"WOW Macau" Macao by bojomacaraig
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This is the St. Paul Cathedral Ruin (Sao Paolo de Ruinas) the famuos City Landmark.
Hong Kong and Macau are both in South China. Macau was ruled by Portugal from 1557, and Hong Kong became a British colony in 1842. Both were returned to China in the 1990s, but have separate economic and political structures from the rest of the country.
August 15, 2008, my friends and I were on the plane boarding to Macau. From Macau Airport in Taipa Island, taxi fare costs 90MOP including charges on luggage, going to the Macau Peninsula. Macau Peninsula is linked with Taipa Island by 3 bridges, and Taipla is linked to Coloane by the Taipa-Coloane Causeway (a newly reclaimed Cotai area).
While in the cab, I never saw darkness in Macau, like in Shanghai and in Hong Kong, they don’t save electricity.
The Macau Peninsula is the most interesting area as it is packed with historical attractions and interesting streets as designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and is home to most of Macau’s casinos and entertainment spots “ala” Las Vegas Nevada.
There are various freebies in the casinos. Free water, coffee and juice, bus service, ball pen, passport cover, umbrella and more.
Left over old buildings from the colonial period includes:
Largo Do Senado (Senate Square) – A colorful typical Iberian town square, this is the traditional heart of Macau, most of the buildings having an administrative function during the Portuguese era. Now the place is popular venue for public events and crowds gather here just to soak in the atmosphere, socialize, shops and dine. In here we ate our first lunch in Macau with delicious Portuguese foods.
Sao Paulo de Ruinas (St. Paul Cathedral Ruin) - the most famous city landmark (Above photo)
Old Churches, School Buildings, cemetery and more.
We got a great view over Macau and Taipa at Macau Tower (Torre de Macau) the 10th tallest tower in the world, which also indulging in extreme sports, due to the Hacket Howard’s Sky Jump and bungee jumping from the 61st level of the tower or 233 meter in height. Guinness world of record recognized the activities as the highest sky jump and bungee jumping in the world.
I have a planned to do the sky jump which costs of almost 900 Patacas but I was not physically fit to do the activity due to cough. But next time when I will come back to Macau I will do it.
Getting around in Macau, walking is suggested, so that you can shop and take photos as you go along the trail, except for going to the Venetian in Taipa Island or in Macau Tower which required to take a cab or bus, especially going to Taipa Island from Macau central which crosses the more than 2 km Macau-Taipa bridge.
If you are thirsty in walking, just go inside the casino and have some drinks, it’s free by the way.
Sunday at 4:00 pm, we’re boarding in a free bus service of Ponti Hotel and Casino going to the Macau Ferry Terminal. Turbo Jet Ferry ticket going to Hong Kong cost 135 Patacas. It’s an hour journey from Macau to Kowloon Hong Kong. Before 6:00 pm we’re on the China Ferry Terminal in No. 33 Canton Road, Kowloon Hong Kong. After we passed the immigration of Hong Kong in Ferry Terminal we turned right to check in Royal Pacific Hotel it’s only beside the ferryterminal. Yes, Royal Pacific Hotel is the best hotel for tourists coming to Hong Kong from Macau especially those who have many luggages.
Largo do Senado
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