Macau - Casino's here we come.
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For the weekend we decided to take a trip over to Macau, another SAR region an hours ferry ride away from HK. Macau had become infamous for its gambling establishments over the years and is now very much the vegas of the East. It is the only place in China were it is possible and legal to gamble. There is much more to Macau than just gambling though and this ex portugese colony does offer a lot more than just one arm bandits and gaming tables. Although its raison d'etre is it has to be said the gambling.
Starting out from HK the ferry ride across to Macau is $150 HK. We actually made the trip across on the Turbo Jet Jetfoils, which are the fastest way to get to Macau other than taking the more expensive option of using a Helicopter. These hovercraft like vessels simply skim the water as they plough across the surface.
Make sure you take your passport though as you are leaving HK, therefore you do go through immigration on the way out and upon the way back.
Once in Macau we got a cab to the Hotel where we had booked in for the night, the Fortuna Hotel. This is pretty much smack in the middle of where you need to be, especially if gambling is why you are here.
Before we went out for an evening meal, we made a trip over to the Macau tower. (See piccies) As high as the Eiffel Tower, but more than a century newer, the tower is the city's latest tourist attraction. It isnt much to look at, but once you go up to the observation decks via the glass elevator, the views are simply spellbinding. It costs $70 to go up to the top of the tower. Or there are a few rather more interesting alternative entry fees, but these are not for the faint hearted.
For our evening meal Jeremy had found a nice place out of the Time Out guide called, Restaurante Litoral. This is Macanese food at its best. We stayed in the place all evening. The food was excellent and the wine even better. Its a bit of a way out from the centre of Macau, but well worth getting a cab there. Make sure you book if you do though.
And so onto the Casino, one of the main reason why anyone comes to Macau.