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Re: Travel: China - Hong Kong

Postby Sun_2010 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:42 pm

Back from my trip, thanks for all the info. Sharing my experience.

@hquek, managed to get the Starhub card from Changi after checking in. It was very useful. The Airlines staff was helpful in lending her badge to help change the SIM , as I had to activate before leaving SG

The directions helped in moving around to the MTR. First trip ever where we relied completely on public transport and all our sight seeing were totally on our own. With the children no longer small, handed over the responsibility of checking the routes and exits to DD and DS , i just followed like a little lamb :smile:

Got octopus cards at the airport for 200 hkd each, spent around 170+ . Not even one single taxi this trip, hurray. Does say a lot about their transportation system.
One tip, at lot of stores the octopus card can be used to buy stuff , had i known that I would have topped up more and avoided collecting all that change. Anyway the change was put to good use - donated at the Big Buddha at Ngong Ping.

@floppy, Thanks for the tip on klook, saved a bit . Did not take the iVenture card, as DS was having a running nose one day before we left and we wanted to have flexibility.

Checked with the hotel regarding the handy phone. Apparently the contract with them is over so no more handy phone. :gloomy:

but was it hot hot , hot !! Couple of days I only had liquids and and ice-creams the whole day.

For return, used city checkin since our flight was at night , had to pay for the airport express ticket even though we did not use train later.

The Peak tram has been suspended temporarily . They have a bus 315 from the same place instead.
One mistake we made when we went to visit the Ten thousand Buddhas, we walked up the Po Fook Cemetery instead. Apparently it is a mistake many make, as they had a printed sign at the counter giving us directions to the Ten thousand buddhas, but that was after climbing the 100-150 steps. The path is right before the Cemetery when walking from the MTR.

Was a good trip on the whole.

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Re: Travel: China - Hong Kong

Postby hquek » Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:15 pm

Glad you had fun Sun.

Mr sun really came out in full force true to your nick eh. I think the part where you let DD & DS take responsibility for the directions must have felt really good. ;)

not sure how many days roaming you got. just remember that if the days haven't finished, you can keep using the data on the card.

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Re: Travel: China - Hong Kong

Postby floppy » Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:35 am

Glad that you have enjoyed your trip Sun_2010.

Oh I remember last month, towards the end of my journey... the weather was super duper hot also! A big contrast to the first couple of days where I get cooler weather + some rain.

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Re: Travel: China - Hong Kong

Postby JohnSMith75 » Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:18 pm

Last autumn, my wife and I decided to fly to Hong Kong for a weekend. We used online service to order tickets, everything was very pretty easy and cheap. Dedicated manager provided the necessary information and helped us to make the order. The trip was very successful, we really enjoyed Hong Kong, I recommend everyone to visit this beautiful city as well as

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Re: Travel: China - Hong Kong

Postby mummychia » Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:37 pm

I will be going this Nov to HK & Macau, will be staying in Royal Plaza too.

Thinking to do a day trip to Zhuhai from Macau or Shenzhen from HK. Anyone been to both? Do we need a visa?

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Re: Travel: China - Hong Kong

Postby floppy » Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:46 pm

mummychia wrote:I will be going this Nov to HK & Macau, will be staying in Royal Plaza too.

Thinking to do a day trip to Zhuhai from Macau or Shenzhen from HK. Anyone been to both? Do we need a visa?


If you are a Singaporean, you don't need a visa to visit Zhuhai or Shenzhen if you intend to stay less than 15 days.

I've used the bus option, the train (MTR) option as well as the ferry option to get to Shenzhen from HKG and vice versa. It is fairly straightforward, and you can use any method, depending on where you want to go, how much time you have and how much you want to spend. For a day trip, the MTR would usually be the best choice.

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Re: Travel: China - Hong Kong

Postby mummychia » Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:52 pm

floppy wrote:
mummychia wrote:I will be going this Nov to HK & Macau, will be staying in Royal Plaza too.

Thinking to do a day trip to Zhuhai from Macau or Shenzhen from HK. Anyone been to both? Do we need a visa?


If you are a Singaporean, you don't need a visa to visit Zhuhai or Shenzhen if you intend to stay less than 15 days.

