Oktoberfest, wine and dine, other offerings in Marco Polo Hong Kong hotels

Two things made my Hong Kong trip in early February 2016 unforgettable: the cold surge and ultra plush accommodations in one of the Marco Polo Hong Kong-Hotels.

As a Marco Polo Hong Kong-Hotels team led by General Manager Dalip Singh provided updates on new offerings in the three properties during a recent dinner in Cebu, I remembered our amazing stay at Gateway Hotel as below normal temperatures swept through Hong Kong.

The Prince Hotel lobby.

The Prince Hotel lobby.

Events Food

Harbour City Group marks 50 years of great dimsum

Cebuanos were introduced to dimsum through Ding How on Colon Street in the 1960s and its steamed rice dish started out purely as a Cebu thing before it became a nationwide favorite.

As the group behind Cebu’s dimsum culture and such iconic restaurants as Ding How, Ding Qua Qua, Dimsum Break, and Harbour City celebrates its milestone 50th year, it’s offering big anniversary deals for dimsum lovers.

The Harbour City Group marks its golden anniversary this 2019, 50 years since it introduced dimsum cuisine in Cebu, with a series of events that pay tribute to its heritage and give thanks to the generations of Cebuanos who have patronized their food products.

DIMSUM EXHIBIT. These giant models of the Harbour City Group’s famous dishes are on exhibit in Cebu City malls to mark the company’s 50th year.

Dimsum dining experience

It was Henry Uytengsu who started the business, now passed on the third generation of the family in the same way that dimsum dining has cut across generations of Cebuano diners.

“My father Henry loved Chinese food and he loved to share this passion with everyone else,” said Harbour City Group Director Lorraine Uytengsu-Calisang. “A single branch led to another and then another, and now we have a whole stable of restaurant brands all serving traditional, authentic, and time-honored family recipes,” she added.

The Harbour City Group restaurants are known for its authentic and all-day dimsum dining experience, serving appetizing Chinese cuisine that has become a homegrown favorite and now shared across the nation.

The steamed fried rice or “steamed rice” is an iconic Cebu dish that originated in the kitchens of Ding How. The Shaomai, Spring Rolls, Steamed Hakao, and Beef Sate Noodles are other dining favorites.


The Harbour City Group restaurants are known for its authentic and all-day dimsum dining experience, serving appetizing Chinese cuisine that has become a homegrown favorite and now shared across the nation.

Tribute to heritage

In celebration of its milestone anniversary, it has lined up a series of events to pay tribute to its heritage, beginning with an Interactive 50th Year Exhibit tracing the group’s history from its humble beginnings in 1969 to its growth and development in the 21st century.

Featuring colorful and picturesque backdrops and life-sized models of the company’s famous dishes and icons, the exhibit will be in the following venues: Level 1 of Ayala Center Cebu up to June 14, Robinsons Galleria Cebu from June 16 to 29, and SM City Cebu from July 1 to 11.

“Celebrating our 50th year is a milestone not many companies get to celebrate,” said Harbour City Group Marketing Manager Steven Kokseng. He added that “this celebration is the perfect opportunity to show our gratitude to everyone who has helped bring us to where we are now.”

Deals for dimsum lovers

Big deals are in store for dimsum lovers throughout the year. They can purchase a limited edition celebratory tumbler for only P50 and get a free bluetooth speaker for a minimum order of P1,200 up until June 15.

Customers can also purchase dimsum favorites for only P50 from June 15-September 15, 2019. Customers can purchase, and order snack-sized noodles for P50 between 2-5 p.m. from July 1-September 30, 2019. Those celebrating their 50th birthdays get 50 percent discount on the bill if they dine in Ding Qua Qua and Harbour City anytime during the year.

“The entire year is filled with activities meant to be celebrated within the organization as well as activities intended to give back to generations or loyal customers,” Kokseng said.

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Harbour City Group milestones

After Ding How, the company opened Ding Qua Qua in 1987 that later evolved to today’s Dimsum-All-You-Can experience. Sister brand Harbour City provides customers with the classic dimsum and tea house pushcart experience. In 1996, Dimsum Break was established to cater to the modern fast-paced lifestyle.

