TOUR CODE: MFMCTY
Trip Type: Semi-Independent Tour
Discover the two charming oriental cities of Hong Kong & Macau. Starting in Hong Kong, the silhouette of this ultra-modern city is fantastic, with hundreds of towers rising in the sky over the city. Enjoy an excursion to Macau, a former Portuguese colony with a great deal of European influence visible in the architecture and design of the city. Portuguese piazzas meet Buddhist temples, colorful villas cross with traditional Chinese gardens, and cobblestone streets lead to bustling outdoor markets. This Hong Kong and Macau Cityscape is an ideal vacation to visit two of Asia’s top destinations.
Cordis Hotel Club privileges at the Club Lounge located on the 36th floor with panoramic views of Hong Kong:
ARRIVE HONG KONG
Arrive in Hong Kong. Met by your driver at the airport for your private transfer to your hotel.
HONG KONG (B)
Today is free at leisure. Your hotel offers a complimentary Mongkok Walking Tour, which takes in the eclectic lights, flavors, aroma, and bustle of market shopping in Mongkok. You will get to experience famous bazaars such as the Ladies Market and various electronic, live fish, and fresh produce markets. Please contact the hotel concierge for details. Tour departs from the hotel daily, excluding public holidays.
A complimentary wine tasting hosted by the Sommelier from the hotel’s Michelin-starred Ming Court is available for hotel guests between 6 pm and 7 pm daily in the Ming Cellar. No pre-booking is required.
Spend your evening exploring Hong Kong’s street market. As the sun sets and the lights come on, Temple Street Night Market at Yau Ma Tei and Jordan comes to life. You’ll find everything from tea wares and traditional crafts to novelty t-shirts and the latest tech accessories. This outdoor market is also where locals head for fortune-telling and delicious Cantonese cuisine.
KOWLOON WALKING TOUR (B)
Our Kowloon city tour begins from the heart of this bustling metropolis at the beautiful and tranquil Nan Lian Gardens, designed as a traditional Tang Dynasty area for contemplation. These meticulously kept gardens feature a miniaturized interpretation of traditional Chinese landscapes. From there, enter the peaceful atmosphere of the Chi Lin Nunnery, where Buddhist nuns meditate and seek enlightenment. Then, take a completely new experience at the Taoist Temple of Wong Tai Sin, home to three religions (Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism). Its natural setting and beautifully ornamented buildings make it a scenic attraction as an important religious center. Worshippers pray for good fortune through offerings, divine guidance, and fortune-telling. Feng shui enthusiasts may notice structures representing the five geomantic elements: the Bronze Pavilion (metal); the Archives Hall (wood); the Yuk Yik Fountain (water); the Yue Heung Shrine (fire), where the Buddha of the Lighting Lamp is worshipped; and the Earth Wall (earth). Other areas in the complex include the Three Saints and Confucian Halls and the colorful Good Wish Garden.
*This tour operates using public transportation such as subway and public buses.
FULL-DAY MACAU EXCURSION WITH LUNCH (B/L)
Take a relaxing 60-minute ferry ride to Macau, the Monte Carlo of the Far East, and a Portuguese overseas territory until 1999. The city reflects a mix of Portuguese and Chinese influences. Upon arrival in Macau, tour the city by starting at the Ruins of St. Paul. The site initially included St. Paul’s College and the Church of St. Paul, a Portuguese church dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle. Next, visit the Museum of Macau, which exhibits a vast number of historical and cultural objects, demonstrating the way of life of the various communities that have inhabited the city for centuries. Continue to Mount Fortress, a historical military center constructed to protect the properties of the Jesuits in Macau. Venture to Na Tcha Temple, a Chinese folk religion temple built in homage to the child god of war. Stop at the 16th-century St. Dominic’s Church, listed as one of the 29 sites that form the Historic Center of Macau. Take a break at Senado Square, a pedestrian zone and part of the UNESCO Historic Centre of Macao World Heritage Site. The surrounding area features an abundance of restaurants, shopping centers, and boutique stores, selling everything from clothes to souvenirs. In the afternoon, take a ferry back to Hong Kong.
PRIVATE SHAM SHUI PO WALKING TOUR WITH FOOD TASTING (B)
Known as “Deep Water Pier” in Cantonese, Sham Shui Po is a working-class neighborhood located in the heart of Kowloon and one of the most authentic parts of Hong Kong that never sleeps and has something worthwhile for everyone. Sham Shui Po is a shopper’s heaven filled with streets packed with everything from clothes, electronics, accessories, and even phones. Sham Shui Po is also known as a foodie haven, where traditional restaurants and hawker food courts (Dai Pai Dong) are thriving.
Our unique Sham Shui Po Walking tour begins with a visit to the Jockey Club Creative Arts Center, which houses nearly 140 artists and art organizations pursuing their works in various art forms, mainly in visual and performing arts. Then, we stop at The Heritage Tea House, a true hidden gem where you may pick your favorite Chinese tea served with a tasting portion of dim sum snacks made fresh daily. Immerse yourself back to the old days of Hong Kong as we visit the Mei Ho House of Shek Kip Mei Public Housing Estate – the oldest public housing complex in Hong Kong. This housing estate consisted of 29 concrete blocks, built-in 1954 to resettle the homeless victims from the burned-down shanties. Mei Ho House is still standing today while all other buildings of the estate dating from the 1950s have been demolished and replaced by new ones.
Take a break at Lau Sum Kee for a bowl of wonton noodles. This café opened its doors in 1956 and still passed along the tradition of mixing its noodle dough with a heavy bamboo pole. We walk down to Fook Wing Street Market, where you will be astonished by all the mind-blowing selection of toys, wholesale stationery, gift items, souvenirs, and in-house decorations. We stop at a street-side stall for freshly pressed fruit and veggie juice. Then head to the 50-year old Kung Wo Tofu Factory for a soothing bowl of silky fresh tofu dessert, a popular dessert made with soft, silken tofu pudding served with warm cane sugar syrup flavored with ginger.
We continue our walk to the Golden Computer Center and Arcade, where you will find video game, software, and accessory stores. Then, we walk further down to Apliu Street Market. The shops here sell a wide variety of electronic products at reasonable prices. Whether you are interested in gadgets and electronics from the market, Apliu Street has something for everyone. Walk further down to Pei Ho Street Market, a bustling wet market and a perfect place to experience Sham Shui Po like a local. The street is lined with stores and stalls that sell fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and all sorts of daily necessities. To complete our walking tour, we will stop at a traditional Hong Kong café to enjoy a cup of classic milk tea (strong black tea mixed with condensed milk) and pineapple buns (popular amongst the locals) before heading back to our hotel.
*This tour operates using public transportation.
FREE DAY IN HONG KONG (B)
Spend your free day exploring Hong Kong at your leisure. Hong Kong is a vibrant city to explore and easy to get around with an efficient public transportation system that can take you almost anywhere at any time. Hong Kong Island offers endless options for shopping, sightseeing, and dining. Ride the iconic Star Ferry to enjoy skyline views while crossing Victoria Harbor to Hong Kong Island. Take the iconic Peak Tram to Victoria Peak for a panorama view of the city. Hop aboard a 1920s-style open-top tram and embark on a fascinating sightseeing tour through genuine Hong Kong. Drop by Causeway Bay, a shopper’s mecca in Hong Kong, where you can get immersed in a never-ending saga of shops, malls, and markets.
DEPART HONG KONG (B)
After a leisurely breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Meals: B= Breakfast L= Lunch D=Dinner
Per person, based on double occupancy
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