On our third day at Hong Kong, me and my friends decided to spend the afternoon at Macau. We got lost for almost an hour before we managed to get back on the right track. (Thanks to the helpful lady who helped us!)
From the Hong Kong Macau ferry terminal, we took the TurboJet to get to Macau. Please take note that ticket price ranges from HKD 132 – 172, learn more about Turbojet HERE.
The trip was very comfortable and I was able to sleep the entire time.
When I arrived in Macau, I was surprised on how different it was from Hong Kong. Even though the Chinese culture is there, The Portuguese influence is very visible, It felt like I’m transported to a country outside Asia, I can’t help but smile while adoring the city view as we traveled through bus on our way to The Ruins of Saint Paul, it was love at first sight!
That afternoon, The Ruins of St. Paul was our first destination, it is the facade of the Church of Mater Dei ( built in 1602-1640) and was considered the greatest of Macau’s churches, but sadly, it was destroyed by fire in 1835. Nowadays, its beauty still remains, the baroque design of this granite facade is very inviting to both local and foreign tourists.
I can’t help but take a picture on its grand stone stairs.
Senado square (Largo do Senado) is just a walk away from The Ruins of St. Paul, it is one of the four largest square in Macau and was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2005, as it forms part of the Historic Center of Macau.
The square is also called “the fountain” because there was once a statue of a Portuguese army officer named “Vicente Nicolau de Mesquita” in its center (He pacified the Chinese Fort at Baishaling on 1849 which caused numerous deaths of Chinese soldiers.) during the era of Portuguese control. Later on, it was destroyed by the Chinese people and built a fountain on its place.
Along the paved road, you will see the historical white building called Santa Casa De Misericordia (built in 1569) and at the heart of the square, there is the St. Domingo’s Church (constructed in 1587).
Many says that a day is enough to explore Macau, but somehow I disagree. I believe that there is more charm to this special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China, than just being dubbed as “Las Vegas in Asia”, I wish I had more time to explore and appreciate its other parts.
We took the free shuttle ride from the Central to get to The Venetian. (Ask the locals or other tourists for directions, they will gladly answer you.) We got off the bus at the City of Dreams (because it was their shuttle, Please don’t judge. Haha ) and walked our way to our destination.
The Venetian, a Venice-themed luxury resort and casino located on Macau’s Coati strip, boasts its replica of the Grand Canal which is popular among tourists.
Gondolas carrying lovers (or friends? 😉 ) while the gondolier serenades them under the realistic bright blue sky was a lovely sight.
Surprisingly, I fell in love with Macau in just one day, but the time I spent there was very short, and I failed to be fully immersed with its culture deeper than the Portuguese influences that it charmingly possesses until now, I hope I will be able to visit again.
Denim Jacket from Texwood, Dress from SM Dept. Store, Bag from Topshop, and Shoes from Michaela.
For Guides and Tips on Travelling to Hong Kong, Read my post HERE.
Till next time!
Do you have any suggestions on where I should visit next? Have you been to Macau and want to share your experiences? Do you have any questions? Comment below! 🙂