Pit stop in Macau
Trip Start Nov 06, 2009
354Trip End May 28, 2011
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Where I stayed
Dragon Inn, Chungking Mansions
Anyway, on to happier things….
We planned to spend the day in Macau – some people had told us not to bother as it’s just an ugly ‘Vegas of Asia’, and others had said it was worth a visit
Caught the bus straight to Avenida de Almeida Ribero, the main street of Macau, and the Largo de Senado, the main square which is surrounded by colourful colonial era buildings and currently even more colourful inflatable Christmas decorations.Walked up a big hill to the old Monte Fort, which was built by the Jesuits in the early 1600s and provides a great view over the city – a view dominated by the fantastically hideous golden flaming torch-shaped Grand Hotel Lisboa Casino which towers high above all the other ugly casinos and high rises.
Visited the ruins of the 17th century Church of St Paul. It was designed by an Italian Jesuit and later built by Japanese refugees who fled Nagasaki after Christian persecutions there, then it caught fire in the 18th century and now only the huge fašade and stairway are left of it. Despite that it’s apparently considered to be the greatest monument to Christianity in Asia. Walked around a few of the pretty cobbled streets including Rua da Felicidade (Happiness Street), which was the setting for several scenes from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. It used to be the red light district, but is now full of more respectable little wooden-shuttered shops selling local delicacies such as ‘yuk gon’ (strips of sweet dried beef and pork which Chris quite liked), ‘hung yan bang’ (almond biscuits) peanut and sesame brittle and Macau’s famous egg custard tarts, which we had just enough time to sample before heading back to catch the ferry back to Kowloon
We arrived back in Kowloon just before 8pm and legged it to the waterfront to catch the 8pm ‘Symphony of Light’, the free light show that takes place at 8pm every night. Loads of coloured lights, lazers and spotlights lighting up the skyscrapers on both sides of the harbour, pretty cool.
Finally, we had our last Chinese meal I guess we’ll be having for a while – off bright and early to Bangkok in the morning!