This trip was planned thanks to a seat sale that originated out of Los Angeles. We were going to originally visit two mainland China cities, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, but we decided to alter the itinerary slightly and invite along Alen.
So the trip will be as follows:
Fly to Los Angeles via San Francisco, one night, one full day, and another night.
Fly back to San Francisco and meet up with Alen. Fly to Hong Kong. Spending one night, one full day, and another night in Hong Kong.
Drive on the new Hong Kong - Zhuai - Macau Bridge to Macau where we will spend three nights.
We will then ferry back to Hong Kong and bid Alen sweet farewell, where he will remain in Hong Kong for a few days to explore.
Brad and I will continue to Beijing for one night, required by our ticket. We will then sleep at an airport hotel and then head off to Honolulu for another one night, one full day, and another night where we will then make our final trip home.
We will be spending two nights in Los Angeles at a hotel near the airport. We have a car for the day and will be meeting some friends for meals and checking out some galleries. A casual day in LA. Our flight on Friday to San Francisco leaves at 9:30am.
After a very quick trip to Los Angeles for the day and a visit with some friends we made our way to Hong Kong via San Francisco. In SFO we picked up Alen wandering aimlessly around the terminal and he joined us on the flight to Hong Kong.
We flew United and had our first Premium Plus experience. It was actually quite enjoyable. We had a meal choice, comfortably seats and because we were in the first row, lots o leg room. The flight was easy breezy and got us to Hong Kong safe and sound.
We have settled into the Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View. The room is nice but having a window between the bedroom and bathroom with horizontal blinds don’t provide the best privacy when you need to have a sit down.
Macao / Macau
Macao was just magnificent. I haven't been since 2015 and for Brad, he hasn't been in over 10 years. It has changed even since 2015. The hotels along the Cotai strip are massive, the last time I was there with Zak the Eiffel Tower was under construction. The amount of shopping and the size of the casinos and hotels is pretty insane. We explored around the hotels and went to a cirque style show called The House of Dancing Water. The last day the clouds cleared and we were able to spend time by the pool.
We did head into old Macao to check out the older casinos but they are nothing compared to the Cotai strip. The Wynn Palace is stunning and they made it totally fun by building a gondola to take you into the hotel.
This visit was delightful, but somewhat emotional at times. The last time I was in Macao was in 2015 with Zak. We had a great visit and explored many of the places we went to this trip... I would have flashbacks of good memories and familiarity from when I was with him. It was sad, but yet fantastic that I still have those great memories. I put together some pictures of my trip with Zak here.