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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Designer brands, designer imitation goods, Jackie Chan movies, Feng Shui charms, electronics, souvenirs, toys, watches and cosmetics.
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.
Duty-free brands, leather, wine, antiques, handicrafts, ornaments and home furnishings.
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.
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