Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 Christmas in Hong Kong & Macau (Sneak Peek)

Last year when both mommy and I were in Shanghai for Christmas, my mom watched a TV programme and she said she loves to go Macau someday. So I decided to give her another surprised, a Christmas trip to Hong Kong & Macau. 

The trip was relatively short - we went for 4 days and 3 nights only. We stayed 2 nights in Macau and a night in Hong Kong as my mom been to Hong Kong twice. It was indeed rush and quick trip but I want to fully utilise the two days of public holidays and the weekend. 

Here are the recap of our 4 days and 3 nights trip in Hong Kong & Macau:

2015 Hong Kong & Macau 01
#1: Once we landed in HKIA, we took Turbojet to Macau directly (HK$254 per trip) 


This is my maiden experience of taking ferry from HKIA directly to Macau cause previously, we departed from Sheung Wan Station. It's obviously hassle-free as passengers do not need to get through any Hong Kong immigration procedures or reclaim any baggage. Just show the baggage tag to the counter and they will do the rest for you. Remember to claim your baggage when arrive in Macau Ferry Terminal. 

Effective 28 December 2015, this is the revised sailing schedule:
11.00 am, 1.15 pm, 5,00 pm and 9.15 pm

2015 Hong Kong & Macau 02 - Sintra Hotel
#2: In Macau, we stayed in Sintra Hotel with its excellent location and impeccable services. 

Why we love Sintra Hotel?
1) Great location with a walking distance to major tourist attractions such as Senado Square (5 minutes away), Ruins of St Pauls (less than 10 minutes), not far from Casino Lisboa and Grand Lisboa
2) The famous Margaret's Cafe e Nata with Portuguese egg tarts is just one block away
3) Free shuttle service to and from Macau Maritime Terminal is provided
4) Shuttle service to City of Dreams and Shuttle City is just located in front of the hotel

2015 Hong Kong & Macau 03 - The House of Dancing Water
#3: I brought my mom to watch The House of Dancing Water. Although it was pricey, but my mom enjoyed it so much. One of the spectacular shows much watch when one in Macau. 

Showing Time for The House of Dancing Water: 5pm and 8pm daily
Ticket Price: Starts from MOP580 (approx. to RM320)

2015 Hong Kong & Macau 04 - MGM Macau
#4: MGM Macau Grand Praca 

A trip to Macau is incomplete without a visit to any casinos. Both mommy and I went quite number of casinos such as The Venetian, City of Dreams, Wynn, MGM Macau and etc.

2015 Hong Kong & Macau 05 - Ruins of St Paul
#5: Ruins of St Paul's for the third time. We woke up as early as 6am and yet, we still can't beat those Mainland China tourists. 

2015 Hong Kong & Macau 06 - Senado Square
#6: Christmas set up in Senado Square was exceptionally impressive and amazing. 

After spending 2 lovely nights in Macau, we proceeded back to Hong Kong by taking Turbojet again (HK$166 per trip). We bought the 9.30 am trip but they allowed us to board early. 

2015 Hong Kong & Macau 07 - Jenny Bakery
#7: Jenny Bakery in Sheung Wan branch 

The first thing we did once we got back to Hong Kong was queuing for the famous home-grown butter cookies, Jenny Bakery. The butter cookies that cause visitors from various countries queued up more than an hour just for these. These butter cookies are even made themselves so exclusive that each person is limited to two cans only. Verdict? Famous cookies are much more better than these. Sorry, Jenny Bakery. 

2015 Hong Kong & Macau 08 - Le Prabelle Hong Kong Hotel
#8: Le Prabelle - The hotel we stayed in Hong Kong 

2015 Hong Kong & Macau 09 - Mongkok
#9: Mongkok for the fifth time and I still can't get enough of it

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#10: On our final day, we went for Ngong Ping 360 and Tian Tan Buddha. 

We glad that we made a smart move by booking online a day earlier cause by the time we reach, we shocked with the super long queue. Imagine queue to purchase the ticket, and then another queue again for the cable car. It's insane!

Remember to book your ticket for Ngong Ping 360 in advance - Online Booking Ticket

Before leaving Hong Kong permanently, we did quick shopping at Citygate Outlets. We were so surprised to see few international brands such as Coach, Michael Kors and Kate Spade required customers to line up and wait before could officially went in for browsing their items. From Citygate Outlets or to be specific Tung Chung Station (Exit B), we took S1 bus directly to bus which cost HK$3.50 and the journey took less than 15 minutes.


2015 Hong Kong & Macau 10 - Macau
#11: Despite all the crazy crowd, celebrated Christmas in Macau is really amazing and lovely. Wish to be back again. 

13 comments:

  1. A wonderful Christmas holiday. Indeed it was rush but glad you guys enjoyed it.

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  2. What a coincidence! I am munching the Jenny Bakery's cookies from the tin right now in the office. My boss and family spent Christmas in Hong Kong and bought it. I prefer eating Danish Butter Cookies! Muahahaha
    You are so thoughtful to bring mommy to Macau. How did you make it a surprise, I just wonder?? She didn;t know where she was flying to?? I am planning a surprise trip for my wife too!

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    1. Of course I didn't inform my mom last minute but after I bought the tickets like 2-3 months later only I informed her. Sometimes she doubt whether I was telling the truth or not =P

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  3. I felt in love with Macau on my first trip there. ;)

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  4. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Love your manicure :)

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    1. Thanks =). This is the first time I did Christmas theme nail art.

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  5. A best Christmas gift for your mum :D

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  6. Nice cute buys, DD! Love to see the dancing water too. Oh yes, my family queued for the NP cable car ride which I talked about it in my post & also the shopping at Citygate. You look great! Merry X'mas, babe! xoxo

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  7. Merry Christmas and a happy new year Diana!
    Beautiful Christmas deco! ^^

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  8. Heard about this show of "The House of Dancing Water", very expensive tickets but well worthy. I hope I have chance to watch it.

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  9. thx for the info ,hope you love Macau
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  10. woohooo!! the best time to visit Macau and HK, winter, cooling and best time for shopping, they have sales at the end of Dec.

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