IN THE competitive world of Hong Kong hotels the Conrad has scored something of a coup over its illustrious rival the Mandarin Oriental: it has lured celebrated doorman Gary Yeung Ping-yuk from Central to Admiralty. Yeung, 42, had been with the Mandarin for 16 years before switching allegiance three weeks ago, saying he needed a new challenge. The father-of-two also admitted he had packed it in because he needed the money he had saved with the company's pension scheme. The Conrad was said to be ecstatic: with his height and bearing Yeung had become a well-known figure to Mandarin regulars over the years. There was some surprise the Mandarin did not hold on to him. Yeung worked as a parking attendant, waiter, taxi driver and office worker before becoming a doorman. He insisted that even after nearly two decades he still enjoyed the job. 'I don't mind standing up in my job. It gives me a chance to meet people from other countries. The other thing is that I find that every day, something new and interesting happens.' Yeung believes many of the Mandarin's customers have also migrated to the Conrad. 'That makes it feel like I'm still working in the Mandarin, only the environment has changed.'