I've used the bus option, the train (MTR) option as well as the ferry option to get to Shenzhen from HKG. It is fairly straightforward, and you can use any method, depending on where you want to go, how much time you have and how much you want to spend.


Ok! Thanks Floppy!

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Re: Travel: China - Hong Kong

Postby sunshinemomalove » Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:48 am

Hi parents, can anyone share with me about travelling between Hongkong & Macau? ( 2A + 1C + 1Senior)

Any itinerary I can use as a reference?
Many thanks to all!

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Re: Travel: China - Hong Kong

Postby sunshinemomalove » Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:49 am

Hi parents, can anyone share with me about travelling between Hongkong & Macau? ( 2A + 1C + 1Senior)

Any itinerary I can use as a reference?
Many thanks to all!

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Re: Travel: China - Hong Kong

Postby Sun_2010 » Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:07 am

sunshinemomalove wrote:Hi parents, can anyone share with me about travelling between Hongkong & Macau? ( 2A + 1C + 1Senior)

Any itinerary I can use as a reference?
Many thanks to all!


Hi google with how many days you are going, you will get many references.

One blog was very helpful for me, unfortunately I didnt note the site address. But I did copy the contents as a doc that I have pasted below. I will try to search out the site address and credit it back later. It was for a 5 day itinerary.

How to get around?
It’s always best to avail an Octopus Card — a prepaid contactless debit card that can be used to pay for all kinds of public transport (except taxis and some red minibuses; and if I may add, this can even be used to pay at convenience stores, supermarkets, restaurants, museums, and more). After all, Hong Kong is best explored by train (MTR) as it is the fastest mode of transportation. The only time that I can recommend using a taxi is if you’re in a hurry, if you get lost, or if you have 3 other people with you to share the cost (meter starts at HKD $22).
To better navigate yourself within Hong Kong, use Google Maps‘ directions feature (signified by a blue icon with an arrow inside it) — I really find it as a very helpful tool if I want to reach a certain place from a particular location. (Google Maps doesn’t work offline though, so I recommend that you get a pocket WiFi to stay connected).
You can avail an Octopus Card at the airport or at any MTR station, and it can also be reloaded at any MTR station or merchant stores that accept Octopus (7-Eleven, McDonalds, etc.). A basic Octopus Card costs HKD $150 in which $100 can be used as credit and the remaining $50 serves as refundable deposit. You can load it to a maximum of HKD $1,000 but you can only refund remaining credit if it’s less than $500. It stays valid for 1,000 days after your last top-up or ‘load’ and can be reactivated anytime afterwards. Rest assured, your card can go negative (for as low as HKD $-35 but this isn’t really negative since your $50 deposit secures it). However, it can only go negative once and you can only use the card again after you reload.
Explore Tsim Sha Tsui area in Kowloon
Day 1

