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Taking First Ferry to Macau

Filed Under (China, Hong Kong, Macau, Travelling) by Janet on 05-06-2008

Dear & I woke up very early that post morning of our Wedding Anniversary, & we were filled with much enthusiasm & excitement as we bought 2 tickets for our Shuttle Bus from our Hotel at Harbour Plaza Resort City to Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, where we intended to take a First Ferry to Macua for the day!!

Here’re our 2 Shuttle Bus Ticket Receipts :

Tsim Sha Shui Shuttle Bus Receipts from Harbour Plaza Resort City

The receptionist & security guard from Harbour Plaza Resort City were very friendly & kind they helped to inform our Shuttle Bus driver on the exact location nearest the Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui to let us off. And about an hour after leaving the Hotel in the bus, we got off directly opposite the building of China Hong Kong City (or “Zhou Guo Chen” in Chinese), where the New World First Ferry Terminal located is located.

And while we first walked into the Terminal towards the sale counter, we could hear loud Cantonese shoutings from a local Hong Konger in his mid 50s – he was very fierce & kept screaming at the Ferry Sales lady angrily in way too harsh a tone, demanding her to sell him the Ferry Ticket even he’d forgotten to bring his travel documents as required, or else he would be late for work etc etc!!! It was the 1st time both Dear & I had met such a fierce & mad Hong Konger & we were completely shocked & taken aback!! What a rowdy rowdy scene to witness so early that morning!!

Seen here below’s the New World First Ferry Terminal Sales Counter where Dear (in orange shirt) was buying our Ferry Tickets after that most rowdy man left.

New World First Ferry Terminal inside China Hong Kong City in Tsim Sha Tsui

And here’s our New World First Ferry Service Timetable :

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Dear & I were just in time for the very next Ferry departing Hong Kong at 8.00am – & we’d be coming back from Macau at 8.00pm that very night too!! The followings are our Kowloon to Macau Ferry Tickets for Ordinary Class Seats, at HK dollar $133 per ticket, which is equivalent to about 27 Singapore dollars :

New World First Ferry Tickets (from Kowloon to Macau)

The reverse side of our Ferry Ticket to Macau (or “Aomen” in Chinese) :

Reverse Side of New World First Ferry Ticket

And to our much pleasant surprise, Dear & I were upgraded from our Ordinary Class Seats to Deluxe Seats at the upper deck upon embarking the First Ferry!! What good luck we had cos the seats were much more comfortable & cosier in the much less packed & crowded lower deck filled with rushing middle-aged men & women, mostly Chinese, eager to get into Macau’s Casinos!! Besides, the prices were at a 105 HK dollar extra for each ticket which we never had to pay – really cool ha!!

New World First Ferry from Hong Kong to Macau

Upon our Ferry’s departure from Hong Kong, I started to take some snapshots of the gloomy Skyline of Hong Kong under the rain, from the back of our Ferry’s window :

Gloomy Hong Kong Skyline under the Rain

Hmm……it was still raining……….It was already raining pretty heavily & looking very gloomy when we left Harbour Plaza Resort City that morning before 7.30am, & both our hearts kinda sunk low, but Dear & I still decided to go ahead with our Macau trip cos we’d planned for that day way before we even started our China trip!!

New World First Ferry departing Hong Kong to Macau

Here’s a photo of the China Ferry Terminal at Hong Kong – taken from inside the back of our Ferry :

China Ferry Terminal at Hong KongNew World First Ferry departing Hong Kong to Macau

And that’s ME seated onboard the First Ferry – Me wearing the Tibetian Necklace which I bought at the beautiful Chengde Mountain Resort (Bishushanzhuang) in China. And I was also carrying my most favourite Hong Kong Disneyland Tote Bag which I purchased just yesterday :

Me seated inside New World First Ferry departing Hong Kong to MacauMe seated inside New World First Ferry departing Hong Kong to Macau

And here’re more self-taken portraits of Dear & myself – Dear wearing 2008 Beijing Olympics Fuwa Yingying T-shirt which we bought at Hualiu Retail Store in Beijing :

Dear & I onboard New World First Ferry departing from Hong Kong to MacauDear & I onboard New World First Ferry departing from Hong Kong to Macau

Haha both Dear & I were so excited about travelling to Macau & we were both so happy happy!!

Dear & I onboard New World First Ferry departing from Hong Kong to MacauDear seated onboard New World First Ferry departing Hong Kong to Macau

Dear & I dozed off now & then during our very relaxed & cool Ferry ride while at the same time trying to stay awake to look at the outside sceneries till about 45 mins later – “Hey Dear Dear we’ve already arrived at Macau Macau!!” we yelling at each other as we caught our very first sight of Macau from where we were seated onboard the First Ferry from Hong Kong!!

First Sight of Macau & its Long Bridge from onboard New World First Ferry

WOW WOW we didn’t know that Macau has such huge long beautiful Bridge (which we later found out was the Taipa Bridge)!!

New World First Ferry Crossing under Macau Long Bridge

Besides Hong Kong, Macau – a former Portuguese Colony & both the first & last European Colony in China until the Handover in 1999, is one of the 2 Special Administrative of the Republic of China, lying in the Western side of the Pearl River Delta, bordering Guangdong Province in the North, & facing South China Sea in the East & South.

Gloomy Macau under the Rain

Map of Macau :Map of Macau

We’re now approaching the Macau Ferry Terminal :

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Dear standing onboard First Ferry getting ready to disembark :

Dear standing onboard New World First Ferry upon Arrival in Macau

We’ve now set foot on Macau Island & below’s Dear standing at the Macua Ferry Terminal with the Miniature Forbidden City across the waters behind him – heheh that must be some kind of Miniature World?! Well, we later realised that was the Macau Fisherman’s Wharf – interesting :

Dear standing at Macau Ferry Terminal upon in Macau

A look at the First Ferry on which we sailed from Hong Kong :

The New World First Ferry which we took from Hong Kong to Macau

And upon stepping into the Macua Ferry Terminal, we visited its Macau Visitor Information Centre to take its complimentary Tourist Maps & Brochures, & asked for directions & tips from its friendly staffs before we were both so ready to explore Aomen Macau!!!

Macau Visitor Information Centre at Macau Ferry Terminal

Heheh Macau Macua HERE WE COME!!!

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