Shopping. Curry Balls. Disneyland.The Peak.Yummy Nissin Cup Noodles. Pictures.and lots of pictures.
Words that I remember when I think of my last 2 visits in Hongkong and Macau. The first time I went there was way back in 2006 with my family, while recently (August 2013), I visited HK-Macau with my friends. Nonetheless, both trips are fun and great and exhausting, but again, it’s fun so nevermind the exhausting part.
To share with you, here are the 5 interesting things to try in Hongkong Macau Trip:
(1) City Tour via Bus or Train
Hongkong has a very good train system so if you plan to tour around, then just purchase an Octopus Card (the equivalent of Manila’s Stored Value in MRT). It costs 150 HKD, with initial value of 100 HKD, and 50 HKD deposit. But don’t worry, once you return this at the end of your visit, you can get the 50 HKD plus any extra money you still have. By using trains, you can reach your destinations fast! At times you need to walk though, but at least, it’s a bit of exercise right?
Some of the places we visited are the following:
(a) Avenue of the Stars – located in Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, is one of the good spots where you can take pictures, since its modelled from the Hollywood Walk. It has a perfect view of the Victoria Harbour with the towering buildings of Hongkong. This part of the trip takes 1-2 hours, depending on how much picture taking you will do. We went here daytime, but I guess, it’s perfect for night just in time for the city lights to turn on.
(b) Harbour City -large shopping mall in Tsim Sha Tsui where you can also leave your luggage while strolling around the area! On our way to Macau, we temporarily left our luggage here for free then just came back to it by 9 pm before heading to HK- Macau port.
(2) Indulge in StreetFood!
This is definitely a must try for everyone! The heart of foodies will definitely jump out of excitement. For Hongkong, my personal favorite are their curry balls and hotdogs wrapped with bacon (though it’s a bit oily). For drinks, of course, try out a local street version of world famous milk tea and savor the authentic taste of freshly brewed tea! In Macau, of course, who wouldn’t try their mouthwatering egg tarts!
(3) Have fun in Disneyland
Of course, a Hongkong trip will not be complete withou a day in Disneyland! From the Mickey Mouse Train, to Enchanting background music while walking, up to various kiddie,fun,and scary rides, you will surely have a time of your life in this famous theme park. I’m not a super fan of rides, but I still do try them out especially when I’m with my friends.
Unfortunately, it rained when we went here. About 2 am, it stopped, and that’s just the time we were able to tour around. If you want to visit here, ensure that you will allot 1 full day (9am to 9pm), to maximize the entrance fee and see the fireworks! Please also make sure that you get to attend the parade! We were able to see the Waterworks parade ( be prepared to get wet!), and indeed, it brought out the princess inside me! Just to share with you, I really want to be Ariel from Little Mermaid movie, so I get to swim and explore the depths of the sea while singing Part of your World.
My personal favorite in this part of the trip is the photowalk part. You can just walk, take a picture, walk, take a picture…. blah blah blah the whole day! I had my own dose of paparazzi mode in this trip by taking pictures of cute children! Seeing them having fun while wearing cute costumes/dresses is just one of the most adorable things in the world right?
(4) Ride a Cable Car
Hongkong has 2 famous cable car rides- either in Ocean Park, or in Ngong Ping 360. We were able to try the latter one, and it’s really worth it! Overall, it was a 30-minute ride -just enough for a 15 minute picture taking, and 15 minute time to relax and enjoy the exhilirating view.
In Ngong Ping Village(located in Lantau Island) you will definitely enjoy the action jammed Martial Arts shows, and at the same time, see the gigantic 112ft bronze Tian Tian Buddha. The place is full of fresh air, and serene ambiance that is perfect for self reflection and relaxation. If I have extra money by any chance in the future, I want to spend a day or two in this island to rejuvenate.
(5) Mall,Hotel, and Casino Hopping in Macau
Macau is full of majestic and luxurious structures. From the Venetian up to Grand Lisboa, all I can say is that It’s simply amazing. It feels like I’m in Europe! I cannot count how many times I said “WOW” in Macau. So, please when you visit here, take lots of pictures, enjoy the sight, while eating freshly baked egg tarts. Also, just to mention, one of the good things in Macau is that they offer free buss/shuttle services to the hotels and casinos, so you can indeed save money here ( especially, if you win in the slot machines!).
That’s all for now, overall, Hongkong-Macau trip is definitely fun, just make sure to bring enough pocket money since the cost of living here is fairly high ( I spent more money here than Korea or Singapore).