In January 2016, as part of a trip to East Asia I visited Hong Kong and Macau which are Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China. Hong Kong was a British colony until 1997 while Macau was a Portuguese colony until 1999. They each maintain political and economic systems that operate separately from mainland China. The combination of Chinese and Western influences make these very unique regions. scroll below to see some of my favorite places as well as links to all of my photos from Hong Kong and Macau.
Victoria Peak is a mountain on Hong Kong Island with amazing views of the Central District and Victoria Harbour. The main tourist attraction on the mountain is the Peak Tower, about 500 feet from the top, which has shops, restaurants, and a viewing platform. The Peak Tram provides access from the city centre.
The Central District is the economic and political heart of Hong Kong dating back to its history as a British colony. Today it is one of the world's premier financial hubs with an impressive collection of skyscrapers. The surrounding streets are lined with shops, restaurants, and nightlife. The neighborhood is truly cosmopolitan with influences from all over the globe.
A Symphony of Lights
"A Symphony of Lights" is a light and sound show that takes place every night at 8:00pm and lasts for about 14 minutes. 47 buildings around Victoria Harbour participate in the show which include lasers, lights, fireworks, and music. Tsim Sha Tsui, across the harbour from the Central District provides a great vantage point.
Historic Center of Macau
The Historic Centre of Macau consists of public spaces, religious buildings and other historic monuments that date back centuries. Named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, the core of the former Portuguese Colony is a melting pot of architecture and culture.
The Cotai Strip is a section of Macau that is home to a number of large casino resorts. The most notable of these is the Venetian Hotel, which is themed after Venice, Italy and has a sister property in Las Vegas. The Cotai Strip has helped contribute to Macau's title as the "Gambling Capital of the World."