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Recap: Our Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong Instagram Takeover

It was a complete thrill for my daughter and I to take over Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong’s Instagram account between April 21 – 23. During this timeframe, we showcased family-friendly Hong Kong and why we book into this luxury hotel each year.

To give you a quick overview, it is the flagship hotel of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and responsible for my family’s current love of the brand. Since opening in 1963 a wide range of dignitaries, politicians and celebrities have walked through its gorgeous black marble lobby. We have an over-a-decade-long history here and all three of us love it for different reasons. My husband laid his head in Hong Kong first here (lucky guy lived here for over a month), it was a social hub for us during five years of Hong Kong residency and my daughter is such a fan of everything from the automated curtains to the fresh honey dew juice. I adore its elegance and the fact that they do everything well, as you will soon see.

Follow Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong on Instagram to keep up with this five-star hotel’s latest news (and food… the food is amazing here). Here is a recap of our fun takeover!

A little about things to do in Kowloon with kids here:

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@lajollamom for @MO_HKG #IGTakeover: I took this photo of Hong Kong’s iconic junk from the Star Ferry, which is a quick walk from @MO_HKG, as we headed over to see friends, shop kids’ fashion inside Harbour City and explore family-friendly sights in Kowloon. It’s small and not fancy, but my daughter has always liked the hands-on exhibits in the Hong Kong Space Museum as well as the Hong Kong History Museum (my favorite) which covers the city’s prehistoric past to present day post-colonialism. And, now that she’s 9, we take a few market detours in between because there are so many to choose from on this side of Hong Kong. I like to browse kitchenwares and trinkets on Shanghai Street and walk through the stunning Flower Market. These days, you can even tour multiple Kowloon markets with a guide! Lajolla Mom報導: 我在香港文華東方酒店不遠處搭上天星小輪,並拍到了這張照片。當時我們正要到海港城那邊去與友人見面,並購買兒童服飾等。 我們總是喜歡到香港太空館和香港歷史博物館(我的最愛)看那些帶互動模式的小展覽。歷史博物館更涵蓋了這個城市的過去,以及直到現在的後殖民時期的故事。 再者,現在我的女兒已經9歲了,我們這次從眾多市集中挑了幾個一逛。我特別喜歡到上海街選購廚房用品和飾品,並到花市去走走。您現在甚至可以找來嚮導帶您遊覽市集呢! #LJMMandarinOriental #FANofHK #VictoriaHarbour #familytravel #travelHK #sailboat #starferry #HKSpaceMuseum #HKHistoryMuseum @harbourcity

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Some of the many amazing treats we find in our room:

A trip to the Big Buddha:

A little about kid-friendly necessities in the hotel and nearby:

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@lajollamom for @MO_HKG #IGTakeover: In addition to exquisite 5-star luxury, did you know that @MO_HKG is an incredibly kid-friendly hotel? Little travelers have their own menu choices (a coloring/activity menu in Café Causette and Clipper Lounge), a fun scavenger hunt to do around the hotel for a Cake Shop prize, and the coolest craft set left in the room upon arrival that my daughter looks forward to building every year! All ages love a swim in the indoor pool, too. Plus, the many stores inside the Prince's Building next door are an excellent source of baby and kids’ gear, also making visiting Hong Kong with little ones easy. Lajolla Mom報導: 您是否知道香港文華東方酒店除了是一所精緻豪華的五星級酒店外,它更是一間十分歡迎小朋友的酒店呢?小賓客們除可挑選特別為他們設計的菜單(於Café Causette和快船廊更有填色等遊戲提供)和參加有趣好玩的尋寶遊戲讓他們遊遍酒店並到文華餅店領取獎品外,他們更會收到酒店為小朋友們預備的工藝箱-我的女兒每年都期待著回來製作各式工藝呢!當然,大家都喜歡到室內游泳池去暢泳的。 此外,在隔壁的太子大廈裡亦有各式售賣嬰兒和兒童用品的商店,使得家庭來訪更為便捷。 #LJMMandarinOriental #FANofMO #FANofHK #familytravel #travelHK #HKtodo #MOdetails #chandelier #kidsfriendly #besthotelhk

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Tips for visiting Hong Kong Disneyland:

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@lajollamom for @MO_HKG #IGTakeover: Each of our trips include a half-day or so visit to Hong Kong Disneyland. It’s our favorite Disney park because the queues are *usually* shorter, the overall experience feels more relaxed than at other Disney parks, you can buy tickets in advance from the @MO_HKG concierge desk and it’s easy to arrive via MTR from Central. Most major rides are represented like Space Mountain and Jungle Cruise. Autopia is particularly fun for us because the cars are right-hand drive! Tip: Guests are allowed up to Sleeping Beauty’s Castle before the park's official opening. Position yourself here a few minutes early to watch the ribbon cutting, then immediately head to a favorite popular attraction and be among the first in line! Lajolla Mom報導: 我們每次來港都總有花半天到訪香港迪士尼樂園。這是我最喜愛的迪士尼樂園,因等候排隊的時間普遍較短,令整體感覺比較輕鬆。況且,我們可先於禮賓部購買門票,於中環站搭乘地鐵直達樂園。樂園內有很多有代表性的機動遊戲,如飛越太空山和森林河流之旅等;對我們而言,馳車天地特別有趣,因為所有車輛都是右軚的! 小貼士:賓客於公園正式開幕前可到睡美人城堡前觀光。預留幾分鐘的時間,您便可觀賞到剪彩一刻,之後您便可立即奔向您最喜愛的樂園設施了! #LJMMandarinOriental #FANofHK #familytravel #travelHK #HKtodo #hkdisneyland @hkdisneyland

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Our favorite dishes at the hotel:

A visit to Man Mo Temple within walking distance:

Finding green in Hong Kong:

And, finally, a fun birthday surprise for my daughter in our hotel room:

Excited? Need to learn as much as possible about the hotel and Hong Kong right now? Read my post about Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong with kids.

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This walkway connects Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong to the Prince's Building in Central where there are loads of kids' shops and conveniences that make a family vacation easy.

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