Cheung Chau Island – Escape the Big City Smoke of Hong Kong

Cheung Chau Island – Escape the Big City Smoke of Hong Kong

Cheung Chau Island is a refreshing change of pace on your Hong Kong holiday from the moment you depart the big city smoke by ferry and set sail to an island attraction that offers something different, is a little more aged and provides a slice of paradise in the ever-popular East Asia destination.

It’s evident from the moment you step off the ferry, and you’re in a different part of Hong Kong that instantly grabs your attention with the magnificent harbour views stacked with anchored commercial boats.

There are rows and rows of pedal bikes lined up along the fenced area and a unique township which is certainly as far from modern you can get, with each building in Cheung Chau seeming like they need a little brush over with paint.

It’s those points exactly that get you excited about spending the day or a few days in Cheung Chau Island, and not to mention, your chance to hit the beach for your fun in the sun and to get in some much-needed holiday tan while relaxing on the sands of a Hong Kong Beach.

In saying that, what makes this island so fascinating for tourists all around the world? Let’s find out shall we, in this in-depth guide to Hong Kong’s favourite boutique holiday destination, Cheung Chau Island.

 

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Cheung Chau Island

Mesmerising views take over Cheung Chau Island.

 

 

Cheung Chau Island – Escape the Big City Smoke of Hong Kong

 

 

Getting to Cheung Chau Island

At the end of the day, unless you are travelling by private boat, there is only one way to get to the island, and that is to catch a ferry to Cheung Chau from Central Pier No.5 on Hong Kong Island. Which ferry you decide to pick is entirely up to you.

There are two primary choices of options with the Cheung Chau ferry and for both options, you can scan your Hong Kong Octopus Card to board the ferry. You can also pay for a ferry ticket at the booth if you don’t have the public transport card and it will only cost you a little bit more.

  • Firstly, you can catch the slow ferry, which takes approximately takes 55-60 minutes from Central to Cheung Chau. The cost using your Octopus Card is from HK$13.20, which is deducted from your balance.
  • The second option is to catch the fast ferry to Cheung Chau, again from Central Ferry Pier 5. It’ll cost you from $25.80 on the Octopus Card and will take approximately 35-40 minutes to get to the island.

From a personal point of view, who used both the fast ferry to Cheung Chau and the slow Ferry back to Central, take the slow ferry, it’ll only cost you 15-minutes more on time and save you almost 50% in fees, the money saved all add up when travelling with a group of people.

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Arrive at Cheung Chau by ferry.

 

 

Cheung Chau Hotel Options

Cheung Chau Island hotel options are very far and few between, mainly because the island is more common for day trips rather than lengthy stays. There are still your suitable options, if you do decide you want to stay a night or two on the island to escape the big city.

While you won’t find your luxury hotels or strikingly beautiful resorts at Cheung Chau, there are, however, a couple of charming boutique hotels and B&B’s which will do the job nicely for a tourist seeking accommodation.

You can check out the Warwick Hotel Cheung Chau for prices on Booking.com if you do decide to have a night stay on the island. It’s the most famous hotel on Cheung Chau.

 

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The Warwick Hotel Cheung Chau Island.

 

 

The Non-motorized Island

That’s right when you tour around Cheung Chau; you won’t find any cars, motorbikes or motorised golf buggies driving about recklessly, the island is entirely non-motorized. Pretty cool, hey. That means your only way around the island is to use your own two feet, by either walking or to pedalling a push bike.

It doesn’t mean you won’t be dodging traffic, because there are plenty of pedestrians roaming about and push bikes making their way around the narrow streets.

If you wish, you can hire your bike or even pedal tuk-tuks at various bike-hire outlets from as low as HK$10; the price depends on how long you’ll utilise the bikes. You’ll initially need to pay a fully-refundable security deposit.

From a personal point of view, I preferred to get around Cheung Chau Hong Kong by walking. The paths are unpredictable, people are everywhere, and it’s a little safer because it always seems like there is a significant stack waiting to happen, and I prefer it wasn’t me involved.

 

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Pedal bikes appear all over the island.

 

A Cheung Chau Seafood street at the mercy of your taste buds

A Cheung Chau seafood restaurant experience is not one to miss when visiting the tourist island. From the outset, the restaurants are surrounding you as you depart the ferry and you’ll be forced a menu in your face from some random stranger, whether you want lunch or not.

