Sightseeing at Macau

We went to Macau for a day trip on a Sunday, by Turbojet ferry to Macau-HK ferry terminal. As there were 6 of us & taking 1 cab to tour around was difficult, we decided to hire a personal local tour guide upon reaching Macau. Below are some of the highlights that this friendly tour guide brought us to. ^^

澳门渔人码头 (Fisherman's wharf)

This is a a miniature theme park tat somewhat resembles our now-defunct Tang Dynasty in SG? See the leftmost image tat shows 唐城? All the buildings are of miniature sizes, like a 小人国. It is just a 5-min walk from the Macau-HK Ferry Terminal and Heliport.

西湾大桥 Sai Van Bridge

The Sai Van Bridge was officially inaugurated on December 19, 2004. The 560 million-pataca 2,200-meter bridge links Macau with Taipa and also with Cotai where the many new casinos, hotels & resorts are. We took this “skyline” pic near the Macau Fisherman’s Wharf.

Sands Hotel in Macau - Marina Bay Sands in SG nicer? 😛

观音莲花苑 Kun Iam Ecumenical Centre

According to the tour guide, this is a Kun Iam statue tat is mixed wif Portugese & Chinese culture, as it combined Mother Mary & Kun Iam image together. It does look a bit different from the typical Kun Iam to me tho 😛 The dome-shaped centre is a place where information is available on Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.

民政总署大楼 'Leal Senado' Building

See the building with the red flag flying high? It is the ‘Leal Senado’ Building that serves as a municipal chamber today and is the most outstanding Portugese architecture in the territory.

大三巴牌坊 Ruins of St. Paul's

Ruins of St. Paul’s is a famous World Heritage site of Macau, & many soon-to-be-wed couples like to take their wedding shots there, like in the pic above. We saw about 2-3 couples who were there tat day for their wedding album shots. The church was built in 1602 but only a magnificent stone façade and grand staircase remain of the iconic Church of St. Paul’s now.

See the tall Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre in the background, taken from the Ruins of St. Paul's

妈阁庙 A-Ma Temple

The Grand Lisboa Casino Hotel

议事亭前地 Senado Square - feels like being in Europe!

View of Senado Square from the other side of Ruins of St. Paul's

Macau is a very small island, filled with casinos & more casinos hehe. So guess a day or two would be enuf for a general sightseeing trip there, unless u want to play at the casinos. However, it does feel very European, so it’s gd to be there to soak in the European/Portugese atmosphere when Europe is so far away from us!

PS: I did feel like I was back in Switzerland when I was in Macau, especially at the Senado Square & Ruins of St Paul’s 😉

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