After Japan, I made stops in Hong Kong and Macau. It was my first time visiting both cities.
My impression of Hong Kong was that it was very loud and crowded, almost claustrophobic. Every time I left the hostel building and walked into the street, the noise level outside would shock me for a few seconds. Despite that, it is a vibrant and exciting city full of life.
I did little sightseeing during my five days in the city. I did meet a very nice group of people in the hostel and we hung out and did a lot of drinking. I also had a chance to meet up with my friend Yak from LA, as he stopped in Hong Kong on his way back to Los Angeles from Singapore.
Something I was totally unaware of was that Hong Kong had nice sandy beaches. I always imagined it as just urban jungle.
I also couldn’t miss the chance to take some nighttime photographs of the impressive city skyline.
I then made my way to Macau, mainly to check out the poker scene there. It only takes a 1-hour ferry ride to get there from Hong Kong. I used to play poker seriously back in Los Angeles, and was itching to find out how the games were in Macau. After 8 days there, I can definitely say that the games are pretty bad. I can walk into any casino in LA or Las Vegas and find better games. I did make enough money to cover my trip there though. Macau does feel a lot like Las Vegas, and there’s not that much more to see aside from the casinos. The only pictures I took were from my hotel window, and some cellphone snapshots of touristy sites.
After Macau, I returned to Hong Kong for one more night before boarding a plane to Singapore, looking forward to the Formula One Grand Prix.
Thanks for coming HK in your world round trip.
Yes Hong Kong is very crowded now, and we always blaming too many mainland visitors here.
also we think our Tourism board is not doing their job well…
anyway if you like sandy beach and some natural scenes.
you can go to Sai Kung and its country park. Or you can go to Lantau Island too.
Thanks for the recommendations! I know I’ll be back in HK to apply for my Chinese visa.
Awesome night photos! Next time you should skip Macau and take the train to Guangzhou. Bigger, cleaner and less polluted than Hong Kong with authentic culture and the best cantonese food around.
Thanks for the advice! I’ll keep it in mind for when I visit China.
Beautiful photos, Kevin! Thank you so much for sharing, and warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. 🙂
Thank you Linda for your comment!
HongKong is indeed very crowded, but there are many ferries that bring you to the wonderfull islands that HK has to offer.
I would recomment to take the ferry to “Lamma Island” for hiking and “Peng Chau” as a nice afternoon visit. Another real highlight is “Lantau Island” which can easily be visited by subway (station: “Tung Chung”) and then take the Ngong Ping cable car.
When traveling by subway though HongKong (MTR), then perhaps our subway navigation system could be usefull (it’s not needed to install an app).