Hong Kong, Macau

Country Facts

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the world's most vertical city. A unique blend of East and West, it has left its colonial past behind, and despite the overwhelming Western influence it is truly Chinese at heart. One of the world's leading international financial centres, it can rival the best of European countries with its efficient public transport system. When in Hong Kong, you can't miss Bruce Lee, Feng Shui, Wong Kar-Wai, Jackie Chan, martial arts, Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun-fat. To get under Hong Kong's skin, read, 'Fragrant Harbour' by John Lanchester, listen to Cantonese pop music dished out by Sally Yip and Andy Lau and watch the Jackie Chan movie 'Crime Story'.

  • Capital: Hong Kong
  • Official Languages: Cantonese, English
  • Government: Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
  • Currency: Hong Kong Dollar
  • Time Zone: +8:00 GMT (2½ hrs ahead of India)
  • Telephone Calling Code: 00852

Macau

You'd be forgiven for thinking of Goa when you're in Macau. The cobble-stone streets, Art Deco buildings that house designer shops, baroque churches, fortresses, gardens and museums add to the charm of this former Portuguese colony. Heavily dependent on gambling and tourism for its economy, this sleepy, Mediterranean-style city has a character very different from its mother-country, China. To get under Macanese skin, read 'City of Broken Promises' by Austin Coates, watch 'The Bewitching Braid' by Cai Yuan Yuan and the opera and musicals offered up at the Macau International Music Festival in October.

  • Capital: Macau
  • Official Languages: Portuguese, Cantonese
  • Government: Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
  • Currency: Pataca, but dollars are more acceptable
  • Time Zone: +8:00 GMT (2½ hrs ahead of India)
  • Telephone Calling Code: 00853

When To Go

Hong Kong

Best time to visit: October to December. The average temperature in Hong Kong is 22.7°C with the average highest being 31°C in July and average lowest being 13°C in January and February.


Macau

Best time to visit: October to December (winter). The weather in Macau is similar to that of Hong Kong with an average temperature of 22.7°C an average high of 31°C in July and average lowest of 13°C in January and February.

What To Do

Hong Kong

Hong Kong cuisine is heavily influenced by Cantonese, Western, Japanese and South East Asian cuisine. Most food is eaten with chopsticks and the staple is noodles or rice. Street-side food is as popular as restaurant fare.

What to eat and drink
  • Dim sum
  • Cha siu bau: Steamed pork buns
  • Roasted pork belly with crackling
  • Suckling pig
  • Fish balls on a stick
  • Congee: Rice porridge
  • Roast pigeon
  • Sinning jin yuen gain: pan-fried lemon chicken
  • She gang: snake soup
  • Wife cake: Traditional Chinese pastry with winter melon, almond paste, sesame and five spice powder
Shopping

Designer brands, designer imitation goods, Jackie Chan movies, Feng Shui charms, electronics, souvenirs, toys, watches and cosmetics.


Macau

Macanese cuisine is a blend of Cantonese and Portuguese cuisines. Ingredients and seasonings include Chinese, European, South American, African, Indian, and Southeast Asian, with the heavy use of turmeric, coconut milk and cinnamon.

What to eat and drink
  • Porco a Alentejana: Pork and clam casserole
  • Galinha Africana: African chicken, cooked in coconut, garlic and chillies
  • Fried pork skin
  • Vinho verde: A young Portuguese wine that is dry, crisp and effervescent
  • Egg tarts
Shopping

Duty-free brands, leather, wine, antiques, handicrafts, ornaments and home furnishings.

Packages

Escorted Tours

The best and easiest way to see the highlights is on an escorted tour, where all your travel, accommodation and sightseeing arrangements are well taken care of. A knowledgeable local guide brings history and culture to life as you travel in the comfort of your deluxe coach.

Unmatched selection, more included features, quality first class hotels, and vast experience make Globus the obvious choice for travelers who want more. The world leader in quality escorted travel, Globus delivers memorable vacation experiences with knowledgeable Tour Directors and local guides.

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