5 days to Macau and Hong Kong 奥门香港五天游

Day 1 (7 Jul 2015) – From Macau to Hong Kong

Arrived at Macau International Airport in the evening. Went to currency exchange counter to get some Macau Pataca (MOP) as I had not got any. MOP is hard to get in many countries. In fact, Hong Kong dollar can well be accepted in Macau. But I still preferred to have a little MOP in my pocket. To go to new Macau Maritime Terminal 外港新港澳码头, I took bus no. ‘API’ from the bus stop in front of airport. I got off at the first bus stop after the long Macau bridge and went directly to get a ferry ticket at new Macau Maritime Terminal. I paid HK$189 to get a ferry ticket at TurboJet counter. I could have just got the ferry ticket at HK$164 if I did not mind to wait for the ferry for about one and a half to two hours. The extra HK$35 enabled me to board the ferry within half an hour. This was new to me as I never encountered this before in other countries. The ferry trip took about 1 hour from Macau to Hong Kong.

Causeway Bay 铜锣湾

After getting off from the ferry, I went to buy the ferry ticket from Hong Kong to Macau which I would need it to get back to Macau 3 days later with the hope that I would not need to queue for ticket and to wait long for boarding the ferry 3 days later. Then, I walked to Sheung Wan 上环 station – the nearby MTR station. Thanks for my MTR system map(http://www.mtr.com.hk/en/customer/services/system_map.html) that I printed out before coming. I took the MTR heading to Chai Wan/柴湾 direction and got off at Causeway Bay 铜锣湾 station after four stops. I walked from C exit of the station for about 3 minutes and  arrived at Yesinn@Causeway Bay hostel above NCB Bank in Nan Yip Building (http://www.yesinn.com/cwb/e_yesinncwb_direction.htm). It seemed that staying nearby MTR Hong Kong Island line 港岛线 would be much more convenient than staying at Kowloon.

Strolled around Causeway Bay 铜锣湾 in the evening.

Causeway Bay 铜锣湾

Day 2 – Hong Kong

Ocean Park 海洋公园

I took MTR Hong Kong Island line 港岛线 from Causeway Bay 铜锣湾 station (heading to Kennedy Town 坚尼地城 direction) to Admiralty 金钟 station (B exit). The direct bus (no. 629) to Ocean Park stopped nearby Admiralty 金钟 station. Ocean Park entrance ticket could be purchased at the counter there or any seven eleven outlets.

Bus to Ocean Park stopped nearby Admiralty station.
前往海洋公园的巴士停于金钟站附近
 
Dolphin performance at Ocean Park  海洋公园內的海豚表演

Cable cars at Ocean Park  海洋公园內的缆车

Panda at Ocean Park  海洋公园內的熊猫

Penguins at Ocean Parks 海洋公园內的企鹅

In the evening, I took MTR Tsuen Wan line 荃湾线 to Tsim Sha Tsui 尖沙嘴 station. In order to do that, I changed from MTR Hong Kong Island line 港岛线 to MTR Tsuen Wan line 荃湾线 at Admiralty 金钟 station.

Tsim Sha Tsui 尖沙嘴

From Tsim Sha Tsui 尖沙嘴, I walked to Victoria Harbour 维多利亚港。


Victoria Harbour 维多利亚港

Victoria Harbour 维多利亚港

Then, I proceeded to Avenue of Stars 星光大道. After sightseeing, I took MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui station (at Exit J? nearby Avenue of Stars 星光大道) back to Causeway Bay 铜锣湾 where I stayed.

Avenue of Stars 星光大道

Avenue of Stars 星光大道

Day 3 – Hong Kong

The Peak 太平山

In the morning,  I took MTR Hong Kong Island line 港岛线 from Causeway Bay 铜锣湾 station (heading to Kennedy Town 坚尼地城 direction) to Central 中环station. After taking J2 exit at the station, I walked to the Lower Peak tram terminus at Garden Road, Central.  中环花园道山下缆车站,搭乘山顶缆车登山。Took the Peak Tram to the Peak. The operating hours of the Peak Tram is 7am-12 midnight (Mon-Sun).

Central 中环
 
The Peak 太平山

Mong Kok 旺角

MTR Tsuen Wan line 荃湾线 has a stop at Mong Kok旺角 station。From Couseway Bay,  one can change from MTR Hong Kong Island line 港岛线 to MTR Tsuen Wan line 荃湾线 at Admiralty 金钟 station. To try something new, I took bus to Mong Kok instead of MTR.




Mong Kok 旺角

In the evening, I strolled around Time Square 时代广场 at Causeway Bay 铜锣湾

Time Square 时代广场 at Causeway Bay 铜锣湾

Day 4 – Hong Kong to Macau

To take ferry from Hong Kong to Macau, I took MTR from Causeway Bay 铜锣湾 station heading to Kennedy Town 坚尼地城 direction and got off at Sheung Wan上环 station after four stops. Then, I walked to nearby Hong Kong-Macau terminal to board a ferry To Macau. The sea was rough around Hong Kong in that morning. The sea turbulence was expected as Hong Kong meteorological observatory issued typhoon signal #3 at that time. All the ferry trips were cancelled a few hours before that as the observatory issued typhoon signal #8 earlier. Perhaps I should consider myself ‘lucky’ as I still could take the ferry, though at rough sea in that morning.
In Macau, I stayed at Holiday hotel nearby Jin Hu Hospital 镜 湖 医 院. The hotel is in short distance to tourist spots such as Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral, Fortaleza do Monte, etc. To go to the hotel, I took bus no. 8. On the way, I stopped at Macau Fisherman's Wharf  渔人码头 which is near New Macau Maritime Terminal  靠近外港新港澳码头.

 

 
Macau Fisherman's Wharf  渔人码头

Walked to the following places after leaving luggage at the hotel reception counter.


Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral 大三巴牌坊 

Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral 大三巴牌坊 

Fortaleza do Monte 大炮台

Macau Museum 澳门博物馆

Senado Square 议事亭前地


Senado Square 议事亭前地

“Leal Senado” Building 民政总署大楼

St. Doming o's Church 玫瑰圣母堂


St. Anthony’s Church 圣安多尼教堂

Igreja da Se Cathedral 主教座堂


Camoes Garden 白鸽巢公园

 

In the evening, I went to The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel 澳门威尼斯人度假村酒店 by taking bus no. 26A (buses no. 26 or 26A pass The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Taipa).
 
Outside the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel 澳门威尼斯人度假村酒店外

The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel 澳门威尼斯人度假村酒店

The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel 澳门威尼斯人度假村酒店


Night view in Macau 奥门夜景


Day 5 – Macau
Took breakfast while watching morning news at a small restaurant leisurely, and bought some egg tarts for friends before taking bus no. 26 to Macau International Airport in Taipa. Calculated the time wrongly and ended up rushing to the airport at the last minute. Flew back home.
Macau International Airport  奥门国际机场

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