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Macau and Hong Kong Itinerary – Part 2

Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Hong Kong, land that for so long I want to visit. A city that never sleeps, a place where lights illuminate and fill the night with excitement and it’s also location of some Hollywood films were taken place.

Hong Kong; where the eastern culture blend in harmony with western culture without loosing it’s identity as part of Asian countries.

And this is my story of Hong Kong…

Day 1 – The Peak and Victoria Harbour

Arrived near to noon time, we tried to find nearest restaurant to our hotel in Causewaybay. Mak Noodle is the one become our choice and it was recommended for you to try during your stay in Hong Kong. It serves various noodle menu that we can choose. For me, the soup has make the dish become very delicious while the noodle is soft and easy to be cutted.

To go to The Peak, we tried to used local transport. However, we found out that mini van local transport was still traditional one. I mean that you need to yell to the driver if you wanna to stop at some place. Even some of the drivers cannot speak English. So, we need to really consider whether you will better to taxi or mini van local transport to go to The Peak. Or try the location apps to guide you to minimalize you will be getting lost in Hong Kong.

I have experienced one, when I was getting lost in Hong Kong on my way to The Peak. But fortunately, we found ourselves in Hong Kong Park when we were getting lost. So we can enjoy it as well.

Getting Lost in Hong Kong
Getting Lost in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Park
Hong Kong Park

We can go to The Peak via Hong Kong Peak Tram or also using car that can be parked at The Peak parking area. Actually, what most people call for The Peak Hong Kong is actually a tall building to enjoy the view of the city from above. We can choose whether we enjoy from the lower deck freely at no cost or enjoy it from The Peak Sky Terrace with cost around HKD 52 (you can choose package Sky Terrace + tram also). As I used my Octopus card to have the tram ticket, I have special line at that time so I did not need to queue for long time.

The Hong Kong Peak Tram
The Hong Kong Peak Tram

Sometimes, we need some luck if we are visiting The Peak. When, the weather is good then we can have clear 360 degree view of Hong Kong from above. But, we can also cannot see the view clearly due to hazy day. In summer season, please ensure that you bring your umbrella with you because the day could be very hot.

The Victoria Peak
The Victoria Peak
Hong Kong from The Peak
Hong Kong from The Peak
Together at Victoria Peak
Together at Victoria Peak

At the beginning, I planned to stay a little bit longer at The Peak Sky Terrace to experience the after sunset view of Hong Kong from above. But unfortunately, the sunset would need another couple hours that time, so I decided to go down using the tram and went to my next destination, The Victoria Harbour.

Victoria Harbour

Victoria Harbour is located at different island near to Tsim Sha Tsui area. There used to be Avenue of Stars where the foot and hand mark of some famous actor lays. As there was renovation taken place, it was moved Garden of Stars located near to Victoria Harbour including the famous Bruce Lee statue.

Enjoying Victoria Harbour
Enjoying Victoria Harbour
Victoria Harbour - Symphony of Lights
Victoria Harbour – Symphony of Lights
Victoria Harbour
Victoria Harbour

When you plan to visit Victoria Harbour, the best time to visit the place is near to sunset time. So, you can enjoy the blue hour and we can also enjoy the Symphony of Light at 8 PM. During the symphony, we can see the lights of the skycrappers across the harbour illuminate following the music played.

Day 2 – Central Mid Level Escalator, Central Plaza and Tsim Sha Tsui

Central area is one of the busiest district in Hong Kong. One of the hidden attraction in Hong Kong is the mid level escalator built at Central area. Locals use the escalator to make their way easier to climb up. The Central Mid Level Escalator is the world’s longest outdoor covered escalator system established on 1993. Therefore, it is recommended attraction to be visited at least for once.

Central Mid Level Escalator
Central Mid Level Escalator
Inclining Central Mid Level Escalator
Inclining Central Mid Level Escalator

After we climb up through the escalator, we can do window shopping under the escalator or taste local food at some restaurants on our way down.

Central Plaza

Another free tourist attraction in Hong Kong are some sky lobby located inside the sky scrappers in Hong Kong. One of the sky lobby located at 46th floor of Central Plaza building. We can see surrounding from above and enjoy the 360 city view from here.

