Macau has a very different atmosphere to Hong Kong. Portuguese influence can be seen everywhere from street names to directions. Architecture in the old town is like in any Mediterranean city.
Lantau Island is one of the islands reachable from Hong Kong by the MTR. It is a home to Tian Tian Buddha, “the biggest outdoor seated bronze Buddha” in the world. Next to it is Po Lin monastery, a peaceful and beautiful place. All this is surrounded by green hills and lush forests, perfect for hiking.
There is a cable car that takes you from the metro station to the Buddha in 25 minutes. The ride goes past sea and breathtaking landscapes of hills and forest. Remember to book in advance online as otherwise queues can be up to two hours. We thoroughly enjoyed the ride. And even some hikers underneath us.
Great and cheap public transport
Moving around with metro is easy and cheap. It works really well, trains go every couple of minutes. Taipei has 5 metro lines, we have so far used 3 of them. I don’t know if that is the case with all the lines but we saw the other day that trains are actually automated, so going without a driver. The fare is calculated based on the distance travelled and the most we have paid for the journey to the other side of town was NTD36.