The Harbour City Dimsum House Co., Inc. operates Ding How, Ding Qua Qua, Harbour City, and Dimsum Break. It now has 35 restaurants nationwide, including Metro Cebu, Tagbilaran, Dumaguete, Ormoc, Tacloban, Iloilo, Cagayan, Butuan, General Santos, and Davao.

To stay updated on their dining offers, like and follow @DingHowDimsum, @DingQuaQua, @HarbourCityDimsum, and @DimsumBreak on Facebook.

Share your dimsum experience on social media with the hashtag #HarbourCityAt50, #CebuDimsum, and #50YearsofGreatDimsum.

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Filipino travelers to Hong Kong get top deals from Marco Polo hotels

The Philippines is now the second biggest travel market in Hong Kong, and the Marco Polo Hotels-Hong Kong gives Filipinos even more reasons to visit and enjoy this Chinese city.

From room upgrades to shopping discounts and free ferry rides, Filipino travelers to Hong Kong enjoy a world of privileges from the Marco Polo Hongkong, Gateway, and Prince hotels.

Samantha Poon, Marco Polo Hotels-Hong Kong director of communications, said their in-room guests enjoy exclusive offers across 125 lifestyle outlets at Hong Kong’s largest and most diverse shopping complex Harbour City.

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MARCO POLO HONGKONG. Fantastic view of Hong Kong from the Marco Polo Hongkong.

These include such top brands as Adidas, Bally, Calvin Klein, Coach, Cole Haan, Diesel, Eslite, Kate Spade New York, Max Mara, Moschino, to name a few. What makes shopping easy for those staying at Marco Polo Hongkong, Gateway, or Prince is that the hotels form part of and have easy access to Harbour City. All Philippine tourists need to do is present their room key card at participating shops.

Star Ferry 4-day pass

Philippine Mastercard holders get additional privileges at the Marco Polo hotels in Hong Kong, starting with a complimentary Star Ferry four-day pass for two persons up until December 20, 2016. Filipino travelers who use their Mastercard credit cards to book a two-night stay at any of the Marco Polo hotels get to enjoy Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbour through the Star Ferry ride.

According to Poon, the Star Ferry experience has been rated first of the “top 10 most exciting ferry rides” by the Society of American Travel Writers and cited for its value for money as well as being the most convenient way to undertake the ferry crossing.

Prince Hotel Hong Kong

For the same period, Mastercard holders also get the following complimentary privileges at the Marco Polo Hotels-Hong Kong

  • daily breakfast for two
  • room upgrade to the next category
  • extra bed for rooms with three guests
  • handy smartphone with unlimited 3G internet and unlimited local and international calls to 5 countries, including the Philippines
  • guaranteed late checkout until 2 p.m.

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GATEWAY HOTEL. The Continental Club in the Gateway Hotel in Hong Kong.

Free night promo

The three Marco Polo hotels in Hong Kong are also collaborating with three sister hotels in the Philippines — Marco Polo Ortigas, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, and Marco Polo Davao — to reward corporate clients and meeting planners across the four cities.

Clients who spend a minimum of HK$70,000 in Hong Kong, P200,000 in Cebu and Davao, and P250,000 in Manila for at least 15 rooms and a meeting or banquet earn a free night at any of the six Marco Polo hotels. Booking period for this promo is from August 14 to October 31, 2016 and stay period is from August 17, 2016 to March 31, 2017.

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The free stay can go up to two nights with breakfast for two persons depending on the qualifying revenue and is valid for one year from the date of the event.

Pool said the Marco Polo Hongkong is their biggest hotel, with more harbor view rooms while Gateway is more chic and modern. Prince, on the other hand, is better suited for families.


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Be On Canton in Gateway Hotel is an al fresco dining terrace on Canton Road.
Be On Canton in Gateway Hotel.


Three on Canton in Gateway Hotel.
Three on Canton in Gateway Hotel.


Cafe Marco in Marco Polo Hongkong.
Cafe Marco in Marco Polo Hongkong.


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The view from inside one of the rooms of Marco Polo Hongkong.


HONG KONG VIEW. The panoramic view from inside Marco Polo Hongkong.
HONG KONG VIEW. The panoramic view from inside Marco Polo Hongkong.


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