All Around Macau in a Day
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November 11th, 2008 – by: issa005
We started the day by heading out to the St. Paul's Ruins. It was THE Landmark, as our tourguide puts it. Being a UNESCO Heritage site, he says this spot belongs to all the people of the world. It was a great way to put it. Paying attention to the details of what's left of the ruins, we saw the Japanese, Chinese and Portuguese even influences in its construction. I learned that this was actually built by Japanese Christian exiles. Burned down a few times, a temple dedicated to the Chinese god was built beside it to appease what was believed to be a jealous god of the Chinese.
Next stop was the A-Ma Temple, a 500 year old temple near the entry point of Macau. The very enthusiastic Danny told us tales of the entry of the Portuguese in Macau. It was pretty interesting. A few meters from the temple was a small souvenir shop, which had the tourists flocking in.
After this short stop, we went to Venetian Macao for an hour survey of its famous 'wings.' We entered the gate right beside Four Seasons and walked in to see a sculpture, painted ceilings, intricately carved panels and a long and wide hall to breeze through.
We went up to walk around the grand canals shoppe and see the gondolas It was the closest I have been to Venice. I would have loved to take the gondola ride, even if it costs more than HKD100, but we did not have enough time. I told myself that in my free time after dinner, I will come back to do it....We did not have much of this type of splendor back home, so I really marveled at the beauty, the size and the grandeur of the Venetian.
Before we knew it, our 60 minute survey was over, and we had to move on to fill our hungry stomachs. We headed to Dumbo, another well-known Portuguese Restaurant around the city. It was such a feast! We had baked mussells, prawns, Portuguese Baked Chicken, Smoked Fish quite similar to our tinapa in the Philippines, Creamy Potato Puffs, and Grilled Baby Back Ribs.
Across the street from Dumbo was another branch of the Choi Heong Yuen Bakery, and that's where I bought the beef and pork jerky I didn't get from the one at San Ma Lo...
After lunch, we headed to the hotel strip and visited the famous Wynn and MGM Grand Hotels. Wynn was sophisticated, modern, and everything in it seemed to be well-edited, thoughtfully arranged and calculated. MGM Grand on the other hand, had a very interesting quadrangle.
We also visited Rio Hotel and Casino and Best Western Hotel which were located a bit far from the city center. I guess location and price-wise, Sintra, where we stayed is already a better option.
After a series of hotel tours, we headed back to the inner part of Senado Square to do last minute shopping for pasalubong. And after that long day, we went to Macau Tower for a fab dinner at Tower 360. The tower was at about 230m in height, and had exhibition hall, shops, theater and restaurants. Adventure activities like bungee jump, skyjump, and walk around the rim are some of those not to be missed by thrill seekers in Macau.
The dinner buffet at the cafe was fabulous. It had international dishes from Korea, Japan, China, and Western dishes in its food array. The dessert corner was also a feast for the sweet tooth. Unfortunately, as always, I had very little room for the sweets when I get to it, because I always have my stomach full during the main course. Since the resto, revolves 360 degrees, we were actually seeing different views of the city from time to time.
I would have loved to savor everything about this architectural landmark in Macau, but I was too tired to absorb everything at that moment.
When I come back, I would visit the tower again, walk around the rim and get to the dessert table first..haha...
Day 2 ended. My roommate and I got knocked out in just a while after reaching the hotel...
Tomorrow marks the day of the return. I can't wait.
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