I'm looking to travel to Australia in May 2008 and to make it cheaper am thinking of travelling from London to Hong Kong and then getting the ferry to Macau to catch a flight to Perth, Australia.
I'm looking for some advice as to whether it is worth spending some time in either Hong Kong or Macau and what sort of things would be recommended to see and do? I have had a search on the internet so have a few ideas but wondered if there was anyone on here with any personal experiences of the two places - positive or negative.
I was in Hong Kong and Macau last week and would recommend both. There is loads to see in Hong Kong, and Macau has some interesting colonial buildings and history. I spent a day in Macau but it would be nice to stay over and spend a bit longer there. There are also some casinos there if you are interested in that kind of thing.
In Hong Kong I would recommend:
-Victoria Peak (now touristy and commercialised but still worth the view both by day and at night)
-star ferry across the harbour
-Hong Kong Park
-Chu Lin Nunnery
It's a great place just to wander around and experience the sights, smells and sounds.
I would agree, Hong Kong is a great place, good food, good shopping, lots of sights to see and easy to get around. It actually surprised us as to how cheap it was.
Just a tip: if going to Macau, don't get the local currency of potaca, it cannot be exchanged or used outside the country, just use Hong Kong dollars!
I enjoyed Hong Kong a great deal. In addition to things that Bex suggests, make sure you do the star ferry trip around the harbour, particularly spectacular at night. The old tram ride is quite fun too.
Don't forget your passport if you go to Macau as you need to clear immigration at either end.
I agree, HK and and Macau are great places.
When you go to Macau, you get the ferry that takes about 1 hr and if you do it at night the sky line of macau looks amazing. Make sure you visit the Sands casino, it is like being in Las vagas (plus you get free booze). Also, there is a large sporting area, where you can do go-karking etc, that is always worth a look.
Hong kong, there are endless things to do as it is a massive place.
Go see the giant budda (probably a day trip),
get the boat at night time so you can get some decent pic's of the sky line,
vsit the Peak,
Go to big wave beach,
Get a tram to the area of Happy Vally and see the horse racing,
have a walk down the russian area and visit the walk-in freezer where you can try their vodka,
Get the underground or a tram to visit different areas such as Wan Chi, Central, Admiral, Kowloon etc...,
Get the bus to Stanley Market
As you can see , there is so much to do, but it is quite expensive.
have a good time.
I liked Hong Kong and would recommend visiting there. In addition to the places mentioned, Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok are pretty interesting, lots of good shopping and entertainment. If you're into the night scene, Lan Kwai Fong has a host of bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants, etc.
Here's a useful link if you want to know more about Hong Kong:
Discover Hong Kong
My first time experience to Hong Kong last year will never leave me. My first time impression: walking in to a sea of humanity. In hindsight I wished I'd allowed for more time than 5 days (which included a train trip to Guangzhou in China and a day trip over to Macau). I visited The Peak, Star Ferry rides, Symphony of Light show on the harbour (8pm daily), bus ride to Stanley and then to Aberdeen Harbour (where I hired a boat to take me around for 1 hour). Did a few of the tourist walks (leaflets available from Tourist Bureaus-I visited the one at the Star Ferry Terminal.) Tourist Bureau also facilitates a free 1 hour ride on a junk ('Duk Ling') around the harbour. You must have your passport to be able to book. I also enjoyed (from shopping or just looking) the Jade Market, Goldfish Market, Flower Market, Bird Market, Temple Street Night Market, Ladies Market etc etc etc.
In Macau I did one of the walking tours - well signposted so you don't get lost. I dispensed with shopping for clothes as they primarily came from Thailand where I was heading to.
Finally, can I say Hong Kong has one of the best public transport systems I have ever come across.
Wow, thanks to all of you for the responses. Wasn't expecting so many good ideas!
I guess I will definitely have to spend some time in both HK & Macau then. Would seem a shame to travel through both places and missing out on all of that.
Will have to stay ou of the casinos though if I'm to have enough cash for Australia!