Travel diary: Hong Kong & Macau – day 3

After yesterday’s hectic day, we had a relaxed morning, waking up late before realizing that we are in Hong Kong and we better do something about it before we leave. After checking out of the hotel and having brunch at Delifrance, we headed to Victoria Peak, which was a five minute walk from Central MTR station.

Well, technically it was five minutes away, but with the way being uphill, it took us just over ten minutes to make it. It was around 2 pm when we arrived and bought our tickets (around HKD $65), which was unfortunate because a fair amount of people had already gathered up by then, which meant a waiting time. We were in the fourth tram-load, so the wait was roughly half an hour, which felt a lot longer given the amount of heat and how closely packed together everyone was standing.

When the tram finally arrived we got great seats – although a decent view only exists if you’re on the right side of the tram. I was on the left and there was literally nothing to see, but that open window really helped me get refreshed.

We reached the Peak around 3.30 pm and spent roughly an hour on the viewing deck in the Sky terrace. It is stunningly beautiful – I can imagine a lot of couples getting there around sunset and enjoying the view. You can see the entire city of Hong Kong below you, very impressive. On our day it was slightly hazy, so we couldn’t see much in the distance, which was unfortunate.

There are also several restaurants up on the Peak, where you can enjoy a meal while looking at the view – something a lot of people chose to do.

Another big attraction at Victoria Peak was ‘Post love to the future’. Any visitor to the Peak is allowed to write a message to anyone they wish, specifying the recipient’s name, address, and the date they want their message to be delivered.

After the Peak we headed back to our hotel to collect our luggage and then made our way to the Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan. We took the Turbojet ferry, which is the company most recommended online. Tickets were roughly HKD $185 for the one hour journey to Macau. Honestly speaking, I hated the journey. It was my idea to go by ferry as opposed to just flying there, but the trip was not at all smooth, and I had to shut my eyes and jam my iPod into my ears in order to not throw up – and I’m not a person who gets seasick.

Macau is beautiful. When we reached, it was nighttime, so the entire city was lit up, and it looked very welcoming on the ferry. We took a taxi to our hotel, Regency, which was on Taipa island, and required a crossing of the bridge. The crossing was beautiful – the bridge was lit up in gold, and I’m sure the views would be beautiful in the day time, where we could actually see the water.

Until tomorrow!

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