• Go through Victoria Harbour via Star Ferry towards Kowloon Island (Tsim Sha Tsui area)
HKD $2.20 – From Hong Kong Island, you can ride the Star Ferry from either Wan Chai pier or Central pier and it only takes about 10 minutes to reach Tsim Sha Tsui pier. Tickets can be bought on the spot and the ferries leave every 10 minutes.
• Walk around Kowloon Park
This is a large public park smacked in the middle of the bustling area of Tsim Sha Tsui but it offers tranquility for its guests what with its Chinese garden, lotus ponds, aviaries, and more. If you come here on a Sunday around 2PM to 5PM, you can even witness a kung fu and lion dance performance. (Nearest MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui Station)
• // Lunch // Eat at One Dim Sum Chinese Restaurant
Around HKD $25~ per meal – If you want to taste a One-Michelin star dim sum restaurant that wouldn’t burn your wallet, then this is the right place for you! During peak hours though, be prepared to wait for about 30 minutes until you get seated; otherwise, it’s best to visit during low peak hours from 3PM to 5PM and 9PM to midnight. (Nearest MTR: Prince Edward Station)
• Head to Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
If you’ve got time, the promenade is a charming place to stroll in. Around this area you can find the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Clock Tower, and the Avenue of Stars (where you can see exhibits dedicated to film stars like Bruce Lee, etc.; regrettably though, this area is under improvement until 2018).
• // Night time // Watch the Symphony of Lights from Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
This is a free nightly multimedia show involving (what else but) lights, lasers, and buildings. The best spot to watch it would be by the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade waterfront so that you can see the picturesque Hong Kong Island and Victoria Peak on the other side. Live narration in English is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (the rest of the days are in Mandarin and Cantonese) — it starts at 8PM daily and lasts for about 13 minutes.
TRIVIA: The Guinness World Records named this as the world’s largest permanent light and sound show.
• // Night time // Shop till you drop at Mong Kok (Nearest MRT: Mong Kok Station)
Temple Street Night Market – this is basically a flea market bazaar where you can find tons of affordable trinkets, souvenirs, electronics, jade, antiques, etc. Officially, it is open from 2PM until midnight each day between Jordan Road and Kansu street; but most stalls usually open at 4PM and its lively atmosphere starts at about 9PM.
Ladies Market – as the name goes, this is a haven for the ladies what with all the cheap clothing and accessories that adorn this place. There are also branded stores speckled across the area that are relatively inexpensive. (MTR: board the train going to Tsuen Wan and get off at Mongkok Station, exiting at Bank Centre signed E ad then E2.)
Mongkok Computer Centre – for all the techies, this is where you must head off for all your computer-related needs — it houses more than 70 computer shops!
• // Dinner // Dine at any of the food stalls lined along Temple Street
Starts at HKD $30 per dish – To really be with the locals, this is a must-do! Try out the fresh seafood dishes or look for a stall that offers claypot rice — a Hong Kong classic! (Nearest MRT: Jordan Station)
• Go back to Hong Kong Island via Star Ferry
HKD $2.20 – I suggest taking the Tsim Sha Tsui to Central route since it has a more picturesque view of the harbor with the beautiful Victoria Peak in view. If you want, Star Ferry also offers a harbour cruise that is timed together with the Symphony of Lights (see here).
Visit the Hong Kong Museum of History
Come here if you want to learn more of Hong Kong’s historical and cultural heritage. There are audio guides for HKD $10 and you can get in for free if you come on a Wednesday (a majority of Hong Kong’s museums have FREE admittance on Wednesdays actually).
• Go up the Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck
HKD $151 if you buy online – This is located on the 100th floor of Hong Kong’s tallest building, the International Commerce Centre (ICC). In here, you can have a fantastic 360-degree panoramic view of Victoria Harbour! (Nearest MRT: Kowloon Station)
Explore the New Territories
Day 2

• Go through a heritage trail
There are two of these that you can choose from. The Ping Shan Heritage Trail links up a number of traditional Chinese buildings that are within walking distance to one another as it gives you the chance to learn more of the traditional life in the New Territories. Meanwhile, Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail will take you through the history of the Tang clan, one of the 5 largest clans in the New Territories.
• Go hiking
Hiking is slowly becoming a favorite past time of the people in Hong Kong and with the vast green terrain that surround the country, there are surely various hiking trails that you can choose from. This website perfectly sums up all of those places and they’re even labeled accordingly with difficulty, time, etc.
• Visit some temples
The most notable ones are:
Chi Lin Nunnery – a large temple complex that has been established as a retreat for Buddhisht nuns. You can find here statues of the Sakyamuni Buddha, Guanyin and other bodhisattvas made from gold, clay, wood, and stone. (Nearest MTR: Diamond Hill Station)
Che Kung Temple – this honors Che Kung, a military commander of the Southern Song dynasty. Naturally, you will find a giant statue of Che Kung at the main worship hall’s altar. (Nearest MTR: Tai Wai Station)
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery – there are actually no resident monks in this Buddhist temple as it is now managed by laypersons. However, the beauty of this place’s temples, pavilions and pagodas are not to be missed; plus, the journey up to this monastery is an attraction itself due to the golden Buddhas that line up the path. (Nearest MTR: Sha Tin Station)
Explore Lantau Island
• Ride 360 Ngong Ping
HKD $255 for Standard roundtrip and HKD $325 for Crystal Cabin roundtrip – This 25-minute cable car ride is the best way to explore Lantau island. It starts from Tung Chung (MTR) and if you have some HKD to spare from your travel budget, I suggest that you try the Crystal Cabin — it has a glass bottom so that you can see everything around and below you in clear view.
• See the Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)
Po Lin Monastery is one of Hong Kong’s most important Buddhist places and has been called as the ‘Buddhist World in the South’. Opposite to this is the famous brnze Big Buddha statue that sits at 34 metres high and facing north to look towards Mainland China (it is open from 10AM to 5:30PM).
• Go around Ngong Ping Village
This is a 1.5-hectare place where you can find an array of shops and eateries. If you have HKD $40 to spare, you can also watch the multimedia show ‘Walking with Buddha’
• Head out to Tai O
A lot of photographer’s find this as an interesting spot to picture: a community of fishermen who have their houses built on traditional stilts — a common feature of old Chinese fishing villages. You could also explore the local fish market that the locals flock into. (This is a short bus or taxi ride away, approximately 15 minutes from the Big Buddha).
Day 3
OceanPark

