Hong Kong for a layover/stopover

One of my favorite stopover/layover cities in Asia is Hong Kong. Why because of the many options. If you have 6 hours or more before your next flight you can take the Hong Kong Transit Tour, which starts, at the airport and takes you to Kowloon, Victoria Peak, Aberdeen, and Stanley Park. If you have less time or just want to go to one of the above or somewhere else, you can simply take the transit to your destination as it is easy to use and get around. If you are at Kowloon station you can even check in for next flight.

On my last layover in Hong Kong, I decided to go to Macao for the day. I departed from the Chinese Ferry dock located at 33 Canton Rd Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon It cost 250 HK about $41 Canadian return on the Colitis Ferry lines and took about 1 hour each way.You must have your passport or other travel documents as you clear customs prior to leaving Hong Kong Island. The customs line moved quickly.

When you get off the Ferry in Macao shuttle buses are waiting to take you to a hotel of your choice.I felt like I was in Las Vegas as the hotels were replicas. The casinos were full of people when I went in and if you want to see a show you have lots of choices.If you walk across the street from the ferry terminal you can get a free shuttle into the city within 5 minutes

Macao was part of the Portuguese territory until 1999. And when you go to the old town, which is pedestrian friendly, you feel the influence.Senado Square is paved in what I would call traditional Portuguese tile. From here you can get to all the sites by foot as they are in a small geographical   area with lots of signage

Senado Square Macao

The ruins of St Paul is an old fort that you have to walk up a hill   and are rewarded with a great view

Ruins of St Paul

And you have street full of shops and walkways

After a day in the casino and wandering around it’s time to go back to mainland Hong Kong for some night adventure