Hong Kong from Central Plaza
Hong Kong from Central Plaza

Please note that Central Plaza building is office building so we need to behave as a traveller.

There is another sky lobby such as at One Island East Building in Quarry Bay that we can also visit in Hong Kong.

Tsim Sha Tsui area

The most famous area in Hong Kong for a long time maybe the Tsim Sha Tsui area. We can find many shops, malls or restaurants around the area. In my first visit to Hong Kong, I walked from Tsim Sha Tsui to the Mong Kok (ladies market). A long the way, we can enjoy the local street food and also find interesting shops and also enjoy the Kowloon Park.

Mong Kok
Mong Kok
Ladies Market
Ladies Market

As we arrived at Mong Kok (ladies market), we find many interesting souvenir to be bought. Please keep remember to bargain when you buy things in Mong Kok. Another place to be visitted that quite similar with Mong Kok is Temple Street Night Market. As the night falls, the market starts it’s charm to attract locals and tourist.

Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street Night Market

Day 3 – Ngong Ping, Po Lin Temple and Yick Cheong Building

Ngong Ping is one of the most famous interesting tourist destination in Hong Kong. Ngong Ping is located at Lantau Island so the journey takes time using the MTR (the railways network in Hong Kong). On our way to Ngong Ping, we can enjoy Tung Chung City Gate Mall to find some factory outlet that sell discount branded things.

The best time to go to Ngong Ping is in the morning when the Sky Train queue has not been full of people. We can buy the standard sky train and glass floor sky train package to have different experience during our visit to Ngong Ping.

Ngong Ping Sky Train
Ngong Ping Sky Train
Ngong Ping Glass Sky Train
Ngong Ping Glass Sky Train

Ngong Ping is famous for the Big Budha statue, Ngong Ping wisdom path and Po Lin Temple. We can spend our half day in Ngong Ping area.

Big Budha Statue
Big Budha Statue
At Ngong Ping Big Budha
At Ngong Ping Big Budha
Po Lin Temple From Ngong Ping Big Budha
Po Lin Temple From Ngong Ping Big Budha
Po Lin Temple
Po Lin Temple

Other tourist attraction located in Lantau Island is the Hong Kong Disneyland and also the Noah Ark resort. Unfortunately, I did not visit the both places when I visit Hong Kong for the first time.

Back to our way to Hong Kong island, we decided to spend our time to visit Yick Cheong Building at Quarry Bay area. The building is well-known as the Transformer 3 film was taken place in this area.

Yick Cheong Building
Yick Cheong Building

Since the building is residential building please note to behave and not to disturb the people living in that building.

Day 4 – Clearwater Bay and Kowloon Peak

I am lucky to have friends live in Hong Kong. In my first visit to Hong Kong, I met Keith taking me to another side of Hong Kong, The Clearwater Bay. Clearwater Bay is well-known by locals to spend their weekend having barbeque or tracking with their family or friends.

Clearwater Bay with Keith
Clearwater Bay with Keith
Clearwater Bay
Clearwater Bay

From Clearwater Bay, we can see the beautiful sea view that completely bring us to different ambience of Hong Kong. The surrounding is more traditional and have fresh air.

Upon enjoying the Clearwater Bay, Keith took me to the other Peak in Hong Kong, Kowloon Peak. The peak is not full of people like The Victoria Peak but the view is magnificent. We can see the Kowloon area and new area opened for airport in Hong Kong. As we take the journey to the top of Kowloon Peak by car, we enjoyed greeny view on our way to the peak. It was full of trees and the unique part is that some people try to collect fresh water in jugs. I do not know why they do so.

Kowloon Peak
Kowloon Peak

Day 5 – Explore Causeway Bay area

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong is one of district full of shops, food street stalls and cafes. On my last day, I explore the Causeway Bay area. I visited the largest Apple store in Hong Kong located in Causeway Bay.

I also visited the N.O.T specialty Coffee and some interesting restaurants that I have written in my previous entry post in my website.

Macau and Hong Kong Itinerary – Part 1

Galaxy Macau
Galaxy Macau

In my first time visiting Macau, I am amazed by all the big casinos standing all over Macau. The ambience of the city was very beautiful and I cannot wait to explore the Macau and Taipa island.

