The Hong Kong Shopping Experience (6 – 14 September 2014)
Cost From: AU$3969.00 per person share twin
Single Supplement Available on Request
- Return Airfares with Qantas
- All prepayable taxes and surcharges on tickets
- 7 Nights at the Novotel Nathan Road with breakfast daily
- Touring as detailed
- Night out at Happy Valley Racecourse
- Any Day Tours not included in below itinerary
- Transport to and from shopping hubs not detailed as part of touring
- Travel Insurance
- Any Visa or passport costs
- Any personal expenses including gratuities, passports , laundry, phone calls, drinks etc.
6th September 2014: Depart Sydney, Arrive Hong Kong
This morning we depart from Sydney aboard Qantas flight QF127, departing at 0950 and heading directly for Hong Kong with an approximate arrival time of 1720. On arrival we will be met after customs and transferred to our hotel – the Novotel Hotel Nathan Road – where we will be residing till we return home.
7th September 2014: Hong Kong Orientation
Today we set out for a full day city tour to orient ourselves with Hong Kong. Visit The Peak, Stanley, Aberdeen, Jewellery Factory, Wong Tai Sin Temple, Flower Market, Jade Market and Ladies Market (Includes 1 way peak tram & 15-min sampan ride) Free time at Stanley, lunch on own arrangement. The Jade Market, just west of Nathan Road on the junction of Kansu and Battery Streets, is where vendors sell various shades and qualities of jade, a greenish stone found in East Asia. Actually more a place for locals than for tourists, visitors may have to suffer a long bargaining session with persistent vendors before arriving at a good deal for a high-quality piece of jade. Nevertheless, there are also plenty of trinkets and souvenirs at much lower prices. Ladies Market has many products for sale and you can haggle with the shop keeper. The products are not only for women. Many men’s and children’s products are for sale as well. Soft toys, clothes, bags, jeans, watches,… just to name a few. Then after a full day getting used to Hong Kong we head back to Aberdeen Harbour for a ‘seat-in-junk’ Night Cruise (60 Minutes, with unlimited drinks) and a traditional Chinese Dinner. Experience the magic of Hong Kong at night with an evening cruise on Hong Kong’s dazzling Victoria Harbour, then feast on a nine-course Chinese dinner at Aberdeen’s famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant.On your relaxing evening cruise around Hong Kong’s harbor you’ll enjoy unlimited free drinks from the open bar onboard a traditional Chinese sightseeing tour boat while you watch Hong Kong light up. After your evening cruise on Hong Kong’s floodlit harbor, you’ll travel to Aberdeen by luxury motor coach for a superb Chinese banquet dinner at the famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant, Hong Kong’s most renowned floating restaurants. Spectacularly illuminated at night, the Jumbo looks like a floating palace from the imperial era and is moored at Aberdeen harbor on the southern tip of Hong Kong Island. On your return to central Hong Kong you’ll make a stop at the Mid-Levels lookout for a glittering night view of Hong Kong and Kowloon.
8th & 9th September 2014: Shopping Days
We have two days set aside for you to get out and explore the varying shopping districts of Hong Kong .. from modern malls to traditional markets, the dazzling array of products available in Hong Kong is truly incredible and one can easily fill in hours browsing let along haggling and purchasing!
10th September 2014: A Night At The Races
While today is yours to shop around tonight we head out for a night at the Races! Experience the fever-pitch atmosphere of Hong Kong’s racing scene by taking in either a daytime or evening horse racing tour! Offered exclusively for overseas visitors only, this tour gives you access to the Members’ Enclosure, lunch or dinner at the prestigious Hong Kong Jockey Club, and a tour of the parade ring and winning post.