The restaurants are lined up in a wave of numbers that overlook the beautiful harbour area of Treasure Bay, as you look out towards the row of boats anchored in the bay and towards other islands further out that provides the ultimate picturesque scenery from your seat.

It’s a beautiful setting, while you eat outside under the shade, dining into fresh fish, crabs, oysters, mussels and any other seafood delights you can think of, because the menu is plentiful, and the prices are quite moderate. Of course, your seafood meal goes down perfectly with a bottle of local ice-cold beer.

If you don’t want to eat seafood, or it’s not to your fancy, naturally, there are other restaurants around of either Western and Asian cuisines. Cheung Chau even has a fast food favourite, a McDonald’s restaurant, situated right at the ferry terminal, making it the first thing you see when entering the island from the terminal.

 

 
Cheung Chau seafood

delicious seafood is a treat in paradise.

 

 

Wander through the vibrant Township

The township at Treasure Bay is unique. At the forefront, there are plenty of shops to browse through such as supermarkets, souvenirs stores, clothing outlets and a range of other merchandise stores you’ll no doubt stumble upon.

Of course, you’ll also wander past café’s, restaurants, ice-cream shops and fresh produce if you want a healthy snack on the run. I won’t forget my wife purchasing all those mandarins.

In your journey through the township, you’ll discover hidden temples, which are nothing extravagant, but you may want to have a peek at a temple, take a photo and kneel for prayer if that is your kind thing.

The further you go through the township, the more you get into where the locals live their everyday lives with old towering apartments, a for more selective shops mainly of groceries and many alley-ways, where you’ll surely get lost while making your way back to the busy area of the township.

 

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Wander the township of Cheung Chau.

 

 

Cheung Chau Tourist Attractions are Aplenty

When you’re going on your own Cheung Chau Island tour, you’ll discover there are many attractions to see when roaming about. How many you see, depends how much time you have available on the island, because it’s not as small as you think (that’s when the bike may come in handy).

On the West side, where the Cheung Chau ferry comes in, is where most of the action is happening, and I have already spent a fair amount of time discussing that area, with its market stalls, seafood restaurants and cafés.

The further you broaden your horizons, the more secluding you’ll find it. There’ll be breathtaking lookout areas over the bay, such as the Reclining Rock in the southwest corner, the Human Head rock in the Southeast corner and the North Lookout Pavilion, which will give you splendid views over the whole island.

Other attractions to note on your Cheung Chau tour, will be the Cheung Chau Park, Cheung Po Tsai Cave, The Pak Tai temple Cheung Chau and there is even a Mini Great Wall, just in case you have never seen the real one in mainland China and this is the closest you’ll get to the Wall in sometime.

Cheung Chau tourist attraction of note:

  • Mini Great Wall
  • Cheung Chau Sports Centre
  • Tin Hau Temple
  • North lookout Pavilion
  • Cheung Chau Rock carvings
  • Pak Tai Temple playground

 

Cheung Chau Island

The Mini Great Wall Appears in the distance.

 

 

Cheung Chau Beach Options Galore for the tourist who needs to take a dip

Were you starting to think I had forgotten to mention the Cheung Chau beach options? No, I hadn’t forgotten, but the gorgeous beaches of the island deserved their segment because quite simply, they are pristine and beautiful.

When you start to leave the busy township area, you’ll discover a few great beaches situated along the east coast of the island where you can have a dip, assuming you’re visiting on a hot day of course.

Most tourists make their way to the famous Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach; it’s a major hotspot with calm waters to have a swim and cool off. It’s also the closest beach to the ferry terminal, being approximately a 10-15-minute walk.

The Beaches of Cheung Chau Island:

  • Tung Wan Beach
  • Tung Wan Tsai Beach (Coral Beach)
  • Kwun Yam Wan Beach

 

Cheung Chau Beach

Admire the views from a Cheung Chau Beach.

 

 

An Ideal Day Trip to Cheung Chau needs to be on your Hong Kong Itinerary

A Hong Kong Itinerary needs to have Cheung Chau Island on the list of things to do because quite literally, it is one the best and fulfilling day trips you can have on your holiday in the popular East Asia destination.

Pack your bags, bring some swimwear and a beach towel, and don’t forget your Hong Kong dollars to purchase a souvenir and a delicious lunch in one of the many seafood restaurants available to you, because Cheung Chau day trip promises to be an unforgettable day.

 

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A day trip to Cheung Chau Island.

