My idea of Hong Kong & Macau was one of a shopping district and/or a food capital where you can find designer pieces and dimsum treats at incredibly low price! Some of the known michelin-starred restaurants can be found in this amazing city and so it took me by surprise to realize that there’s more to Hong Kong & Macau than there is Prada, Gucci, LV and wanton noodz!
Last June 2018, my friends and I hopped on a plane bound for Hong Kong with no idea of how instagrammable our destination could get. Despite this, however, it has been a practice for me to pack clothes worthy of an OOTD post whenever I travel (I know a lot of you guys can relate to this). I usually have a set of clothes ready for a day and so it has never become a problem for me to decide which one to wear in the morning. Haha. Fortunately, Hong Kong is one of the places where aspiring influencers out there could get their instagram-worthy photos taken. There are lots of graffiti walls, hipster bars, unique landscapes, and colored buildings around the city which makes it perfect for street photography and/or portraits. Macau, on the other hand, is more of like the place where you’ll feel like you’re part of the crazy rich asian family and so I think it’s the best place to show off your LBD, heels, sparkling jewelries, and etc.
Doesn’t Hong Kong & Macau already sound like a blogger’s paradise? Whether or not you’re here for the ultimate food trip experience and/or a quick break from work, here are the best spots in the city that every traveler must visit (content content content)!
1.) CHOI HUNG ESTATE, HONG KONG
Address: 2 Tse Wai Ave, Ngau Chi Wan, Hong Kong
Choi Hung Estate is a residential area that got popular among tourists because of its pastel-colored buildings. Sounds goood right? But before you cross that off your itinerary, it is best to follow my directions on how to get there. In our experience, it took us more than an hour to find that spot where our favorite fbloggers pose for their photos. This is because the spot that I’m referring to happens to be a basketball court ON TOP of a multi-level carpark. So basically, if you just follow google maps, you’ll be lost in your way! Cos’ the map will just point you to the whole Choi Hung Estate residential area.
How to get there:
- Take the MTR to Choi Hung via the Kwun Tung Line.
- Follow the exit signs for C3 or C4 – this is the quickest way to get to the Choi Hung Estate.
- Once you reach the estate, take a left turn and look for the multi-leveled carpark.
- Do not be warry to go upstairs for there you’ll see the multi-colored basketball court full of tourists posing for their instagram-worthy shot. Don’t forget to secure your spot.
2.) HONG KONG SPACE MUSEUM
Address: 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
If you have booked a room in Tsim Sha Tsui, you have probably passed by this area on your way to the Harbour City. It is a 7-to-10 minute walk from the MTR Tsim Sha Tsui station where locals go for a morning jog and/or a sip of coffee. The museum itself opens at 1PM from Mondays to Fridays (except Tuesday), 9AM during weekends and holidays, and closes at 9PM everyday. This would be best for tourists who specifically went to Hong Kong to see art and/or learn science. But if you’re just looking for a good background to pose at, this is a MUST visit.
How to get there:
- Take the MTR to get to the Tsim Sha Tsui station.
- Walk 150m straight to Salisbury road. You’ll see the egg-shaped dome museum across the road.
- Find your spot.
3.) TSIM SHA TSUI PROMENADE & HARBOUR CITY
Address: Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
At the back of the Hong Kong Space Museum, you’ll see one of the most breathtaking views of Hong Kong’s skyline. When we went here, a part of it was under construction. I heard from the recent news that said part is now the Avenue of Stars where famous Hong Kong celebrities got their handprints, statues, etc. marked on. Be ready to walk around the area and take it all in. I went here to jog one morning and I had the best view.
To get here, follow the same steps as the Hong Kong Space Museum.
4.) GRAHAM STREET, HONG KONG
Address: Opposite The Globe, 45-53 Graham St, Central, Hong Kong
I got this photo from Condé Nast Traveler because apparently, I lost my only shot. TBH, this specific wall on the Graham Street was not on our itinerary. We just happen to pass by this art in search for a restaurant in Central Hong Kong and it certainly did not disappoint. Recommended for street photography!
How to get there:
- Take the MTR to Central Station.
- Walk your way up the Graham Street and you’ll see this work of art near the Hollywood Road God Store.
