A Heritage Walk, Macau

If Hong Kong is previously under the British colony, Macau was a former Portuguese colony. The European influence is still visible in both countries.

Senado Square – part of Historic Centre of Macau where the mix of Asian and European art and culture can be found.

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St. Dominic Church – built in 17th century in honor of St. Dominic and Our Lady of Fatima with its Baroque and Macanese design.

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St. Paul Ruins – built in 15th century with a school besides the church but was severely damaged by fire and typhoon in 1835.

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Macau

We also used Marcus Blog for this trip, and like what Marcus wrote, you can actually tour Macau for FREE, how?

You can hop on and off a bus going to a specific hotel or place at the Casino Bus Terminal. Most of the casinos have their own shuttle that you can ride for free.

To fill your tummy, don’t miss the stretch of stalls that offer free food taste on your way to the ruins of St. Paul. Some casinos also have free chips and drinks for players.

This Special Administrative Region of China is definitely a budget friendly place :)

venetian (14)(you may check our budget and itinerary for this trip – Hong Kong-Macau Tour)


Accommodation, Food, Shopping and Transportation in Hong Kong

For our accommodation, we stayed at Taisan Guesthouse in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Marcus and his siblings did not stay here, but reading other blogs made me decide to book our accommodation here. It’s cheap, accessible to most of the tourist spot in TST and most especially, it is managed by a Filipina so communication was a breeze.

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Restaurants and food stalls are abundant in Hong Kong. For our trip, we were able to find a budget friendly Chinese food at Maxim’s which has plenty of branches all around Hong Kong. We also tried the food at Food Republic, a food court inside Citygate Outlet. Notable, we also fell in love with the egg tart serve at KFC.

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For cheap souvenir items, you can go to Temple Street Night Market or commonly known as Men’s Night Market situated at Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon. You can also drop by Citygate Outlet before going to Sunny Bay MTR Station (gateway to Disneyland) where you can buy branded items at very reasonable prices.

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Aside from the Tram, there are other modes of transportation in Hong Kong:

A cheap way to reach the Mainland from the airport is via the Cityflyer Bus which is also a double decked bus.

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Hong Kong has a very organized MTR system that connects the entire island in the country. You can buy an octopus card to gain access to MTR.

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Your trip to Hong Kong would not be complete without the Star Ferry ride. Voted as top 10 most exciting ferry rides around the world.

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Disneyland, Lantau Island

Day 2

Afternoon

We missed out Ocean Park, so we promised not to skip Disneyland. Disneyland is a huge theme park inspired by Walt Disney’s characters and originated in USA.

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For Hong Kong Disneyland, it is divided into 5 “lands” each with its distinctive concept:

The Main Street – patterned to Disneyland USA

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You can have a tour around the theme park aboard a train at Disneyland Railroad

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You can also see Mickey Mouse and Friends, Disney princesses and other characters during the grand parade at the main street.

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Adventure Land – be ready to get dirty and wet for a complete adventure experience.

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Toy Story Land – most of the rides derived from the movie Toy Story

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RC Racer is ride where a car drives back and forth on a U-shaped track

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Tomorrow Land – is all about aliens, UFOs and outer space.

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Orbitron is a flying saucer ride

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While Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster is an interactive game

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Fantasy Land – reliving our childhood memories of Disney’s princesses, Mickey Mouse and Friends.

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Watch a 3D musical act at Mickey’s Philhar Magic

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Ride one of the 60 beautiful horses at Cinderella’s Carousel

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Walk through a magical gateway at Sleeping Beauty’s Castle

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Make a wish at the Snow White Grotto

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Seat back and enjoy a story telling ride at the Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

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Witness children around the world singing “it’s a small world” in their native language in It’s a Small World

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And to cap your Disneyland experience, do not miss the amazing Fireworks Show before the park closes.

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(you may check our budget and itinerary for this trip – Hong Kong-Macau Tour)


Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Island

Day 1

Evening

After our tour to Hong Kong Island, evening was spent roaming around Tsim Sha Tsui, a well-known sightseeing area in Kowloon Island. Tourist spots, museums and historical landmarks are located near each other and you can reach all destinations by foot.

Avenue of Stars – a counterpart of Hollywood’s Hall of Fame. It is where more than a hundred Hong Kong famous personalities in the film industry are honored by statues, hand imprints and individual stars.

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The Clock Tower – the only remnant of Kowloon-Canton Railway system and was declared monument in 1990. It is said that most Filipinos stay here during Sundays.

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Symphony of Lights – a group effort of more than 40 buildings with synchronized laser, lights and musical show held every night at 8PM for 10 minutes along TST promenade. Aside from the spectacular presentation, this is also for Free.

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