The Mandarin Hotel in Central, in August 1963. Photo: SCMP The Mandarin Hotel in Central, in August 1963. Photo: SCMP
The Mandarin Hotel in Central, in August 1963. Photo: SCMP

How Hong Kong got its Mandarin hotel, which opened quietly in 1963

  • Built on the site of the Queen’s Building, it was originally slated to be called Queen’s Hotel
  • The name was changed after a survey found Americans preferred the more ‘exotic-sounding’ Mandarin

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The Mandarin Hotel in Central, in August 1963. Photo: SCMP The Mandarin Hotel in Central, in August 1963. Photo: SCMP
The Mandarin Hotel in Central, in August 1963. Photo: SCMP
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