Hello, three of us will be travelling from Malaysia to Macau, Hong Kong and Shenzen from 11th till the 17 th of April 2007.
Could anyone please help in recommending a suitable hotel which is conveniently located and budget priced, i.e. about US 70 per night, in Macau , Hong Kong and Shenzen.
Also, what are some of the suggested things that we should not miss- interesting places, etc
We would appreciate any help we can get in this matter as this is the first trip to those countries.
I would look for ratings on tripadvisor.com and then book it through sinohotel.com
I'd recommend Hotel Ritz in Macau.
In HK, I stayed at the Stanford Hillview Hotel and Stanford Hotel in Mong Kok. I would recommend both -- but they might be just a little bit over your $70 USD/night budget. Also I stayed at the Anne Black YMCA Guest House -- and I would recommend for a very spartan, budget hotel. Finally I stayed at the BP International, which was really nice (but again possibly a little over $70 USD/night).
Hi, I live in shenzhen.So I'd like give you some advice of shenzhen.For hotel ,I'd recommend Hualian hotel .It locates in the center of shezhen,in Ke xue guan metro station.It will take 10 minutes from Luohu port.By the way, there is a bus go to airport from this hotel.For sightseeing,I'd recommend the Spendid China(theme park),The window of the world (theme park) and Happy Valley (water park).All this place is interesting and fun.If you have a little more time, you can go to the SeaWorld.There are many nice western restaurant and bar.For shopping,Dongmen is a nice place to.It is in Laojie metro station.This website will be useful for you:
Hope you enjoy staying in shenzhen
Wow - that a short timeframe for your visit. I don't have specific hotel recommendations, but here is a link to hotels, hostels, and guesthouses in Hong Kong that you might find useful:
I lived in HK and never stayed in a hotel there, but did in Shenzhen and Macau. In Shenzhen we got a great deal on a 4 star hotel thru an agent at the airport. Maybe you can get a similar deal thru www.sinohotel.com. The one we stayed at was centrally located (near shopping & the railway station) and was called Century Plaza. We paid $60 for a very nice room.
As for Macau, we stayed in a more run down area of the city, but the place was ok and the people running it were nice. Can't recall the name, but if you need it let me know and I'll go thru my notebooks. No need to spend $70 in Macau as you can find less expensive places easily.
If you didn't know already, you can use HK dollars in both Shenzhen and Macau, so you don't have to worry about exchanging money.
For Shenzhen - 1 day
Watch out in Shenzhen for petty crime. Keep your belongings in sight and hold tight to your purses. Don't go anywhere with a local to get a "good deal". Be careful in the shopping plazas, bargain hard though and you can get some good deals.
For HK here is my list - 3 to 4 days
Try my blog for some hints: http://www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/dancywalden/
And this site for official tourist info: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/usa/
And this link to my answer about what to do in HK: http://www.travellerspoint.com/my_messagecenter.cfm?sentmessageid=146011
For Macau 1 to 2 days:
Try your luck in a casino
Walk around the old central section of the city - many sights within a mile radius
Take a bus to the outlying "islands" Taipa & Colonane - very mellow and old world
Eat at A Lorcha - excellent food
You can use public transport for all your travels. Local MTR / KCR to Shenzhen; and the turbo ferry to Macau.
Borrow a Hong Kong Lonely Planet guide and you'll be all set.
Let me know if you need more specifics & have fun!
Appreciate all the answers given to me very much, especially on things to look out for and the various links to useful websites.
As you all have advised, I found the official HK tourism board and Macau Tourism board useful in giving useful infos. Because of this trip I found alot of info through the net, i.e. www.virtualtourist.com, www.tripadvisor.com, etc that really are very useful with pictures, comments, etc.
I have spent some time reading on these places , before I make this trip, and hopefully wont encounter any difficulties.
Once again thank You, for all of you have really helped alot.
Just arrived from HK, Shenzhen & Macau. Our ticket is roundtrip Manila-Macau. I'll share you my itenerary:
• March 17 – Depart Manila
-money exchange enough for tickets & cab. Proceed to First Ferry (Macau – Tsim Sha Tsui) *check First Ferry schedule online
-Check-in at Yiu Fai Guesthouse
-Wander around Tsim Sha Tsui *money exchange is USD1=HKD7.8, don't believe the HKD7 they posted, find one that gives higher exchange rate.
• March 18 – get an Octopus Card at the Customer Svc Stn at any MTR
-Ocean Park (am) and Victoria Peak (pm)
• March 19 – Disneyland
• March 20 – Big Buddha, Lantau Island *cable car opens at 10am
-Travel by Tram - best way to see HK
-Go to Avenue of the Stars, Symphony of Lights starts at 8pm
• March 21 – Shenzhen
-Get a map of Shenzhen at the Shangri-la Shenzhen, only walking distance from the train station
-Optional: head straight for Guangzhou, far more interesting and doable in a day from Hong Kong (2hrs by train)
• March 22 – Shopping Day!!!
• March 23 – to Macau
- Ruins of St. Paul Cathedral
- Largo do Senado
- Macau Tower
- A-Ma Temple
- Try local specialties such as Bacalhua (salted cod) and African chicken
• March 24 – Depart Macau pm
1. Get a map of HK online especially the route of MTR
2. *Affordable hotel in HK - check Yui Fai Guesthouse http://www.yiufaiguesthouse.com/ HKD300/night for 3persons or Wonderful Inn http://www.wonderfulinn.com/index.php HKD380/night for 2persons in Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. The place is very accessible, safe and clean, just accross MTR station and it's where most tourist stay
*Affordable hotel in Macau - Augusters Lodge (853)6645026 or check www.augusters.de HKD200/night for 3persons. It's only a dormitory.
3.Have the map of your hotel written in Chinese since most taxi drivers doesn't speak English.
Hope this helps!!!