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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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