Thursday, February 9, 2012

Pit Stop in Macau~

Sorry for the delay with this post!  As mentioned in my last post, I went on vacation to the Philippines and Hong Kong with my best friend, and we made a stop in Macau during our trip.  There are two parts of Macau: Macau and Taipa.  We ended up taking the ferry to the Taipa side of Macau first. You can also get there by air (plane or helicopter).

After we went through immigration (if you go, you need to bring your passport!), we took a free shuttle to the Ventian hotel.  Yes, the Venetian...just like in Las Vegas. ^^;  I think Macau is known as the Las Vegas of Asia, with many, many casinos...though the Venetian is kind of by itself.  Most of the other casinos are on the Macau side of Macau.  Anyway, we wandered around the Venetian a bit, which was also decorated for Chinese New Year, looking for a place to eat.  We ended up at a delicious buffet, which led to us wandering around the Venetian some more, to try and digest all the food we ate, lol.

at the buffet: the food was delicious! especially the desserts!

around the venetian: chinese new year decor

At around 3 PM, we decided that we should actually go and see the rest of Macau, so we hopped on another free shuttle from the Venetian to the Macau ferry terminal (not to be mistaken with the Taipa ferry terminal).  From there, we took another free shuttle (courtesy of another hotel) to get to the main city area, where all the hotels and casinos are out.  Once there, we hopped off the bus and went looking for the history of Macau!  And we found it!  Well, some of it at least...all just a walk away from the hustle and bustle of the casinos...

Ruins of St. Paul's

Monte Forte

As it grew dark, we left the historical sites to do some souvenir shopping and even tried a porkchop bun, which is one of the most popular snacks in Macau.  It was pretty good!  I recommend trying one. :)

Macau was fun and I'd like to go back and explore more.  But for now, I leave you with one of my favorite picture of this trip~

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