X No Thanks

Chinese Whispers- Hong Kong and Macau

by Judith Baker on 14 October 2015, 15:10PM

A two centre trip to Hong Kong and Macau combines old European colonial charm with a taste of the Orient, says journalist Judith Baker.


It is 16 years since Portuguese conceded Macau back to the Chinese, and 18 since the British did the same with Hong Kong. Now, these two places are becoming a hot twin centre destination with travellers from all over the world. Travel between the two is by a fast ferry service which takes less than an hour, and the journey looks set to be even speedier when a new bridge opens next year.


Hong Kong has the vibe of a modern 21st century hot spot and although it still retains some of its Britishness, it has a cosmopolitan energy found in  new bars like Ce La Vi, as well as established diners like Duddells, showcasing fine art and serving sophisticated Cantonese cuisine.

Intro1


What to See:


The World’s Biggest Outdoor Sitting Buddha – the impressive bronze Tian Tian Buddha on Lantau Island

Intro2


Temple Street Night Market: Local traders sell jade, antiques, trinkets and you can pick up tasty seafood and local delicacies

Intro3


The vintage trams, unchanged in design since 1904 are a creaky but pleasant way to explore the city like a local, (they call them Ding Dongs) but the iconic skyline and Victoria harbour is best viewed from a traditional Junk like the Aqua Luna which takes a leisurely cruise around the shore as you relax with a drink.

Intro4

The Symphony of Light show happens every evening at 8 pm, lighting up the sky with an explosion of colour from 40 buildings on both sides of the harbour.

Intro5


Shopping: Apple products sell at about 20% less than the UK, while fashion addicts can indulge at the many designer malls and Fayuan Street (also known as Sneaker Street) is famous for its trendy footwear.


The Peak is the highest point in Hong Kong Island and offers great views across the skyscrapers to the hills of the New Territories.


And if you are young at heart, hit the rides at Honk Kong’s Disneyland in Lantau which has four themed lands.

MACAU


It might be called The Vegas of Asia, but away from the casinos Macau has a colonial charm found in its historic squares, sleepy outlying islands and friendly Portuguese restaurants.

Intro6


The ruined St Pauls church which has become Macau’s landmark is just round the corner from Chinese temples and its restored facade includes Chinese dragons as well as Christian saints. The historic centre of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is said to be the most complete array of European architecture standing on Chinese soil.

Intro7


Macau comprises the Macau peninsula, were you find the main squares and the frantic entertainment and casinos, but also the quiet islands of Taipa and Coloane.


Isolated from the mainland, sleepy Coloane is home to the tiny church of St Francis, painted canary yellow, which houses the only painting of the Madonna and Child in the world to be depicted with Chinese features.  Down the road The Macau Giant panda pavilion is home to Kai Kai and Xin Xin who recently moved here from mainland China.

Intro8


In Taipa old village in front of a field of lotus flowers, a row of five distinctive green colonial style residences which were once home to Portuguese officials now house small museums explaining the history of Macau.

Intro9


Macau Tower, one of Asia’s tallest buildings, has the worlds’ highest bungee jump at 338metres, from where you can view the resorts and 24-hour casinos.

Intro10


Judith Baker is a travel writer and editor based in London, contributing to a number of national newspapers and magazines. Follow her on Twitter @bakerjudith


National Curry Week: Holiday Inspiration

Read More

British Columbia: Home of the Grizzly Bear

Read More

Top 10 Best-Value Long-Haul Destinations

Read More

10 Things You Never Knew About Borneo

Read More
Post of the month
by Tourism Australia More

Email sign up

Register to receive holiday offers, cheap flights deals, hotel offers and more.

Travelbag Travel/Leisure London

01 Jan 00:00 Read More
Travelbag's Twitter
Common Tags
24 Hours 3 days in 48 hours in 5 Reasons Abu Dhabi Activities Adventure Holiday Africa Alaska Antigua Architecture Argentina asia Auckland Australasia Australia bahamas Bahrain Bali Bangkok Barbados Beach Holidays Beaches Bolivia Bora Bora Borneo Botswana Brazil Caibbean California Cambodia Canada Cancun Cape Town Caribbean celebrity Central America Chicago Chile China City Breaks Coffee Colombo Colorado Costa Rica Cruise Holidays Cruises Cuba culture Dining Dominican Republic Dubai Ecuador Europe Events Family Holidays Festivals Fiji Florida food Food Trip Gold Coast Greece Hanoi Hawaii hiking Ho Chi Minh City Hoi An holiday reading Honeymoon Hong Kong India Indian Ocean Indian Ocean Luxury Holidays Indonesia Jamaica Japan Jordan Kenya Koh Samui Krabi kuala lumpur Laos las vegas Latin America Literature los angeles Luxury Holidays Macau Majorca Malaysia Maldives Mauritius Melbourne Mexico Miami Middle East Mombasa money Montreal motorhome holidays music Myanmar Nature New York New Zealand North New Zealand Northen Territory Oman Orlando Pattaya Penang Perth Perth Beaches Peru Phuket Qatar Quebec Queensland Queenstown quiz Rail Travel Ras Al Khaimah Reading on holiday Royal Jubilee Safari Samoa San Francisco scenic Scuba Diving Self-Drive Seychelles Shopping Sightseeing Sightseeing Trip Singapore snorkelling South Africa South America South Australia South Carolina South New Zealand Southeast Asia Sri Lanka St Lucia Surfing survey Sydney Tahiti Tasmania Tennessee Texas Thailand Things To Do Tokyo Top 5 Things to Do Toronto tour Travelbag trekking UAE USA USA Roadtrip Utah Vancouver Vietnam Virginia Washington DC Western Australia whale watching Wildlife Winter Sun
Archive
  • 2019
  • 2018
    • December
    • November
    • October
    • July
    • June
    • May
    • April
    • March
    • February
    • January
  • 2017
    • December
    • November
    • October
    • September
    • August
    • July
    • June
    • March
    • February
  • 2016
    • December
    • November
    • October
    • September
    • August
    • July
    • June
    • May
    • April
    • March
    • February
    • January
  • 2015
    • December
    • November
    • October
    • September
    • August
    • July
    • June
    • May
    • April
    • March
    • February
    • January
  • 2014
    • December
    • November
    • October
    • September
    • August
    • July
    • June
    • May
    • April
    • March
    • February
    • January
  • 2013
    • December
    • November
    • October
    • September
    • August
    • June
    • May
    • April
    • March
    • February
  • 2012
    • November
    • October
    • September
    • August
    • July
    • May
    • April
    • March
    • February
    • January
Please Wait...


We use cookies
Read more

Cookies: We use cookies to improve your experience on this website. By continuing to browse our website, you are agreeing to use our site cookies.
See our cookie policy for more information on cookies and how to manage them.