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21. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member 214 posts) 8y

i'm reviving this thread to ask additional queries for those who've been to HK and/or Macau...

When we fly over there on October, we will be bringing with us our baby whom is 8months old by then... we shall be bringing a stroller for her...

I'm wondering... since we plan to take the MTR/tram/bus in Hong Kong, and probably mostly the bus system in Macau.. would we face problems carrying the stroller on these? Are their buses spacious enough?

22. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Quoting pau_p1

i'm reviving this thread to ask additional queries for those who've been to HK and/or Macau...

When we fly over there on October, we will be bringing with us our baby whom is 8months old by then... we shall be bringing a stroller for her...

I'm wondering... since we plan to take the MTR/tram/bus in Hong Kong, and probably mostly the bus system in Macau.. would we face problems carrying the stroller on these? Are their buses spacious enough?

the buses in Macau? I don't remember seeing a baby in any of my rides. It can be crowded in certain hours of the day. But I think like any buses, there is always room for cute little babies.

23. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member 214 posts) 8y

yeah not too many tourists bring their babies.. that's why I worry if bringing a stroller would be a burden during commute.. I'm pondering into buying a smaller stroller or just that baby backpack....

24. Posted by binbint (Inactive 3 posts) 8y

Weather For those who are seeking warm, dry and sunny weather, the ideal time is October to December. Those who are wanting to escape the humidity of tropical climates will appreciate the cooler months of January and February. The humidity is typically high in the spring and worse in the summer, when high temperatures (usual maximum of 33-34 °C) are often recorded.

What to eat

Hong Kong is known for its dim sum (點心), delicately prepared morsels of Cantonese cuisine served from a never ending procession of carts and eaten with tea. Dim sum is usually eaten for breakfast or lunch and is often the focus of family get-togethers on Sundays. An excellent place to go for dim sum is City Hall in Central - just be sure to ask for the dim sum restaurant. If you go to some restaurants in the more local areas (such as Kennedy Town) ask if they have an English menu. In such restaurants customers are often required to write their requirements on a tick-box sheet and hand them to the waiter.

Besides dim sum, Hong Kong is also known for its roasted meats, especially roast goose though duck and pork are also readily available. Roast meat is typically served with rice or noodles. Congee (粥 juk) is also widespread in Hong Kong and is best eaten at the smaller eateries, though many of them have only Chinese menus. Nevertheless, that shouldn't put you off and nobody can claim to have experienced the cullinary culture of Hong Kong without having a taste of its congee.

Hong Kong also has some pretty good snacks, the most famous among ethnic Chinese tourists being a sweet pastry known as Sweetheart Cakes (老婆餅 lo po peng) and the most famous shop selling this is Hang Heung (恒香), located at Yuen Long (元朗) in the New Territories, though there are branches located throughout all of Hong Kong.

For those who wish to eat Hong Kong's famous seafood, there are different locations in Hong Kong's coastal areas where freshly caught seafood is cooked and served. Places like Sai Kung, Po Doi O, Lei Yu Mun, Lau Fau Shan are good places to find restaurants specialized in seafood. These restaurants have different tanks to keep the seafood alive and will present live seafood specimens to their patrons for them to choose before cooking. Raw fish, known as yee sang (魚生) in Hong Kong, is a relatively popular dish and is prepared differently from Japanese sashimi.
Many exotic delicacies like abalone, conch and bamboo clam can be found for sale in many seafood restaurants. The price of seafood increases where the species is a rarity. Some of the fish and seafood for sale maybe endangered by overfishing, so the WWF urges consumers to be aware of buying endangered species. Try to avoid buying juvenile fish that have not had a chance to breed. A vigorous campaign has been fought in Hong Kong to stop people buying shark fin.

In addition to the usual Cantonese fare, Hong Kong is also home to several good Teochew (known locally as Chiuchow) restaurants serving Teochew dishes such as braised goose (鹵鵝) and yam paste dessert (芋泥).
As with Chinese cuisine elsewhere, food in Hong Kong is generally eaten with chopsticks. The usual etiquette when using chopsticks apply, such as not sticking your chopsticks vertically into a bowl of rice. Dishes in smaller eateries might not come with a serving spoon though they would usually provide one if you request.


Traditional heritage
There are many traditional heritage locations throughout the territory.

