Macau is officially known as Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. Like Hong Kong, it is a country under “two systems’’. That means, although China, being Macau’s motherland, is responsible for its military defense; meanwhile, Macau gets to maintain her own legal systems — finances, customs, and immigration laws.
Macau is one of the world’s richest cities. Its countless casinos largely contribute to its high tourism profits.
Here’s our day-long Macau experience:
(6:58 A.M.) We woke up early.
By 6AM, we were already at our pick up point.
Then, our tour guide dropped us off at the ferry station.
P.S. Only Macau citizens are allowed to be tour guides in Macau. So, our Hong Kong tour guide had to entrust us to a Macau tour guide.
(7:20 A.M.) After the long wait, we finally sailed to Macau aboard a luxury ferry.
After the long wait, we finally sailed to Macau via a luxury ferry.
(9:15 A.M.) After passing the immigration, we headed to our bus. By that time, we got ready to explore Macau!
(9:35 A.M.) First, we were brought to the Venetian Plaza — one of the biggest casinos in Macau. We entered through the West Lobby. Venetian Plaza, like any casino in Macau, had a mall inside.
The mall was literally as romantic as the City of Venice — from its architecture down to its ambiance.
Then, we enjoyed the city view somewhere across the Macau Tower.
(10:30 A.M.) Then, we went to see the city view from somewhere across the Macau Tower.
Then, we visited A-ma Temple. It is one of the three oldest temples in Macau. It is considered to be the most famous.
Built in 1488, it was dedicated to the goddess of fishermen and seafarers. The temple had been included in the UNESCO World Heritage last 2005.
During our stay at the temple, the rain poured. But that didn’t stop us from enjoying the sacred place.
(11:46 A.M.)We viewed Macau Tower from a distance. It was amazing. So, our tour guide took us into the Tower.
Upclose, the view from the tower is/was breathtaking.
Macau Tower was designed by an architect from New Zealand, Gordon Moller. It’s 388 meters high and it is considered as one of the highest towers in the world.
We went up to Level 61 of Macau Tower and saw two things: the bungee jumpers and the panoramic view of the Peral River Delta.
I was quite afraid of heights but I kept my cool. Waaaaaah!
Before taking our late lunch, we passed by the statue of Kum Iam, Macau’s goddess of Mercy. It’s made up of bronze and it is about 20 meters tall. It cost around MOP 30 million. Wow!
(12:16 P.M.) Our late lunch was a buffet. I hated it because I was forced to overeat. Ha, ha, ha.
(1:56 P.M.) We were already at Senado Square when the rain poured again. We waited for the rain to stop. But, after a while, we continued to go on, fearing to waste time. We checked out some souvenir shops.
(2:26 P.M.) After the rain stopped, we reached the famous ruins of St. Paul Cathedral. It was built in 1602. It was made of taipa and wood. It’s one of the greatest churches in Macau.
Because the cathedral was destroyed by an earthquake, we only got to see its beautiful façade and its grand staircase.
(2:53 P.M.) From St. Paul’s, we walked to Senado Square.
Senado Square was included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site last 2005.
(3:12 P.M.) Our last stop was at Jackie Chan’s casino, the Grand Emperor Hotel.
(4:10 P.M.) Once our Macau day trip ended, we sailed back to Hong Kong.
It was, indeed, a fun and memorable experience.
Photos Credits to J.Dennis