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A Personal Experience of Getting a Hong Kong to Shenzhen Visa

A Personal Experience of Getting a Hong Kong to Shenzhen Visa

Do you ever wake up one morning while on your holidays and think, ‘yeah that seems like a good idea?’

I am sure it happens to the best of us and whether you end up on a winner in the thinking process all depends on the ultimate experience.

In theory, the idea of going on a day trip to Shenzhen from Hong Kong seemed like a good idea, it’s all under one Chinese government and obtaining a Visa shouldn’t be too much of a hassle.

At least that’s what I thought when the idea of getting a Hong Kong to Shenzhen visa surfaced the mind.

In reality, getting a China Visa in Shenzhen isn’t too much of an issue with proper research.

However, mistakes were made on my travel to Shenzhen from Hong Kong, and when you’re travelling with a family, any setback can bring a few minor consequences, frustrating delays and the embarrassment of getting walked back into Hong Kong by the authorities in China. More on that later.

With the added dramas of getting a Hong Kong to Shenzhen visa, I feel like I’m in the perfect position to let you know of what to do and what not to do. Therefore, in future, you can avoid the silly mistakes I made to get into China proper hassle-free.

 

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On the way to Shenzhen from Hong Kong.

 

What went wrong when getting a Hong Kong to Shenzhen Visa

Let’s cover the big mistake that was made by myself when entering Shenzhen from Hong Kong.

In the grand scheme of things, this is quite a simple error of judgement to make, and on the day, we weren’t the only clueless travellers to make the same error.

It’s a simple error of judgement. Mainly because, when you are travelling into Shenzhen China by train, there are two border checkpoints when travelling on the light blue East Rail MTR line with a regular Octopus Card.

One of the MTR stations in the Lok Ma Chau MTR takes you to the Futian Checkpoint, here, you can get through to Shenzhen if you already have a Visa or you’re a Chinese resident.

The mistake comes when you have not previously purchased a Visa.

At the Futian Checkpoint at Lok Ma Chau, there is no Visa department office to instantly give the tourist a 5-day Visa pass to get into Shenzhen.

In that instance, when you have no pre-organised paperwork, you are politely marched back through border you previously came from for entry back into Hong Kong.

It’s not the end of the world in this scenario.

You only need to get back on the MTR, change trains at the next stop at Sheng Shui and take the Lo Wu train on the East Rail line to the other checkpoint area into Shenzhen.

You have now arrived at the second checkpoint for entry into Mainland China. To which Lo Wu, they have a VISA office which will give you direct entry into Shenzhen with a five-day Visa.

It’s a quick process of getting a Shenzhen Visa, unfortunately, a bit of time was lost at the Futian Checkpoint and we only planned a Shenzhen day trip. Still, in the end, we made it.

 

Shenzhen from Hong Kong

Shenzhen city in China.

 

The Right Process for your Shenzhen China Visa

Below, through my personal experiences, I’ll run through the exact process of getting to Shenzhen from Hong Kong by train when you have not already purchased a Hong Kong Shenzhen Visa.

it’s quite a simple process when you get it right.

  • Catch the Hong Kong MTR train on the (light blue) to Lo Wu MTR to obtain your Shenzhen 5 day Visa for China and immediate entry into Shenzhen.
  • At Lo Wu, once you clear the Hong Kong MTR and scan your passport at the Hong Kong checkpoint area, you need to go to the foreigners VISA office on level 2 to obtain your visa before heading to the entry checkpoints on the lowest level.
  • At VISA office you need to do the following things:
  • Press the machine button at the entrance for your ticket number.
  • Head to the booth to take a photo, to get your photo taken, using your passport number for details, once you take photo, grab the paper slip and keep it with you.
  • Wait at your seat for your number to get called out.
  • Once called, go to the booth allocated and present your passport, photo ticket, from there authorities will take the passport to check if you’re eligible for clearance into Shenzhen.
  • Next, you pay the 168 Chinese Yuan at fee booth and go and sit down to wait for your Shenzhen VISA approval. A credit card will be accepted.
  • When your number is called again, collect your Visa and passport. You are now ready to spend a maximum of five days in Shenzhen. The whole process, if all goes smoothly, will last around 20-30 minutes.
  • From obtaining your China VISA, you go to the lowest floor at the foreigner’s checkpoint, scan for your fingerprints at the finger scanning machine, before queuing up in line. Make sure you do your fingerprints before lining up. Otherwise, you’ll be told to go back and do it all again.
  • Once the fingerprints are scanned, queue up and wait to clear customs, which at this point there should not be any issue.

