Issue No. 5 : A glimpse into Macau...  



Hello everybody and welcome to the fifth issue of "Hong Kong Travel Tips"!


So… What is in today's newsletter? 


Enjoy the read!

Roni Shwartz




A) Restaurant of the fortnight: The Grand Buffet @ Grand Lisboa


Perched on the 2nd floor of Macau's lotus-shaped Grand Lisboa Hotel, right next to the glittering casino and the world famous "Crazy Paris Show", this colossal buffet-restaurant is a real gourmand's heaven…


The extremely long buffet (some say the longest in Asia) boasts an unbelievable variety of delicacies to choose from... (read the article)


Prices are very reasonable, considering the quality and the quantity, and if you really love to eat, than this is surely one of Macau's best deals - Around MOP$ 250 per person (kids under 12 years old will pay half of that).


Open daily for dinner (1st session is served between 6 - 8 pm, while the 2nd session is between 8:30 - 10:30 pm)


2nd floor, Grand Lisboa, Avenida de Lisboa                



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B) Authentic eatery of the fortnight: Casa de Cha Long Wa


Located right opposite Macau's famous Red Market, this old teahouse opened its doors almost fifty years ago and has hardly changed since then...  As you can expect, there is not much in the way of fancy décor here, but the ambience is nice, homey and authentic, and so is the food: Real Yum Cha experience, with excellent dim sum, Chinese tea and noodle specialties (Click here for a short and nice article with photos).


Prices are expectedly moderate...


Open daily, 7 am - 2 pm


Upstairs - No. 3, Rua Norte do Mercado Almirante (near the corner of Avenida do Almirante Lacerda, opposite the red market).






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C) Sights and stories of Macau: The Grand Prix Museum and Macau Wine Museum


Standing in total contrast to the soulless building in which it resides, the Macau Grand Prix Museum is one of the city's best attractions and gives visitors a chance to literally stroll through all those legendary cars and bikes that made history on one of the world's most demanding street tracks - Macau's Guia Circuit… (read on).


Macau Wine Museum, next door, is also worth visiting (Especially if you are there anyway...).  Focusing on Portugal's wine industry, this small museum takes the visitor through the history of wine production, techniques and technology, culture and even wine-related festivals and customs... (And, quite expectedly, there is wine-tasting).


Practical info: Both museums are housed in the Tourism Activities Centre, on Rua de Luis Gonzaga Gomes, just behind the Lotus Flower Statue (opposite the entrance to Macau Fisherman's Wharf and Sands Casino) and are open daily (except Tuesday), 10 am - 6 pm.


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D) Events worth knowing about


1. The Hong Kong Flower Show will be held from 16th to 25th March 2012, at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay (Exit E, and via Great George Street), featuring a zillion beautiful flowers and amazing flower-arrangements.


The show is open daily, 9am - 9pm and tickets are sold at a very reasonable price of HK$ 14 (HK$ 7 for a child). For more details, click here


2.  The 36th Hong Kong International Film Festival will be held between 21st March and 5th April.


Established in 1977, this popular international event showcases over 300 new films and several retrospective programmes: From international award-winning movies to avant-garde Indies… Popular categories include Hong Kong Panorama and a retrospective from the Hong Kong Film Archive.


For more information about the festival and for tickets, visit their website.


3.  Kina Grannis will play a single concert at the Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre (KITEC) next Sunday, 11th March, at 7:30pm, as part of her “In Your Arms” world tour.


For more details and tickets, please click here.

To get there you need to take a cab from Kowloon Bay MTR Station


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E) Exhibitions


1. "The Show House Ice Gallery", Asia's first ice-sculpture gallery, has opened its doors at Macau Fisherman's Wharf about two weeks ago and will be there for a whole year, featuring a plethora of truly beautiful ice sculptures, with special lighting that make them look even nicer than they are...


Click here for more details / tickets information.


2. “Coastline” is a solo exhibition by evolving Chinese photographer, Zhang Xiao, featuring a series of relatively new photos that focus on the changes in the daily lives of ordinary Chinese along the country's continuous 18,000 kilometres of coastline.


The exhibition takes place at the Blindspot Gallery, 24-26A, Aberdeen Street, Central (SoHo area), Tue - Sat, 11am - 7pm, and for the full details, you can click here.


3. Ian Trower, a Hong Kong based travel and lifestyle photographer, is having an exhibition called "Hong Kong in Motion", where he will display a collection of motion-filled images of the metropolis.


The exhibition is held at the Culture Club Gallery, 15 Lower Elgin Street (SoHo): Click here for details.


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F) Somewhere to put your head at night


The Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16, one of Macau's most popular luxury hotels, is fantastic both in terms of location, entertainment and activities, as well as in terms of the facilities it offers its guests...


Nestled along the Inner Harbour waterfront (Porto Interior), just a short stroll from Avenida Almeida Ribeiro, Ruins of St. Paul and Largo do Senado, this fabolous hotel boasts more than 400 rooms with magnificent views of either the Inner Harbour and the city of Zhuhai, or of Macau's Old Town... (Read on…)




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G) Tip of the fortnight: How to get a Chinese visa in Hong Kong ?


Planning to visit China? Here is a nice and easy mini-guide I found that will explain to you how to get a Chinese Visa in Hong Kong… Click here.



Well folks, that is all for this issue… I hope you enjoyed the read and look forward to sending you our next issue in two weeks' time.


Meanwhile, as a frequent traveler in Asia, you might also have an interest in our other newsletter: Singapore Travel Tips, which brings the best of what Singapore has to offer, straight to your inbox, or Asia Cheap Eats, where you can find out about Asia's BEST inexpensive restaurants !


And one last thing… For those of you who missed the first two issues of this newsletter, here is a link to them…




All the best, Roni




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