Macau

Macau

I’ve always wanted to see Macau. My desire was reignited after watching an episode of Boys Over Flowers when JanDi sought JunPyo. The scenes were filmed so beautifully. I just wished I had rich good-looking friends who would let me stay in a Venetian suite for free, buy me shoes I fancy and an elusive and handsome JunPyo I would go after. Even if he does break my heart over a bridge, I think it would be worth it.

On our 2nd day in Hong Kong, I planned a day trip to Macau. Since we were already in the Kowloon side, we took the MRT from Yau Ma Tei to Tsim Hsa Tsui and took a ferry to Macau. We had breakfast at the terminal. They had limited options. It took about an hour to go to Macau. I read on another blog that if he were to optimize his visit, he would do things differently. He suggested to see the following: Senado Square, Ruins of St. Paul, Macau Tower, Cotai Strip, Fisherman’s Wharf and skip the rest. I thought it was sound advice. So, I decided to do the same itinerary. We didn’t take the bus like he did. We took a taxi instead outside the terminal. The first one we went into didn’t speak english so he refused us. The second one did take us to Senado Square. He understood it better as Largo de Senado.

The Wave Patterned Mosaic at Largo de Senado

The Wave Patterned Mosaic at Largo de Senado

The Yellow church

The Yellow church

After taking pictures at Largo de Senado, we walked to the St. Paul Ruin. There are a lot of signs to direct you to it from Largo de Senado. If in doubt, follow the crowd. We also bought a couple of Macau shirts which were HK$25 each as we passed through shops. Hong Kong dollar is widely accepted in Macau so there’s no need to change it to the Macau currency. However, the Macau currency is not widely accepted in Hong Kong.

 

Ruins of St. Paul

Ruins of St. Paul

Since the Museo de Macau was right next to it. We dropped by or I mean, we hiked up.

Climb to Museo de Macau

Climb to Museo de Macau

It was really tiring so when we were back on the street, we had to try the egg tarts, jerky and the almond cookies. We even took a few home. :)

An egg tart stand

An egg tart stand

Then we took a taxi to see the Macau Tower. Taxi fares here were cheaper than Hong Kong. Macau is smaller compared to Hong Kong. It doesn’t take long to get from place to place. An average taxi fare is around HK$20-25 which is about US$3-4.

The Macau Tower from below

The Macau Tower from below

We didn’t bother going up since it was a little expensive to go up. I didn’t think it was worth it. So we just took a few pictures. Then we took a taxi to the Venetian Macau.

Lunch Buffet at Bambu at the Venetian

Dim Sum at Bambu at the Venetian

We had lunch at Bambu inside the Venetian which was a buffet. We paid US$20-25 per person. It was okay. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either. It was one of the cheapest buffet at a world class casino in Macau. I just wanted my brother to experience it but he wasn’t impressed.

Gondola at the Venetian Macau

Gondola at the Venetian Macau

The Venetian Macau is almost exactly the same in feel as the one in Vegas. After that, we took the free shuttle to the Ferry station. Make sure to read the sign as there are a few shuttles going in different directions. We almost took the one going to the China border. Good thing the line was long and the one that was on standby was already full. Only when we saw the sign, we realized we were at the wrong line!

A chinese courtyard at the Fisherman's Wharf

A chinese courtyard at the Fisherman's Wharf

The Fisherman’s Wharf is right next to the Ferry Terminal. We walked on the crosswalks to get to it. It may seem near but it’s a lot of walking. It’s a nice place to take pictures as it has a theme park like feel. It has an old chinese architecture part, alladin’s volcano, a faux roman coliseum. If you have time like we did, drop by. We left Macau at 6pm. After arriving in Hong Kong, we had time to go to Temple Street night market and the Jade Market. We bought a few trinkets like keychains. I wish I bought a piece of Jade.

I bought a Toshiba SD card from a store on Nathan Road which was about US$15 for an 8GB. I thought that was a good deal. We were close to running out of memory because we took so many pictures in the last two days. We badly needed to buy a memory card.

That was our 2nd day.

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