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Cable car going uphill Ngong Ping

Hong Kong: Ngong Ping 360 cable car, Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery

Date: 4th July 2012

My last full day in Hong Kong, and I chose to spend it all on Lantau island. I took the MTR from Mong Kok -> Lai King -> Tung Chung to get to Ngong Ping.

Sunny skies cloud Hong Kong
It looked sunny outside — I just hoped it would stay that way
Disneyland MTR station Hong Kong
Lantau is also where Hong Kong Disneyland is located
Citygate Outlets Lantau Hong Kong
This was the stop to get to the cable car station
Cable car MTR station fountain Lantau island
That’s the MTR station in the back, and a fountain
High rise apartments Lantau island Hong Kong
There’s no escaping high-rise apartment buildings anywhere in Hong Kong; it’s a necessity
Hong Kong high rise apartment buildings bus stop Lantau
This is also where the major bus stop for Lantau island is located
Lantau island Hong Kong
I made my way to the cable car station

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Binoculars telescope optics shop Apliu Street Hong Kong

Hong Kong: Bird Market, Apliu Street Flea Market, Golden Computer Arcade

Date: 3rd July 2012

After yesterday’s very late arrival from Macau, I woke up and decided not to do anything hectic today. I still hadn’t seen the so-called ‘Bird Market’ of Hong Kong, even though the travel guides said it was right next to the flower market.

I walked up to the flower market and had my lunch from a restaurant there.

Japanese curry rice fish fillet meal
I ordered rice with Japanese curry and fried fish fillet. Simple but delicious – and quite filling.
Yuen Po street Hong Kong
After lunch, I asked around for the bird market. Everybody pointed that way.
Way to Yuen Po street Hong Kong
And so I went. I walked up to this garden.
Bird street Hong Kong China
There was no big sign saying this was a ‘bird street’ or anything
Yuen Po market Hong Kong
And lo and behold, a bird market it was!

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Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral Macau China

One day in Macau: The Venetian, Senado Square and Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral

Date: 2nd July 2012

I woke up early in order to catch a ferry to get to Macau by around 10am.

Hong Kong MTR subway trains
What the trains look like at 8am 🙂

To get to the ferry terminal for boats going to Macau, I got off at Sheung Wan station and just walked up, through a mall, to get to Turbo Jet’s ticketing counter (Cotai Jet is here as well). The ticket to Macau cost HK$163 (Rs. 1150/$21/€15) and I was hoping to get a seat for the ferry leaving at 8:45am, but as my bad luck would have it, the one guy in front of me at the counter wanted god-knows-how-many tickets and was arguing about change with the man behind the counter! Grrh, don’t you just hate it when this happens to you while waiting in line?! I stood there frustrated as not only did the 8:45am ferry fill up, so did the 9am one as well! I got one for 9:15am and then I waited at the departures ‘lounge’.

Passengers waiting ferry terminal
The terminal was filled with tourists from mainland China
Turbo Jet counter Hong Kong
I knew it would be well past 10am by the time I reached Macau
Inside Turbojet Macau boat Hong Kong ferry
This was the standard ‘class’ which was comfy enough and air-conditioned
Hong Kong Macau ferry terminal
I bid farewell to Hong Kong — for now

Tug boat ferry terminal Hong Kong

Hong Kong skyline from ferry
I asked for a window seat (as usual)

I kept praying I would get to Macau and clear immigration in time so I could head to the airport to see SNSD arrive. Ferry to Macau Hong KongBut that wouldn’t be the case.

Macau bridge from ferry
I only reached Macau at around 10:30am. I already knew by now that my chances of making it to the airport in time were slim.
Macau casinos from ferry
The casinos greet you as soon as you near the Macau ferry terminal

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