I arrived at Hong Kong International Airport in the morning before taking the jet ferry to Macau. If you intend to take the same way as I did, please remember not to go to the Hong Kong immigration and find the ferry ticket counter to buy your ticket and also inform your baggage so the staff from the ferry company will pick your baggage from baggage belt and bring your baggage to the ferry.

The immigration at the Macau Outer Harbour is quite conventional compare to Hong Kong. It was more traditional and manual one. Upon the immigration, I was waiting for my baggage. The baggage belt only one so it was quite sometimes to wait my baggage since there were 2 arrival of ferries at the same time.

After picked my baggage, I try to find nearest free hotel bus that can take me to my hotel, Broadway Hotel Macau (please see the review here).

By using the free shuttle bus, I can enjoy the city view in the morning. My way to the hotel was crossing the connecting bridge between Macau island and Taipa island. I can see the magnificent Macau Tower from the window.

My hotel was in Taipa island with strategic location. I was easy to find foods an During my visit on March 2018, the weather was nice and cool enough. Upon checked in to the hotel, I was ready to explore Macau.

Day 1 – Exploring Taipa Casino Area

Taipa Village

The Taipa Village is an old area located at center of the Taipa island. It is just across the Galaxy Casino so we can easily reach the place by public transport.

Taipa Village is an area with museums and old restaurant that located all over the place. It is interesting spot for foodie to find nice food and beverage. Also it has many interesting photography spot to be explored as a photographer. (Details of Taipa Village is here)

Vila de Taipa - View
Vila de Taipa – View
Vila de Taipa
Vila de Taipa
Vila de Taipa - Mural
Vila de Taipa – Mural
Vila de Taipa - Park
Vila de Taipa – Park

Explore Casinos

On my first day in Macau, I explored the casinos located at Taipa island. My journey started from the Venetian Casino to fulfill my curiousity on the in-door canal of Venetian Casino. The Venetian is combine of hotel, mall and casino itself. I think we will need half day to explore the entire of Venetian building. It has beautiful architecture and ornament inside the buildin. Outside of the casino, we will find the bus terminal used by locals to take them to the ferry terminal or Macau International Airport.

Venetian Casino - Gondola
Venetian Casino – Gondola
Venetian Casino - Canal
Venetian Casino – Canal
Venetian Casino
Venetian Casino
Venetian Casino - Food Court
Venetian Casino – Food Court

Inside the Venetian, we can find many interesting dishes. I bought the authentic Tai Lei Loi Kei’s pork bun for my dinner and it has marvelous taste (more details please see here)

After exploring Venetian, my next destination was the Parisian Macau Casino. The main attraction of Parisian Macau is the mini Eiffel Tower in front of the Casino building. You can take beautiful photo at the place and do not forget to bring a long your tripod so you can easily take a photo. At night, the street in front of the casino will become a vast red district area. There will be escort ladies looking for their customer at the front of the casino.

Parisian Macau
Parisian Macau
Parisian Macau - Eiffel
Parisian Macau – Eiffel
Parisian Macau - Fountain
Parisian Macau – Fountain
Parisian Macau - Ceiling Art
Parisian Macau – Ceiling Art
Parisian Macau - Couple under Eiffel
Parisian Macau – Couple under Eiffel
Parisian Macau - Macau Streets
Parisian Macau – Macau Streets

Day 2 – Enjoy the old side of Macau

On my day 2 in Macau, I was exploring the Coloane Village located at the southern of Taipa island.

The Coloane Village has it’s own charm for a tourist destination in Macau. (please see here for the details)

Coloane Intersection - Aines Park
Coloane Intersection – Aines Park
Chapel of St. Francis Xavier
Chapel of St. Francis Xavier
Coloane - Coast
Coloane – Coast

Macau Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman Wharf is the first theme park in Macau. Inside the area, we can find buildings with architecture inspired by buildings all over the world. We can find many shop houses and restaurants at Fisherman Wharf. Also, there are many photography spots inside the Fisherman Wharf.

