a VirtualTourist member asked on Sep 14, 2016
We're thinking of leaving from here (Canada) and going to:
- Japan (Tokyo and maybe Osaka or Kyoto)
- Hong Kong
We're doing this in the first half of December as we want to experience Winterfest in Hong Kong. Not exactly sure when this starts though. Last year it was Fri, Dec 4.
How long do you think we should spend in these places?
We're thinking 3 days would be too short in Hong Kong but 1 week too long. Overnight & a day or two in Macau and the rest of the time in Tokyo and Osaka.
Thinking of going to Hong Kong first, then Macau then fly from Hong Kong to Tokyo.
If you first fly to HK surely you already feel the festive atmosphere in the city, you will see Christmas decoration everywhere. We spend 4 full days in HK and it was enough for us, we even spend a day in Macau. If you spend the night there it would be better, and experience the gambling thing, ;-)
We spend a year ago in Tokyo the second week of December, Tokyo is less festive than HK, but you'll see Christmas decoration around. Weather is nice not too cold and sunny, same as Osaka.....but we're not a weather man, no one knows in advance how's the weather like the day you travel
Thanks! So 4 days in Hong Kong was enough or would you have wanted more days there?
We all travel differently.... for us 4 days in HK is more than enough, 3 days apparently, we spend one day in Macau.......you could stay longer if you want to, you will see the important things in HK in 3-4 days
Depends on what you like to do. Theme parks like Disneyland and Ocean Park will easily take at least half a day for each. Most people go to see the harbour, take the ferry and tram, go to the Peak, Wong Tai Sin Temple, Po Lin Monastery, Tai O stilt village. This will take 3-4 days. If you like hiking, you'll enjoy the hiking trails in the Country Parks outside the urban area. If you enjoy nature or bird watching, Mai Po wetland, managed by WWF, is out of the way for most tourists but is very interesting to visit, especially during bird migration time, but you need to book ahead.
I have visited Hong Kong 5 times , the first being in 1977 and the most recent March 2016. The city has changed much over the years, but still a very nice place to holiday. We have never visited in winter. I would think 4 nights would be sufficient in Hong Kong. An easy city to walk if you are fit, hilly, but some streets have escalators that take you up sections, get a good map and Guide Book which details these escalators. Old markets still exist, some with open air butchers and fishmongers are an experience.
Suggest you visit Ocean Park, it is better than Disneyland and has some Pandas on show.
We enjoyed Macau best and had 3 nights at the Royal Hotel in the old town march this year. I had previously visited 1n 1977 and on our recent visit I rated Macau better than Hong Kong. Approx an hour on the fast ferry will get you to Macau, and many of the hotels have a shuttle bus service.
Photo of Royal Hotel on my page, well located in the Old Town, just like being in Lisbon. An easy walk to many of the sights
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I suggest 3-4 days in HK and a daytrip to Macau. If interested in casinos then do overnight trip to Macau, otherwise daytrip is fine.
Awesome, thanks for the tips so far guys. :-)
We're thinking 5 full days, 6 nights in Hong Kong & Macau. Then about 10 days in Tokyo and Kyoto