For All the Tea in CHINA

One writer's quest for the perfect cup of tea takes her through Hong Kong and Tokyo, resulting in lessons of history, health and wellness. Tea began as an accident. It happened in China over 5,000 years ago when an early emperor thought drinking water should be boiled as a hygienic precaution. According to legend, while visiting a region of his realm, the servants began boiling water for … [Read more...]

Hong Kong Shows Its Colors During ART HK 11 Expo

Asia’s leading international art fair, ART HK 11 (aka the Hong Kong International Art Fair) returns to Hong Kong for its fourth year with some highly anticipated new elements, including a showcase for solo artists of Asian origin called ASIA ONE. Taking place from May 26 – 29, 2011 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), this year’s expo will feature over 250 galleries from 38 … [Read more...]

Heritage Rules at Hong Kong’s Hullet House

Amid this futuristic cityscape of skyscrapers, it’s rare to find any vestiges of old world China. But at the landmark Hullett House Hotel, east meets west at this impressive white-washed colonial building – formerly the Marine Police HQ on Canton Road – built in 1881 and one of four of the oldest surviving buildings in Hong Kong; now the star of a large revitalization and redevelopment project … [Read more...]

Cathay Pacific Eases Dreaded Long Haul

I wasn’t particularly looking forward to a recent flight from LA to Hong Kong. Sure, I was eager to get to Asia and commence a trip I was planning, but there was that 12-hour time span cramped in an aluminum tube hurtling across timezones to deal with first. We’ve all been there and know it can be a travel buzz-kill─ a dispiriting experience for even the most seasoned travelers.  The dreaded … [Read more...]

Seeing (Michelin) Stars In Hong Kong

It was just last December that Michelin awarded its first stars to Hong Kong and Macau dining establishments, the first in China.  Only the second foray into Asia for Michelin (they released a Tokyo guide in 2007), Hong Kong presents a heady mix of dining options, including local Cantonese cuisine and global influences ranging from classic French to progressive Japanese fare. The rating system … [Read more...]

Hong Kong’s Newest Oasis

Opening this fall, The Upper House is slated to be Hong Kong’s newest fashionable address. This architecturally-savvy boutique hotel showcases the talents of Andre Fu, an award-winning “design wunderkind” whose distinguished  projects include Piacere Italian Restaurant and Nadaman Japanese Restaurant for Shangri-la Hotel Tokyo, Agnes b. La Loggia Flagship Store in Hong Kong, and the private … [Read more...]