Congratulations you are now in the China mainland! At that time, you may be confused about whether it is all one country, I have my doubts. Anyway, once through the checkpoints, make your way to the Shenzhen MTR to go deeper into the city, single journey trips will suffice at this stage.

Remember, at this point, you’re using Chinese Yuan and not Hong Kong Dollars, so you may need to exchange cash before heading out into the city. The excellent news about Shenzhen travel, however, is that everything is much cheaper than in Hong Kong and that includes MTR, shopping and food. Happy days!

 

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Navigate the Shenzhen MTR, it gets a little confusing.

 

What to do in your Shenzhen Trip

I’m not an expert in Shenzhen travel since I was only in the city for around half a day. I only have the previous experience of what to do or not to do when entering into the mainland. Therefore it’s probably pointless for me to give you great advice on what to do in Shenzhen.

We did in the short time in the city wander the streets of Shenzhen, check out the long underground shopping malls that lead to subways and explored the boutique Wongtee Plaza, for our hit of Starbucks coffee, browse the retail outlets and check out their rooftop garden.

The biggest thing we did do in Shenzhen was head the Ping An Financial Centre, the fourth tallest building in the world, which is a significant business area and shopping mall that has fantastic restaurants.

While at Ping An, we went up to the Free Sky Observation deck which sits at 562-metres in height, making it the third-highest observation deck in the world.

The cost to go up to the Free Sky is 200 Chinese Yaun. Appropriately priced for an observation deck and the views from the top are magnificent, even if it’s hindered on an overcast day.

There you have it, details on how to go about getting your Hong Kong to Shenzhen Visa and brief travel guide at what to do in Shenzhen City. I hope this clears up and concerns or queries you may have and good luck with your future travel ambitions, for now, farewell from your Fair Dinkum Traveller.

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Ping An Financial Centre in Shenzhen.

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Hong Kong Diaries: 1st Edition – The Hong Kong Family Trip Begins

Hong Kong Diaries: 1st Edition – The Hong Kong Family Trip Begins

There is always something special when venturing into a international destination for the first time, especially a place like Hong Kong that is renowned to be a spectacular tourist destination and has so much activities going on all round the clock. You only need to think about the world-class attractions in Hong Kong such as the action-packed Disneyland, the vibrant Tsim Tsa Tsui, the mesmerising views from Victoria Peak on Hong Kong Island and the extravagant shopping malls like Harbour City instantly come to mind, but all those amazing attractions are only the beginning on what’s in offer in the amazing Asian destination and that’s what gets you excited during your pre-trip research.

It’s all those hours of research that had me long anticipating this trip in December of 2018 months I advance, a trip that I thought would never arrive but when it did, our Hong Kong trip truly lived up to it’s high standards. On this occasion, it was a Hong Kong family vacation to saviour, a trip that was exciting, fast-paced, required extreme patience and was at times, totally exhausting. However, thinking back on the family getaway, I wouldn’t have it had it any other way, for it truly was an educational, eye-opening experience to simply cherish.

In the first edition of Hong Kong Diaries, there will be two editions all up to cover our 2018 trip, I delve into how we got to the country, the accommodation we stayed in and the major highlights of the busy trip that hardly ever stopped, and if we did it was to get some wonderful Hong Kong food into us. Let’s get into this edition of travel diaries where the Hong Kong family trip begins in style.

 

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Even on an overcast day, Hong Kong is full of great city views across the harbour.

 

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Flying Singapore Airlines to Hong Kong

Singapore Airlines is fast becoming a favourite airline carrier of mine. To say it’s worth the few extra dollars for choice of air travel over a budget airline is an understatement. Especially when flying on long hauls and with children by your side. For the kids, they’re easily entertained with a selection of games and newly-released movies, and for the adults, all we need is a good movie, a glass of wine (take your pick of red or white) and a nice meal, from there, the duration of the flight should be relatively stress free as it was for us.

On this occasion, we left Perth International Airport at 7am, had a brief stopover at Changi Airport in Singapore, before arriving at our destination at around 6pm. A long day indeed, but our Hong Kong travel getaway had begun as we stepped outside the airport for the first time and took an Uber drive to our hotel.

 

Staying at Royal View Hotel

For the duration of our stay, there were eight nights in total before we hopped over by ferry to Macau, we stayed at the Royal View Hotel. It may not be the best place to stay in Hong Kong or cost effective for that matter, but it still was a nice hotel that offered plenty for the guest with few nice amenities, including a couple of dedicated kids rooms, and we were far from disappointed with our overall stay.

