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Macau Part II: Guia Fort, Coloane, Taipa

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Stained glass window in Macau Cathedral
People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip:

It was 10.45am when i eventually tried and failed to open my eyes properly. The reason been that i appeared to have contracted an eye infection and looked like i'd gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson! Not to let it get the better of me, i packed my bag, checked out and left my stuff with reception so as i could go off on another hectic day of walking! Macau Cathedral was to be my first piece of eye candy and then it was back climbing hills again! This time i ascended the hill that was topped by Guia Fort, lighthouse and Chapel of our lady of guia, for some wonderful panoramic views. From high above i spotted a pretty little blue church and cemetery and decided that i would try and find my way there, once i got to the foot of the hill.

Guia Fort
I descended, passing through the nice little flora garden.

After 10 minutes of walking around the base of the hill, i stopped to show a local lady my picture and see if she knew which direction i should walk in. She spoke no English and had no clue, but stopped 4 school children who spoke a few words of English. Between the 4 of them, they decided they could point me in roughly the right direction. I set off up the street they pointed at, but after 5 minutes had still come across nothing. As i was about to show the picture to someone else, i got a tap on the shoulder and 'we help you'. 2 kids had come back and they had brought a GPS device with them, so we could find our way! It took us nearly 20 minutes to get there and i couldn't beleive how kind they were.

Taipa, with the contrast in housing
They left me at the church and i walked around for the next 30 minutes with a huge beaming smile thinking how great the World was! I enjoyed the walk around the Church grounds as it was peaceful and relaxing and then headed on to look at some colonial buildings set around a nearby square.

Time was ticking by and i decided it was time to make a move for the southern tip of Macau and jumped on a bus to Coloane. I told the driver twice where i wanted to go and sat basically next to him, but he still never told me when i shuould get off and i ended up missing my stop by about 2kms! Somehow i always seem to get lost on buses and thats why i always either walk or take the subway, which has a fixed line! 40 minutes along a hilly road and i was eventually where i wanted to be! Coloane itself is a peaceful little fishing village and i spent an hour walking the narrow streets, which contained the Chapel of St Francis Xavier and Tam Kong Temple, before jumping back on a dreaded bus to go to Taipa.

Pak Tai Temple

This time i managed to work out where i was and got off at the impressive Venetian Hotel complex, before walking to Taipa old town. The Church of our Lady of Carmel and Taipa Houses Museum are both housed here, along with the pretty Tin Hau and Pak Tai temples. I enjoyed an ice cream whilst sitting in the sun infront of the latter. Another bus journey took me back across the bridge to Macau, where i had a quick look around the casino district before grabbing some food, collecting my bags and heading to the ferry terminal around 8pm.

Although i'd only been in the country for a little over 50 hours, i felt like i had got a pretty good look at it and had fallen in love with what i had seen. Apart from my early misfortunes and inability to get off the bus at the right place, i have nothing really negative to say about Macau. I loved the fact that no-one hassled me into buying things, most people went out of their way to be helpful and there was just a laid back serene air about it all. This is one place i don't want Julia to miss and will surely head back there at some stage in the future with her!


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Stained glass window in Macau Cath…
Stained glass window in Macau Cat…
Guia Fort
Guia Fort
Taipa, with the contrast in housing
Taipa, with the contrast in housing
Pak Tai Temple
Pak Tai Temple
Macau Cathedral
Macau Cathedral
Weather warning devices on Guia Fo…
Weather warning devices on Guia F…
A view of Macau from Guia Fort
A view of Macau from Guia Fort
A view of Macau from Guia Fort
A view of Macau from Guia Fort
The Chapel of our lady of Guia and…
The Chapel of our lady of Guia an…
A view of Maccau from Guia Fort
A view of Maccau from Guia Fort
Canon at Guia Fort
Canon at Guia Fort
Inside the Chapel of our lady of G…
Inside the Chapel of our lady of …
Inside the Chapel of our lady of G…
Inside the Chapel of our lady of …
Flora garden at the foot of Guia F…
Flora garden at the foot of Guia …
Flora garden at the foot of Guia F…
Flora garden at the foot of Guia …
2 boys who helped me find my way
2 boys who helped me find my way
Blue Church and Cemetery at Macau
Blue Church and Cemetery at Macau
Angel Statue in Macau
Angel Statue in Macau
Blue Church and Cemetery at Macau
Blue Church and Cemetery at Macau
Attractive Square in Macau
Attractive Square in Macau
Attractive Square in Macau
Attractive Square in Macau
Attractive Square in Macau
Attractive Square in Macau
Coastline near Coloane
Coastline near Coloane
Chapel of St Francis Xavier at Col…
Chapel of St Francis Xavier at Co…
Narrow streets at Coloane
Narrow streets at Coloane
Narrow streets at Coloane
Narrow streets at Coloane
Coloane
Coloane
Views of China from Coloane
Views of China from Coloane
Tam Kong Temple in Coloane
Tam Kong Temple in Coloane
Looking over the water at China
Looking over the water at China
Coloane
Coloane
Coloane
Coloane
Venetian Hotel complex at Taipa
Venetian Hotel complex at Taipa
Venetian Hotel complex at Taipa
Venetian Hotel complex at Taipa
Venetian Hotel complex at Taipa
Venetian Hotel complex at Taipa
Venetian Hotel complex at Taipa
Venetian Hotel complex at Taipa
Venetian Hotel complex at Taipa
Venetian Hotel complex at Taipa
Venetian Hotel complex at Taipa
Venetian Hotel complex at Taipa
Venetian Hotel complex at Taipa
Venetian Hotel complex at Taipa
Pretty streets at Taipa
Pretty streets at Taipa
The Church of our Lady of Carmel i…
The Church of our Lady of Carmel …
Taipa Houses Museum in Taipa
Taipa Houses Museum in Taipa
Taipa Houses Museum in Taipa
Taipa Houses Museum in Taipa
Pretty flower at the Taipa Houses …
Pretty flower at the Taipa Houses…
Dragon at Tin Hau Temple
Dragon at Tin Hau Temple
Tin Hau Temple
Tin Hau Temple
Tin Hau Temple
Tin Hau Temple
Pak Tai Temple
Pak Tai Temple
Pak Tai Temple
Pak Tai Temple
Pak Tai Temple
Pak Tai Temple
Skyscrapers in Macau
Skyscrapers in Macau
Casino district in Macau
Casino district in Macau
Casino district in Macau
Casino district in Macau
Casino district in Macau
Casino district in Macau
The bridge linking Macau to Taipa
The bridge linking Macau to Taipa
Casino district in Macau
Casino district in Macau
Casino district in Macau
Casino district in Macau
Casino district in Macau
Casino district in Macau
Casino district in Macau
Casino district in Macau
Casino district in Macau
Casino district in Macau
Casino district in Macau
Casino district in Macau
Casino district in Macau
Casino district in Macau
Casino district in Macau
Casino district in Macau
Street in Macau, beautifully illum…
Street in Macau, beautifully illu…