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    Default Hong Kong + Macau

    I. Hong Kong

    HK Airport
    - Free Wi-Fi. It's difficult to find free Wi-Fi in HK. Pacific Cafe has free computer w/ Internet connection.
    - High ceiling. Not crowded.
    - Dim sum was OK. Won't go back.
    - Free sample of Dragon Beard candy.
    - Rode bus #21 to Kowloon. $33 HKD.

    The Peak
    Took the double-decker bus up to the Peak and rode the Peak Tram down to Central. The bus ride took longer, but was cheaper(one-way bus=$15 and tram=$30) and provided some excitement. The double-decker was going about $40-50 mph up a steep mountain on narrow and crooked road, like riding a roller coaster, minus the downhill.

    The lame wax museum, the McDonald, and Cafe Deco restaurant are still there. Pacific Cafe was added. The building has changed. I could not remember what they had been changed though.

    Cafe Deco sucks. The lobster bisque was tasteless. The waiter was snobbish; the service was slow.

    Mui Wo, Tai O, Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping Village and NP360 Skyrail(suspended)
    Last time, I took the MTR subway to Tung Chung Station and bus up to Po Lin Monastery. Another thrilling ride on the crooked road that has ONLY ONE LANE. Cars and buses must yield when there is an oncoming car.

    This time, I took the ferry from Central to Mui Wo. Bus #1 to Tai O, the fishermen village. Highly recommend visiting Tai O. It makes you feel like you are in ancient time, if avoid the HSBC bank. Ate a bowl of "tofu far" and sweet black sesame soup. Bus #21 to Po Lin Monastery.

    The Buddha is sill gigantic. The Monastery is still run like a business. Climbed 200+ flights of stairs to get to the Buddha. Finally, breathed in some clean air. Windy and cold up there, so wear a jacket.

    Walked over to Ngong Ping Village. First, stop by a store for glass bottle of hot black soybean drink. The Village was nice looking with 7-11, Starbucks, souvenir shop and restaurants. Did stop and headed straight to NP360 Skyrail.

    One way is $58. It accepted credit card but not the Octopus Card. Skip it if you are afraid of height. The ride is scary because you are so high in the air and the strong winds blows the car left and right. Video by Igino

    Christmas in HK
    Hk people really like Xmas. It is very festive. There are lots of Xmas decorations, people sing at malls. Video by Jonathan Evans

    On Xmas eve, the part of the Nathan Road from Jordan to pier was shut down. Families were out on the street; they were singing Xmas songs, dancing, eating and doing the countdown. A stage was set up by Kowloon Park where rock bands were playing their music.

    Perfect time for some inexpensive winter clothes.

    Dining: Check out My Favorite HK Food Blog. It is neatly organized with many nice photos.

    Free audio guides (mp3 format):

    II. Macau

    Leal Senado Square and Ruin of St. Paul
    Now, the ferry service is 24 hours. You do not need stay overnight or rush back to catch the last ferry back to HK. Price $175 hkd/one way. Once arrived in Macau, hopped on #3 bus to Leal Senado Square. The Square has some nice colonial style buildings, but it is mostly stores and restaurants.

    Three minutes walk took me to the most famous landmark of Macau, Ruin of St. Paul. I now know why many movie directors chose this location to shoot their movies. It is impressive. Yet, the surrounding buildings are very old that they can crumble any minutes.

    Fernando Restaurant and Hac Sa Beach, Coloane
    Wanted to try the famous Fernando Restaurant since many people are raving about them. Took the bus to Hac Sa Beach, crossing the bridge. The beach was dirty. A few stalls were set up along the beach. They attracted many mainland Chinese, gulping up beers, grilled corns, squid, chicken, and others.

    Walked one minute and saw this wooden sign that said "Restaurante Fernando". Entered the front room and was escorted to the back room, past their kitchen and saw ready-to-be roasted baby pig on the stick. The back room is like a cabin; the restrooms are outside in the backyard. Ordered a roasted baby pig. The skin was crispy, the meat was tendered. However, no sauce to dip. They just seasoned the pig with salt and pepper. The food was ok. I won't go back.

    Let me know if you have any questions.
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    isnt there also a marine ocean themed park in HK too? that was pretty fun.
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