We stayed in a large single room that had two double beds, a small bathroom, a television with limited English channels, and WIFI that was rather good for a large hotel. The room was a little cramped for four people, especially with aging kids and I would have preferred to pay extra for an extra room, but it wasn’t in the budget.

The hotel did have a lot going for it, however, with a solid restaurant that served a quality buffet dinner & breakfast, gym and fitness, a nice outdoor swimming pool which was closed during the winter months, and a shuttle bus service that took you to the Cheng Wen MTR station every 15-minutes, for the Royal View Hotel is a little away from Central Hong Kong, but the free shuttle bus service helps close the gap somewhat.

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A day trip to Lantau Island

When you tour Hong Kong as a family, or any sort of travel for that matter, you are bound to head over to Lantau Island on a couple of occasions. Firstly, it’s the home of Disneyland and that is a must go to attraction, and secondly, it’s an area you capture great Hong Kong views on the Cable cars and visit the famous Tian Tan Buddha.

 

It Begins at Tung Chung

When you’re making your way to the cable cars, you’re normally going to travel to the Tung Chung MTR on the Orange Tung Chung Line. In the area, you’re not going to do a lot, there is a boutique shopping mall and a few restaurants, but generally you’re going to head straight to the cable cars and that is where you’re going to a fair bit of waiting, at least that is what happened to us during our trip.

 

The Ngong Ping 360 Cable Cars

Is the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Cars worth it? Yes, it is, once you’re up there looking at the gorgeous views, most certainly. Is it worth the two and a half hours too queue up for the cable cars? That is entirely up to you and it often depends on the company you’re travelling with.

That’s right we waited two and a half hours before we finally got onto the Cable Cars, and if we hadn’t pre-purchased our tickets through Klook (where we saved quite a few dollars), we may have taken the bus over to Ngong Ping Village instead, which I can assure you is another and cost-effective option for when you are looking at what to do in Hong Kong with kids. Even though we travelled on quite an overcast day, with a few of our views hindered, the views and scenery were quite brilliant throughout the half-hour approx. journey over the highlands to the Village on the other side.

We ventured over and above the Hong Kong Airport and saw the planes coming and going, we saw the great views of the harbour below, the mountains above and soaring Tian Tan Buddha as we started to descend into Ngong Ping Village. The Cable cars was worth the money for sure, a pity about the queue’s, but in Hong Kong those things can’t always be helped. At least on the way back, the queue’s only last around about 45-minutes, which felt like a hundred-metre dash compared to before.

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A Hong Kong family trip included a ride on the cable cars.

 

Ngong Ping Village

The Ngong Ping Village is the first thing you’ll see once getting off the cable cars, even better at ground zero, Ngong Ping a beautifully designed tourist village that has a range of activities, entertainment, restaurants, and retail/souvenir shops spread-out through the busy pedestrian thoroughfare that is buzzing with happy tourists.

The best view from the streets of the village will be seen when you’re walking through the main village and the Tian Tan Buddha stands large in front of you, only a few hundred metres away. On the day I was there, it looked sensational amongst the mountain backdrop, with the thick white cloud surrounding the large buddha statue.

 

Ngong Ping Village

The Tian Tan Buddha, as seen from Ngong Ping Village.

 

Tian Tan Buddha

We saved the best for last, the Tian Tan Buddha, which sits on top of 268 steps. You’ll think on first vision there is a lot more steps to encounter and your tiring legs feel every step as you begin the climb, but I am assured it stands at the number 268. You only have to go back until 1993 when Tian Tan was completed in construction, so it’s certainly a short history in time, and the large buddha statue was made to harmonise relationships between man and nature.

Like the Monastery, it’s free to go up the steps to the buddha and take in the gorgeous views around the area, there is an entrance fees if you wish to go inside the exhibition halls, which includes a meal in the restaurant to further enhance your Tian Tan Buddha experience.

We elected not to pay the entrance fee, much like most other travellers who venture to the Buddha, instead we took in the Tian Tan buddha up close, taking a few a photos of the surrounding areas, including the large buddha above and admired a few of the sculptures that are awaiting at the top of the steps that always represents something meaningful and looks a masterpiece. I do recommend the Tian Tan Buddha when you visit Hong Kong.

 

Tian Tan Buddha

Say hi, to the Tian Tan Buddha.

