of curios and antiques. Cat Street’s kitsch memorabilia, the fine imported carpets of Wyndham Street, or Hollywood Road’s Chinese and Asian handicrafts and antiques – the choice is endless. Hong Kong may be modern and sophisticated, but its heart is Chinese. For silks, embroidered table linens, ornaments, trinkets, calligraphy, paintings, jewellery boxes, vases, beautiful carvings, Chinese Arts & Crafts (HK) and the Yue Hwa Chinese Products Emporium are department stores dedicated to handicrafts.

 Temples, Festivals and Museums

Hong Kong is a city filled with temples. At seaside dwellings you’ll find Tin Hau temples dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea, protectress of fishermen. Two of the city’s most famous are the Man Mo Temple in Western, and the Wong Tai Sin Temple with a large arcade of fortune-tellers (some of whom speak English).

Experience the excitement and wonder of a traditional Chinese festival. Combining ancient religious and festive customs, these colourful, energetic events are celebrated most months in various locations throughout the territory.

Nearly two dozen museums act as chroniclers of Hong Kong’s history, culture and lifestyle. Among the most interesting is the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware. Most museums are free on Wednesdays and several offer 50 per cent discounts on admission fees for seniors aged 60 years and over.

Country Parks

While most people envision Hong Kong as a compact cosmopolitan city of skyscrapers, few realise that the city has a green side. Surprisingly, 40 per cent of its 1,100 square kilometres is protected in country parks. Green oases, Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Park and the Hong Kong Zoological & Botanical Gardens in Central, and Kowloon Park in Tsim Sha Tsui, act as Hong Kong’s ‘green lungs’ and provide a peaceful respite to the bustling, community beyond.

Recommended ‘green’ walks on Hong Kong Island, include Bowen Road – a flat, 2.5-kilometre paved road that is perfect for a relaxing urban walk or convenient jog. On The Peak, There is a leisurely 3.5-kilometre stroll with fantastic views. The walk takes about an hour to complete. Other suggested walks include Cheung Chau Island, Lantau Island and the beautiful Sai Kung peninsula. You can take as much or as little time as you like and buses are always available if you become tired.

Hospital and Hygiene

Most hotels have a medical clinic, with registered nurses. Qualified doctors are on duty at specified hours, and on call 24-hours-a-day for emergency treatment. There are also many government and private hospitals with 24-hour emergency and out-patient departments. Hong Kong’s medical facilities are among the finest in the world, and many of the territory’s registered doctors and dentists were trained or have undergone postgraduate training overseas. Pharmacists, too, are registered; their dispensing hours are usually 9am to 6pm or 8pm. All hotels have lists of recommended medical services; or alternatively, contact your consulate for assistance.

The government-run water supply more than satisfies United Nations World Health Organization standards. Care is necessary only in some rural and island areas where water is still drawn from wells. Bottled water is widely available in hotels, restaurants and convenience stores.

 Safety


Hong Kong is generally considered a very safe city both at night and during the day. As everywhere, however, protect yourself from pickpockets and carry as little cash and as few valuables as possible; travellers’ cheques and credit cards are widely accepted. The Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) has stations and reporting centres throughout the territory. The staff at the HKPF reporting centre in Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon and in Central on Hong Kong Island – at the Star Ferry Concourse, for example – are accustomed to helping visitors.

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Top 10 Architectures in Hong Kong

In Destination Guide on 2011/04/14 at 6:46 am

Don’t you just hate the news that keeps on reporting who are the top ten richest people on the earth or in your city when you’re just not one of them yet? For a change, Concorde Travel brings you the top 10 of one of the things that we appreciate most in our travel, which is architectures! Since we’re located here in Hong Kong, office in Central, why don’t we start here by introducing you to ten famous buildings in this city so you can get a healthy dose of what it is truly like when East meets West.

