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Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the perfect place for everyone as it offers a fantastic opportunity to experience exciting shopping, discover an enjoyable diversity of dining taste or get involved in magnificent festivals and stunning attractions. Hong Kong is definitely one of the most famous destinations in the world and you will be amazed by this incredible city.

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Macau

The Portuguese influence is everywhere to be seen in Macau. From Largo do Senado on the peninsula to the Churches and cobbled backstreets of the historic centre of Macau. Macau, like its Hong Kong neighbour is a hybrid of several cultures. From its cuisine to its shopping, history and entertainment, a visit to Macau during an Asia tour will add a truly unique element.

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Weather

Spring is the most humid time of the year and is usually cooler than autumn, however temperature sometimes can reach 28°C.

Currency

The Hong Kong Dollar is the currency for Hong Kong. It is widely used and accepted in Macau as well. Locally in Macau, the Macanese Patacas is used. ATMs and bureau de change are widely available. 

Electrics

The UK 3 flat pin is mostly used in both Hong Kong and Macau. However, we recommend taking with a universal plug adaptor as this could change. 

Visa requirements

For most European and Western countries, there is no need for a pre visa and you receive 30 days entry on arrival. 

National Food & Drink

In Hong Kong you must try local delicacies such as Dim Sum which is steamed Cantonese snack made from a variety of ingredients, including shrimp, pork or chicken and many more.

Times zones

Both Hong Kong and Macau are +8 hours from GMT. 

Language

Cantonese is the main Chinese language spoken in Hong Kong and Macau. English is very widely spoken, especially in the tourist areas. 

Shopping

Due to its free port status Macau is a shoppers' paradise and you can get pretty much anything there in malls and markets. Hong Kong is also tax free and like with Macau, you can shop, shop, shop here! 

History

Both Hong Kong and Macau are part of China’s ‘one county, two systems’. This came about following the return of Hong Kong by the British in 1997 and of Macau by the Portuguese in 1999. For 50 years from these dates, it was agreed that both areas would have significant autonomy of their affairs. 

Transport

Hong Kong has a very well developed mass transit system and Macau has a good network as well. Hong Kong is the main international airport in the region but from Macau, you can fly to several locations around Asia. 

Drinking Water

It is recommended drinking bottled water. However, tap water can be drunk if needed. 

Key dates

Listed here are the key  holidays, However, Hong Kong or Macau rarely closes and most tourist attractions will still be open (double check before you go)

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Hong Kong Shopping

Shopping!

Hong Kong and Macau are shopper’s paradise. No matter what you are looking for, you will find everything you want! All shopping malls and department stores offer a huge variety of goods such as latest fashion cosmetics, jewellery& watches, electronics, traditional Chinese goods and much more! Both areas have exemptions from certain Chinese taxes as well.

 

Hong Kong - Take a ride on the Star Ferry

Take a ride on the Star Ferry

Star ferry, operating between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, offers stunning panoramic views of the harbour and is a delight for both children and adults. This is a must for any visitor to Hong Kong.

The historic Centre of Macau

The historic Centre of Macau

This is a living representation of the city’s historic settlement and a great place to visit to fully understand the history of Macau. There is also some magnificent architecture to enjoy.

The Peak, Hong Kong

The Peak, Hong Kong

The Peak- it is ‘must see’ attraction and one of the most famous places in Hong Kong to take in the breath-taking views of the city’s skyline and harbour. You can stretch your eyes across spectacular skyscrapers and amazing green hills of the New Territories as well as enjoy the restaurants and shopping there.

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