 

Disneyland Hong Kong

They say Disneyland is the happiest place in the world. It’s hard to argue with such a statement, because a Hong Kong Disneyland trip is certainly an epic day out for the whole family and is worth the price of the admission fee.

Once again, we paid for our family package tour to Hong Kong Disneyland, using the Klook travel App to purchase our tickets and meal vouchers which had us saving around $400HKD for the day. An absolute bargain and is a very useful way to pay for adventures, not only in Hong Kong but throughout many Asian destinations.

It was the first time we had visited a Disneyland of any sort and it certainly lived up to expectations from start to finish. The day begun at 10am and finished in the dark amongst the stunning lights after 8pm. We got there with ease by train, getting off at the at Sunny Bay MTR and taking the Disneyland express train to the Disneyland Resort station. The Octopus Card will get it done for you.

Once you get through the main gates, which didn’t take too long at all, you struck by the main village, which hosts a lot of souvenirs stores, restaurants, café’s and any major street parades that take place during any part of the day. In the background, you’ll notice the famous Disneyland Castle and because we were there in the month of December, the Christmas decorations were out in full force and that would only get better at night.

Where do you start when you go Disneyland, it really is hard to say? On this day, we went to the left and ventured through many themes like Toy Story Land, Fantasy Land, Grizzly Gulch and Tomorrow Land. We waited in line for a few rides, watched a few magnificent shows with the Lion King performance absolutely a standout and we used our meal voucher pass for lunch and dinner. Many times, during the day, it’s great to wander around and capture the magnificent architecture, landscapes and the bubbly atmosphere that we were surrounded in. It was a great day and more often or not you’ll be tempted come back for a second day which is possible with a two-day pass.

During the evening, we enjoyed a few more dazzling shows, The We Love Mickey Street Parade, which was an amazing cartoon sequence on the side of the buildings and the evening tree lighting session gave you a magical touch of Christmas and concluded the long day nicely. You could say it was sad to leave the theme park as the curtains drew on the day, but on the other hand, we were knackered, and it was a sound sleep that night in our Hong Kong hotel room.

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The train goes by at Hong Kong Disneyland.

Tsim Sha Tsui

There is so much going on in Tsim Sha Shui, it’s little wonder it is one of the most vibrant and busiest tourist hotspots in Hong Kong. Best advice to tackle Tsim Sha Tsui  is to get off the train at the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR on the Central red line or come across from Hong Kong Island via the famous Star Ferry and go from there. For now, I’ll go over a few of our highlights in the busy district.

 

Harbour walk along Tsim Sha Tsui

On this occasion, our harbour walk on the Tsim Sha Tsui side was unfortunately hindered by a lot of construction going on in the area, just about everywhere on the Promenade was closed off. That included famous spots such as the Bruce Lee Statue and the Avenue of Stars which are promptly located as part of the Harbour walk.

The only chance we had to see the Bruce Lee statue was from the viewing point from the edge of the Middle Road’s Children Playground, which is worth a trip up the stair case to see more views across the harbour towards Hong Kong Island. Just because the Avenue of Stars promenade attractions was ruined for us on this trip, doesn’t mean it will be for you, completion is due to be finished within a few months of publication of this article.

 

Tsim Tsa Shui

Great views are seen along the harbour of Tsim Sha Tsui.

 

Great city Shopping on the city streets

Street shopping may not entertain the kids too much, but once you get off the MTR, you’ll land in a haven of street shopping. Whether it’s window shopping on the city streets or going into one of the malls in Tsim Sha Tsui you’ll find a way to to catch up on some retail therapy. The men will even get asked whether they want to buy a suit by a tailor who’ll be eager for your business.

 

Harbour City Shopping Mall

A gigantic mall, a fabulous mall, Harbour City is located right near the Star Ferry terminal and over looks terrific harbour views, hence the name.

It’s a mall with the lot, with many brand name outlets, women’s cosmetics, fashion outlets, sports stores and an awesome food court area to grab a feed and an appropriate rest. Be warned, not a lot comes cheap inside Harbour City, that’s not to say you can’t have a good look around and buy a delicious ice-cream that the kids will really appreciate after hours on their feet.

 

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Christmas is alive at Harbour City.

 

Step out onto the Temple St Market

Starting from 5pm every evening, the popular Temple St Market comes to life, when tourist flock to the large pedestrian street market to look for a bargain, then after have a bite to eat in a number of surrounding seafood restaurants, you’ll see what I mean during your travels.

