Great little trip. Basically five nights in Hong Kong (including a very long day trip to Macau), and just two nights in Tokyo. I could’ve easily spent the whole time in Hong Kong, which I simply loved. Amazing, amazing city. Those Hong Kong Chinese (and visitors from the mainland as well) sure love their shopping malls. I found a great internet rate and splurged on a 4-star hotel room at the Empire Kowloon. Nice place. Hong Kong—with lots of tall buildings, green spaces, and people everywhere—is just too cool for words, despite the fucking hawkers on Nathan Road trying to sell you cheap suits and fake rolexes. My favorite sites were Hong Kong Island (all of it) and Cheung Chau, which probably provides a closer look at the "real" China than anywhere else in HK. Macau was fun, but the historic "ortuguese" center was very small. I went to black sand Hac-Sa beach and had a not-so-good night at one of Macau’s casinos.
Tokyo was interesting, but I didn’t like it nearly as much as HK (sorry, Sickboy). The Tokyo subway system is awesome and truly massive (at one "transfer" station I walked over a half-kilometer to get from one platform to the next)….but it’s also a bit confusing with the various lines and a bad Lonely Planet subway map (usually LP gets high marks for their maps, but not this time). I paid 1000 yen (about 10 USD) for an all-day pass…so it really sucked when I still couldn’t use it on half the lines (expensive). I did have some great sushi in Ginza (cool district) and went to an authentic neighborhood Onsen near Ueno Park. I stayed at the Juyoh Hotel (cheapish, Japanese-style lodging) near the Minami-Senju subway stop.
Oh, and one more thing: Asiana is my new favorite airline.