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Macau is not just the biggest gambling location in Asia, it is also a cool place to visit for its mix of eastern and western cultures. Our first evening with delicious Portuguese food and ultramodern casinos was decidedly western. The next morning we took a cab from our hotel on Taipa island to the Senado Square in Macau downtown. It’s amazing how well the buildings from Macau’s colonial past and new Chinese shops mix. Our cab driver dropped us off right in front of the Leal Senado Building. We entered Senado Square and picked up a lot of free maps and brochures in the tourism office. After that we continued with a little tour through St. Dominic’s Church. From there we walked by the fanciest McDonald’s I’ve ever seen and through some really small streets with a lot of little shops up the hill to the Ruins of St. Paul’s.

 

 

driving on the left side - I had a hard time getting used to that

 

 

 

arriving at Senado Square - view from Leal building

 

fancy McDonald's on the right

 

St. Dominic's church

 

walking up to the St. Paul's Ruins

 

 

 

lots of beef jerkey on sale everywhere

We arrived at the Ruins of St. Paul’s fairly early in the day. However, in the middle of May humidity levels can reach almost 100% and the temperature was about 40 Celsius. So by the time we reached the top of the hill, we were soaked! Luckily, there are tons of little shops that sell sodas.

 

 

beautiful ruins

 

From St. Paul’s we walked up a little further to Mount Fortress. It’s really close and you have great views from up there! On the last part up, there is a little store where we stocked up on sodas… and had a good laugh about the drink “Pocari Sweat”. I wonder if they meant “Sweet” instead…

 

 

walking up to Mount Fortress

bird cages

 

thirsty?

 

 

 

Pocari Sweat anybody?

 

 

 

a little further up the way

All the way on the top of the hill you see a lot of old cannons pointing right to the casinos. There is also a little museum, the Museu de Macau, with its reflecting pool. And of course great views all around.

cannons...

... pointing at the Grand Lisboa

 

 

Museu de Macau

 

 

 

 

reflecting pool

a different view: the ruins of St. Paul's

more of Macau

 

After taking a break in the shadow of some old trees in front of the museum, we walked back down to Senate Square and finished our morning in downtown Macau with a last view of the famous black-and-white wave pattern.

 

 

back at Senado Square

 

This is the sixth post about our trip to Asia in May 2010. See here for the other posts about that trip.

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2 Comments

  • sahchiq says:

    hi! would you advice to get a tour to macau? or would it be better on time and budget if we do sightseeing on our own?

    • Sabrina says:

      I have no idea. We really enjoyed grabbing cabs and wandering around alone. However, I didn’t participate in a tour, so I couldn’t tell you if that’s worth it.

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