Sunday, July 26, 2009

Hong Kong and Macau - 5days/4nights Family Holiday

Our customary Dim Sum. What I enjoyed most is they have beefy goodness on their menu.
Hong Kong is pretty familiar to me as I have enjoyed this place over 6-7 occasions. and off course Macau was just a short hop away. My first trip was with my wife in 1995 and later again with wife and son in 2004 while attending a wedding of a colleague in HKG. My son after enjoying the efficiency of the best mass rapid transit in the world and the food of HKG shocked me when he blurted out during a lull while waiting for the MTR, "This is a nice place to live." Once a while he still ask me to take him to HKG for dim sum.

Parking the bodies at the right spot helps. If you are willing to spent RM350 per night you can get a good room otherwise expect very small rooms. Hopefully you don't have to forward and reverse into the bathroom. Meaning no turning around space, albeit some exaggeration on my part here. For those who have children try Novotel. It has a generous child (up till 15) policy. YMCA Hotel is also good - 4 stars. Good size room.

Usually upon arrival I will get an Octopus card at airport counter. Normally just plunked in HKG3-400 then board the train and head to MTR station nearest hotel. Something like our Touch n Go but with plenty more usage. Can reload and pay almost anywhere even mini-markets. Get a refund for unused amount at the airport. Use taxis for shorter trips if you have a more than 2 pax. Make sure you call the driver "see kei kor kor" direct translation "driver big brother." Be careful not to use taxis for cross channel route. You may inadvertently summon a taxi and not understanding the route do a very damaging trip on the pocket.

If shopping and experiencing HKG life-style day and night, I suggests Yau Ma Tei / Nathan Road area. Shop till you drop at Ladies' Market(Tung Choi St.), Temple Street Night Market and some of the toys street.
Early breakfast at any one of their char chan teng.
A kind of kueh kak but using CCF rolls?Walk their streets and shop. My goodness get ready the plastic. Some malls have great bargains. Overall I find that they are customer service oriented and polite.Or dinner at the famous Yung Kee at Wellington Street.Next day make a trip to Aberdeen. Get a boat and mingle with the boat people.Buy a tour if not familiar. The floating Jumbo Restaurant is nearby.Fancy leaving in a boat. Sleeping on a water bed!Repulse Bay - haven for pirates in the 19th century. Well kept place.Head off to Golden Bauhinia Square - historical spot, where HKG was returned to China in 1997.And as the sun sets wait for the lowering of the HKG SAR flag.End the night by spending some time with the stars at the Avenue of Stars. It is patterned after Hollywood Walk of Fame. This pair of hands imprint belong to Jackie Chan.Head out to Macau by ferry and see the famous facade of the Portuguese - Ruins of the Church of St. Paul. More Chinese and Portuguese food. Buy some almond biscuits and shop around the many offers just nearby.Finally the Peak experience. After breakfast take a tram up the peak. A funicular experience.
Many stalagmites rises from the ground. Such is the common scenery in and around HKG. Be prepared to pay HK15,000 (RM7,500) rental per month for a 700+ sq ft apartment built around a MTR station but far from the CBD.
The iconic half oval building that houses Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum and Madam Tussaud's wax figures. You can stay the whole day here with kids around. Esp. good during Dec- Feb cool months.Take a shot with your favourite personality at Madam Tussaud's.One of the richest man in the world with USD26.5 bil. Self-made and ranks number 11th in Forbe's 2008 list of billionaires. Everyone in HKG including children will know and recognised him.Genting's Ripley's may be better than this one!Peak at night!Postscript: For those who like seafood, do not forget to go to Lei Yue Mun Fishing Village. Live seafood in standing and floor aquaria. It may not be a costly outing when one exercise self-control. For those who want to go to Disneyland HKG add an additional day and off course more money.
These photos were put together over the many trips author has made to HKG and Macau. It is doable.


CK Lam said...

Thanks for sharing your holiday's nice to see their version of char kuey kak too :)

Little Inbox said...

You must have enjoyed the food there, right?

J2Kfm said...

food in HK/Macau is splendid! but a bit pricey, so cannot go overboard.

Selba said...

Nice to see HKG and Macau from your camera :)

550ml jar of faith said...

Short and sweet!! Just the right length of time for HK/Macau too!!

ling239 said...

did u try the macau egg tarts ?

Allie said...

I'd love to go back to HK for shopping! I don't have enough time for shopping during my trip there. But I miss the dim sum there!

SimpleGirl said...

HK is a place one won't get bored no matter how many times you have been there....unlimited shopping and dining experience!

FoOd PaRaDiSe said...

wow... what a wonderful trip.