Your travel tips

From wan­der­ing the Euro­pean-style cob­bles of Ma­cao to tread­ing the wild fringes of Hong Kong, we round up your tips for mak­ing the most of a pair of Chi­nese re­gions that are full of sur­prises…

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Think Hong Kong and Ma­cao are all busi­ness? You tell us oth­er­wise

Travel wisely Hong Kong Is­land

“Get an Oc­to­pus card as soon as you get off the plane. You can load it up with cash for use on trains, buses, boats and even in shops. Just swipe at the turn­stiles and go!” Bron­agh Mclough­lin

Grab a creamy tart Coloane, Ma­cao

“One of the best small re­gions in Ma­cao to visit is Coloane vil­lage. Its streets are lined with colour­ful Por­tuguese-style build­ings, and there’s in­tri­cate Bud­dhist tem­ples and the A-MA statue – god­dess of the sea – to ex­plore. One great place to try out is the orig­i­nal Lord Stow’s Bak­ery, where you can grab one of their fa­mous egg tarts.” Han­nah Birt

Slow it down New Ter­ri­to­ries, Hong Kong

“For a breather from the fast pace of Hong Kong, take to the Lung Yeuk Tau Her­itage Trail. It’s a hid­den gem of a walk back in time through 800 years of Hong Kong and Chi­nese his­tory. Here, you’ll no­tice a much slower pace of life, with the trail be­gin­ning at Fung Ying Seen Koon, a mag­nif­i­cent Taoist tem­ple.” Michael Tang

Take a lofty leap Penin­sula, Ma­cao

“The Skyjump off Ma­cao Tower is a must. It’s a con­trolled adrenalin rush that isn’t as scary as a bungee jump. Plus, you get amaz­ing views from the tower and it’s much quicker than tak­ing the lift!” Kerry White

Dine on dumplings Taipa, Ma­cao

“Head to Old Taipa vil­lage for lo­cal food. Ex­plore the smaller streets and buy some dumplings to eat. You re­ally feel like you’re in Asia.” Toby Hawker

En­joy your fair share of buns Che­ung Chau, Hong Kong

“One of my favourite is­land ex­pe­ri­ences was on Hong Kong’s Che­ung Chau, when I vis­ited dur­ing the an­nual Bun Fes­ti­val. The whole is­land was trans­formed into a fam­ily fes­ti­val, with pa­rades, dragon danc­ing, lo­cal market stalls and so many steam­ing buns to try!” An­na­purna Mel­lor

Go on a ro­man­tic stroll Penin­sula, Ma­cao

“Lo­cated in the west of Ma­cao’s city, there’s an al­ley which trans­lates as ‘Love Lane’, ad­ja­cent to the steps of Ru­ins of St Paul’s. The build­ings are taste­fully painted in pink, yel­low and light green colours, and it’s a good spot for both cou­ples and any ad­mir­ers of in­ter­est­ing ar­chi­tec­ture.” Kse­nia Shi­gaeva

Chase a dragon New Ter­ri­to­ries, Hong Kong

“Es­cape Hong Kong’s cities to walk the Dragon’s Back, a stun­ning ridge line with beau­ti­ful coastal views, which de­scends to Shek O Beach – the best bit of sand in the re­gion. A beer and a bite to eat here is a great way to fin­ish the day and ex­pe­ri­ence a very dif­fer­ent side to Hong Kong.” Peter De’ath

The golden path Stroll past the stat­ues that line the way lead­ing to the Ten Thou­sand Bud­dhas Monastery

Es­cape the crowds Reader Michael Tang at Hong Kong’s walled vil­lage of Kun Lung Wai, one of few sur­viv­ing for­ti­fied towns in the New Ter­ri­to­ries

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