In Hong Kong, the Central – Mid-Levels Escalator system is the longest outdoor covered escalator in the world.
The escalator runs a length of 800 meters and climbs 135 meters in elevation. To ride the length of the escalator takes approximately 20 minutes. If this is your first ride on the elevator, you should allocate at least an hour so that you can stop off at some of the side streets, including the Central Market to see a traditional Hong Kong outdoor market, and Hollywood road to check out the antique shops. And best of all, it’s free to ride!
The town of Furano in Hokkaido Japan is a popular tourist attraction in the summer to see the beautiful flower fields.
Furano is particularly known for it’s Lavender fields but there are blooming flowers of all varieties. Furano is principally a farming town, and the flower fields are essentially in farms that sell the flowers to nurseries, but plant them in a decorative way for tourists to enjoy as well.
Earlier this month I stayed at the JW Marriott Hong Kong Hotel. I put together a video review of the stay that you can check out below.
The JW Marriott is located on Hong Kong Island within a short walk (<5min) of the Admirality MTR station via underground tunnel. The hotel is also situated directly above the Pacific Place shopping mall. For those that want to do some grocery shopping, there is a grocery store in the basement level of the Pacific Place shopping mall. Overall it’s an excellent location for tourists or business travelers.
To get to the hotel from the airport I took the Airport Express train to the final “Hong Kong” stop which takes about 20 minutes from the airport. From the airport train station I took the complimentary Airport Express Shuttle Bus — H1. The ride on the H1 shuttle took about 7 minutes to reach the JW Marriott… very easy.
Upon arrival at the JW Marriott the bell staff grabbed my luggage and directed me to the check-in desk. Check in was easy and the front desk staff indicated they had booked me in to a “quiet room” per my request, and I was upgraded to the Executive level. Once my check-in paperwork was completed, I was escorted to my room by the staff-member that processed my check-in AND the bell-boy that had my luggage.
The check-in assistant showed off the various bells and whistles in the room, like how the curtains open by the push of a button, while the bell-boy set my luggage up on a stand. After being in the room for about 10 minutes, housekeeping rang the doorbell with a special “welcome gift” of hot-tea and a fruit plate. The housekeeping staff that brought the tea also poured it in to a cup before leaving.
As a Gold/Platinum Marriott Rewards member I was given the option of breakfast in the lounge of the Marriott Cafe. Definitely take breakfast in the Marriott Cafe. It’s easily the best Marriott breakfast I’ve ever had. Not only is the food awesome, and the staff is super attentive and polished.
The room itself was very nice… my words won’t do it justice, so just watch the video .
I also stayed at the Conrad Hong Kong on this trip… and for those that are debating between the JW or the Conrad, I’d highly recommend the JW Marriott. I felt the rooms at the JW were nicer, the staff was more attentive, and the breakfast at the JW was FAR superior to that at the Conrad. Yes, the Conrad has better views of the harbor from the guest rooms, but the JW Marriott also has an excellent view of the harbor from the Concierge Lounge if your room doesn’t have one.
Overall I had an excellent stay at this hotel and would highly recommend it to anyone going to Hong Kong.
The Jumbo Floating Restaurant is located in Aberdeen Harbor in Hong Kong. This very unique restaurant was originally built in 1976 and has been serving floating meals ever since. This video highlights the Jumbo, and also includes information on how to take the free water ferry to get to Jumbo.
On Saturday and Sunday the Top Deck of the Jumbo serves an “all-you-can-eat” International Cuisine buffet. I was a bit skeptical at first, but the food was actually pretty tasty. And how often do you get to eat on a floating restaurant anyway?
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A travel guide for visiting the town of Stanley in Hong Kong.
Highlights are Stanley Market, Stanley Promenade, Stanley Main Street, Murray House, Pak Tai Temple, Tien Hou Temple, and views of Stanley Bay. Stanley is a great day trip to get away from the crowds of Central and Kowloon.
The Unkai Terrace is a scenic viewing terrace that is on a high mountain peak that is often “above the clouds.”
Unkai Terrace is located in the resort town of Tomamu in Hokkaido Japan, about a 2.5 hour drive from Sapporo. The word “Unkai” in Japanese means “sea of clouds” and the natural phenomena only occurs occasionally, typically on summer mornings at this location. To visit the Unkai Terrace you take a ropeway/cablecar for about 10 minutes to an elevation of up to 1100m. At the top of the ropeway there are a couple of viewing platforms, a Tokyo Soup Stock (for breakfast), and some hiking trails. Make sure to go early, because this is an early morning activity. The cable car opened at 4:10am and closed at 10:00am the day we were there. Even if you don’t get to see the actual “sea of clouds”, it’s still a pretty fun ride up to the top.
Tomamu is a resort town located in Hokkaido Japan, about 2 hours by train east of Sapporo.
Tomamu was built in the 1990′s during Japan’s bubble economy and the architecture/design and color-scheme of the high-rise hotels here is truly unforgettable. This travel guide provides an overview of the resort town including the hotels and restaurants in the area. In the summer, Tomamu is known for it’s Unkai Terrace (sea of clouds). In the winter, Tomamu is a popular skiing destination with numerous ski-lifts.
A travel guide for the medieval city of Toledo in Spain.
Toledo was the capital of Spain until the mid 1500′s when the capital was moved to Madrid. Highlights include the Toledo Cathedral (Spain’s largest Cathedral) built in the 13th century and the El Greco Museum. Toledo is an excellent day trip from Madrid and can be reached via a 33 minute high speed train ride from Atocha station.
A travel guide for Sapporo Japan – the capital of Japan’s northern island state of Hokkaido. Highlights include the Clock Tower, Odori Park, Sapporo TV Tower, Tanukijoki Shopping Street, Sapporo Beer Museum, Sapporo Factory Mall, Central Fish Market and Curb Market, Ramen Alley, and Chitose Airport.
Sapporo seems peaceful at street level but there are miles and miles of underground passages and shopping malls that bring out the “crowded” feel of larger Japanese cities like Tokyo. Come in the summer in enjoy the beer festival, or in the winter to enjoy the massive snow and ice sculptures.