Macau Fisherman’s Wharf
Macau Fisherman’s Wharf
Macau Fisherman’s Wharf - 5
Macau Fisherman’s Wharf – 5
Macau Fisherman’s Wharf - 4
Macau Fisherman’s Wharf – 4
Macau Fisherman’s Wharf - 3
Macau Fisherman’s Wharf – 3
Macau Fisherman’s Wharf - 2
Macau Fisherman’s Wharf – 2

Senado Square and Ruin of St. Paul Church

The most well-known attractions of Macau are The Senado Square and Ruin of St. Paul Church. People gather around this place to officially visiting Macau.

At that particular area, many food stalls, shop houses and also restaurants to be explored. Some aisles located at the area have beautiful ambience such as Rua de Paixao, Rua de Felicidade.

Senado Square
Senado Square
Ruin of St. Paul Church
Ruin of St. Paul Church
Senado Square
Senado Square
Me at Ruin of St. Paul Church
Me at Ruin of St. Paul Church
Rua De Paixao
Rua De Paixao

Day 3 – Trip to Hong Kong

In the morning, I was taking the free shuttle to the Macau Taipa Ferry Terminal. We can directly buy the ticket at 2nd floor while the terminal is located at 1st floor. The ticket for ferry Macau – Hong Kong vice versa is around USD 45.

(To be continued Macau and Hong Kong itenerary – part 2)

Where to Eat : Macau and Hong Kong

Margareth's Cafe - Egg Tart
Margareth’s Cafe – Egg Tart

On my first time visiting Macau and Hong Kong, I just realize that its just like heaven for foodie to taste many interesting local food. My journey was not only visiting main attraction in Macau and Hong Kong but also to visit interesting restaurant and food stalls around Macau and Hong Kong. Some of the food visited are authentic ones in that particular area. From signature egg tart of Macau until old rice noodle dish in Hong Kong had fulfill my passion as a foodie to write the delicious and must-try dishes.

So my journey will start from beautiful city of Macau. I will always love the city. Somehow, it has it’s own charm as Vegas at night but it reveals the authentic side during daylight where tourist taste good food, sip cup of coffee and feel old memories of the city.

Let’s start with Macau…

 

Tai Lei Loi Kei

Tai Lei Loi Kei is one of signature food with a long history started in 1968. The speciality dish of Tai Lei Loi Kei is the famous Pork Chop Bun.

The Pork Chop is smooth and serve in authentic taste that different with other pork chop. But be carefull on the bones inside that sometimes had sharp edge. In other hand, the bun was also delicious. It was not too crispy but soft one and still you can taste the artisan side of the bun was.

Nowadays, we can find the Tai Lei Loi Kei in some spots in Macau. One stall inside the Venezian Casino has become destination for local people to visit although for me, the pork bun is quite expensive one (68 HKD). It is worth to be tried when we are in Macau.

Tai Lei Loi Kei - Food Stall
Tai Lei Loi Kei – Food Stall
Pork Bun Tai Lei Loi Kei (68 MOP)
Pork Bun Tai Lei Loi Kei (68 MOP)

Lord Stow’s Egg Tart

So, here it is the famous egg tart of Macau. It has become one of the dish that you must try in Macau. Some may say that you have not been in Macau if you never taste the egg tart, especially the Lord Stow’s egg tart.

The Lord Stow’s egg tart started in Coloane Village at the southern of Taipa. There is still a small cafe of Lord Stow’s Cafe that always full of locals and tourist. It is a beautiful small cafe by the sea. Here, you can feel the old side of Macau while you eat the signature egg tart.

The egg tart has a perfect combination of salty, smooth and creamy taste inside. It will be perfect one to eat the egg tart with cup of tea or coffee. In my first visit, I buy 3 egg tarts (9 HKD/egg tart) and very tasteful Baileys Coffee costed 32 HKD.

Although, for a long time Lord Stow’s has become one of iconic egg tart of Macau, it is now have competitor so you must try it also, The Margareth’s egg tart.

Lordstow - Egg tart (9 HKD)
Lordstow – Egg tart (9 HKD)
Lordstow - Baileys Coffee (32 HKD)
Lordstow – Baileys Coffee (32 HKD)

Margareth’s Cafe

Heard from my ex-colleagues that there is one famous egg tart in Macau, finally my itenerary in Macau bring me to the Margareth’s Cafe.

At first, I was questioning whether I have visit the correct Margareth’s Cafe or not because the location is at middle of residential. Not a clean environtment one and the access to the cafe is only small street. But my doubt was disappear along with the queuing of people wanting to buy pack of Margareth’s egg tart.

