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  • Day6

    Macau - tower, casino's and tarts

    November 29, 2018 in Macao ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    We departed the hotel just after 9am for a walk to the ferry terminal, bound for Macau. After taking a while to find the ticket counter, we bought tickets for the 10.45am departure, but were also told to line up in the standby queue for the 10.15am ferry... and got on that quite easily!

    On arrival in Macau we caught the hotel free shuttle bus, checked in to one room and caught the local bus to the Macau Tower. After a quick lunch, including our first Portuguese egg tart, KT and Chris braved the Skywalk, a vertigo inducing walk around an outside platform 322m up, secured by only a cable! The rest of us stayed inside and enjoyed the views across Macau and mainland China.

    After a cuppa and another egg tart, we caught one of the casino shuttle buses to the Cotai Strip, a Las Vegas style extravaganza of massive buildings, neon lights and copies of famous world attractions. We had a ride in "the world's highest figure of eight ferris wheel", suspended between 2 towers of the Studio City casino (we suspect it's the only one in the world!).

    Unfortunately we then made the mistake of entering The Venetian, a labyrinth of shops, complete with canals and gondolas, and spent the best part of an hour trying to find our way out! We found out later it's the largest casino in the world... no wonder it seemed to go on forever!

    By the time we emerged it was dark, so we caught a free shuttle to another casino near our hotel - the casino's are only too pleased to take you if they think you'll spend some money at their establishment, so they are a popular form of transport between the islands.

    Tea was a Mecanese and Portuguese buffet at the hotel (and more egg tarts), followed by a trip to the supermarket and a quick swim for KT, DC and Chris before bed.
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  • Day7

    The Ruins of St Paul

    November 30, 2018 in Macao ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Sightseeing day, starting with a bus trip to the southern island to visit Scout Headquarters, which is housed in an old fort.

    Our return bus trip took us to the number one tourist attractions in Macau, Senado Square and The Ruins of St Pauls, along with hordes of other tourists.

    Senado Square is a central meeting place where they hold community events and is surrounded by laneways lined with shops and market stalls. The tourist masses form a slow moving human train from Senado Square up to the Ruins of St Pauls, the facade of a 17th century church that was destroyed by fire in 1835.

    We walked back to the hotel for our late checkout and to catch the hotel shuttle to the ferry terminal. The ferry check in was integrated with the airport system, so we were able to book our bags through to Taipei.

    We took off about 20 minutes late for our 1 hour 40 minute flight to Taipei, negotiated their e-gate process on arrival, then caught the MRT train to the city of Chungli for our accommodation for the night, in preparation for the start of our tour tomorrow.
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  • Day49


    June 21, 2018 in Macao ⋅ 🌧 30 °C

    We went to Macau in search of the Portuguese heritage. We found a really interesting (and sometimes weird) mix of old Portuguese and mass Chinese architectures, with lots of casinos in between. Portuguese is still an official language, but we found no one who could speak it. The best part was finding the biscuit shops where we could fill our bellies with free samples. After all, we are Portuguese, and we don't say no to free food :)Read more

  • Day24


    April 8 in Macao ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Einmal um die halbe Welt. Macau.

    Wir damals 2002 mit den großen Jungs in Hong Kong. Als Ausflug hatten wir einen Tag Macau eingeplant. Wir mit der ersten Fähre rüber - wenn wir die Pässe dabei gehabt hätten. Also noch mal zurück ins Hotel, dann mit der nächsten Fähre.
    Als Eindruck ist nur die alte Kirchenfasade geblieben.
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  • Day21

    Macau / Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge

    September 9, 2019 in Macao ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Heute Ausflug nach Macau. Natürlich inklusive Casino Besuch. Es ist ein Erlebnis der besonderen Art die reichen Chinesen beim verspielen ihres Geldes zu beobachten. Eine Kultur in welche wir wohl niemals ganz eintauchen werden können. Hin sind wir mit der Jetfähre gefahren. Zurück mit dem Bus über die längste Überwasser Brücke der Welt. Ein langer Teil dieses Weges findet unter Wasser statt. Das hatten wir vorher nicht gewusst. Es ist so schon ein beeindruckendes Erlebnis. Wenn es dann aber plötzlich mitten im Meer auch noch ohne Vorwarnung tief unter das Meer in einen Tunnel geht wird es surreal.ückeRead more

  • Day364


    June 10, 2019 in Macao ⋅ 🌧 31 °C

    Unseren ersten vollen Tag in Macau verbringen wir im nördlichen Teil zum Sightseeing. Hier gibt es einiges an portugiesischen Kolonialbauten, insb. die Überreste bzw. Front der St. Paul's Church aus dem 16. Jahrhundert.

