SETTING FOOT ON FOREIGN LAND

27 Apr

We arrived in Hong Kong at almost midnight. Cebu Pacific’s only direct flight from Cebu to Hong Kong leaves late at night daily. The first thing I noticed when we got there was how huge the Hong Kong International Airport was. We even had to get on the train just to reach the immigration halls.

Waiting for the train

Maps of all sorts for your travel around Hong Kong are available everywhere in the airport.

Once we got our passports stamped, we proceeded to get our bags and headed for the bus station.

Baggage carousel

It was only after I saw the bus did I realize that we didn’t have octopus cards. P and I asked several airport personnel where we can get the said card. However, nobody understood what we were talking about. That’s when it dawned on me that English is not as common as I thought it would be in Hong Kong.

Octopus card

Both of us went back inside the airport. All we saw were just octopus card reloading machines. All customer service counters were also closed. We then decided to just buy food from 7- eleven so we will have some change for the bus. We were going to Macau Ferry Terminal in Central via the N11 bus of Citybus. The fare was 33 HKD each. Buses in Hong Kong and Macau do not offer change. So you really have to prepare the exact amount.

A11 bus becomes N11 at night (please excuse the trash can)

The ride to Central took an hour. Since it was very early in the morning, the terminal was almost empty.

Macau Ferry Terminal

Before we got to the official ticket counter of Turbojet, there were several people who offered us tickets at a much cheaper price. But we wanted to be safe so we just bought our tickets from the Turbojet counter for 168 HKD.

Turbojet ticket for Hong Kong to Macau

Our passports were again stamped before we got on the boat.

Up Next: Our Macau Adventure

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5 Responses to “SETTING FOOT ON FOREIGN LAND”

  1. Doc T September 4, 2010 at 10:12 am #

    Hi. May I ask why didn’t you use the skypier considering that you are going to head to Macau directly from the airport?

    • Kat September 4, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

      Hello Doc! We arrived in HK almost midnight. The only option for us to reach Macau early was via Turbojet since they have early morning trips. The earliest trip from HKIA to Macau is at 10 AM.

  2. yen November 2, 2010 at 7:08 pm #

    hi thanks for the info..its my first time to go to HK alone.im pretty excited and scared at the same time..

    • Kat November 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm #

      You are welcome, Yen. 🙂 Have a great time in HK. It’s pretty safe even for a solo traveler. And there are English signs everywhere so you won’t find it so hard to go around. 😉

  3. Florence May 2, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    So glad I saw your post taking the same flight to hongkong and same plan of which is to directly go to Macau . At ur hotel, even if u have vouchers for your reservation they won’t accept it? Anyway am keeping note of your post thanks big help!

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