I heard that Margareth was wife of Lord Stow, man behind the famous Lord Stow’s egg tart. Margareth might learn how to make good egg tart from him and able to create the better one (it’s just my crazy hypothesis… lol)

The Margareth’s egg tart is costed 8 HKD/each. Me and my wife bought half dozen of its and done its for next 20 minutes. It was awesome taste egg tarts of Margareth’s Cafe.

Margareth Cafe - Egg tart (8 HKD)
Margareth Cafe – Egg tart (8 HKD)

Seng Cheong

For this ones, I must admit that the dishes are very delicious and very very pricy ones.

Seng Cheong restaurant is located in Taipa Village. It is a one of chinese and old restaurant around that area. I heard the famous dish is the salted egg King Prawn so I buy it. The funny story of visiting Seng Cheong is that the menu is only available in Chinese letters so we just point to some pictures of dish including the king prawn. From the menu, I assumed that the king prawn will be costed based on its’ weight because no number printed on the menu while the other dishes has number printed. So, I ordered the king prawn and one vegetable dish at that time. The salted egg king prawn was magnificent. It is very delicious one. But it has become ‘not too delicious’ once I know the price for the king prawn. It is costed 520 HKD for the salted egg king prawn while the vegetable is around 45 HKD. 🙂

Upon visiting the restaurant, I googled to find whether I have been scammed but I found out that the price for the king prawn dish is quite expensive and Seng Cheong has reputation as one of famous restaurant in Macau. The internet said that it was restaurant that visited by famous people or celebrity. (Maybe I will be one of it one day ;p )

King Prawn - Seng Cheong (520 HKD)
King Prawn – Seng Cheong (520 HKD)
Vegetables - Seng Cheong (45 HKD)
Vegetables – Seng Cheong (45 HKD)

 

Now, we are move to Hong Kong

 

Mak’s Noodle

It was first restaurant that I visited in Hong Kong. Found the place accidentally, but it is worth to be visited. Mak’s noodle is an old wonton noodles specialist restaurant since 1920. At present days, it has become chain restaurant spread over Hong Kong.

As special menu of Mak’s Noodle, the various wonton noodle menu are taste very recommended to be tried. The beef brisket noodle in soup is one of the delicious dish that you must try. The meat is soft and smooth while the soup is taste bit sweet but tasty. The other signature dish that I have tried is the signature wonton noodle in soup that more salty one but all dishes are delicious ones.

Mak’s Noodle - Beef Brisket Noodle in Soup (38 HKD)
Mak’s Noodle – Beef Brisket Noodle in Soup (38 HKD)
Mak’s Noodle - Wonton Noodle in Soup (35 HKD)
Mak’s Noodle – Wonton Noodle in Soup (35 HKD)

Tsui Wah

One of traditional dish of Hong Kong is the pineapple bun (although there is no pineapple jam inside or more over no pineapple taste from the bun).

I tried to taste the pineapple bun for first time was in Tsui Wah. It was nice one although I believe there are restaurants with authentic pineapple bun as their special menu. Tsui Wah serves many local food that worth to be tasted. The breakfast spicy pork cube with imstant noodle costed 39 HKD is one of it. It was very delicious one and recommended to be tried. The soup has unique and strong taste while the spicy pork cube is easy to be cutted.

Tsui Wah - Pineapple Bun with Iced Butter (28 HKD)
Tsui Wah – Pineapple Bun with Iced Butter (28 HKD)
Tsui Wah - Breakfast Crispy Bun and Tea (20 HKD)
Tsui Wah – Breakfast Crispy Bun and Tea (20 HKD)
Tsui Wah - Breakfast Spiced Pork Cube with Instant Noodle in Soup (39 HKD)
Tsui Wah – Breakfast Spiced Pork Cube with Instant Noodle in Soup (39 HKD)

N.O.T Specialty Coffee

Hong Kong is also known for its’ coffee shop. One of the famous coffee shop is NOT Specialty Coffee at Wan Chai. It is located at the front door of office building and usually in the morning will be full of locals visiting this place with friends or office colleagues. Although, NOT Specialty Coffee is small coffee shop but the taste of the coffee is huge. Serving the arabica coffee, the taste of the coffee is not too acidic.

