After a long week of group projects and schoolwork, a friend and I decided to take a day trip to Macau. With maps copied from Google images and a rough list of things to do, we were ready to tackle the day. 1. Started the day with a stomach lurching, 55 minute ferry ride. You could see the islands around Hong Kong and the weather was absolutely beautiful! (if I had the money and resources, I’d take a helicopter there instead…no lurchy waves to give me headaches)
2. First Stop: Fisherman’s Wharf In the back of my head, I expected it to be like the one in San Fran. Except, when I got there, I was thoroughly surprised at how much Macau resembled parts of Italy that I had visited. The streets were colorful, the buildings were pastel, and the environment just took my breath away for a second. The city modeled buildings after the Colosseum, parts of Florence, and the structure of the strip reminded me very much of those in Paris. We spent about 45 minutes walking around, checking everything out, before we were soaked in sweat. YES, Macau was hotter and more humid than Hong Kong 😦
3. Senado Square We figured out the bus system in Macau quite quickly and caught a bus to our next destination! The square was seemingly a replica of a plaza in Italy, but nevertheless, impressed by the floor architecture and surroundings. We spent the time there looking for food (but found none…) ended up trying a Portuguese egg tart and Taiwanese milk tea. Good thing about Macau is that a lot of these places interconnect, so it was quite easy to go from one destination to another.
4. Ruins of St Paul Quite conveniently located close to Senado Square, this was a one stop shop and once again gave me the vibes of Europe. Unsure of the history (for we couldn’t go into the museum with the milk tea), it was a snap a picture, leave, kind of dealio. Thanks 92 degree weather, food is calling our names.
5. Taipa Market We figured out that a bus went to the other side of the Macau island, so we saved money and rode that instead of a taxi. On the way to the Venetian, we stopped and explored the Taipa area. So many beautiful houses with pastel colors, and we even saw this wooden zoo animal exhibit. This area is more like the Vegas of the USA.
6. The Venetian After reading many reviews online, we decided to check out this very touristy gondola ride, precisely 12 minutes, I must say. The Venetian hotel itself is very similar to the one in Vegas, so why not?
7. Wine Tasting Museum (Also found from Google research) Probably one of the best deals for the day! Wine tasting for 15 HKD each, and we got to try 6 different wines. Dry – red, white, and rosette. Sweet – red, white, and moscato. Thankful for the drinking age here, because I’d really like to go wine tasting in the Hill Country (Texas) 😦
8. Fisherman’s Wharf Round 2. We liked this place so much in the morning that we decided to come back again before heading back to the ferry! Overall successful trip with a few hiccups here and there (such as a 80 minute bus ride back to the main island), but Macau really wowed me and changed my perspective. Would recommend anyone who’s in Asia to take a day trip to this island!