Macao

Getting there

From HK, getting to Macao is amazingly easy. We chose to take the Jet Ferry service from HK Island, but you can take a Bus or Helicopter !!

With the Jet boat we made the 62 km trip in just about 1 hour... which is pretty quick. The boat was quiet, comfortable and a fun experience.

Moving Around

As we had limited time we hired a driver; This was very convenient - and we did not waste any time getting lost or going to places we did to want to see.

Fishermans Warf

With replica buildings from Holland/Belgium as well as a mini Coliseum (you can never have too many of these it seems), this is a tourist mall. But at 08:00 it was still closed.

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We had some fun wondering around pretending to be in Europe - although the weather made it feel as though we were there.

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Police Bikes

I do take an interest in what motorbikes the police ride when I travel ... Alas Macao does not score highly in this....

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Old town

This was a lovely area, and we could have spent many hours walking and exploring in this area. It was unfortunately very cold this day - so we had to keep moving jus to keep warm.

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We visited the new cathedral, which was a little plain inside, and an old merchants house - which reminded us of some old Omani houses with their painted roofs and inscriptions on the walls.

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Ruins of St Paul.

Walking from the old town, we easily found the way to the Ruins of St Paul. What I did not prepare myself for was how many tourists there were here. It was really busy, and we were here at 09:30 on a cold winters morning.

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The facade is very famous - it is surrounded by shops mainly selling food and drink - to the right is the old fort.

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Chinese temple

With mainland China being literally 1.5 kms away - this temple seemed a very popular stop - with several branches of Buddhism at the same site. We enjoyed walking around, trying not to cough with the amazing amount of smoke/fumes that the incense was producing.

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Despite all of the hustle and bustle, there were people there praying and doing what people do in temples.

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On Street Parking

Not a typical on-street parked car you see every day. I guess the cost of real-estate in Macao is similar to HK.

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Casino's

Macao's most famous product - is gambling. So it seemed appropriate that we headed to the Venetian for something to eat, and then to try and loose a small amount of money in the Casino.

I am pleased to report that JB and I made a small profit, Dora alas lost - but at less than a cup of Coffee at Starbucks we are not troubled by this.

Food

Very nice food, served on the floor of the Casino. This gave us a chance to recharge our batteries as we had been on the go for many hours at this stage.