While in Hong Kong I wanted to spend a day in Macau. Macau is a special region in the southern coast of China. Here you will see a large Portuguese influence as it was a Portuguese colony until 1999. Macau is part of China but it has it's own legal system, currency, customs and immigration policies, etc. It is one of the richest cities in the world and also the world's gambling region. That's definitely not what I was interested in doing though.
The day was pretty cloudy but I decided to go to Macau anyways. I went to the Hong Kong/Macau ferry terminal to purchase my ticket. They had ferries leaving every 15-30 minutes. I bought one way tickets because I wasn't sure what time I wanted to come back. I purchased an economy ticket on turbojet for $164 HKD ($20) around 12:30 pm. *TIP: Visiting during the week is cheaper than the weekend, so try to take a trip on a weekday. First you have to purchase your ticket and then when you are getting on the ferry they will give you a sticker with your seat number. Luckily, I got a window seat so I got to window watch. The ride was supposed to be about an hour. I fell asleep within 10 minutes, so I missed most of the ride ^^.
When I arrived in Macau I was lost as to how to get to the places I wanted to go. There were a lot of taxis that offered to take you to the top attractions for about $400 HKD or more which was pretty expensive. So, I decided to go to the information booth and ask what the cheapest way to get to the attractions was. The lady advised that I take bus #3 which was only $3 HKD, which was super cheap. The bus ride was only about 15-20 mins and drops you off right by Senado Square. A lot of the foreigners get off there so it's not hard to find. On the bus the PA system tells you what each stop is in English and Spanish.
It was so hard trying to figure out these signs.
I kind of just walked around aimlessly following other people I thought were headed to the ruin. St. Dominic's church was very vibrant. A lot of people were taking selfies and of course I didn't bring my selfie stick.
I went down an alley that was supposed to take me to where I wanted to go but instead it led me through a whole bunch of shopping alleys. I just kept wandering around til I finally got here.
St. Paul's Ruins are the most well known landmarks in Macau. It was built in the 16th century originally as a church. It was destroyed by a fire during a typhoon in 1865. Fortunately, one wall withstood the fire. Unfortunately for me, it was beginning to rain harder. I didn't get to actually look around since I didn't bring an umbrella. I quickly snapped some pictures and headed back down to the promenade to find shelter.
I went into the Starbuck's and waited about an hour, until it stopped raining. I walked back up to the Ruin's because there was a path up there to Monte Forte. Monte Forte was a military centre, they have original cannons and a great view of Macau. I walked around for a bit and took in the scenery and historical sights. While I was walking around it started to rain again so I just put my jacket over my head and kept on walking.
From Forte Monte you get an amazing 360 view of Macau.
Walking around I got to see cannons, they even had cannon balls.
There is even a museum if you wanted to learn more about the history of Macau. You can't visit on Mondays as it is closed.
After walking around for about an hour I decided to head back to the mainland instead of going to check out more of Macau. The rain was getting heavier and it was getting colder and I didn't want to get sick. I didn't know where to get the bus because the bus stops are so far apart. I ended up walking about until I found the bus stop. On the ferry back to Hong Kong I paid $153 HKD, not sure why it's cheaper on the way back. Macau makes for a great day trip. There are lots of historical places to visit as well as casinos for people who like to gamble.
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