Is a New Rolls-Royce on Your Christmas List?

Tonight’s the night Santa flies all around the world bringing gifts to one and all. Does your Christmas wish list include a brand new Rolls-Royce? Well, if you live in Hong Kong maybe it does. Hong Kong has more Rolls-Royces per person than any other city in the world.

The-spirit-of-Ecstasy--Flying-Lady hood ornament

Over a lunch in 1904, Henry Royce, an engineer, and Charles Rolls, owner of one of the first car dealerships, envisioned the Rolls-Royce Limited. Since then, every Rolls-Royce is hand-built right down to seamstresses, surface finish technicians and French polishers. Sixty pairs of hands are involved in creating each one of the most luxurious motor cars in the world.

Understandably, a Rolls-Royce is a pretty hefty ticket for your Christmas list. A 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost will run you over $250,000 (US) and the Phantom goes for around $400,000 (US).

2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost

2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost
Image by Mr. Choppers

2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe

2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe

These cars are also physically hefty weighing around 5,600 pounds each. How would Santa Claus (Sing Daan Lou Yan in Cantonese) ever transport a present that big? Well, ask any 6-year-old and they’ll tell you that Santa has magic. So I guess he would use that magic to get it to your driveway with the traditional big red bow on top.

The Peninsula Hong Kong, a luxury hotel located in Kowloon, has a fleet of fourteen Rolls-Royces to transport their customers, each painted the distinctive Peninsula Green.

Wonder how people in Hong Kong can afford so many Rolls-Royces? It’s most likely due to Hong Kong’s free economy. No sales tax, no capital gains tax. Just imagine it. And their income tax (salary tax to them) ranges from 2% for those earning less than $35,000 (HK) a year to 14% for an annual income between $70,000 (HK) to $105,000 (HK). The richest people pay only 20% for incomes above $105,000 (HK).

So, what’s so special about a Rolls-Royce? Here are just a few of its luxuries:

  • hidden Rolls-Royce umbrella in each door
  • deep, lambs wool rugs under your feet
  • the seats have increased quantity of stitching that improves the rigidity and support for your back
  • heating in all seats comes standard
  • each veneer comes from a single tree to create seamless flow of wood
  • a cool box in the rear compartment with champagne flutes

Oh, how romantic it would be to ride to and from your wedding in a Rolls-Royce. Some how the fairy tale princess dress just seems to belong in a luxury car.

Wouldn’t it make your date feel like a queen if you picked her up  in a Rolls-Royce?

How would you plan your romantic evening in a Rolls-Royce?

Sources: http://www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com, wikipedia.org, gohongkong.about.com, http://www.motortrend.com, http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/hongkong.shtml

Hong Kong Treasure: A deadly Philippines typhoon stole Annie’s memory. Now, can a handsome Chinese stranger save her from the danger she has forgotten?            Coming in 2014!

Would You Get Married At An Amusement Park?

Were you the typical girl who dreamed of a fairy tale wedding with a big dress and lots of flowers? I know I was and even though I didn’t leave the church in a horse and carriage, I did have the wedding of my dreams. But many couples are now choosing unique places to have their weddings. One of those unique venues is an amusement park and Ocean Park in Hong Kong offers 3 such wedding packages.

HK Ocean Park

Image by Leonardolo

Hong Kong’s Ocean Park is not just an amusement park but also a marine mammal park and oceanarium. It opened in 1977 and in 2012 about 7.5 million people enjoyed the 226 acre park. Situated in the Southern District of Hong Kong, the park is separated into 2 sections by a large mountain. To travel between the sections you can ride a cable car,

Cable Car Ocean Park

Image by Leonardolo

Hong Kong’s second longest outdoor escalator (see my 11/26/13 post to read about Hong Kong’s longest covered escalator) or the Ocean Express Funicular Railway.

Ocean express funicular railway

Image by enoch

Ocean Park has 3 packages for couples to choose from.

You can tie the knot surrounded by marine creatures at the Grand Aquarium. Inside this Aqua City you will see a coral reef, a solar eclipse, glow-in-the-dark fish, peer through the world’s largest aquarium dome then view over four hundred species of fish behind a viewing panel over forty-two feet wide.

Grand Aquarium in Aqua City in Ocean Park

Image by anniewongw

You can also get hitched at the Giant Ferris Wheel. This  ferris wheel is 89 feet high and offers stunning panoramic views of Ocean Park and the South China Sea.

Or you can take a time machine into the past and exchange your vows in Old Hong Kong. This zone of the park brings back the culture of Hong Kong in the 50’s through the 70’s. Ride in a rickshaw, sample delicacies of yesteryear and play classic booth games.

Streets of Old Hong Kong in Ocean Park

Image by MK2010

So which wedding package would you chose?

Sources: www.wikipedia.org and http://www.oceanpark.com.hk

Hong Kong Treasure: 

A deadly Philippines typhoon stole Annie’s memory. Now, can a handsome Chinese stranger save her from the dangers she has forgotten?

Coming in 2014