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Jewelry Shopping in Beijing, Guilin, and Hong Kong

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  1. snotty_pie
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    by snotty_pie » Jan 10, 2018
    I had Mott32 on my list already, and I was going to try to get a reservation at Lung King Heen (Four Seasons) for my birthday dimsum. I have T'ang Court dinner reservations already on my birthday. :)

    I love steak, so thank you for the recommendation! Any high tea recommendations for HK? I was going to hit up the Peninsula since it's known to be fantastic.

     
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    Thanks jadesilver! I have Da Dong and the restaurant in Opposite Hotel on my list for Peking duck. My friend who I am traveling with lived in Beijing for a few months, so she is going to take me around to her favorite dumpling places as well.

    I am hungry just thinking about this trip!

     
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    by mochiko42 » Jan 10, 2018
    Skip the Peninsula high tea. No reservations allowed and the massive queue of hovering tourists completely ruins the atmosphere. Food also has also gone downhill and it's overpriced. If you really want to try tea in this hotel group, try The Verandah at its sister hotel, the Repulse Bay, on the south side of the island, at least you have a beautiful view of the beach and the colonial style decor.

    Personally I'd do the Ritz Carlton hotel high tea ( Café 103 on 103/F of the ICC building, amazing views of Victoria harbour), Tiffin high tea at the Grand Hyatt (just reopened after renovation), Cafe Gray Deluxe (American/Swiss chef Gray Kunz's HK outlet) or the Clipper Lounge high tea at the Mandarin Oriental (more traditional).

    When we have a choice, my husband and I usually go to more casual places that skew towards a younger 20s/30s something crowd (craft beer, sharing plates, tapas, etc)., there are quite a few interesting places in HK for that. E.g. Little Bao and Second Draft are modern Chinese/fusion places run by a friend of my husband's; she was named the top female chef in Asia last year and makes some very tasty and creative food.

    Oh and also how could I forget, Yardbird is a must try. Chef is originally from Zuma @ Madison Ave, New York, and all their yakitori is from chicken raised on their own local farm. It's my absolute favorite restaurant in town. Plus they have their own label nigori sake that is sooo delicious!
     
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    by snotty_pie » Jan 10, 2018
    Thank you so much for the recommendations! Little Bao is on our agenda for the evening before we fly out. I am really excited to try it now. I'll see if we can squeeze in Yardbird as well.

    Thanks again for the amazing recommendations!

     
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    by Dancing Fire » Jan 10, 2018
    The filthy places taste the best...:lickout:. that was true back in the olden days, but I haven't been back in HK since 1983...:bigsmile:. The junk foods on the street was the best...:lickout:
     
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    The tough part of traveling sometimes is balancing deliciousness with risk of food poisoning! :sick:

     
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    by mochiko42 » Jan 10, 2018
    Hahaha I love to eat the local snack food but I don't recommend it for tourists. Except for the egg tart and egg waffles, maybe. There are a couple of local snack places recommended by Michelin guide so I suppose they are more accessible for tourists. There isn't much of the traditional street food left as the government cleaned most of the streets up decades ago and then the high rents did the rest.
     
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    by qubitasaurus » Jan 10, 2018
    For street food I really like the haw covered in toffee on sticks. They sell it all winter and it is really tasty, never been food poisoned (I think I have consumed a few 1000 sticks as it is my husband's favourite sweet). By the way Blue Frog and atmosphere are both western. I actually associate hot pot and duck with work dinners and try assiduously to avoid them outside of work (also oddly prefer less traditional options in Singapore over Beijing).
     
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    by AGBF » Jan 11, 2018
    No one mentioned gold. Does anyone buy gold in China? Since I wear as much 24K as I can, that was the first thing I thought of when I saw this thread. Jade never even crossed my mind! (Great thread, however!)

    Deb :wavey:
     
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    by jadesilver » Jan 11, 2018
    Omg I ate the haw when I was a kid visiting a Beijing and I LOVED IT SO MUCH! I wish I could have it again!
     
