Xianglu Grand Hotel


The Xianglu Grand Hotel will be the venue for SES China, to be held in Xiamen China in May of 2007.   The English website for the Xianglu Grand is here.

Major website SEO problems notwithstanding, the Xianglu Grand looks like an amazing hotel.   One of china’s largest and finest this huge hotel in Xiamen is a five-star hotel project by Xianglu China, a business consortium for petrochemical, synthetic fiber, and real estate.   This appears to be the first Xianglu group’s venture into the hospitality industry.

The Xianglu Grand is located in the Huli District and overlooks Hubin, a scenic part of Xiamen.   The hotel is minutes from the Xiamen Gaoqi Airport and very close to Xiamen shopping and attractions.

There are several restaurants including a steakhouse and buffet and a 24 hour lounge.

I’m tentatively planning to go this year having missed last year’s Nanjing event which was the first of it’s kind in China.   There’s a great search marketing tour that surrounds this event and it looks like a lot of fun and perhaps good structure to bring to a first trip over.

Chico the Wonder Dog, part deux


The Chico the Wonder Dog project is part SEO experiment, part long tail search query, part dog tail search query, and part waste of time. What’s been very interesting is that my Chico the Wonder Dog keeps trading places as Google’s top Chico the Wonder Dog with the Chicohuahua “Chico the Wonder Dog”. I don’t understand this because THAT Chico does not seem to be getting talked about very much after an initial flurry of activity.

What insights into the mind of Google does this experiment give us?

Darned if I know. I’m asking Chico the Wonder Dog. Again.

Editing this Chico the wonder dog listing to include the first Chico the Wonder Dog post to see what happens.

Hong Kong Harbor


Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor is very high on the list of places I really, really want to visit. It is one of those spectacular and legendary places where an entire culture unfolds before your eyes.

New York Times travel reports today that the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is the place to stay in Hong Kong, but at about $560 for a harbor view room I think this other New York Times frugal travelers approach to Hong Kong is probably more my speed.

Photo Credit: Hong Kong Tourism Board