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Peter Ramos
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Beginner's Guide to Hong Kong and Macau

4 Days, 8 Places, 82.61 Miles
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Hong Kong
May 25 - May 28
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Hong Kong is one of the must-visit destinations in Asia, particularly because of the attractions it has and the delicious food it can offer. It's also one of the most popular destinations tourists visit every year. If you're looking for good food (not to mention yummy dimsum), nice sceneries, and great shopping places, then Hong Kong is the place to be.

What's even better about Hong Kong is its proximity to another Asian destination - Macau. Macau is an hour away from Hong Kong by ferry, so a day trip here is very feasible. However, you should time your travel from both places. Also, upon arrival from Macau, you will pass by Macau immigration. Hong Kong and Macau have different immigration authorities, so both issue... Read More
Hong Kong is one of the must-visit destinations in Asia, particularly because of the attractions it has and the delicious food it can offer. It's also one of the most popular destinations tourists visit every year. If you're looking for good food (not to mention yummy dimsum), nice sceneries, and great shopping places, then Hong Kong is the place to be.

What's even better about Hong Kong is its proximity to another Asian destination - Macau. Macau is an hour away from Hong Kong by ferry, so a day trip here is very feasible. However, you should time your travel from both places. Also, upon arrival from Macau, you will pass by Macau immigration. Hong Kong and Macau have different immigration authorities, so both issue different immigration stamps. You should allot at least 30 minutes to an hour at the immigration, since the queues are quite long. This is because (1) there are many tourists who do exactly the same thing you’re doing, and (2) there are a lot of Hong Kong/Chinese people working in Macau because of its proximity. So normal mode of transportation is the ferry. When we were there, we spent quite some time in the immigration, especially upon our arrival at Macau. Also, I should always remind you to ALWAYS BRING YOUR PASSPORT, since you will be passing through immigration.

Hong Kong’s currency is Hong Kong Dollars (HKD), which is around US$ 0.13. Macau, on the other hand, has a different currency – Patacas. It has the same rate with HKD, which is why Macau also accepts HKD and sometimes even US Dollars when you buy goods there. But, if you buy something in Macau and you pay using Hong Kong Dollars, usually they give Patacas as change, since it’s their currency. And this is not vice versa, shops in Hong Kong do not accept Patacas for payment 

Bear in mind that the ferry does not operate for 24 hours. I think the last ferry leaves Macau at 9 to 9:30 PM, and I believe the last trip from Hong Kong is about the same time as well. So if you plan on leaving late, you should know when the last trip is.

If you think the place is just a tiny island, well, it’s not. The streets here are kind of confusing especially if you don’t pay attention. But don’t worry because the trains are very tourist-friendly and most of the people here speak English. But, they don’t speak the fluent English. So try to use simple words, as they might have a hard time understanding you.

Hong Kong has 4 modes of transportation: Bus, taxi, ferry, and MTR (train). I wouldn’t recommend riding the bus frequently, since it’s very confusing and you actually don’t know where they will pass. They do have numbers, but it’s really hard to understand. But, I would recommend that you ride it even just once, since the buses here are double-decker buses (Who wouldn’t want to ride a double-decker bus, right? Hahahaha). Also, if you’re planning to ride the bus, make sure that you have loose change. Buses here prefer coins as payment for the trip. I think you could pay bills, but the bus drive would somewhat get mad at you because he has to look for change. Taxis also have very strict rules. So yes, the best way to go around would be to use the MTR.

Hong Kong is actually divided into four parts – The New Territories, Kowloon, Hongkong Island, and the outlying islands. In looking for a hotel, it would be best to look for hotels located at the Hongkong side or the Kowloon side, since most of the shops and markets are here. Although there are nice hotels at New Territories, but it’s quite far from the places to go to, so you have to spend more travel time and of course, transportation money.

The itinerary includes a lot of attractions in Hong Kong, particularly shopping places and amusement parks. It also includes a day trip itinerary to Macau. The itinerary is pretty flexible so if you decide on changing some of the dates on your actual itinerary, it wouldn't be much of a problem.

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