The ornate lobby of The Peninsula hotel, built in 1928, is the most famous lobby in Hong Kong. A popular place to see and be seen, the lobby features soaring columns topped with elaborate gilded ceilings and sculpted figures of gods and angels, palm trees, a Tai Ping carpet, and classically styled furniture. As late as the 1950s, the lobby was divided into east and west wings -- one for the British and one for everyone else, including, as one pamphlet put it, women "seeking dalliance." While the rules aren't as strict any more, you'll still want to look presentable (that means no shorts, and no flip-flops). The fixed-price tea includes finger sandwiches, French pastries, and scones with Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry preserve, and tea cake. Desserts are also available from an a la carte menu. No reservations are accepted, so you may have to wait for a table. A classical string quartet serenades you from an upstairs balcony (except Mon).
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