5.) VICTORIA PEAK, HONG KONG
Address: The Peak, Hong Kong
After making your way to Central Hong Kong, I suggest you take the trip to the Victoria Peak via Klook’s Peak Tram Fast-track Combo (you can book your tickets here.) Here you’ll get 360 degree panoramic views of Hong Kong from Sky Terrace 428 after riding the iconic peak tram – a funicular railway in the city. By booking your tickets with Klook, you’ll avoid the long queue on regular lines. In our experience, this is such a big help.
How to get there via Klook Tour:
- Please meet your guide at Central Station Exit K (street level). Since Central Station is one of the biggest interchange stations in Hong Kong, it may take a some time to walk to the correct exit. If you’re planning to take a taxi or other transportation then the drop off is ‘Prince’s Building’ in Central, ask the concierge desk inside for directions to Exit K.
- Meet up with your guide who will be holding a ‘KLOOK’ sign,15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time (required for registration procedures). For fairness to others, all groups will depart on time.
- Your guide will then escort you all the way to the Peak Tram Station to enjoy one of the most popular rides in town. During the 10 minute walk, you will be bypassing a few interesting historical buildings in Central.
- You’ll be lead to use a special fast track channel where your precious time will be shortened.
- Please follow tour guide before all tickets are distributed.
- Enjoy your time at the Peak and take the return Peak Tram journey at your convenience.
6.) HONG KONG DISNEYLAND
Address: Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Your Hong Kong trip wouldn’t be complete without of course visiting Disneyland. Every spot is definitely instagrammable and get that once in a lifetime photo opp with our childhood favorites, Mickey and Minnie Mouse! I remember telling my friends: “I have to have that photo with Mickey and Minnie and I’m done.” And so I did. My favorite part was the Disney Parade where all our favorite casts from the past performed with all their hearts, bringing back so much of our childhood memories. This place is truly magical.
We got our tickets from Klook (you can buy the tickets here.)
How to get there:
- Take the Tsuen Wan MTR train towards Tsuen Wan.
- Get off at Lai King Station.
- Transfer to Tung Chung line. The train should be Tung Chung-bound.
- Alight at Sunny Bay Station.
- Transfer to Disneyland Resort Line.
- Ride their disney-themed train.
1.) THE PARISIAN MACAU
If you have been dying to visit Paris in France (like me) but don’t have the budget yet, then Parisian Macau should be on top of your bucket list! I swear, the moment I saw the replica of Eiffel Tower, I could not help but scream in awe as this has been the closest I got to reaching that Parisian dream of mine. I had a hard time choosing which photos to share because everything was just beautiful. I remember having a Parisian-themed debut and now I stand next to a legit albeit replica Eiffel tower. This was the highlight of our trip. Macau is really really different from Hong Kong. Will definitely be back.
How to get there (HKG to MACAU to Parisian Macau):
- Book your ferry tickets to Macau from any accredited service providers. We got ours from Klook.
- Proceed to Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal, 3/F Shun Tak Centre, 200 Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan via MTR and present your tickets to the Klook counter.
- Ride the ferry going to Macau (1 hour).
- Upon arrival at Macau terminal, ride bus no. 3/10A/12/28A to Parisian Macau. If you need help, feel free to ask fellow Filipinos working in the terminal. Just be careful though.
2.) VENETIAN MACAU
Forget about Vegas and the Atlantic City, instead gamble your way across the world’s largest casino resort ever – at Venetian Macau. Situated along the Cotai strip, Venetian Macau (as the name suggests), is themed on the romantic streets and canal of Venice, Italy. No wonder it’s the place to go for lovers out there! Just look at that breathtaking ceiling.
P.S. Don’t forget to buy Lord Stow’s famous egg tart here.
Btw, Macau is a small city, so you can get around it via public bus/free shuttle.
3.) DOWNTOWN MACAU
To complete your Macau trip, might as well stroll around Senado Square, have your photo taken at the historic St. Paul’s Ruins, and/or eat your way to the city’s famous dimsum treats, EGG WAFFLES and milk teas!!!
So there you have it loves! By now, I hope I have convinced you enough to take that twin city vacation! I’m sure your instagram account would have loads of hearts and likes after this…so better book that ticket now.
If you have further inquiries or questions, feel free to comment below.