Ping Shan Heritage Trail in Tin Shui Wai

Kowloon Walled City Park in Kowloon City

Tsang Tai Uk in the New Territories

Che Kung Temple in the Sha Tin, New Territories

Man Mo Temple and Fu Shin Street Traditional Bazaar in the New Territories

Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas Located 5 minute walk from Shatin KCR station. This is one of the best temples to visit in Hong Kong. There are over 12,000 buddha and you can usually see monkeys. There is also a pagoda that you can climb. If you are hungry before you climb the large number of stairs there is also a very delicious hot pot restaurant on the way. Although, at the top of the hill there are also amazing vegetarian spring rolls.

Stilt houses in Tai O (aka Hong Kong Venice) -- to have a taste of a traditional fishing village.
Po Lin Monastery and the Tien Tan Buddha Statue on Ngong Ping, which can now be accessed by riding on the Ngong Ping Cable Car that takes you to the massive golden buddha on Lantau Island. A 20-25 minute ride on the Cable Car with a fantastic view of the island and a great way addition to this already amazing trip.

There are a variety of museums in Hong Kong with different themes, but to be honest, the people on the streets seem to offer more insights than the exhibits in most of these government-run museums.

One exception is the Hong Kong Museum of History which gives an excellent overview of Hong Kong's fascinating history. Not the typical pots-behind-glass format of museum you find elsewhere in China. Innovative galleries such as a mock-up of a colonial era street make the history come to life. Allow about two hours to view everything in detail.

The following is a list of major museums in Hong Kong:
Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum (Central)

Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery (Quarry Bay Park)

Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware (Hong Kong Park)

Hong Kong Film Archive (Sai Wan Ho)

Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre (Kowloon Park)

Hong Kong Heritage Museum (Shatin)

Hong Kong Maritime Museum (Stanley)

Hong Kong Museum of Art (Tsim Sha Tsui)

Hong Kong Museum of Art is a fascinating, strange and elusive place. The entrance lies up one floor, mimicking the “temple” approach to the high altar of culture and art. Here it doesn’t work, instead of the broad sweep and sense of grandeur, one feels threatened and unwelcome. Once you arrive on the first floor, the cold unwelcoming entrance is forgotten and you are bathed in light from the wall of glass that gives you a panoramic view of Hong Kong Island.
The objects on show are Chinese ceramics, terracotta, rhinoceros horn and Chinese paintings. There is also a temporary exhibition space devoted to items from their own collection with additional lent material. There is also space for contemporary art produced by Hong Kong artists, most of whom have moved away from the traditional Chinese art forms to North American and British art.

Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence (Shau Kei Wan)

Hong Kong Museum of History (Tsim Sha Tsui)

Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences (Mid-levels)

Hong Kong Police Museum (The Peak)

Hong Kong Railway Museum (Tai Po)

Hong Kong Science Museum (Tsim Sha Tsui East)
A museum which decided to make an architectural statement about its purpose, yet somehow got it horribly wrong.

Hong Kong Space Museum (Tsim Sha Tsui)

Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre (Hong Kong Park)

Law Uk Folk Museum (Chai Wan)

Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum (Sham Shui Po)

Madame Tussauds (The Peak)

Hong Kong is not all skyscrapers, and it is worthwhile to go to the countryside (over 70% of Hong Kong), including the country parks and marine parks.

Lantau Island is twice as big as Hong Kong island and is well worth checking out if you want to get away from the bright lights and pollution of the city for a spell. Here you will find open countryside, traditional fishing villages, secluded beaches, monasteries and more. You can hike, camp, fish and mountain bike, amongst other activities.
The Sai Kung peninsula is also a worthwhile place to visit. Its mountainous terrain and spectacular coastal scenery make this a special place. If you like challenging routes, try going to Sharp Peak (Nam She Tsim in Cantonese). Sharp Peak is famous for its steep slope with a height of more than 400m. The view from the top is fantastic. For a more relaxed route, try to walk along Section 2 of Maclehose Trail.

Hong Kong Wetland Park is a relaxing park set amidst an ecological mitigation area. One can stroll along a network of board walks built over the marshy area and watch birds from a tower. The park also features a large visitors centre/museum. The museum has many interactive exhibits ideal for children, as well as some live animal habitats. To visit, take KCR West Rail to Tin Shui Wai Station, then the #705 light rail to Wetland Park. The park is pushchair and wheelchair friendly.

North East New Territories is also famous for its natural environment. Yan Chau Tong Marine Park is located in the North East New Territories. A few traditional abandoned villages are connected with hiking trails in the territory. North East New Territories is one of the famous hiking hot spot for the locals.

Short hiking trails (2 hours) can be found on Hong Kong Island and the New Territories.

There are some outlying islands are also worth to visit, e.g.: Lamma Island, Cheung Chau, Ping Chau, Tap Mun, Tung Lung Island.


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