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Published: January 6th 2018
Macau has been on my bucket list waiting to crossed out. I've overheard it before - the usual was like "where East meets West", "The Las Vegas of Asia", "The Gambling Capital of Asia', etc. I never took it seriously. But honestly, I've been wanting to visit this place seriously. And yes! Gambling is legal at Macau. We got up early that day in Hongkong, left our guesthouse, then headed off to Sheung Wan Ferry Terminal from Kowloon. From Hongkong, we boarded on Cotai Water Jet heading off to Taipa. Travel time was approximately 1 hour and that morning, I was able to took a glimpse of the lovely and lively Hongkong life while boarding. To entertained ourselves while boarding, (I was with my 2 friends), we glued our eyes at the TV nearby but eventually, we went asleep.
By the way, Macau is a Special Administrative Region of China so before we left Hongkong, we must be cleared from the Hongkong Immigration Office. Same thing we do when we reached Cotai Jet Taipa Terminal (Macau). We presented our passport at Macau Immigration (no stamping of passport happened; the Immigration Officer just handed to us the arrival card only) then
we started our journey. It was colder that time when we touched down Macau. There's a free bus provided by some hotels and casinos so we all decided to took advantage of it. We decided to visit first The Venetian Hotel and Casino. It is one of the largest and a world-class hotel and casino operating at Taipa. We went there not to gamble but literally just to explore just what other tourists do. I have noticed that signs at Macau were written in English, Chinese character, and Portuguese.
We explored The Venetian first as our first stop and was greeted by its beautiful and gorgeous paintings at the ceiling. Same with Venice, it has Grand Canal with a gondola. We settled down next to Lord Stow's Bakery for a lemonade and its famous Portuguese egg tart while we were taking a break from walking here and there. Hongkong dollars, by the way, are accepted at Macau. Our next stop was The Parisian Hotel and Casino. Same with Paris, it has an Eiffel Tower replica outside the hotel and casino that truly reminded us of the iconic Paris. And also a grand painting at the ceiling.
Senado Square scene.
You just can't helped but noticed different people from different parts of the world gathered here.
have a little time. To be honest, there are so many tourist spots to explore and discover at Macau who was once under the territory of Portuguese. So I really promised to myself to go back there one day and know the place more. A day to explore Macau is simply not enough for me. By the way, from The Parisian, we took a taxi (that literally slashed us with 89HKD) heading off to Senado Square. Our next stop is at the Ruins of Saint Paul. It is one of the most visited and one of the most photographed tourist site at Macau.
Unlike Hongkong, Macau is simply unique and humble in its kind. Macau is rich and colorful in historical background. The mix of Chinese and Portuguese culture blended so well making it a stand out among the many Asian countries. Some UNESCO sites is at Macau. Some evidence of Portuguese settlement and contribution to this place are the numerous Catholic churches, buildings, and establishments (that turned into shops and restaurants) that are present especially near Senado Square and the well-preserved cobble-stoned streets. I saw this church named Saint Dominic's Church which was very much familiar to me.
Some Portuguese-style buildings and church spotted at Senado Square.
Spanish Dominican priests established the church in 1587. At this spot, hundreds (or maybe thousands) of tourists from all over the world were here, whether they are a solo traveler or not. This church is included in the Historic Center of Macau (Centro Historico De Macau).
The next thing we do, we entered this alley heading off to Ruins of Saint Paul. This small alley have stores side by side selling meat jerky (in pork or beef) usually cut into strips and best for take home just like those baked goods sold at some stores at Macau. Koi Kei Bakery is one of the existing bakery at Macau. One of the best experience being there was to enjoy the free food sampling offered by the stores to tourists. The unlimited free food tasting was there.
We never stayed too long at the Ruins of Saint Paul. We went to Grand Lisboa main entrance and waited for the bus heading off to Cotai Water Jet Taipa Terminal. Sure. I really missed more some of the places to visit at Macau. We only have a very little time (again) but this really made me very much eager to go back
there one day, maybe to spend a night or two and explore the place more on foot. There's a bungee jumping at Macau Tower too that I want to try soon. I want to walked around the city alone. I want to go and explore the other historical sites there. I want to learn more about the place. Most of all, I want to meet new friend (probably a Macau local).
So many thoughts like this were running on my head the time I found out we were already boarding at Cotai Water Jet heading back to Hongkong. We were already cleared at Macau Immigration too. Macau will always have a place on my mind, in my heart, and soul.
Going back to Hongkong, our next stop was at Sky 100. This gave us a chance to overview Hongkong 360 degrees way.
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