11th September 2014: Macau Day Tour
Complete your visit to Hong Kong with a day trip to Macau, once the oldest European settlement in the Orient. With your expert guide, explore Macau’s historical sites like the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ruins of St Paul and visit modern establishments like the Macau Tower. Sit back and relax as you sail across the sea from Hong Kong to Macau on a jetfoil or catamaran.After your driver picks you up from your hotel, be taken to the ferry terminal to board a catamaran or jetfoil. Enjoy the 60-minute ride to Macau and admire the landscapes of both Hong Kong and Macau. Upon arrival, begin your full-day sightseeing of Macau with a scenic drive along the Guia Circuit, where the Macau Grand Prix is held annually. Then, stop at the statue of Kum Iam, dedicated to this Goddess of Mercy. Listen to your guide’s informative remarks about this goddess as you admire the bronze statue, standing at 66 feet (20 m) high! begin to explore Macau’s historic center, the 31st designated UNESCO World Heritage site in China.Re-board the vehicle and proceed to Macau Tower – at 1,108 feet (338 m), it’s the 11th tallest tower in the world! Make sure you have your camera at the ready to capture this iconic Macau site.Then, begin to explore Macau’s historic center with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed A-Ma Temple, a graceful temple built in 1488 in honor of Matsu, the Goddess of seafarers and fishermen. Afterward, sit down and enjoy a lunch of local specialties in a restaurant expertly selected by your guide. Continue on to another World Heritage site, the Ruins of St Paul, a 16th-century complex that originally included St Paul’s College and the Cathedral of St Paul. With your guide, walk up the 66 steps to the location of the remnants of this old church. Admire the still-remarkable details, including intricate 16th-century stone carvings and sculptures. Follow your guide on a short walk to the city center below, along its charming cobblestone streets and past quaint shops, larger outlets and local restaurants. Designated as another UNESCO World Heritage site, this pedestrian enclave is the perfect opportunity to see both locals and visitors partaking in both sightseeing and shopping. Before leaving Macau, try your luck at the gambling tables of the world-famous Macau Casino. After a comprehensive experience of Macau, enjoy a return trip to Hong Kong via the jetfoil or catamaran and then a drop-off to your Hong Kong hotel.
12th September 2014: Shenzen Day Tour
Discover the vibrant city of Shenzhen on your full-day trip from Hong Kong. Visit the enchanting Shenzhen Fairy Lake Botanical Garden, see the incredible life-size Terracotta Warriors and go on a shopping extravaganza at the silk product factory outlet and the Lo Wu Commercial Shopping Mall.On your full-day tour from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, your guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the train station where you’ll board a train for a one-hour journey into Shenzhen. Your first destination in is the Shenzhen Fairy Lake Botanical Garden, famous for its diverse flora and stunning landscaping. The verdant ground is home to 6,500 species of plants, and your senses will delight in the magnolia, bamboo trees, cacti, aquatic plants, orchids and many others! Stroll past the stunning bamboo passage, admire the Bonsai Garden and relax as you sit in the pavilion by the lake. Next, head over to the Terracotta Warriors Exhibition. The Terracotta Warriors is a collection of sculptures that depict the army of Emperor Qin, the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC). Originally buried near Xi’an with the emperor to guard his empire in the afterlife, some of the army was shipped to Shenzhen for exhibition purposes. Enjoy a delicious Chinese lunch and then start your shopping extravaganza at a silk product factory outlet, where you will find a variety of silk products. The highlight of the tour is four hours of shopping at the Lo Wu Commercial Shopping Mall. Test your bargaining skills as you explore the 1,500 shops in this five-story glass building. Find everything you’ve ever imagined including watches, handbags, shoes, electronics, clothes and much more! Return by first-class train back to Hong Kong, where your tour ends at Tsimshatsui in Southern Kowloon.
13th September 2014: Departure from Hong Kong
Today is your last day to get in some shopping before checking out from your hotel and transferring to Hong Kong Airport where we catch QF128 back to Sydney departing at 2015.
14th September 2014: Arrival In Sydney
We finally arrive back in Sydney at 0725 this morning aboard QF128, where our trip then finishes.