Temple St Market has a lot of the merchandise you’ll usually find in most famous markets in Asia, local souvenirs such as fridge magnets, mobile phone accessories that are hardly top of the range, microphones, headphones, handbags, a few clothing options ad a heck of a lot more. Just remember one thing, be prepared to barter the price down to save yourself a few more dollars.

 

Temple St Market

Enter the gates of Temple St Market.

 

A Hong Kong Dinner at Ming’s Kitchen

You’ll always find a great restaurant when wandering the streets of Hong Kong, it’s a food kingdom Afterall. Ming’s Kitchen is a major franchise in Hong Kong with various stores located throughout the city streets. The Ming’s kitchen we ate at is not far from Temple St Market and Jordan Station, but let google maps guide you to the closest restaurant.

The food at Ming’s Kitchen is a mixture of Dim Sum’s, roast duck, assorted Chinese dishes and a whole lot of more yummy Chinese cuisines. The food in the upscale restaurant doesn’t come cheap, but it was a delicious feed with much appreciated ice-cold beer to conclude a very busy day.

That is a recap of the first edition of Hong Kong diaries, kicking off the Hong Kong family trip in fine fashion. The activities certainly mounted up, but that really is only the beginning, in the second edition of Hong Kong Diaries there will be a whole lot more, which includes a trip to Cheung Chau Island and even Shenzhen, which is past the immigration border gates into mainland China.

 

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The Convenience of Going From Hong Kong to Macau by Ferry

The Convenience of Going From Hong Kong to Macau by Ferry

Travel is a breeze through the open waters, and the process is simple for any traveller when you’re going between Hong Kong to Macau by ferry and back again.

It’s ideal transportation for a quick getaway for either sightseeing, gambling in casinos or to even check out what it’s like on the other side because of a simple case of curiosity.

I can personally vouge about the ferry experience between the two destinations, using the services of Turbojet during my travels in Hong Kong and Macau.

It was quick, easy and even affordable when choosing this form of transportation in the open waters of the two popular Asian destinations.

The overall trip comes with little fuss, including through the custom gates where it is often as simple as scanning your passport through the gates and onwards to continue your adventures.

Sit back, the seats are comfortable on these cruise ferries, and enjoy the seas of travelling between Hong Kong and Macau by Ferry. 

I promise you the trip is mainly hassled free, but I can’t guarantee you that you won’t get a little seasick as the seas get a little rough. Don’t worry the Macau ferry trip is usually over in around an hour.

 

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Hong Kong to Macau by Ferry

Travelling between Hong Kong to Macau by ferry.

 

 

 

The Ease of Going From Hong Kong to Macau by Ferry and Back Again

 

 

Main Ferry terminals in Hong Kong and Macau

There are the four main ferry terminals to travel from between Hong Kong and Macau, which one you depart or arrive at may depend on where you are headed to in either destination.

Not that it matters too much in Macau as it doesn’t take a great deal of time to get around the unique and vibrant destination.

In Hong Kong, you have the two main ports; the major one is the Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal situated in Sheung Wan on the Hong Kong Island, not far from the accessible Central Piers.

The other terminal is the China Ferry Terminal, which departs in the other Hong Kong hotspot of Kowloon.

In Macau, there is the Macau Outer Harbour, which is located to the famous city streets, popular attractions, cathedrals and casinos.

The other terminal is the Taipa Ferry Terminal, which is located to nearby popular attractions including Venetian Macau, Galaxy Macau, City of Dreams Shopping Mall and the Hotel Parisian.

Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong to Macau Ferry

  • Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal (Sheung Wan)
  • China Ferry Terminal (Kowloon)

 

Ferry Terminal in Macau to Hong Kong Ferry

  • Macau Outer Harbour (North part of Macau)
  • Taipa Ferry Terminal (South Part of Macau)

 

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Get comfortable on Jetturbo HK.

 

Cruise companies between Hong Kong and Macau

Two major cruise companies operate between Hong Kong and Macau.

First, there is the TurboJet, the red-coloured ferry cruises that run from ports between Hong Kong and Macau. The TurboJet operates from Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal to Macau Outer Harbour from 0700 -2359 and runs every 15-minutes in both directions.

There is also a least frequently operated cruise from TurboJet that operates between Kowloon/Hong Kong Macau Ferry terminal to Taipa Macau.

You can check the Hong Kong Macau ferry timetable for a full schedule.

