When we heard that one of CLB’s cousins was off to live in Hong Kong for six months my “oh amazing” was swiftly followed by “oh my gosh we can totally go visit” and thus the Hong Kong trip was born.
Cathay Pacific was our chosen airline as they were the best priced for direct flights at the time of booking, and the Dorsett Wan Chai hotel is where we lay our heads for the six nights. The hotel is located next to Happy Valley and close to Causeway Bay which meant we were out of busy Central but it was easily accessible.
With much of my annual leave already allocated for 2018 I knew it wasn’t going to be the longest trip but I did know that with 5 days in Hong Kong we’d be able to fit in a fair amount, and we did… First thing’s first though; we landed, checked in and went straight out to Dim Dim Sum for, you guessed it, Dim Sum.
We were then taken up to the rooftop bar at Wooloomooloo for incredible views over Hong Kong which took my breath away. A few drinks later and we were definitely not ready for bed (hello jet lag) so next we headed to Dusk till Dawn for live music and a night cap.
Day 1 I counts as our first ‘real’ day and it started with grabbing the Star Ferry across to Kowloon (tip: take the upper deck for slightly better views, it’s only approx. 5p more) to walk along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, visit the Garden of Stars and take in the views across to HK Island.
After lunch we jumped on the MTR to Yau Ma Tei station to visit the Tin Hau Temple before making the snap decision that the weather was clear enough to hot foot it back to the Island for a visit up to Victoria Peak using the The Peak Tram.
The views over Hong Kong were incredible and I’d say this would be my number one ‘to do’ for anyone visting HK for the first time (note: we didn’t pay the extra HKD to go higher to The Peak Tower, we thought the views were good enough where we were for the weather we had, although with clear blue skies I’d probably have gone for it).
Back to the hotel we went for a change before dinner at Nha Trang followed by a walk around Times Square and a beer at WTF before retiring to bed, two very happy but exhausted, i.e jet lagged, tourists.
Day 2 wasn’t technically spent in Hong Kong as we took a day trip over to Macau. We took the TurboJet from the ferry terminal late morning and an hour or so later we’d arrived in the ‘Las Vegas of Asia’.
We jumped on one of the complimentary hotel buses (tip: you don’t have to be staying at said hotel so use this free transportation to get about!) and headed to the Cathedral Parish. Macau was a Portuguese territory until just before the millennium and I was keen to see what architecture remained. Arguably the most noted piece of Portuguese history is the Ruins of St Paul’s which are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We mooched about the little lanes exploring for the next hour or so before finding a place for dinner, they weren’t open quite yet so we hit the casino at Hotel Lisboa and surprisingly came out about £35 up! Next up we visited Wynn‘s casino then come 6pm we headed back to Restaurante Escada for an amazing Portuguese dinner.
Following dinner we took a bus across to Taipa Island to The Venetian and The Parisian before departing back to HK in the early hours of the morning.
In all honesty I wasn’t overly impressed with Macau, yes the historical side of the place is great but in terms of being the ‘Las Vegas of Asia’ it does lack atmosphere inside the casino’s which I found a little disappointing. That said we wanted to experience the place ourselves and are glad we took the time out of HK to visit.
Goodness I’m nearly half way through the trip already, part 2 available here now…