Marco Polo Pocket Guide relaunch

Calling all trailblazers! Marco Polo has never been one to follow the crowd: since we burst onto the scene in 2012 and turned the travel publishing world upside-down, we have been pursuing a quest to create the best travel guide possible ever since! And now we are launching 30 ground-breaking new look pocket guides for 2018!


Along with all the regular content updates you’d expect from a relaunch – the guides also contain a new Discovery Tours chapter:

• Each book has 4 to 5 exciting, specially tailored tours helping readers get behind the scenes and head off the beaten track.
• The perfect planning tool – each tour has an overview box detailing the start and end points, distance, plus timing and costs involved – all the information an explorer needs at a glance!
• Each tour is plotted on an overview map highlighting the start point and final destination for easy orientation.
• A detailed flow chart with pictograms clearly shows the way – including distance indicators, sights to explore, views to enjoy en route and plenty of Insider Tips for
relaxing stops along the way.


Free touring app! The Discovery Tours are also available as an app – simply download any of the tours from the web link / QR code featured in each guide. The ultimate navigational tool to enjoy stress-free sightseeing.


Ground-breaking new look covers bring the guides bang up-to-date, so you won’t need to be shy about looking like a tourist! Fresh, simple, cool – the split line typography is designed to make you look twice and the bright colours will get you in the holiday mood!


The guides with Insider Tips! Showing the main sights in detail simply isn’t enough for modern-day travellers. Marco Polo specialises in getting you off the beaten track! Why follow the crowd when you can make your own path?


Relaunch titles available Jan 2018: Amsterdam, Bali, Barcelona, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Corfu, Costa Brava, French Riviera, Hong Kong, India South, Italy, Lake Garda, Mallorca, Malta & Gozo, Mauritius, Montenegro, Munich, New York, New Zealand, Rome, Sardinia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tenerife, Venice, Vienna.

Plus 4 brand new titles: Japan, Peru & Bolivia, Salzburg & Surroundings, Santorini.
All priced at £7.99.


Let Marco Polo show you hidden gems, lesser-known locations and stunning viewpoints where you can make memories to last a lifetime. Brush shoulders with the locals, eat the food that Grandma makes and seek out unique experiences at every turn.

Be a traveller, not just a tourist!

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Eat Like a Local Hong Kong

Eat like a local in Hong Kong with our guide to its local specialities and traditional restaurants…

Marco Polo Guide Hong Kong

Chinese specialities you should try on your visit to Hong Kong:

Abalone – meat of a sea snail, served fresh or dried

Beggar’s chicken – a whole chicken coated with clay and roasted in its own juices

Bird’s nest – swallows’ nests served as a soup or dessert

Congee – rice soup, either plain or with vegetables or meat

Double sautéed pork – pork, cooked twice

Fish balls – fish and shrimp meat rolled into balls and served in broth

Garoupa – grouper (fish such as sea bass)

Hainan chicken – chicken in a ginger marinade, served on rice

Hairy crab – a delicatessen in autumn and winter, served boiled

Hot pot – meat, fish and vegetable fondue

Lo hon vegetables – various vegetables (Buddhist meal during fasting periods)

Peking duck – marinated duck with a crispy skin, roasted in the oven

Wonton – a noodle-dough dumpling stuffed with shrimp meat, served in broth

Yangchow fried rice – fried rice with chicken, egg, peas, shrimp and mushrooms

Marco Polo Guide Hong Kong

Restaurants serving traditional Chinese cuisine:

Crystal Jade 翡翠拉麵小籠包

Enjoy traditional Shanghai cooking with a view of the harbour at this beautiful restaurant. There are delicious dumplings and plentiful servings of noodles. If there is a wait for table then you are given a number and you can browse the nearby shops whilst you wait. Shop 3328, Gateway Arcade Harbour City 海港城港威商場 | Tel. 26 22 26 99 | Budget

Kung Tak Lam 功德林

Vegetarian Shanghai cuisine in a modern environment with a view of the harbour. The organic ingredients come from the restaurant’s own garden. It is an ideal place for dim sums at lunchtime. 1 Peking Rd. 北京道, 7th floor | Tel. 23 12 78 00 | Budget

Shanghai Garden 紫玉蘭

 A traditional Chinese restaurant serving Shanghai cuisine classics. ‘Drunken Chicken’ (in rice-wine sauce) and sautéed shrimps are specialities of the house. Hutchinson House | 10 Harcourt Rd. 夏愨道 | Tel. 25 24 81 81 | Moderate

Peking Garden 北京樓

Peking Duck is this restaurant’s speciality but it also offers Beggar’s Chicken and dishes from other regions of China. Be sure to see The Noodle Show which takes place at about 8pm every evening and includes spaghetti stretching by hand! Alexandra House | Chater Rd. 遮打道 (MTR exit H) | Tel. 25 26 64 56 | Moderate

Chuen Kee 全記海鮮菜館 

A restaurant serving fish and seafood fresh from the pool. It caters well to foreign guests and has a good variety of cooled white wine. Diners have the option of sitting outside with a pleasant view of the boats in the harbour. Sai Kung | 53 Hoi Pong St. 海傍街 | Harbour Promenade, south end beyond the ceremonial gate | Tel. 27 91 11 95 | Bus 92 from MTR Diamond Hill | Moderate–Expensive

Hunan Garden 洞庭樓 

Hunan cuisine is usually very spicy but this restaurant shows mercy and notes just how hot the individual dishes really are on the menu. The prices are reasonable and live Classical Chinese music is played throughout the evening. Forum | Exchange Square 交易廣場富臨閣 | Tel. 28 68 28 80 | Moderate


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Only in Hong Kong

There is no doubt about it: Hong Kong is a synonym for the fascination of the Far East. Everybody has a certain picture in their mind. On the one hand, one expects an extremely modern, international metropolis with a forest of skyscrapers.  On the other hand, visitors hope to experience the exotic atmosphere of China, the enigmatic, the unfamiliar. And, you would not be really far off there either. Hong Kong is both cosmopolitan and fascinatingly different. Here’s our ‘only in’ list – for unique experiences in Hong Kong!

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Cruise the harbour
Take the Star Ferry – Hong Kong’s number one traditional means of transport! It lost its importance after the construction of the underground, but there is no nicer way to get from Tsim Sha Tsui to Wan Chai or Central than with the chubby boats that can travel both forwards and backwards.

City tour for next to nothing
With the tram – the number two traditional means of transport! No other way of getting an idea of life in Hong Kong is more comfortable, less expensive and more characteristic than from the top deck as the tram makes its way through canyons of the high buildings on Hong Kong Island.

Get to the top
With the help of the Peak Tram – transport institution number three! At the very latest, you will realise that it was a good idea to come to Hong Kong when you see the spectacular panorama opening up before your eyes as the tram climbs higher and higher.

Buy t-shirts, consult a fortune teller …
… or listen to operatic arias. The evening market on Temple Street offers this and much, much more every night. And, of course, it is also another Hong Kong institution!

Try dim sums
One of the best places to try these typical Cantonese delicacies accompanied by tea is Maxim’s Palace in City Hall where foreigners are especially welcome. The most typical day is Sunday when it is especially loud and tumultuous.

Sacrifice to the gods
In the Wong Tai Sin Temple, the most popular in Hong Kong, you will discover just how very alive religion has remained for those living in this apparently westernised, materialistic city.

One-armed bandits and baroque paintings
Macau, the Las Vegas of the East, offers this strange combination in its craziest casino-hotel-theatre-shopping mall: The Venetian on Cotai.


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Hong Kong Marco Polo Guide

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