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Daytrippin' to Macau

Posted on: 05 September 2011

While we were in Hong Kong, we hopped on the ferry over to neighbouring Macau which is about an hours ferry ride away. Given the fact that our ferry was named the 'Turbo Jet' you can imagine that the ferry is not your typical slow ferry, we raced across to Macau in no time!

Macau is like Hong Kong (also majority Cantonese speaking), as it is a special administrative region of China, therefore it is responsible for it's own legal system, immigration and policing etc but essentially, China is it's big boss. Generally, it's a little hotter than Hong Kong and that day was no exception and I remember it being a sweltering 39c.
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The Venetian Hotel
Macau is extremely touristy. It's pretty much like the Las Vegas of China and it's famous for it's casinos, luxury hotels but also the Historic attractions that lie in the centre of Macau. Our first stop was a visit to the Venetian Hotel. Yup, the very same as it's Las Vegas counterpart complete with it's mock canal, street lamps, painted ceiling and facades of traditional Venetian buildings. The hotel is well known for it's casino but also it's vast shopping mall. In Macau, it's still legal to smoke indoors so it was very strange (and not very nice) walking around and seeing people smoke their cigarettes as if it was really the outdoors. It's all a bit surreal and somewhat claustrophobic, especially when the gondoliers who ferry excited tourists up and down the fake canal break into Opera which echoes all around the mall. Must be quite an odd job. SDC19241 Untitled-3
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Can you believe the lemon coloured building with the red canopies is a Mcdonalds? far too pretty!
Not long after, we decided to catch the bus into the centre of town to visit the Historic parts of Macau. As you probably know, Hong Kong used to be a British Colony and similarly, Macau used to be a Portuguese Colony which is reflected in the beautiful architecture in some of the old buildings. It felt like I was in the Mediterranean but with a twist, as all the street signs were in Chinese, Portuguese and English!
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Macau is a dream for photographers because of it's vibrant colours and it's clash of cultures (Chinese/Portuguese). Some of the following images are photos taken on my phone so you can imagine how amazing SLR photos would be if you are lucky enough to own one! Above is St. Augustine's Church and it is such a vibrant yellow that it's really hard to miss when you turn a corner into the square it's situated in. However, the main attraction is the ruins of St. Paul's and all that stands today is the front facing facade of the old church which was destroyed by fire in the 1800s.
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SAM_1859Apart from the thriving neon casino culture, ever growing attractions, delicious traditional Macau foods there is a further reason why HK residents love Macau so much. My dad said it is very much like old Hong Kong, particularly 60s HK before many of the 'old' buildings were torn down and replaced with shiny new skyscrapers. I definitely see the charm as it's in stark contrast to the previous attraction at the Venetian which makes Macau such an odd place to visit. One of my favourite things was simply walking down the backstreets and taking some of the photos below. Definitely some of my favourite photographs that I took during my time in Hong Kong/Macau. SDC19256
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One of the things I adore about HK is visiting Dessert shops for a quick snack. In Macau, it's no different. During our brief visit to Macau we stopped at Yee Shun Milk Company/義順牛奶公/Leitaria I So to sample some traditional desserts. The steamed egg/milk dessert is pretty famous at this Macaunese chain and whose desserts are made from buffalo milk.
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Senado Square
There was so much that we didn't do in Macau and it really does need a few days to explore the other surreal and strange attractions. To me, Macau is one big theme park, worth visiting for Historical value but also a taste of the extreme with it's crazy hotels and other attractions. One such example is the Macau Fisherman's Wharf which is a theme park built to resemble world sea ports and includes a Volcano, Aladdin's Fort, Roman themed shopping centre and the yet to be completed Tang Dynasty Fortress. Odd? Most definitely. Maybe I'll visit it next time...but I much prefer the old buildings.

So when we hopped off the ferry and back on to HK soil we stopped by a local noodle shop in Tin Hau called Tai Lee/大利清湯腩. This particular restaurant has done well with reviews and has had some great press coverage. I chose to have their famed Beef Brisket with Vermicelli noodles in clear broth but the rest of my family opted for wheat noodles which is a little more filling. It may not be the prettiest dish on the menu but it's really good!SDC19277
Untitled-4We also had a side order of deep fried fish skins which was amazing and something I've not had before. I suppose they must seem a little odd to those unused to such foods but they were really morish and pretty much like crisps.

So there goes my day in Macau in one post for you! Hope you enjoyed the journey. I've still got that food post to write but it's so daunting given that I have almost a month's worth of food pictures to choose from, crazy! Hope everyone has a lovely week.

65 comments:

  1. Wah I wish I could go to Macau, it seems like a wonderful experience! A friend of mine went once and he made it look really bad - basically just naked ladies and casinos. I'm glad it's not just that!
    Your protographs look really good by the way :)

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  2. Oh wow, it looks fantastic there. I would love to visit one day.The dessert looks interesting !

