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Posted by Heliocentrism on October 20, 2017

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Macau: Hong Kong’s New Face

The day we visited Macau was a nice day. Hong Kong is a very crowded city with everyone bustling about. Macau is a little crowded too, but mostly with tourists. The worst part of the day was that it rained off and on, other than that, the day went smoothly. After the rough time we had on our first day in Hong Kong, a little rain didn’t stop us from having a good time.

We took a ferry over and got directions from a tourism guide stationed at the terminal. We managed to get on all of the right buses with no adventures what so ever.

We tried an egg tart. It was delicious. I think the tart will be what I will remember the most about Macau for years to come.

After that we went looking for historic houses. We had a lovely time walking through Portuguese gardens when it started to rain harder. Luckily for us, there was a covered walkway not too far from where we were. And that walkway led right to the Venetian.

We did not gamble. We aren’t gamblers, but we loved the Venetian none the less. It is a fabulous place. Everything there is so shiny and over the top.

I’ve been to the Venetian in Las Vegas. It’s quite similar, but the one in Macau is a lot bigger. We spent hours walking around. We wanted to buy something, but there wasn’t anything we really needed.

Later we took the ferry back to Hong Kong. It was a great day.


Macau
(中華人民共和國澳門特別行政區)
(Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China )

How to get there:

You can enter Macau by plane, train, or boat. Most likely, unless you are coming in from mainland China, you will enter by plane or by boat from Hong Kong.

  • Boats from Hong Kong
    •  TurboJet
      • HK (SHEUNG WAN) <–> MACAU (OUTER HARBOUR)
      • HK (SHEUNG WAN) <–> MACAU (TAIPA)
    •  Cotai Jet
      • HK (SHEUNG WAN) <=> MACAU (OUTER HARBOUR/TAIPA)

***Entry to Macau is not the same as a visa to China.*** Do not try to enter mainland China without a visa***.

Phone:

Website:

Downloads:

Videos:

Notes:

  • Don’t bother to change your Hong Kong dollars to Macanese pataca.
    • Every where in Macau, from the buses to the shops, take HKD.
  • The best thing to do is the plan out everything you want to see and in what order. Then when you get to Macau go to the tourist information desk and ask them what bus to use.
    • They will tell you the bus number, where to find it, and how much it will cost.
    • Remember to bring a pen and write the information down.
  • Try an egg tart. No, try 2!

Senado Square

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • free

Hours:

  • 24hrs

Notes:

  • Walk around and take photos.
    • Get a photo of the fountain or the pattern on the ground.

Ruins of St. Paul’s

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • free

Hours:

  • 24hrs

Notes:

  • This is a 17th-century Portuguese church.

Monte Fort

Basic Information

Cost:

  • free

Hours:

  • 7:00 – 19:00

Notes:

  • The fort was built between 1617 and 1626
  • The Museum of Macau is in the fort.
  • In 2005, Monte Fort became China’s 31st World Heritage Site.

The Venetian Macao

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • You can enter for free
  • The cost of gambling or a hotel stay are another thing.

Hours:

  • Who needs sleep?

Notes:

  • Even if you don’t gamble there is lots of shopping, eating, and sight-seeing to be done here.
  • From the Venetian, and any of the casinos, you can take a free shuttle to ferry (and visa-versa) even if you didn’t gamble or stay in the hotel.

Map:

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