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    by lambskin » Jan 11, 2018
    Over the last 30 years I have traveled around the world seeking "bargains" in jewelry while touring the sites. Opals in Australia, gems in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Columbia, Myanmar, Thailand, Hong Kong and China, gold in India and the Middle East. etc. One must consider foreign exchange rates , taxes and duties in the equation before you even open your wallet. Next you really must know what you are doing as the premise to overcome is that you are not local and you won't be coming back. So repeat customer service and /or return of a fake from abroad is rare or nonexistent. My experience is that anything superb was already shipped out or sold to dealers, wholesalers, or sold at over inflated prices that were more expensive than I would pay at home. As such I have never purchased a big ticket item anywhere. In Hong Kong, the store windows are filled with awesome pieces but so expensive. So after doing my research, I would buy things that were not so expensive. For example, I bought freshwater pearls in China at the pearl markets (Shanghai and Beijing). They are very pretty and cheaper than I can get at home. FWIW, on my last trip the pearl market in Shanghai (there are two main ones for those not in the trade) I had time to go to only one and it had less goods and higher prices than my successful visit the year before. Have fun but don't expect any deals.
     
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    by jadesilver » Jan 11, 2018
    The prices are going up up up in Shanghai. I went to the Shanghai Pearl Market looking for jade but I don’t actually like pearls so I didn’t get anything haha. Everything really is so expensive though.

    I agree with you. If I were OP I would buy small, affordable trinkets like a pair of jade earrings or a jade pendant set in gold or something like that. Hopefully USD$200-USD$400 from the department stores which can be trusted, not more than that. Then again I cringe at the kind of prices a departmental store would have. Oh well no harm looking.
     
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    by snotty_pie » May 29, 2018
    @mochiko42 - Just returned from Hong Kong. I thoroughly enjoyed Tiffin afternoon tea and Little Bao (you must try the truffle fries and the fried chicken bao with szechuan peppercorns if you haven't!). Repulse Bay was also so beautiful and relaxing after the hustle and bustle of Central.

    I did pick up a string of pearls in Guilin (18" 8.5-9.0 mm saltwater pearls) but skipped buying anything in Hong Kong. There were some gorgeous jade pieces in IFC mall (one necklace was 2.5M HKD!).

    Thanks again for the reco's. We had a great time.

     
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    by tkyasx78 » Jun 4, 2018
    Welcome home!
     
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    by qubitasaurus » Jan 11, 2019
    I actually want to revive this thread as I am curently in hong kong (Tsin sha tsui) and looking for good places to eat.

    Caveat is that I have my 1 year old daughter and our maid with us (who has to be quietly coaxed into not picking the cheapest item on every menue and will virtually expire if I take them fine dining. We are obviously paying but it still seems to worry her. Also my daughter is quite the oposite disposition. She is quite rambunctious and I often have to walk arround the resteraunt in circles to get keep her out of mischief.).

    Anywhere with a spectacular view which is more casual (like somewhere which wont give us the evil eye for roaming arround trying to keep a 12month old occupied. Happy with a range of prices, money is not as much the problem as trying to find somewhere which can tollerate a small band of wild things.)?
     
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    by angeljosephy » Jan 11, 2019
    Hi @qubitasaurus if you're at Tsim Sha Tsui I would recommend Din Tai Fung for a spacious environment and good quality Chinese food at acceptable prices.

    Check it out here: https://www.openrice.com/en/hongkong/restaurants?chainId=10000545
     
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    by qubitasaurus » Jan 11, 2019
    Awe thank you @angeljosephy, but I live nextdoor to a din tai fung (and a tim ho wan and crystal jade) in singapore and actually went last weekend. I was hoping maybe for something different.
     
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    by angeljosephy » Jan 11, 2019
    Ahhhhh didn't realize you're from Singapore @qubitasaurus!! In that case, how about weekend brunch at Wooloomooloo Prime? The prices are insane for dinner but much more reasonable for lunch. The restaurant also has a great 360 view of the harbour with an outdoor area which might be exciting for your daughter.

    https://www.openrice.com/en/hongkong/r-wooloomooloo-prime-tsim-sha-tsui-australian-r48401
     
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    by qubitasaurus » Jan 11, 2019
    Thank you =)2 I think openrice may be a part of the puzzle I was missing. Yesterday I just chose at random as I had no idea what was good or bad, I am glad to have a better way of doing it today! I think it will be a hard sell to get anyone to go to brunch with me though, as they all have 5* hotel buffet breakfast and I came back from the gym this morning to see my maid and my husband in a food coma and my daughter shreiking merrily as she practicied walking along the corridor, haha.
     

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