Concorde Travel is a travel company in Hong Kong that’s been serving happy customers since the year 1978. We arrange day tours, accommodation, experienced guides and private airport/hotel transfers to make your Hong Kong trip easy and memorable. Please send your inquiries about our specially tailor-made all-inclusive packages  here.

We thank Architecture Designer from Hong Kong, Mr. Platteen Tsang,  who has kindly provided this list and the detailed descriptions.

TOP 10 ARCHITECTURE IN HONG KONG

Hong Kong Architectures

  • Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Headquarter (Central)

It is a reflection of advanced building technology. Inspired by structure of suspension bridges, Lord Norman Foster had cleverly designed this masterpiece so to create some popular and comfortable spaces for the users and the public. The building itself also becomes the icon of Hong Kong and the notes.

  • Bank of China (Central)

Bank of China is also an icon of Hong Kong. Mr. I.M. Pei cleverly used geometric shape to form the envelope of the building and overcame the great challenge of a square-shape floor plan. The building is, in fact, a fusion of ‘feng shui’ and ‘high-tech’ – the building is a mimic of bamboo giving the meaning of gradual growth (節節上升).

bank of china

Bank of China

  • Headquarter’s Block of Central Police station (Central)

Over 100 years old, this piece of architecture is among the very few masterpieces that can help the modern people understand how our ancestors mimicked classical style. The proportion of this building effectively gives people a grand first impression. It is old but its vigor has not been lost.

  • Jardine House (Central)

Not many people realize the extent of creativity that Mr. James Kinoshita injected to this building. Structural openings of the windows are literally circular. Such detail strengthened the envelope of the building, and increased the speed of construction back then. Other magnificent details include: no-podium design for a high rise building, and part pitched roof.

  • Hong Kong Space Museum (Tsim Sha Tsui)

This is one of the best demonstrations of ‘simple form’ – a hemisphere. Consequently, the construction and interior layout are relatively complicated. However, the architect had successfully created a significant image at the harbour-side of Hong Kong. Over 90% of foreign visitors took a photo of this building when they made their trip to Hong Kong.

  • Hong Kong International Airport (Chek Lap Kok)

From the sky, you can see the airport is designed to form the shape of a plane. Inside the airport, the simplicity of roof-column relationship creates comfortable spaces for the users. As a place most people only stay for a short while, Hong Kong International Airport is one of the most memorable among visitors, the reason is the relaxing atmosphere made possible by a massive amount of natural light.

  • Breakthrough Youth Village Camp Site (Shatin)

The camp site is colourful and full of various texture and materials. In between buildings, the architect had created a lot of exciting interlocking spaces, semi interior spaces, covered spaces, etc, all these spaces encourage the users to explore. After staying there for several days, one could become more positive and energetic, and should feel more capable to overcome obstacles of life.

  • Cho Yiu Chuen (Lai King)

The design of Cho Yiu Chuen had integrated well with the natural environment of its location. Residents there could view the sea, and enjoy natural ventilation created by the hill at the back of the estate; therefore, spaces in Cho Yiu Chuen could remain cool even in the Summer. This beautiful estate could be viewed from far side when you travel on road from Kowloon to Tsuen Wan or the west part of New Territories.

  • Clague Garden (Tsuen Wan)

This residential estate is a creative demonstration of a special layout of flats – flats cluster at four corners surrounding a relatively large lightwell in the middle. In between the three buildings, gardens, footpaths and other community facilities were added to enhance the life of residents. I believe very little residential developments nowadays could match the creativity and the extent of care to the people as found in Clague Garden.

  • Peninsula Hotel (Tsim Sha Tsui)

This is a classic, high-brand architecture, simply beautiful. The building had experienced several large scale extensions, however, the details and decorations from its early days remain. The proportion between windows on the stone façades makes a beautiful, visually impressive picture.

We hope you enjoy this post and spend your holiday in Hong Kong to enjoy our cultures, food and amazing outdoor and architectures. Do remember to contact Concorde Travel for tour arrangements in Hong Kong and mainland China!

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