MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE GOING TO HONG KONG AND SOME MONEY SAVING TIPS IN HONG KONG
Hong Kong Macau Holiday Sept 18th to 26th
1. 1 USD is approx 7 HK and 1 HK = APPROX 10 INR and 1 HK = 1 Macau currency
2. Bus ticket in Hong Kong for most places (except Intra island or airport) is HK 7 and in Macau it is HK 6. - Advise - Keep lot of cash and you do not need to buy card
3. Octopus card - No need aste money and time on this. ust keep lot on change
4. Internet sim card - If you are staying in a good hotel with Internet and you read English you dont need internet. + Make good use to google map. Pre load it for the routs that you are going to travel that day.
OBSERVATION – Hong Kongers don’t look up while walking, they see phone. So be mindful. People in Hong Kong and Macau are very polite and helpful. Hong Kongers are stressed out and they built this country in just 40 years. Be sympathetic and appreciate their hard work.
I flew from Bangalore to HK on 18th September 2009. It was an overnight non stop flight from Bangalore at 11:30 PM but I had to leave my home at 6 PM to reach airport and have some buffer for boarding and immigration. Thanks to Bangalore Traffic. it was a 6 hour flight, I reached Hong Kong the early next day. I had pre booked my water transfer from Hong Kong to Macau through Turbojet at the cost of HK $300 that’s approx. USD 45 one way.
It is important to take ferry from Airport terminal itself to go to Macau instead of entering Hong Kong and than taking a ferry to Macau. This will not only cost extra in terms of transfers, it will also cost extra time.
As soon as I got down I went to the main lobby to Turbo Jet counter and received my hard copy of the ticket after giving them my online ticket number. They transferred my checked in luggage from Bangalore to Hong Kong directly to the ferry departing at 11:00 AM. That was very effective and efficient of them that I need not worry about my baggage.
Finally after reaching Macau which was a 2 hour journey through rough seas, I took a bus to reach hotel – taxi drivers were quoting as if I was a millionaire. Hotel check-in time in Macau is 3 O clock and however they gave me check in at 2:30 and they were acting as if they gave me their kidney. I got fresh and headed straight to SENADO SQUARE which was walking distance from my hotel. SENADO SQUARE is a main market area with a huge square open area with a fountain. I left the road here and entered this area and this cobbled pathway lead me to the RUINS OF ST. PAUL'S CHURCH which is famously known as BROKEN CHURCH. Instead of spending my time here I went straight to MACAU MUSEUM which is on the right of the church if we take the staircase to go up. Remember you need to go up thrice. I spent around 2 hours in the museum and indeed one of the best museums I had visited. It captured the history of Macau in detail with almost real depictions. After Museum I came down back to Broken church and on the left is NA TCHA TEMPLE. NA TCHA TEMPLE is small but beautiful. Next to NA TCHA TEMPLE there is a street going down; this street holds the old Macau look with low height lamps and small white painted houses.