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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Backpacking Hong Kong - Macao

Just back from 5 days 4 night backpacking to Hong kong Macao on budget.

The three of us took Jetstar and stayed @ Nan Shan Hong Guest house, Causeway bay Hong Kong. The owners , Mr & Mrs Budi santoso are two Indonesian Born Chinese, very helpful couple. for booking you may contact them @ +(852)2576 6023, free wi-fi are provided. for 3 persons with the toilet inside cost HK$600/night. Near MTR, tramways , shopping centers dinning, very strategic location.


after immigration check point, go and buy octopus card from the MTR service counter, I found it cheaper n flexible to use this card compare to 3 days tourist MTR card, which cost you HK$300, and only can be used for train(MTR) , Octopus card cost  HK$150 , (50 HK$ retain in the card,  can be refund on departure day at the MTR service counter ,Hong Kong airport). This octopus card can be use for paying bus, tram, MTR or even grocery, balance can be top up at any MTR station. It's really suit the name 'octopus'
From the airport you may choose to hop on a cab, MTR or express bus, we took airport express bus, which cost  HK$40 /person / journey

Hong Kong
Free wi-fi is provided in Hong Kong, on Bus, MTR, or shopping centre.
For ladies like us, going to Hong Kong = shopping, dinning, shopping n dinning ^ ^

Dining:
Dim Sum/Yum cha/点心 is a must have in Hong Kong, It's so yummy n cheap, tried  Cheers , Windsor Building, Causeway Bay Hong kong,  enter the windsor building, take the escalator, n turn  right, don't take the lift at the left but walk further  and take the lift at the left side to 5th fl (This lift only go as far as 9th floor) do have your brunch @ cheaper price start @ 11 am, they have coupon for (一盅兩件, meaning a cup of tea with two dim sums) @ HK$20/person

Another food that I personally craving is the beef noodle, wanton noodle, oh so yummy.

Shopping
Go to Ladies market/ 女人街@ Mongkok, It's a kind of pasar malam, or night market。 It's open from 4 pm till midnight . alight at Mongkok MTR station, Take the E2 exit and walk along Nathan Road towards Shan Tung Street. You can find bags, clothes, super sexy lingerie ^ ^ , scarfs, shoes, cosmetics etc.Don't forget to bargain.



but  if you prefer a higher end go to lai Chi kok MTR Station ,take exit C, when coming onto the street turn around and walk back the opposite way about 10 metres and you will see the sign. You go down the alley and turn right to enter the building to Hongkong industrial centre. It's a wholesales market, but certain store willing to do retail, do ask the store owner for details.

Along Sham Shui Po St also have lots of wholesales (alight at sham shui po MTR station)



At Wan Chai , (please not confuse with Chai wan) you can find cheap bargain local market at day time.



For FO go to Citygate outlet, take  MTR tung chung line , alight at tung chung (last stop), the out let is just outside the MTR station.

Sight seeing
Disneyland, take Tung chung line MTR from Hongkong station . alight at Sunny Bay, transfer to Disneyland


The Peak , take tram or MTR toward Central, walk to Garden garden Rd, you can choose tram, cab or bus #15 to go to the Peak, where the  madame Tussuad's wax museum located. Stunning view of Hong Kong city day n night, It is reachable by  tram Cab and Bus #15.


The Avenue of Stars ( 星光大道), modelled on the  Hollywood walk of fame  is located along the  Victoria Harbour waterfront , alight at Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station, Exit F, walk toward Salisbury  Rd, slight left.  If you take a cab , tell the driver that you are heading to  the new World (新世界),  other attractions at there are, Museum of Art, Space  Museum, Cultural Centre and Clock Tower .The promenade commands a stunning panoramic view across  Victoria Harbour. At night it is a popular viewing place for the Symphony of Light display. It is a good place to go to see the glamorous stars of HK.

If you bring young kids go to ocean park. How to go there? board The Citybus Route 629 runs daily from Admiralty MTR Station


Take the tram, get the excellent view and lively street live of Hong kong from one point to another(HK$2.30) . pay the fare only when you alight the tram.  Octopus card can be used.

MACAO 澳门
It is said that when the Portuguese sailors landed at the coast just outside the temple and asked the name of the place, the natives replied "媽閣" (Mandarin Pinyin: Māgé). The Portuguese then named the peninsula "Macau". in Chinese 澳門(Mandarin Pinyin :Au men) means "Inlet Gates".

How to get there from Hong kong?
Take  MTR towards sheung wan 上環, last stop, exit "D"  take the lift to 3rd floor, buy return tickets at Beng sheng /明星, it's said that belong to late Indonesian Chinese Nyo Beng Seng, It's cost between HK$280-290 on weekdays,  weekends ticket will be cost more. The on sales tickets is very close to  the departure time, do go directly to the westbond ferry terminal. It takes about 1 hour to reach Macao.

You can enjoy Macao without gambling at the Casino, make used of all the free ride to and fro Casino.
after the immigration check point, turn right with the sign, bus n taxi, if you want a free ride,  across through under pass, you will greet by all kind of free Casino Bus, hop on to Venetian, grand Lisboa, the sand etc. Cab also available paid by meter , or you may hop in a bus, fare start from MOP$3.2, they accept HK$ (1 HK$ = 1.03 MOP$),  the local is very helpful to guide you to the tourist destination.

The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel , take a free shuttle bus towards the hotel, and back to ferry terminal, if you wish to change to other destination.

From Ferry terminal take the free shuttle bus to Hotel Lisboa, from there walk toward Senado square, the local said 新马路(xin ma lu),  is a paved area in the centre of the former Portuguese colony of Macau, China, enclosed by the buildings of the Leal Senado,  Do try Portuguese egg tarts @pastelaria Koi kei and buy some local foods.

the General Post Office, the public toilet below the stairs is very clean., if you wish to go back to Ferry terminal from here, take bus #10A

St Dominic Church.

Walk further up from the Senado square, passing lots of shop , you will reach St. Paul's Ruins - the local said Tai Sam Pá (大三巴), the main attraction of Macao, refers to the ruins of a 16th century complex in Macau including of what was originally St. Paul's college and the Cathedral of St. Paul .
nowsadays, It's an altar to the city.
Beside the church is a small Na tcha temple.
There are many more place to visit at Macao, as I only stayed for 1/2 day and was rushing back ke Hong Kong island for a last day shopping at Citygate outlet, so that's the places that I visited.

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