Hong Kong and Macau

Hong Kong and Macau

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

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.

View from the Peak Tower
View from the Peak Tower
Night time view from the top of the Peak Tram
Peak Tram

Central District

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.

Central District Skyline
Gage Street, one of many filled with markets and eateries
Lan Kwai Fong, home to many bars, restaurants, and nightlife
Bank of China Tower
Central-Mid Levels Escalators
St Johns Cathedral
Hong Kong Tramway, known locally as the "Ding Ding"

Victoria Harbour

Victoria Harbour is a deep water port surrounded by the skyscrapers of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. While there are great vantage points from the shoreline, a ferry ride across is a must do. The Star Ferry crosses frequently and costs less than $1 USD (as of May 2018).

Victoria Harbour and the Central District Skyline
Star Ferry
Central Ferry Pier

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.

Ngong Ping

Ngong Ping is a village in the highlands of Lantau Island. The main attraction is the 112 foot tall Tian Tan Buddha. A gondola provides easy access to the Tung Chung Train Station and the rest of Hong Kong.

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.

Ruins of St Paul
Senado Square
Dom V Pedro Theatre

Cotai Strip

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."

Venetian Macau
Grand Canal Shops, Venetian Macau

For anyone interested in seeing more pictures from Hong Kong and Macau check out my photo albums on Facebook or Pinterest:

Hong Kong

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