Living in Hongkong SAR (Special Administrative Region of China) for three years gave me a few chances to visit Macau as well. Yes. I did visit Macau in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
My husband and I went to China Ferry Terminal to board the TurboJet Ferry. We bought two Super Class ferry tickets before boarding. It cost between 330-360 hkd, depending on your travel time. The Super Class cabin was not crowded; that’s why we chose that over the Economy Class down. There was free merienda or dinner on board via the Super Class. It took us an hour before we reached the Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal.
Macau, a former Portuguese colony and another SAR, has lots of magnificent hotels and casinos. The architectural designs of the hotels like The Venetian Macau, The Parisian Macau, City of Dreams, Conrad Hotel, MGM Macau, Wynn Hotel and others are truly breathtaking.
We went to Venetian and Parisian Hotels in 2016 and 2018 and to City of Dreams in 2017 and 2018. These hotels were really elegantly constructed. The facades and interior designs were different from one another, and the smell.. ohhh! The smell inside the hotels and casinos enthralled us. The distinct fragrance in every corner was so appealing to our senses.
I could not forget the ceiling of The Venetian Hotel. I was in awe to be honest! I’ve never seen such a lovely ceiling. Good thing I had my Samsung Note 8 and Sony camera haha. Capturing the beauty of its ceiling was mission accomplished for me.
And yes, the totally striking water-based stage production called The House of Dancing Water in the City of Dreams gave us goosebumps. It was a superb show showcasing great talents, lovely water effects, and powerful acts and/or stunts. Really. It’s a one-of-a-kind performance that gave us a lot to remember.
Another tourist spot we visited in Macau was the Ruins of St. Paul’s , one of Macau’s famous landmarks and once acclaimed as the ‘Vatican of the Far East’. The old beautiful church was full of tourists when we went there. Many came from Asia but there were also plenty of Western people coming to see the said landmark.
I was lucky to visit the church and the little museum down the ruins twice, in winter and in autumn. What a historical place to see and visit!
Macau Museum, adjacent to Ruins of St. Paul’s, was also a must-see in Santo Antonio, Macau. I went there with my parents-in-law and our helper last year. We were fascinated with the cool items we saw in there. As usual, a lot of photos were again taken for the sake of souvenir lol.
Aside from the hotels, musuem, and the Ruins of St. Paul’s, we also had a nice time unwinding at Guia Fortress. There we saw the Guia Chapel and Guia Lighthouse. We also walked around the area, and took some photos there when I was still pregnant with our first born.
By the way, most of the signs in Macau were written in Portuguese and Cantonese, whereas in Hongkong, it’s more of English and Cantonese. The taxi fare was also cheaper than in Hongkong. You could see a lot of motorbikes along and on the roads.
These were some of the differences of Macau, dubbed as the Las Vegas of Asia, from Hongkong, the Fragrant Harbour of Asia
Did I enjoy my Macau trip? Of course I did. It was a memorable experience for me especially the time when I was with my beloved husband.
I wish to go there again after a few years, with our whole family. Who knows, right? Everything is possible. All I have to do is to wait and be patient.
Anyway, it’s kinda late here. Bye for now. Till my next blog entry, ok? Thanks a lot.
P.S. The above photo was taken by my dear mother-in-law. Credits to her.