HKD $385 for adults – Disneyland is best explored if you just want some ‘calm fun’; hence, if you want crazier rides, I suggest going to OceanPark instead! …And of course, they have varied attractions that let you take a closer look into marine life.
(Transportation: Ride the Citybus’s Ocean Park Express bus service Route 629 located just outside the Star Ferry Terminal on Hong Kong Island side or from Admiralty West Bus Terminal outside Admiralty MTR station)
Explore Hong Kong Island
Day 4
• // Breakfast // Have breakfast at Kam Kee
HKD $35~ Have a taste of a typical Hong Kong breakfast right here! (One of their branches is located near Exit A of Causeway Bay MTR Station)
• Take the Hong Kong Tramway (Dingding)
As low as HKD $2.30, payable with Octopus Card – this 1920s-style tram is the best way to discover Hong Kong Island. Just head over to this site to decipher the route you want to take and to map out your stops. If you rather want a planned route prepared for you, well then for only HKD $95, you can already be a part of their signature 1-hour TramOramic tour.
• // Lunch // Try the famous Din Tai Fung Restaurant (Yee Wo Branch)
HKD $70~ – This is yet another affordable Michelin-star-awarded franchise restaurant and it rather specializes in xiao long bao — a type of steamed soup dumpling that I guarantee you will love! (Nearest MTR: Causeway Bay Station)
• Go up via the Peak Tram to reach the Sky Terrace and see Victoria Peak (and then have some fun at Madame Tussauds)
All of these are packaged at just a price of HKD $305 (yes, including roundtrip fare for Peak Tram) – I loved this package that I availed via the wax museum: Madame Tussauds website, because not only is it reasonably-prized but it also helped me steer clear of the long line at the ticket counter for the Peak Tram. So basically, Peak Tram will take you up to Victoria Peak via the Sky Terrace, the place where you get to see with your own eyes that iconic view of the Hong Kong skyline — an absolutely breathtaking sight! (NOTE: Madame Tussauds is located in the same building). (Nearest MTR: Central Station)
• // Dinner // Dine and drink at Lan Kwai Fong
This small square street is one of Hong Kong’s most popular nightlife hot spots with over a hundred of restaurants and bars. Certainly, if you’re up for partying afterwards, you’ll have no shortage of options here. (Nearest MTR: Central Station)
Other/Substitute Activities
• Ride a sampan or ‘junk boat’
Those flashy red wooden boats that you see on Victoria Harbour are no other than the traditional sampans or junk boats that were typically used in the olden times. There are not a lot of providers available today, but you can take your pick among 3, which you can find here. (Fare starts at about HKD $120 per person)
• Shop around Causeway Bay
If you’re up for a high-end shopping spree, go to the big shopping malls like Time Square, IFC, and Landmark among others. For gadgets and computers, there’s the Wan Chai Computer Centre. (Nearest MTR: Causeway Bay Station)
Day 5
Explore Macau

