The first stop on our World Tour was Hong Kong, flying there all the way from Washington, D.C with a short (delayed) layover in Toronto. Still, 18 hours isn’t too bad considering that you’re traveling to the other side of the world.
Upon arriving in Hong Kong, I found out that the rest of our group had missed their flights from Vancouver and I would be spending the night at the airport hotel peacefully recovering from jet lag.
The next day I checked out and went to meet the rest of the dreamchasing family at the airport. I finally found them at the airport, took care of the luggage and sim card situation, and tried to figure out the public transport system, which is awesome by the way. We went straight to Tsim Tsa Tsui district and checked into our hotel for the week, the New World Millennium Hotel.
After a few days of filming content, taking pictures, and trying the local cuisine, we decided to finally go and check out the city. On our 3rd day we made our way up to Victoria’s Peak to watch the sunset over Victoria Harbor. From up here you could really appreciate what the city actually is; Hong Kong has almost 8,000 high rises and has the most 100+ meter (328+ feet) in the world. New York City is second on that list, with Dubai catching up at #3.
Since we still had a few days in Hong Kong, we decided to check out what else was on the Far East side. We found out that Macau, known as the “Las Vegas of Asia,” was only a short ferry ride away. So we packed up what we needed and took the TurboJet ferry 45 minutes to the Macao Peninsula (Macao is a city in Macao, as well as the English spelling of Macau).
We got off the ferry, went through customs, and headed to the Hotel Royal Macau. Driving through the city, you started to appreciate the harmonious clash of Chinese and Portuguese that was Macau. There was barely anything written in English, yet the streets and towns had Portuguese names that were also written in Chinese.
Later that evening, we went out to see what we came for: the Asian Las Vegas. But it’s not at all what we had expected; in the U.S., Vegas is a crazy party town where people are there to have fun at whatever cost. Macau though? Complete opposite.