How far would you go for a good meal, a change of scenery and/or a nice leisure day out? For many Hong Kongers, the answer might be as far as some 60 kilometers (around 37 miles). More precisely, the Big Lychee's sister Special Administrative Region of Macau is a popular destination for day trips and weekend visits -- and I even know of at least one person who thought nothing of heading to the former Portuguese enclave for dinner after a full day's work in Hong Kong!
Considering how different Macau can feel as well as look -- and really is -- from Hong Kong, it can come as a surprise that the two Pearl River Delta territories actually are located fairly near to each other. And the distance between them can feel even smaller as a result of there being so many routes and transportation options to travel between Hong Kong and Macau.
For decades now, the territory which got its name from a goddess (AKA Tin Hau in Hong Kong, A-Ma in Macau and Mazu or Matsu elsewhere) has been Hong Kongers' "go to" place to scratch their gambling itch (but these days, it's not just Hong Kongers who can be found there as Macau has become a bigger casino town than Las Vegas). However, the territory that the Portuguese only handed back to China in 1999's principal attractions for me are its photogenic UNESCO world heritage-listed core and related old sections -- and the food served up in restaurants like Fernando's, A Lorcha and O Manel. (And for those who are wondering: O Manel is where the fellow who went to Macau just for a meal dined!)
And yes, it's true: I too now number among the people who will go to Macau from Hong Kong just for the day -- targeting a morning ferry ride that gets me into Macau in time for a big lunch, followed some sightseeing and strolling about to walk off lunch and build up an appetite for tea (I simply can't resist those yummy Macanese egg tarts!) and then a light dinner (sad but true, I have never been able to have a big dinner after the big lunch and afternoon egg tarts!) before making the return ferry trip back to Hong Kong.
And to Photo Hunters contemplating visiting Hong Kong for pleasure, I do recommend a side trip to (relatively) nearby Macau. So budget at least a week to do this part of the world justice should you decide to holiday here! :)