No wow Macau
Trip Start Aug 03, 2011
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A stroll down Nathan Road, before the masses and hawking tailors busily plying their wares were awake, proved most enjoyable, as did a tranquil trip across to Hong Kong Island on the Star Ferry followed by an amble along the raised walkways (surrounded by immaculately dressed HongKongers busily scurrying to their offices) to the ferry terminal where, amongst the throng of Mainland Chinese looking forward to a bumper betting weekend in Macau, I procured my ticket.
A shortwhile later, having cleared immigration, I found myself sat on the ferry looking out of a window at a thick bank of fog... no harbour sightseeing would be enjoyed today - but we were soon underway and the ferry rapidly got up to speed for the hour long journey.
Arriving in Macau the fog/mist/cloud thing that was going on had deteriorated with visibility an absolute shocker. I again cleared immigration and strolled down towards Fishermans Wharf which can only be described as a hodge podge mix of tacky tourist resconstructions that included a delightful Roman Ampitheatre nestled alongside a Volcano, a replica of the Forbidden City and various other slightly weird and wonderful buildings.
I left the wharf, deciding to take in a few of the more historical highlights. I headed towards the Penha Church, high on a hilltop on the Macau peninsula. Now they might be able to do good Casino's in Macau (I'll come on to that) but viewpoints, they are definitely not their strongest calling. I came across three on the way to the church and if admiring peoples laundry and horrendously ugly buildings is your thing - come to Macau.
Walking around town I had seen the usual big branded Vegas style casinos