Day Trips in Hong Kong

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Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong by escaping to a more tranquil location for the day. These are a few of the best day trips from the island of Hong Kong.

Macau

Macau is the only European colony that has ever existed in China. Founded by the Portuguese in the 16th Century, this city, although no longer owned by Portugal, is probably the most popular destination near Hong Kong. Ferries leave for Macau every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day, and cost about HK $142 or $18 USD one-way. The transfer takes an hour, more or less, and is rather scenic on a pleasant, sunny day.  While there, try some exotic foods spiced with tumeric, cinnamon, or coconut milk. Relax on the black sands of Hac Sa Beach if you can endure the short but rough bus ride there. Street signs use the Roman Alphabet, but be sure to get a map just in case, as it's easy to get lost. Also, a trip to Macau just isn't complete without a visit to one of its many over-the-top casinos.

Zhuhai

To get to Zhuhai, take a ferry from Hong Kong for HK $340 or $44 USD round trip.  It's about 1 hour 10 minutes one-way. Zhuhai is blessed with a spectacular coastline, therefore, its fresh seafood is a huge attraction both for tourists and locals. Try the "Baked Yin Hen" or the "Lotus Root of Baifeng Lake", both are favorites of the locals.  Don't forget to ease your troubles away be sampling a variety of high quality teas in the Three Gui Pavilion while enjoying the view of Xianglu Bay and the famous sculpture of the fisher girl. Zhuhai is the city that most Hong Kongers visit to relax and get away.

Guangzhou

A 2 hour train ride will get you to the wealthy city of Guangzhou. There are a variety of attractions with historical and cultural significance in the area. Yuexiu Park is a tranquil, scenic place filled with famous monuments such as the Zhenhai Tower and the Five-Ram Sculpture. For a real treat, take a boat ride on the Pearl River in the evening, the lights and view of the city will make your trip a memorable one. Guangzhou also has some great snack foods; test out the double-skin milk, dim sums, steamed vermicelli rolls, and wonton noodles among others. From Hong Kong the train ticket to the city costs approximately $24 USD one-way. 

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January 22, 2007 new by huahinhans

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