Anyone that has travelled from Hong Kong to China over Easter Vacation knows stressful crossing the border at that time can be. And flying out of Chek Lap Kok is no picnic, either. So why not stay at a hotel in town instead?
Instead of travelling at Easter - when airports are crowded and lines at customs are long - why not stay at a hotel in your own city and play tourist instead?
A few years ago, a friend and I spent Easter Vacation at a couple of hot spring resorts in rural Guangdong province.
Because the resorts were targeted primarily at domestic tourists, who don't get a holiday at Easter, they were not stuffed with people. We had massages. We had spa treatments. We soaked in hot springs. We dined out. We did karaoke. It was a very relaxing trip.
Until it was time to go home ...
After getting off the bus at Lowu, OMG! There was a 'mountain and sea of people', as the Chinese would say.
It was a bit intimidating to see that massive mass of humanity that stood between us and the border.
My travelling companion and I looked at each other. We were tempted to get back on the bus and head back to the Boonies ...
No Going Back
Since my friend had to work the next day, however, we had no choice but to join the throng as it slowly worked its way toward customs.
What made the experience especially unpleasant was the pushing and shoving. Most of the people were patient, but a significant minority were determined to make their ways to the front of the queue as quickly - and aggressively - as possible.
Keeping one's cool was a serious exercise in anger management.
By the time we got back to Hong Kong, we were exhausted - not physically, but emotionally. The calmness we had felt when we checked out of our last resort had been wiped out by the stressful cross-border journey.
We decided never to travel at Easter again.
Which raises an interesting question ... Why not stay at a hotel in your own city and play tourist for a few days instead of subjecting yourself to the discomfort of travel to a distance location?
Most of us rarely do the things in our own city that tourists do because we simply don't have the time.
Many hotels offer special packages at Easter, and the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, is no exception.
What makes the package at The Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, unique is that it is offering an Easter package that is exclusive to local residents.
Here's what's included in the Mandarin's Easter-cation Getaway Package ...
- A car will pick you up at your home on Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula, or the New Territories at the beginning of your stay and drive you back at the end of your stay;
- You will receive a Welcome Easter chocolate amenity;
- You will get a HK$500 credit good at the hotel's food and beverage outlets or spa;
- You can request a complimentary extra bed for one additional person;
- You will have complimentary Internet access.
The offer is valid from 2 through 8 April 2015, for Hong Kong residents only.
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong.
The hotel is located in the heart of Central, within walking distance of world-class shopping malls, the Peak Tram Terminus, Lan Kwai Fong, SoHo, and the Star Ferry. There is an MTR station practically at its doorstep.
The hotel is a short taxi ride from the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, the Happy Valley Racecourse, Causeway Bay, North Point, Sheung Wan, and other points on Hong Kong Island.
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