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. ^^
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 😉