Designed to show you two aspects of life in the city, tour the best bits of Hong Kong Island before discovering the natural beauty of Lantau, Hong Kong's largest island, with time to spend exploring as you wish.
Hong Kong (3N)
If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to one of our Destination Specialists who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us at 877 993 6399 and we'll help plan your dream vacation.
Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
Overlooking the Happy Valley Racecourse, this 4* hotel is centrally located on Hong Kong Island in the stylish district of Wan Chai. Sophisticated rooms come with Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, mini fridges, and tea and coffee making facilities.
Conveniently located on the exciting Nathan Road, the Eaton is a fantastic choice of accommodation in Kowloon. With outdoor swimming pool, modern furnishings and a choice of dining options, the Eaton offers everything you could desire.
Conveniently located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong's renowned commercial and entertainment district, the Regal Kowloon Hotel is a sleek and refined establishment ideal for both leisure and business stops. This luxurious hotel offers gracefully furnished guestrooms with modern fittings and a variety of award winning food and drink from Cantonese & Sichuan cuisine to American Italian delights, international buffets and refreshing cocktails.
The Harbour Grand Kowloon offers 555 well-appointed Hong Kong guest rooms and suites. The luxury rooms are brightly furnished with an emphasis on comfort and functionality and the majority of rooms feature outstanding harbour views. The Harbour Grand Kowloon’s distinctive feature is its unique location in the city, right on the Kowloon waterfront in the breezy Whampoa Garden district. It is just five minutes’ drive from MTR Hunghom Station and the bustling entertainment district of Tsim Sha Tsui, and is furthermore adjacent to the ferry piers linking to Hong Kong Island.
A recent beneficiary of a multimillion dollar transformation, the refreshed Langham Hotel is perfectly situated in the shopping district of Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. All 98 rooms and suites are elegantly styled, complete with up to date modern facilities and designed primarily with space and a high level of comfort in mind. One of the highlights of the hotel is the three-Michelin starred T’ang Court Restaurant which serves the very best in authentic Cantonese cuisine. There are numerous other restaurants which serve a wide variety of lavish European and American styled dishes. In the evenings a popular place to wind down is the Artesian Bar, which serves the finest in-house infusions. Alternatively, you may want to enjoy a live music performance at The Langham Afternoon Tea at Palm Court.
A visa is not required by UK and most EU citizens. Please check with the relevent embassy.
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the US the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 1, then the local area code , then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 1 212 868 5800.
Mobile phones are quite popular in China and you will find high quality coverage. China has active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however text and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your cell phone provider if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the US.
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. Many websites, including most Google Products, Facebook and Twitter are banned in China and therefore inaccessible. If you need to access your email via Gmail whilst in China, please use an alternative email account whilst in the country.
Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and China is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip.
For those passengers on group tours we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
For those traveling privately, we will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.
Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure, and China has a vast array of shopping opportunities for those who love to seek out a bargain. From hand carved jade to local silk products or pearls from the South China Sea – the variety and choice can seem endless.
In keeping with most people’s interests while on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavor to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost.
Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. As is traditional in China, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on a ‘Lazy Susan’ so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. In China all the dishes are served in various styles and brought out to the table for everyone to share. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
Each individual place setting will consist of a bowl of fan (rice), a pair of chopsticks (you may request western cutlery if you prefer), a flat bottomed soup spoon and a saucer. Chinese food is usually served in courses where a typical meal will consist of rice, one to four meat or fish dishes, two vegetable dishes, and one soup dish. Almost all food is cut into bite sized pieces. The centre of the meal is the fan or rice. The meats and vegetables that we think of as the focus of the meal are known as ts’ai, which roughly translates as ‘side dishes’. Fish is not always available, particularly outside of the bigger cities.
The Chinese are also not big on desserts with meals normally complemented with fruit to clean and refresh the palate.
Sichuan cuisine is distinguished by its use of ginger, chilli and the ‘Sichuan peppercorn’ called the fagara. Each meal will usually have some mild dishes but many of the local speciality dishes will be hot. If your group find there are not enough mild dishes served, please inform your National Escort/Local Guide so that they may resolve the problem for the next meal.
If you would like to drink beer, soft drink or bottled water with your meals, payment is to be made directly to the restaurant staff. Beer is traditionally consumed in small glasses; not the larger pints glasses that you may be used to.
Green tea is sometimes provided complimentary. All other drinks will be at your own expense.
If you have booked a tour that does not include all meals, your local guides will be able to recommend a variety of restaurants to meet your taste and budget.
It is possible to buy snacks in supermarkets within major towns or cities. Alternatively, you may also like to bring comforts like cereal, biscuits, muesli bars, and tea/coffee from home.
Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.
Hotels in China are bound by Government laws which mean that air conditioning is switched on nationally in May and the central heating in November (this may vary slightly depending on the region).
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