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One Week: Hong Kong and Macau

An April 2007 trip to China by marseilles

Hotel Guia Photo, Macau, China More Photos
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Hotel Guia

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Hotel Guia Photo, Macau, China
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I'm sometimes a little apprehensive booking three-star hotels, because you can never be sure how good they actually are. Fortunately, Guia Hotel is one of the good ones. We paid a reasonable US$65 per night for a twin room via Octopus Travel, and were pleased that the hotel has all the facilities and amenities that a three-star hotel should have, and more. The bathrooms, for example, are very well-appointed: shower and bath with true hot water; a hair dryer; complimentary soap dishes apart from the complimentary soap and shampoo, complimentary combs apart from the complimentary shower caps; complimentary toothbrush...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 2, 2007

Hotel Guia
Estrada do Engenheiro Trigo No. 1-5
Macau, China
+853 513888

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We found Restaurante Chio Chao Kee Lon Kwok as we were wandering around Macau looking for a place to eat dinner. All the signs in this restaurant's window announcing the menu were in Chinese, but we walked in anyway and in Mandarin, I asked the waitress who greeted us whether there was a menu in English. She went upstairs to get one, and came back downstairs holding one in her hand. We were seated at the table and we proceeded to study the menu. The waitress was very helpful, making suggestions as we went along.After we ordered we noticed a clear empty bowl in the middle of the table, along with the rest of our dinnerware. I wasn't sure, but I guessed that this was to wash our dinnerware with ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 2, 2007

Tan Yu Tou

Restaurant | "Tan Yu Tou (or Tanyoto) Hot Pot Restaurant"

Tan Yu Tou Photo, Tsim Sha Tsui, China
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I've eaten both Chinese and Japanese hotpot before, but it was my first time to eat Sichuan-style (Szechuan-style) hotpot at Tanyoto Hotpot restaurant in Wanchai. My brother did the ordering for us, and what we had on our table was a pot with two kinds of soup: a tomato-based soup on one side, and a spicy soup on the other side. When one eats hotpot, it's not merely a meal; it's an experience. The work of cooking one's own food at the table, watching what you put in to make sure it doesn't get overcooked, choosing what you want -- it's an immersive, memorable experience, especially for people who don't eat hotpot very often. More than that, however, hotpot-eating is a truly comm...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 3, 2008

Tan Yu Tou
2/F 26 Kimberley Rd
Tsim Sha Tsui, China

Po Lin Monastery

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(For the first part, see my review on the "Tian Tan Buddha")First, a review on how to get to the Po Lin monastery site. The more expensive and more touristy way to get here is to take the Skyrail from the Tung Chung MRT station. However, travelers can get to the Po Lin monastery for less from the Tung Chung MRT station by taking the number 23 bus. The bus arrives every 15 minutes during the day and the one-way fare is HK$16 on weekdays and HK$25 on weekends. Again, if you are paying by cash rather than Octopus Card, please recall that Hong Kong buses require exact change. The bus ride to the Po Lin Monastery takes around half an hour. The same bus will take you back from the mona...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 27, 2007

Po Lin Monastery
Ngong Ping Plateau
Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Big Buddha-Tian Tan Buddha

Attraction | "Tian Tan Buddha"

Big Buddha-Tian Tan Buddha Photo, Lantau Island, China
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Our first sightseeing trip of the week was to the giant Tian Tan Buddha statue and the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island.According to what I have read, the monastery has been around since the 1920s. The Hong Kong and Chinese authorities have recently decided to make the monastery a site for Buddhist faithful from around the world. The Tian Tan Buddha statue, the world's largest outdoor sitting Buddha statue, was completed in 1990, and donations are now being solicited to improve the nearby monastery and the rest of the grounds. Most of the Hong Kong Tourism Authority brochures instruct travelers to take the Skyrail (the Lantau Island cable car) to the Tian Tan Buddha, but ther...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 2, 2007

Big Buddha-Tian Tan Buddha
Near Po Lin Monastery
Ngong Ping, Lantau Island

Coloane Village

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Coloane Village Photo, Macau, China
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The city center of Macau already has enough colonial buildings to keep any history junkie interested, but if you have an additional afternoon to spare, you can take a bus ride from the center of Macau to Coloane Village to step back into time.Coloane Village is along the coast of Coloane Island. To get there, take bus 15, 25, or 26. We were in Macau during "Golden Week," China's week-long holiday in the first week of May celebrating the Labor Movement. (In Hong Kong and Macau, only May 1 is considered public holiday, like in much of the world.) It may have been because we were there on a holiday, or it might have been because it was a Sunday, that the buses going to and from Coloane ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 2, 2007

Coloane Village
South Of Dangzhi Island
Macau

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After our trip to London, we flew back to Hong Kong. My husband headed back to Manila on the same day, but I stayed behind in Hong Kong to meet up with my aunt. The two of us were going to spend a week in Hong Kong and Macau.The flight from London to Hong Kong was quite pleasant. Oasis, again, did not disappoint (see earlier review). The only slightly-off thing that happened in relation to our Oasis flight was that the first announcement regarding our flight that appeared on the announcement monitors at Gatwick was "Gates Closing." There had been no prior "Boarding" announcement, just a sudden "Gates Closing" announcement a full hour before the flight was scheduled to depart. ...Read More
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Here are some tips for people who don't speak Chinese or Portuguese: a lot of people in Macau do not speak nor understand English, and this includes taxi drivers and some hotel staff members. When planning your itinerary, take this into account and plan accordingly. If you book your hotel online, for example, print out the Chinese name of the hotel so that you can show the printout to the taxi driver if he doesn't recognize the English name. When choosing travel guides, you might want to consider buying the "Let's Go" travel guide, which prints out the Chinese characters of all the sights, hotels, and important landmarks. (I don't own a copy of the "Let's Go" travel guide for Hong Kong and Macau ...Read More

A Filipino's Hong Kong

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Jose Rizal in Hong Kong Photo, China, Asia
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Hong Kong is the nearest foreign city to Manila: the flight to Hong Kong only takes 2 hours. That, plus the fact that Filipinos can enter Hong Kong visa-free, make it a favorite tourist destination among Filipinos.There are many things to remind a visitor of the ties between the Philippines and Hong Kong. If you go to Hong Kong Disneyland, for example, you'll notice that a huge percentage of the performers are Filipino.Another very strong reminder of Philippine-Hong Kong ties is the fact that many of Hong Kong's domestic helper population are Filipino. On Sundays--the date when most of these domestic helpers have their days off--hundreds and hundreds of Filipino nannies, hou...Read More