 

The blue-coloured Cotai WaterJet is the other cruise company that runs between all ports in Hong Kong and Macau. The Cotai runs mainly from the Hong Kong Macau Terminal to the Taipa Terminal in Macau at a frequency of every 15-minutes between 7 am to 1 am daily.

You can check out Cotai timetables and schedules at their main website.

 

 

Hong Kong Macau Ferry ticket price

The ticket prices remain steady between the two cruise companies, with different pricing available for weekdays, weekends and night sailing.

Prices through the website usually start at HKD$171 and extend for depending on the time of cruise or class you elect to travel with to your destination. You can find fantastic ticket prices through Klook, which is usually cheaper.

Extra allowances are starting from HKD$25 for large luggage pieces which you pay upon entering the gates for your cruise on the day.

 

To find a real bargain for cruise prices, you can book through the travel agency app, Klook. With Klook you can save several dollars, and the process is hassle free from booking to boarding. It’s what I used for my travels between Hong and Macau, and I saved a few dollars each time.

You can check out Klook for further booking details, but tickets are always limited so plan.

 

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How long travel between Hong Kong and Macau?

No matter which port you travel between, you’ll find the actual cruising times go from around 1-hour to one hour and fifteen minutes. Allow extra time for preparing your pre-bought ticket at the counter and immigration checkpoints on either side of the cruise.

If you find you get to the terminal early, the cruise company usually allows you to travel on earlier cruise departures, depending on availability.

With cruises often running every 15-minutes they are not traditionally sold out, so there is a strong likelihood you can leave early and avoid unnecessary waiting times at the terminal.

 

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Departing Hong Kong by Ferry.

 

Getting through Customs at entry points is a swift process

Getting through Immigration points at either Hong or Macau is a pain-free process with queueing times taking no longer than 15-minutes, but it can vary depending on how packed the ferry/ferries are. Below is the process for each direction.

Hong Kong to Macau

  • Get a ticket in Hong Kong
  • Scan Passport at Hong Kong Immigration Point
  • Get seat allocation and board ferry
  • Disembark ferry in Macau
  • Passport check at Immigration point in Macau
  • Continue your adventure

Macau to Hong

  • Get a ticket in Macau
  • Show Passport at Immigration point in Macau
  • Get seat allocation and board ferry
  • Disembark ferry in Hong Kong
  • Fill in Hong Kong Arrival card before queuing if a foreigner (only takes a minute)
  • Passport check at Immigration Point in Hong Kong
  • Continue your adventure

 

Catching a Shuttle bus upon arrival in Macau

When arriving in Macau, do your best to avoid catching a taxi, most hotels in Macau have free shuttle bus services operating around the clock, which can save you some handy dollars.

There are no checks when entering a shuttle bus, so if you know of another hotel/casino nearby to your hotel, get on that bus and walk the rest of the way instead of hanging around and waiting. You won’t get caught out.

Shuttle buses are a great way to get around Macau for free for the duration of your trip, with many of the complimentary buses going to and from many casinos in the area at no cost (remember casino’s want you to spend the money gambling).

You can hop on and go Casino hopping during your stay, even if you have no desire to gamble and only want to check out the stunning shows that take place in the major casinos such as Venetian Macao, Wynn Macau and Galaxy Macau to name a few.

 

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Venetian Macau.

 

Finding your way upon returning or first entry into Hong Kong

When arriving in Hong Kong from the Hong Kong Macao Ferry Terminal, the best way to go to your next Hong Kong destination is by train. From the main terminal, you can catch a train at the Sheung Wan MTR and transfer to Central on the next stopover with several MTR lines available to you at Central or Hong Kong MTR.

If you need to transfer to the Hong Kong Airport express train from Sheung Wan, you can catch a train to Central MTR, walk to the nearby Hong Station MTR and get on the Airport Express Train from that location, follow the signs to get there.

Using your Octopus Card, the fare to the Airport from Hong Kong MTR cost HKD$110. It won’t let you on if you don’t have the right amount of credit, but the Information office at the Hong Kong Station can help you top up either by cash or credit card as needed. Children using the kids Octopus Card travel free and remember all Octopus Cards are refundable at the information office at the Hong Kong International Airport.

There you have it, a handy guide when travelling from Hong Kong to Macau by Ferry and back again. It is hassle-free and appropriately cost. Your biggest worry may be whether you get seasick or not.

 

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The Hong Kong Night lights.

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