• (8AM) Take the TurboJET ferry to get to Macau (Outer Harbour) ferry terminal
HKD $165 – Ride the TurboJet ferry from Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal which is located at Shun Tak Centre in Sheung Wan (MTR Sheung Wan Station). Make sure that you buy a roundtrip ticket that lands in Macau Outer Harbour and NOT Macau Taipa.
• Get on the FREE shuttle bus at the terminal that leads to Grand Lisboa, and then explore the nearby attractions in the historic center…
Senado Square – this is a paved town center of Macau and part of the UNESCO Historic Centre of the Macau World Heritage Site. As per history, this used to be a meeting place for the Chinese and Portuguese people. Many large events were also hosted here and it still continues up to today.
St. Dominic’s Church – located near Leal Senado Building, this Baroque-style church is noted for its mixture of European and Macanese design features.
Ruins of St. Paul’s – this was originally St. Paul’s College and the Church of St. Paul; today however, what remains of it after a fire back in 1835 is only that of the southern stone facade and some other parts of the ruins that are now turned into a museum.
Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte) – this is the historical military centre of Macau, located just beside the Ruins of St. Paul’s. Originally, this was built to protect the properties of Jesuits from pirates, but later on seized by the governor for defending the city.
• Visit Macau Tower
HKD $2.5 – From Senado Square, walk over to Praca Jorge Alvares and take Bus 32. At 338 meters, this tower is inspired out of Auckland’s Sky Tower. Today, it holds the highest commercial skyjump (bungee jump) activity in the world at 233 meters. (You can try this out for yourself at HKD $2,800~)
• Have a look at the famous casinos of Macau in Taipa island
A FREE shuttle bus that stops at City of Dreams can be taken at the lobby of Macau Tower. Once you get off, you’re pretty much at the center of Taipa, and every XXXXXXX nearby can be easily reached by walking or by riding the free shuttle buses.
Now of course, unless you’re here for XXXXX, I suggest that you simply visit a select few of the casinos (like the ones I’m listing below); besides, you can see ALL the casinos later on at night with an activity that I’ll be suggesting at the latter part of this section.
City of Dreams – Bring your kids here to Kids’ City, or party at Club Cubic — better yet, come witness the world’s largest breathtaking water show: the House of Dancing Water! (Ticket starts at HKD $580 for adults).
Galaxy Macau – smacked right in the main lobby of Galaxy Macau is the Fortune Diamond which is a huge 3-meter gem that serves as a backdrop for a waterfall. You can also watch a movie here in their big 10-screen 3D cineplex or just shop at The Promenade.
Venetian – Apart from the luxury shopping experience, a sight to be seen here is their Venice-inspired interiors. You will see here an actual network of canals and you can rent a gondala too in order to be serenaded by a gondolier. One of Lord Stow’s Bakery’s food stalls can also be found here, so make sure you buy yourself some of those famous egg tarts!
• Walk over to Taipa Village
Old Taipa Houses – this complex contains 5 houses that depict the old colonial residences that used to be owned by well-off Portuguese families in Macau.
Rua do Cunha – this is a narrow but well-lit street in Vila di Taipa that’s known for its restaurants and shops. Some of the well-known stores here where you can buy great Chinese fares to take back home and give away as gifts (or eat for yourself, of course) are Choi Heong Yuen and Koi Kei.
• // Night time // Ride a shuttle bus and ogle at the casinos’ colorful facades
Macau becomes even more of a beauty at night and if you’re pressed on time but still want to see the rest of the casinos in Taipa that you can’t easily reach by foot, just ride any of the free shuttle buses that passes by the casinos that you want to see, and then stay there until it reaches its starting point again. (Personally, I love the ostentatious buildings of Studio City, Galaxy, and the Parisian.)
• Catch a ferry of TurboJet back to Hong Kong
HKD $190 – The free shuttle buses go directly back to Macau ferry terminal (I took the shuttle bus at the Venetian that was marked ‘Macau Ferry’). Again, just make sure that you pick a bus that goes to the Macau ferry terminal at the Outer Harbour or in the Macau Peninsula (not the one in Taipa).
***TIP: When booking this roundtrip ticket with TurboJet, it’s best to pick the last boat that leaves for Hong Kong (typically before midnight). Even if you don’t intend to leave that late, you wouldn’t want to feel rushed to catch an 8PM ferry, for example, if in case you ended up spending too much time at a certain place. Rest assured, you can use your ticket at any time as long as it’s before the intended departure time.

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