    Die Straßen sind voller Menschen die neben den Bauten auch die lokalen Köstlichkeiten genießen. Spezialität sind vor allem Mandelkekse und Trockenfleisch. Ohne bestimmten Grund verzichten wir heute mal auf das Essen und arbeiten uns langsam durch die Innenstadt zum Hotel und Kasino Grand Lisboa vor. Es gehört zu den älteren aber beeindruckendsten Gebäuden auf der Halbinsel. Nach einer kleinen Tour durch das Innere und einem Abstecher in das neuere MGM geht es über eine der drei Verbindungsbrücken wieder zurück in den südlichen Teil der Stadt an den neueren Cotai Strip. Hier lassen wir den Abend recht gemütlich zu Dritt ausklingen.

    Nach Macau sind wir übrigens über die relativ neue Brücke mit dem Bus gefahren, welche Hongkong, Macau und China verbindet und mit 29,6 km die längste Seebrücke der Welt ist.
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  • Day215


    June 15, 2019 in Macao ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Macau gehört wie Hongkong zur Sonderverwaltungszone von China. Diese Stadt haben wir mit der Fähre von Hongkong besucht. Es gibt viele Casinos und Hotels und sieht teilweise aus wie in Las Vegas. Macau hat immer noch sehr viele Sehenswürdigkeiten aus der portugiesischen Kolonialzeit.Read more

  • Day124

    Das muntere Treiben Macaus

    October 6, 2018 in Macao ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Our short visit of Hong Kong is over and we took a ferry to Macao. It is just a one hour ride on a speed ferry, but it is a completely different world. Macao has a huge Portuguese influence and the centre of the city is an old city like it is in most European cities. Beside the old part there are lots of Casinos and it has a feeling of Las Vegas. We started the day in the old city to see the Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral. This part of the city was crowded, but nice. I even found a Pastel de Nata, my favorite cake from Portugal.

    Unser kurzer Besuch von Hong Kong ist schon wieder vorbei und wir nahmen eine Fähre nach Macau. Wie Hong Kong ist auch Macau eine Sonderverwaltungszone von China, allerdings mit portugiesischem Einfluss. Dementsprechend ist es trotz der nur ca. 60 km Entfernung zu Hong Kong eine ganz andere Welt. Die Innenstadt ähnelt sehr einer europäischen Altstadt in dessen Zentrum mit der Ruine von St. Paul's auch die bekannteste Sehenswürdigkeit steht. Hier haben wir auch unsere Besichtigung gestartet. Es war zwar wirklich voll, aber auch sehr cool. Gegen Abend ändert sich das Bild der Stadt und die ganzen Kasinos erwachen zum Leben sodass man sich nach Las Vegas versetzt fühlt.
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  • Day7

    Outrunning Typhoon Bebinca

    August 14, 2018 in Macao ⋅ 🌬 28 °C

    We have learned about typhoons. These storms can be crazy and dangerous. There is one near Hong Kong and Macau at the moment and typhoon signals are put up everywhere. Today it moved from typhoon signal 1 to 3, which means some things close down like our roof top swimming pool :-( and the high level restaurants and rides, cable cars. When the signal reaches 8, all transport stops including ferries and planes, and many businesses. That was expected about 4pm today. The worst, most destructive typhoons reach signal 10. So we had to decide to leave Macau at the right time... Enough to enjoy our tour but not late enough to get stuck in Macau when the ferries stopped. So we left Macau mid afternoon instead of the evening and it worked well. Our hotel pool was closed but everyone was safe! We think we will be able to fly out ok on Thursday.Read more

  • Day7

    Going to Macau

    August 14, 2018 in Macao ⋅ 🌬 27 °C

    It was exciting to wake up early for our visit to Macau but we also wanted more sleep. We caught a fast catamaran in rainy windy typhoon weather so it was bumpy!

    Macau is so different. It is part of China now, but was run by the Portuguese for a long time. Now Macau has both systems, both moneys, all languages. There are old and new areas... Cobblestone streets like Europe and European balconies in the skinny streets, but lots of Asian signs and shops and transport. Macau is famous for egg tarts, almond biscuits and casinos! East meets West they say.

    We saw St Paul's ruins, from a church and University built in the 15th century and mostly burnt down in the 1800's. The Macau museum was awesome and we could see the old and new city up high from the old fortress. The cannons used to point to the foreign enemies, now they point at the casinos! Walking through the town was nice apart from when the rain was heavy. We tasted a lot of biscuits!
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