Hong Kong & Macau Trip 2014

Hong Kong, a city famed for its ‘pantyhose milk tea’ and bustling urban life is everything that I imagined it to be. Stepping foot into colourful yet chaotic metropolis can be a little overwhelming at first with sheer volume of people populating the just about every corner of the street. But Hong Kong has a lot more to offer with its multifaceted attractions ranging from historical sites to open-air street market and modernistic shopping malls.

1. A typical view of a densely built block of apartment which is a common sight in most part of Hong Kong street. According to Wikipedia, Hong Kong’s population spans over seven million people and is regarded as one of the most populated areas in the world.

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2. Signboards are seen everywhere in all shapes and sizes. It can be disarray looking at a street filled with so many different signages but they form an important part of Hong Kong’s street culture and character.

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3. At night, these signboards turned into a dizzying array of colourful neon signs turning the street into an amazing night scenery.

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4. Fa Yuen Street or Sneaker Street will delight bargain hunters who are looking for affordable shoes. It is one-of-a-kind shopping experience as there are so many different shoe brands and limited edition shoes up for sale.

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5. A neon signage was reflected on a public bus at Mong Kok.

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6. A fruit stall was seen operating throughout the wee hours of the night along a street in the Mong Kok district.

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7. Located along the Victoria Harbour waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui, the Avenue of Stars offers a stunning panoramic view of Hong Kong cityscape. At night, the famous skyline becomes beautifully illuminated, making the area a popular spot for landscape photographers.

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8. A view of The Peninsula Hong Kong Hotel from Salisbury Road.

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9. Hong Kong boasts an impressive number of high-rise buildings and skyscrapers. The “Rickshaw Sightseeing Bus” offers two routes around the city to see many interesting sights.

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10. Popularly known as “Ding Ding”, narrow double-decker city trams can often be seen journeying along the northern coast of Hong Kong Island. Although these trams are much slower compare to the rapid subway system, it is still a popular ride offering the cheapest fare among all the transportation mode in the city.

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11. The Star Ferry Pier, Central offers ferry rides across the Victoria Harbour to Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier.

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12. An inside peek of a vintage weighing scale at the Western Market.

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13. Although Dim Sum, Char Siew (barbecued pork) and Beef Brisket Noodles took the centre stage when it come to Hong Kong must-try cuisine, I was delighted to learn that small cafes and pastry shops are also mushrooming around the city. KISSes Cupcakes which is located along Gough Street offers a range of beautifully crafted cupcakes. Their signature Ferrero Rocher cupcake is pretty delicious

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14. A row of lanterns seen at Man Mo Temple located along Hollywood Road.

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15. Madame Tussauds Hong Kong features famous wax figures for visitors to take pictures with.

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16. Water puddles along the shopping district of Mong Kok.

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17. Taking a one-hour ferry ride from the Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal, Macau is a stark contrast to Hong Kong with its European styled influence buildings, beautiful churches, and, of course, casinos at every corner. Macau is also famous for their pastéis de nata (egg tarts), with Lord Stow’s Bakery at Coloane being the most popular Macanese egg tart outlet there.

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18. The city has many narrow alleyways in the older part of Macau where the locals are seen carrying out their daily businesses.

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19. A hotel with attitude, Hard Rock Hotel Macau is a beautifully designed boutique hotel with rock star living theme located at the City of Dreams.

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20. The Venetian Macau Casino is undoubtedly the biggest attraction so far. It is the largest casino in the world combining a luxury hotel, casino resort and shopping destination under one grand structure. As the name implies, the entire architectural design resembles a Venetian inspired theme with canals for gondolas to ferry tourists on the second floor.

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21. The replication of Venetian ambiance extends to the realistically painted ceiling that depicts the Venice sky in summer. The illusion of ‘moving’ clouds is apparent when one strolls along the street is very impressive.

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22. With over 1 million square feet of retail space, The Venetian is a shopping paradise with a high class mix of international clothing brands  and designer brands such as Audemars Piguet, Bottega Veneta, Cartier, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton.

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23. Even the walkways are intricately designed with painted ceiling featuring High Renaissance art that evokes a feeling of grandeur when stepping into The Venetian.

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24. A scene at Senando Square where shopping centres, Chinese restaurants and local snacks are found there.

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25. The most famous landmark in Macau is undoubtedly the Ruins of St. Paul’s. The front facade and the grand stone stairs are the only remains of this glorious cathedral that was built in the 17th century.

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26. The main road leading up to Ruins of St. Paul’s is bustling with activities. The narrow cobbled street is filled with small shops selling local snacks, clothing, souvenirs and antique items.

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27. The impressive looking Babylon Casino located at Fisherman’s Wharf provides a great photo opportunity during night time.

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