Enjoy Up-Close-and-Personal Excursions in Hong Kong
Enjoy Up-Close-and-Personal Excursions in Hong Kong
Visiting Hong Kong is a unique experience probably like few others. Asia’s Oriental Pearl, as it is well-known, is just off the coast of Mainland China and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and the South China Sea. Hong Kong is an Asian powerhouse and stands as a special administrative region of China, being one of the world’s leading financial, trading and banking centers. Well-known for its stylized and expansive skyline, dense urban population and a must-see rural landscape as well as its deep natural harbor, a stop here on your South Asia cruise is guaranteed to be a memorable one. Hong Kong is also becoming a popular departure port as well, so you might want to consider adding on a few days pre- or post-cruise if possible. There’ll be plenty to see and do.
HALF DAY HONG KONG MARKETS AND COUNTRYSIDE EXCURSION
While Hong Kong is densely populated and known for its urban setting, there is a countryside here that beckons a visit.
This experience will includes a picturesque countryside drive with a stop at a series of markets. These most requested markets give the best deals here and also give visitors a chance to experience the true culture and the locals’ daily lives.
The recommended first stop is the Wet Market. This practical, everyday market includes butcher shops, fruit and vegetable stalls as well as dried goods, fresh flowers, tofu, cooking sauces, snacks and high-end specialty products.
Known for their love of Jade, as you will see, The Jade Market offers a variety of jade jewelry, objects, and decorations by various vendors and offering many choices. This precious and favorite gem is displayed here in different colors and quality – and often from other parts of the world.
Save some time for the Flower Market. This endlessly fragrant extravaganza of exotic blooms and scents from the beautiful fresh flowers in a series of stalls is most enchanting and enveloping.
Residents here favor such pets at fish, crickets and birds. The Bird Market is fascinating and probably the most unique in Chinese culture, as it is here where locals bring their birds to ‘air out’ by hanging their cages on hooks and tree branches. As an added treat, watch as the owners and song birds often sing together!
This excursion includes round-trip transportation from the cruise ship pier and also a private vehicle with an English speaking guide and lasts five hours.
Aside from Hong Kong, Macau is one of two special administrative areas of the People’s Republic of China and has managed to maintain its own culture and history while simultaneously being a truly Chinese region. Being one of the world’s richest cities, Macau is responsible for the territory’s defense and foreign affairs, legal system and police force, monetary system, its own customs and immigration policy.
Located on the southeast coast of China, Macau is known for its natural beauty and its abundance of notable historical and cultural sites. Here visitors enjoy many parks and gardens, clean streets and sidewalks, as well as picture-perfect rolling landscapes. See the rich culture of the region at the Museum of Macau, Mount Fortress, Macau’s principal military defense structure, and the Temple of Ama, built 400 years ago in homage to a girl who saved a seaman’s life.
Keep in mind that Macau is just not all about history. Being one of the gaming hubs of the Pacific, people flock here for the casinos. If this is your cup of tea, get ready for fun – and let’s hope that luck is a lady tonight!
This all-day excursion includes round-trip transportation from Hong Kong and a private vehicle guide in Macau and takes nine hours.
HONG KONG HIGHLIGHTS
This amazing port-of-call really does require a professional guide to see everything that is worth seeing. Maps and self-guided tours work for some visitors but with so much to see, it’s easier to sit back and let someone else do the driving. And remember your camera!
A visit to the famous Victoria Peak dazzles visitors with breathtaking views of the city’s skyline. From here see the beautiful Aberdeen Bay, a picturesque fishing village which presents a unique example of harbor life. With boat dwellers and even floating restaurants, this is another side of Hong Kong worth seeing.
Stanley Market is also a famous stop for visitors. Enjoy the unique and walk-in shops and a wide variety of street food, located on unique narrow alleyways. After a busy time of shopping and site seeing here, relax at the Stanley boardwalk for a bite to eat or some local tea.
Eight hours long, the tour includes round-trip transportation from the cruise ship pier and a private vehicle with English speaking guide.
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