We stayed in Macau for one night during the whole Hong Kong- Macau tour.
Macau is Asia’s well-known gambling mecca and paradise for gourmands. It is best known globally as the “Las Vegas of Asia”. Macau is a tiny 30 sq km peninsula, located a one-hour ferry ride from Hong Kong. This city offers a perfect combination of Portuguese historical heritage and traditional Chinese culture. Most people would visit Macau as a day or overnight trip from nearby Hong Kong or Mainland China just like us as it is a small city that does not offer much interesting activities to do.
HOW TO GET THERE?
Take a Ferry:
There are two ferry terminals in Hong Kong which provide ferry services between Hong Kong and Macau. We have chosen to go for the ferry terminal which is nearer to our hotel, Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal (Address: 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon). The other ferry terminal (Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal) is located in Central (Address: 202 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong Island).
The journey from Hong Kong to Macau took around 1 hour.
Basically Macau can be divided into two parts, the Macau Peninsular and the islands of Taipa and Coloane. The islands and the Peninsular are connected by two main bridges in Macau. We choose to take the ferry to Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal in peninsular, where Macau Tower and historical sites like Senado Square, The Ruins of St Paul and Macau tower are.
We stayed at Hotel Golden Dragon which was only a 10-minute walk to the Macau Ferry Terminal. We were already so tired for the past 3 days that we decided to take a taxi to our hotel. It was a really bad and annoying experience as in Macau very few people in numbers understand English. It took us 20 minutes of failed attempts to make driver understand the name and location of our hotel. The only respite that came was from a British lady who knew both English and Macau’s native language. She talked to the driver and then we took off to our hotel.
Hotel Golden Dragon is a 4 Star hotel ,composed by two connecting buildings – Main Building & Tower Wing. Guest rooms are mainly located in the Main Building while most commercial rooms and suites are in the Tower Wing. All guest rooms are served with complimentary Internet access for guests’ convenience!
There is also the Dragon Palace located on the 4th floor of the Main Building which is famous of its Chinese Cuisine around town.It also has casinos that spread between the two towers and Mocha slot machines in the Main Building offer an extensive array of exciting casino games. It is also famous for its night entertainment such as Night Club, Sauna & Shows.
Our rooms were comfortable and high in all it’s glory.
WHAT TO SEE IN MACAU?
After having lunch at this amazing hotel (sadly I don’t remember the name), we headed off to see the city’s attractions.
KUN LAM STATUE
Standing at a height of 20 metres and made up of 50 bronze castings, the Kun Lam Statue is one of the most recognized landmark in Macau.
Located next to Macau waterfront, the statue is dedicated to Kun Lam, the goddess of mercy in Chinese Buddhism, and at its base is a lotus-shaped dome that houses the Kun Lam Ecumenical Center.
RUINS OF ST. PAUL CATHEDRAL
St Paul’s Cathedral was destroyed by a fire during a typhoon in 1835 and only the front wall, facade and granite stairs of the church remains.
From St. Paul’s Ruins, we walked to Monte Forte/Fortress. Monte Fortress is just beside St. Paul’s Ruins across Calcada de Sao Paulo.
On the hill top, you will also find Macao Museum, if you’d like to learn more about Macau’s history.
We continued our journey and headed to Na Tcha Temple and Section of the Old City Walls, located near to Ruins of St. Paul’s. The section of the Old City Walls was first constructed as early as 1569 by the Portuguese to protect the city, making it a heavily defended fort. The Na Tcha Temple was built in 1888 and dedicated to Na Tcha in an attempt to halt the plague rampaging at that time.
Standing at an impressive height of 338 meters, the Macau Tower is an iconic landmark of Macau.
One of the popular activity to do at Macau Tower is bungee jumping. At the height of 233 meters, the bungee jump is the highest commercial sky jump in the world, and the second highest commercial decelerator descent facility in the world.
We did not try bungee jumping at Macau Tower because we did not have time for that.😔
Inside of Macau Tower, you will find little shops selling souvenirs. You can buy some as they are not high priced.
The A-Ma Temple is the oldest temple built in 1488 and the longest surviving building in Macau.
Also beside the A- Ma Temple, you can stop by the amazing pastry shops.
The Venetian Macau is known to be the largest casino in the world featuring 540,000 square feet of gaming space with more than 500 gaming tables and over 2,000 slot machines and electronic gaming machines.
Upon stepping into that area, it is impossible not to notice the bright blue sky. The ceilings are decorated to represent a clouded blue sky and it looks so amazingly realistic that you could not believe that the sky was actually unreal. Also, be prepared to do lots of walking as the complex is really huge.
Designed to resemble the canals in Venice, visitors can take gondolas ride through the Venice-style streets.
That was all we visited in Macau. We retired early that night as the next morning we had to depart for our ferry back to Hong Kong.
We had a delightful trip in Macau. From advanced huge casinos, hotels, to street foods crawling, and miles of walk from point to point. Macau isn’t just about gambling in famous casinos, but a wonderful place for history buff and food lovers as well. However, a two day trip is more than enough to understand the living and cultures in Macau.
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Until next time,
Lots of Love, That Aster Girl