I and my friend went to Hong
Kong and Macau during Holi 2012. We booked our
flight tickets and hotels through hi-tours, while the rest of the tour was
We started with Macau. Stayed in a suite in Venetian. The rooms were
extremely good, so was the hotel. Reminded me of Las Vegas. Macau
is the place to be if you want to gamble. It is mostly famous for just 2 things
– gambling and prostitution. Even the local HongKong junta comes to Macau for these 2. First day, we played poker almost
whole night and won some 2000 HK$ each.
If you are an Indian and don’t like
Chinese Vegetarian, make sure you get to the Indian Restaurants on time. They
close on quite early, except in the food court in Venetian. Next day we took a
half day city tour. We missed the bunjee jumping (regret not doing it, as we
were short of time; did skywalk- was fun). In the evening we left for HK.
I had heard a lot about
HongKong being the new financial world, and trust me it beats the best of the
cities of US in terms of infrastructure. There are 2 cities one above the road
and one below it – the underground metro. I was amazed to see the showrooms of
all major brands at the metro-stations.
First day we visited Victoria
Peak. The peak is one of
the main attractions in HongKong and should be in the list of things to see for
any tourist .A steep tram ride brings you to the top of the peak , the highest
point in HongKong. Located at the top of the peak is the wok-shaped Peak Tower,
which is like a mall and harbors Madame Tussad`s museum besides others shops
and restaurants. We had our sip of coffee and moved on for shopping.
Mong Kok, probably one of
the busiest parts of Kowloon and all of Hong Kong. It is famous for various night markets where
one can find cheap electronics and apparels. I found a Chinese Bluetooth
headset for my iPhone. Its a good place to try local cuisine. It is a heaven
for all sea food lovers; we tried some of it. The major markets are Ladies
and Portland Street.
Then came the night, best
time to enjoy your bachelorhood. We
went to Lan Kwai Fong (popularly known as LFK).This is the place you should go
if you want too see hongkong`s nightlife. Spread across fairly good area its
has scores of clubs, discs and bars . One can really get the feel of cosmopolitan
nature of the city. The place was jam-packed with locals and tourists. Though a
bit on expensive side this place is worth every penny.
Next day we took a half day city tour through a local agent and visited places
such as Avenue of Stars (gives a great view of the city`s skyline; with the
pleasant breeze we had a great time there. it’s a good place to spend a lazy
Wong Tai Sin Temple (famous for fortune tellers; we particularly
liked the status of the 12 animals according to Chinese Calendar).
Bay - a beach perfect for families and
perhaps the only beach worth going in HK .
If you are a barbecue person this is the place to go .
One can also see the famous “Jackie Chan” House from this beach located in the
hills. You can skip the Ferry ride, it’s not worth the time and money. We ended
the day taking the rides and enjoying shows – dolphin show was good, at the Ocean Park
(if you don’t have young children, it can easily be skipped).
Next day we started with Disneyland. HK is one of the four places in the world to
have Disneyland. The Disneyland
here is smaller as compared to the others but there are some distinct rides
that one can’t afford to miss.
We hurried on to the Lantau Island
– a beautiful monastery located 100km outside the main city in mountains is famous
for the “Big Bhudda” Statue. One can reach the monastery either by bus or cable
It’s advisable to leave for the island early morning from the city as
there are many amazing landmarks besides the monastery that are worth visiting.
We were quite late but were gifted with rain and enjoyed every bit of walk. Try
the distinct flavored chai you get right on the entrance.