NOT Specialty Coffee - Flat White (42 HKD)
NOT Specialty Coffee – Flat White (42 HKD)

Chiu Hing

Noodle has become a day to day dish in Hong Kong. Almost all restaurants have noodle dish to be served for their customer.

Chiu Hing restaurant is well-knowned for the fish ball with rice noodle. It is served in clean but tasty soup. Truly, it was delicious one while the fish balls is also magnificent.

The other dish that also very recommended to be tried is the beef brisket with rice costed 61 HKD. The taste of the beef brisket is fabulous. It was served with soup as companion.

Chiu Hing - Fish Ball with Rice Noodle (38 HKD)
Chiu Hing – Fish Ball with Rice Noodle (38 HKD)
Chiu Hing - Special Beef Brisket with Rice (61 HKD)
Chiu Hing – Special Beef Brisket with Rice (61 HKD)

Delicious Kitchen

Pork… is one of most served meat in China. Delicious Kitchen at Causeway Bay is one of restaurant that serve pork ribs in Hong Kong. It is located at shopping district in Causeway Bay area. According to one location finder apps, it has best rates among all but once we tried the pork ribs dish; it was too modern and just like ordinary pork ribs dish.

Not to special but okay for the pork ribs and eel dish. And seems a little bit expensive compare to the taste of the food.

Delicious Kitchen - Pork Ribs with Veggie Rice (45 HKD)
Delicious Kitchen – Pork Ribs with Veggie Rice (45 HKD)
Delicious Kitchen - Sliced Eel with Veggie Rice (65 HKD)
Delicious Kitchen – Sliced Eel with Veggie Rice (65 HKD)

Tai Hing

It was a most visited restaurant during our first visit to Hong Kong. Not only because the taste of the food that very delicious but also the price is reasonable.

The other thing is the portion of the food is quite big so after eat usually our stomach will be full and ready to go to explore Hong Kong.

Tai Hing is also a chain restaurant that spread over Hong Kong. So you can easily find one of the restaurant in Hong Kong.

For breakfast, the recommended dishes is the self made glutinous rice with chicken (37 HKD) and luncheon meat and scramble eggs instant noodle (37 HKD). Bith dishes are served with options of milk tea or coffee. Recommended one to be tried.

Tai Hing - Self made Glutinous rice with chicken (37 HKD)
Tai Hing – Self made Glutinous rice with chicken (37 HKD)
Tai Hing - Luncheon meat and scramble eggs instant noodle (37 HKD)
Tai Hing – Luncheon meat and scramble eggs instant noodle (37 HKD)

Mc Donald’s Kowloon Park

Seems to familiar but the strawberry ice cream is recommended to be bought if you visiting Kowloon Park. Located at the middle of the park, we can buy ice cream at the McD small stall for 5 HKD.

Somehow, it was fit for us when we spend time in Kowloon Park 🙂

McD Strawberry Ice Cream (5 HKD)
McD Strawberry Ice Cream (5 HKD)

Nam Kee

Nam Kee is one of the most established chain restaurant in Hong Kong. During my itenerary in Hong Kong, for couple times I have passed Nam Kee restaurant.

Therefore, I tried once in Causeway Bay near to our hotel. And it was quite nice for the spicy pork round rice noodle costed 38 HKD. There is self service order machine to be used and we will get the queuing number.

Namkee - Spicy Pork Round Rice Noodle (38 HKD)
Namkee – Spicy Pork Round Rice Noodle (38 HKD)

Pizza Express, HKIA

Sometimes to find place to eat when you are in HKIA is challenging, especially when it is peak hour at HKIA. Many restaurant will be full with people and the queue is long.

Pizza Express is one of restaurant that can be our best options if we do not want to wait too long or if we are starving.

The best dish to be tried for me is the baked dough balls served with garlic butter and basil pesto costed 48 HKD. Although, it is just a side dish but it is worth to be tried.

Pizza express - Baked Dough Balls Served with Garlic Butter and Basil Pesto (48 HKD)
Pizza express – Baked Dough Balls
Served with Garlic Butter and Basil Pesto (48 HKD)
Pizza Express - Pizza
Pizza Express – Pizza