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Lee Cobaj @Lee_Cobaj
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Today I shall be travelling from Hong Kong to Macau via the world’s longest sea bridge. At the moment it is extremely tourist unfriendly. reckon it’s going to take me at least three hours door to door. Part one: catching the A11 airport bus from Causeway Bay.
Left my flat at 9.15am. Let’s see
Right, here’s the bus. Wonder if it has business class?
I’m joking of course. I take the airport bus quite often. It’s actually really convenient outside of rush hour. Usually only takes about 45 minutes from CWB and costs just $40/£4
At HK International now. Should be Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and then the bridge port 🤞
There it is! Phew!
Now, to buy a ticket. Atm tix can’t be booked online (can you believe it!) so there’s no way of knowing if and buses have seats available.
The terminal looks nice, very similar design to the airport.
Need to pass through immigration to buy a ticket
Urgh quite the queue for tickets. Hope it’s fast moving
Terminal has wifi 👍 but it doesn’t seem to be working 👎
Oh connected now
Got my ticket. That was surprisingly fast. Cost $65/£6
No set time for my bus, been told to join another enormous queue. It’s looping right around the concourse 😬
So. Many. Mainlanders.
Can hardly hear any Cantonese and have only spotted one other gweilo. Live like a local, my arse. No Hongkonger is going to bother with this malarkey.
Here’s my bus. What was that? 20-minute wait? Not too bad. But if I’d taken the ferry I’d be in my hotel room by now
Much shoving but I’m on and I’ve got a window 👍
Expected my HK wifi to last a bit longer but cut off pretty much as soon as we pulled out of the terminus. Bus did have chargers though 👍
Doh! Made a mistake, HK drives on the left so I sat on the left thinking I’d get a better view. But road switched to China-right as soon as we pulled out.
First thing the bus passes is HKIA. Some nice #avgeek views
Exiting Hong Kong on the bridge to Macau
Hing Kong to Macau Bridge
Bit annoying spotting the Macau hydrofoil flying past!
All at sea
And there’s Macau, Hong Kong weird wee cousin 😀
Been retro-tweeting there as on and off wifi and had my hotel tour as soon as I arrived, but all in the journey took three and a half hours (reckon door to door on hydrofoil would have been about 90 mins).
I have to say, despite the hassle the bridge is cool. A phenomenal feat of engineering and I’m sure the journey would have been more impressive with blue skies and sunshine.
I think it would be brilliant to drive across, especially in a flash sports car. Unfortunately, barely any licenses have been issued yet -as apparently from my video- but there will be hire cars sometime in the new year.
I thought luxury hotels, especially Fpur Seasons and MO which have hotels in both cities, would have had limos but they’re all still waiting for their licenses too.
HK to Macau Bridge facts -
• It spans 55km = world’s longest sea bridge
• It took nine years to build
•Cost US$19 billion (while some Hongkongers literally live in cages and 90-year olds collect cardboard to feed themselves)
•At least 18 workers died on the project
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