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China & Hong Kong: where to stay, dine and host clients

4 June 2019

April French Furnell

If you’re planning a business trip out East and visiting Hong Kong and China, then look no further for recommendations of where to stay, where to dine and where to host your clients...

Where to stay

Swire Hotels with its two brands The House Collective and EAST. The House Collective is designed with the seasoned luxury traveller in mind and each hotel is sophisticated and refined. The Middle House opened in Shanghai in early 2018 and adopts an Italian vision with a local twist. Its artwork collection is inspired by the curatorial theme “I Dream Of China” based around the central porcelain and ceramic heritage of China. The Upper House in Hong Kong was designed by architect Andre Fu and has 117 studios and suites and is notable for its sculptures and installations by leading contemporary Asian artists. There is also, The Opposite House in Beijing and The Temple House in Chengdu.

The EAST brand is designed for business and lifestyle, with one in Hong Kong and another in Beijing, they are designed to be the perfect place to stay for both work and play.

The Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong is a tried and tested staple in the luxury hotel market and has a prime location on Hong Kong island with an infinity pool, spa and its fine dining options such as Caprice mentioned below.

 

Where to eat

Hong Kong has seven restaurants rated with three Michelin stars, so if you’re looking for fine dining you’ll be spoilt for choice. Caprice was recently promoted from two stars to three stars. Situated within the Four Seasons, it serves classic French savoir-faire. Described by the Michelin Guide as “French cuisine of the highest order features luxurious ingredients, superb techniques and a mastery of flavours and harmony”.

If you are looking for something more easy on the wallet, then you could try She Wong Yee in Causeway Bay famed for its snake soup. On a typical winter’s day over 1,000 bowls are served.

In Beijing, The Georg, which sits within a two-storey-high atrium with a distinctive Nordic style to match the cuisine offers something a little different. Top picks include the Sous-vide lamb with lobster tail and banana-chocolate mousse encased in a chocolate shell with nostalgic popping candy.

 

Where to host your clients for drinks

Tea is an integral part of Chinese culture, and Shanghai is home to some of the most revered tea houses. Top choices include Zenjoy, a teahouse with a garden pond outside, as well as the Mid Lake Pavilion Tea House, famed for being the oldest tea house in Shanghai and having hosted Queen Elizabeth II and Bill Clinton.

In Hong Kong, you can’t beat a bar with a view. Alto in Causeway Bay is perched on the 31st floor boasting impressive views and a grill house menu. While Piqniq has an open rooftop decked out with comfy seats and offers a curated list of wines, champagnes and classic cocktails. They also serve picnic baskets filled with charcuterie, cheese, and quiche. It also sits above H Queen’s, housing several art galleries.

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