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Affordable things to see/do in Hong Kong (and Macau)?

Hello, fellow Trippy-ans... Quick question: What are some things to see and do in Hong Kong that doesn't cost a huge dent in the pocket? I'll be there in July for a whole week. Might even stop by Macau for a day trip too and would love some advise on what to see/do in Macau as well. Thank you! :)

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top answer by
Nick from Minneapolis

Hi Jessica, 


Hong Kong has lots of great places to hike and some amazing beaches. Tai Long Wan in New Territories is a pretty spectacular beach. You need to hike 1 to 2 hours to get there depending where you come from. The beaches here re very good for swimming. Tai Tam Reservoir on Hong Kong Island also has a great network of trails. Other great places to check out are Tai O on Lantau Island and Mong Kok in Kowloon. I would reccommend walking around these places, eating in the restaurants, going to the grocery store, catching a movie and in general just doing what the local people who are out are doing.  


As for Macau I've been there about ten different times and have yet to find many enjoyable things about it. If you want to gamble you should go because then it would probably be a good time. Otherwise give Macau a miss. If you do go I don't think you have to worry about spending money as there is not much to spend money on. 


For information on how to get places I would search for some blogs that talk in more detail about each of these places. Have fun, Hong Kong is awesome.

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  1. Hong Kong (city)
  2. Tai Tam Reservoir (attraction)
  3. Hong Kong Island (attraction)
  4. Tai O (attraction)
  5. Lantau Island (attraction)
  6. Mong Kok (attraction)
  7. Kowloon (region)
  8. Macau (region)
  9. Macau (region)
  10. Hong Kong (city)
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answered by
Alex from London

This is an easy one as most things worth doing in both Hong Kong and Macau are free (or very cheap).  You seem to have loads of recommendations for Hong Kong already so let me give you some tips for Macau.

First thing first, I would highly recommend a visit to the city, even if you simple do a day trip or an overnight. Hotels in Macau aren't too expensive and you may even get a bargain room from the tourism school's Pousada de Mong-Ha (always a good budget option).

There is no other place on earth even remotely like Macau, while there are indeed loads of casinos in two Las Vegas like strips, the old city hubs have an incredible concentration of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

For a start, you can do a 3hour tour of the city's main heritage hub.  I wrote up an itinerary on my blog you can check out, as it covers the most important sites, plus a market, typical residential streets and a lovely garden:

Other great places to visit include the A-Ma Temple harbor with its very very old temple, the Penha Hill, the Kun Yam Statue and temple and my favourite garden of Lou Lim Ieoc Garden. If you feel like a good walk, the Penha Hill has a  nature path that leads to the old lighthouse and stunning views).  Also, if you  are feeling sporty, you can ask to join in a morning Tai Chi session at any of the city's gardens.  These classes are generally pre-booked but participants are usually good natured and will let you accompany them if you ask nicely -- it's a very typical activity and a great way to engage with locals (try the NAPE gardens for larger groups).

In the islands, Taipa has a charming little village with good cheap restaurants and Coloane is excellent to spend some time outdoors, hiking or on the beach (though note that waters are not very blue because the bay is too rich in clay... and pollution, I would imagine). 

You are going to be travelling at the height of the summer so prepare for extreme heat and humidity (wear cotton and change your top frequently). Macau is pretty casual for the most part and you will want to take note of stores, restaurants, cafes, museums and hotels along the way, where you can pop in for a bit of an a/c cooler.

Macau is also easiest to navigate via bus service which is very regular.  Buy a transport card (tourism office, ferry hub or supermarkets) to save ALOT on bus fees.  

The same goes for Hong Kong: use the metro system and get yourself an octopus travel card!  Oh, and find a way to get on the harbour in a boat. In Hong Kong, I would recommend a ride in a traditional junk (cheap) or my favourite Star Ferry (even cheaper)!

Have a wonderful trip and safe travels!

PS-- the Macau Tourism office has a bunch of free walks and self-guided tours arranged by interests so that may be a good resource for you too.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Hong Kong (city)
  2. Macau (region)
  3. Pousada de Mong-Ha (hotel)
  4. A-Ma Temple (attraction)
  5. Penha Hill (attraction)
  6. Kun Yam Statue (attraction)
  7. Lou Lim Ieoc Garden (attraction)
  8. Taipa (island)
  9. Coloane (restaurant)
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If you would love to enjoy a sun-kissed trip, go Stanley Main Beach and the Stanley Market near by. Also Murray House is a good spot for your lunch or dinner! Sai Yeung Choi Street South is also recommended if wanna see things without spending a quid. But this place is too crowded sometimes, so it is optional to you:)

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  1. Stanley Main Beach (attraction)
  2. Stanley Market (attraction)
  3. Murray House (attraction)
  4. Sai Yeung Choi Street South (attraction)
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If you want to do Hong Kong on a budget, you are in luck.  Lots of things are very inexpensive.

1 - Walk up to The Peak - it takes about an hour going up but you get some amazing views along the way.

2 - hike the Dragon's Back on the south side of Hong Kong island.  The start of the trail is easily accessible by bus and you see beautiful scenery.

3 - Ocean Park - by far my favorite theme park in the world.  It is inexpensive compared to what other comparable parks charge and there is an aquarium, pandas and of course, roller coasters

4 - Tian Tan Buddha - you can take a ferry and bus or the MTR + cable car (much more expensive option).  You can also take the ferry easily from Central to Lamma Island or Cheung Chau which are both nice places to walk around.

5. Tai O - old fishing village and very unique.  You can get there via bus from Tung Chung Station Bus Terminus.  Free to walk around but nice place to grab lunch.

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  1. The Peak (attraction)
  2. Dragon's Back (attraction)
  3. Ocean Park (attraction)
  4. Tian Tan Buddha (attraction)
  5. Lamma Island (island)
  6. Cheung Chau (attraction)
  7. Tai O (attraction)
  8. Tung Chung Station Bus Terminus (attraction)
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answered by
James from London, United Kingdom

See an old film Hong Kong Film Archive

Go to a beach in Stanley

Get a curry Chungking Mansions

Day trip to an island e.g. Lamma Island

Do kung fu! Wan Kam Leung Practical Wing Chun Kung Fu at 456 Nathan Rd, Yau Ma Tei MTR, Exit C

Night Market near MTR Yau Ma Tei Station

Hope that helps.

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  1. Hong Kong Film Archive (attraction)
  2. Stanley (attraction)
  3. Chungking Mansions (attraction)
  4. Lamma Island (island)
  5. Wan Kam Leung Practical Wing Chun Kung Fu (attraction)
  6. MTR Yau Ma Tei Station (attraction)
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