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  3. Oh wow The Venetian looks exactly like the Vegas one and yes in Vegas you can't escape the smokers either!

    Macau seems like such a strange place full of so many different cultures definitely one of those places you have to visit at least once!

    and those beef noodles and crispy fish skin are making me hungry they're one of my fave things to nibble on xoxo

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  4. Aaaah i love china. you dont get lonely there! i just got back from holiday in beijing, missing it so much esp the food

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  5. The Portuguese architecture looks astonishingly beautiful, Macau is also known for their pork buns and custard tart...that's as far as I know. And again....I've never been there kekeke.

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  6. What an amazing trip you had. And as I was scrolling down all I could think was the vibrancy of the place, you captured it really well.

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  7. Some amazing phtos. Such beautiful buildings and dramatic scenes.

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  8. Wow what a great place, I'd heard of the name but never knew what it looked like, so it's great to see photos of your visit. Feels like I was almost there! Loving your outfit with the bag too.

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  9. Goodness, I truly adored this post! <3 The architecture is so beautiful!

    x
    Lost in the Haze

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  10. It looks like such a culture clash. Very cool :)

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  11. Such good food! My cousin works in Macau at the Venetian, I'd love to go and visit one day (: And eeeep, all the Boys Over Flowers locations, fangirling like crazy here! xx

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  12. Such amazing pictures! So love that one of you with the city backdrop and that amazing blue bag of yours!

    What an awesome post!

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  13. Yummy foods. All this info I never knew about the languages and such. Such a cool location.

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  14. Such an uber swell post! Quite the wow factor it must have been on the trip.

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  15. Lovely pictures, thanks for sharing! Your trip looks like it was a lot of fun!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! :o)

    -Samantha

    http://thisfashionista.blogspot.com

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  16. nice photos, you look so much fun in there :)

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  17. COME TO LONDON. and stop making me want to go on foreign holidays :( xx

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  18. And now I want to go to Macau!! If only it wasn't so far away! I will definitely put it on my travel list, though!

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  19. these pictures are awesome, I've never been there but from these pictures it looks like a mini vegas! soo many people as well :D you look fab in the dress by the way <3

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  20. what a beautiful place, you've taken some great photos! hope you had a good time, it looks it!
    xo Elly @ strawberrylacemoustache.blogspot.com

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  21. wow! i wish my day trips looked this amazing!

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  22. nice pictures!!! looks like u had fun!!! rreally nice post!

    The Petite Blogger

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  23. I wish I could think of more words to descripe this than amazing. These are SPECTACULAR. x hivenn

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  24. Nice nice post! thank you for visit! have you see my new post of Miriamstella, with Balmain jacket and vuitton scarf?
    please see it and tell me if you like!
    kisses
    miriamstella
    http://isfashionmypassion.blogspot.com/

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  25. Bellissimo posto, e tu hai un bellissimo sorriso mia cara:-)

    Really lovely place, and you, my dear, you have a wonderfull smile:-)

    Barbara

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  26. Oo looks like a nice place ! Really nice pictures !
    It actually reminds me a lot of Vegas !
    U look great too! Hope you're doing well :)

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  27. I want to be there!

    Love Grace.

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  28. This looks like a very fun day trip and the weather looks lovely and hot. I adore your dress and bag so sweet. I looks like a great city to visit because the buildings and architecture are stunning.

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  29. It looks like a great place. I think Anthony Bourdain did an episode there.

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  30. My favourite part is the snacks, and that front wall of the burnt down church- that is such a cool place! Love love love allll the posts from HK (although technically this one doesnt count as HK, but you get what i mean :P)!

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  31. Macau looks wonderful! I love the architecture. It is absolutely beautiful! I hope to visit there one day!
    --Ciara :)

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  32. This sounds fantastic, I love that there is such a diverse mix of culture too...amazing!

    Maria xxx

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  33. Wow Macau looks gorgeous, the architecture is so pretty! Love that photo of the Chinese lanterns hanging down the side of the building. xx

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  34. I love reading all of your little insights on Macau--your pictures are terrific, as well! Take care and have fun.

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  35. what a dream trip my friend Winnie, this city is amazing and I bet the food too! I dream to travel to asia... one day I will!

    love from Brazil,

    Kira

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  36. everything looks amazing - even the mcdonalds! definitely looking forward to your food post :) x

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  37. great pictures! I think I'll be going there for a weekend for a wedding.. hopefully I'll try their famous egg tarts!! Ive just seen a few pics of them now I have serious cravings!

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  38. awww how i miss macau!
    i love macau for the wonderful mix of old and new ♥
    such a wonderful place to visit... and to eat!! =P

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  39. oh Macau Macau:) I just went there in Nov and stayed at the Venetian and watched the show ZAIA, it was a great experience!!! That hotel is lovely, i must say!!!

    Yeah, i enjoy strolling along the streets of Macau and eating the local food. I especially love the Portuguese tarts, did u try them? I love Yee Shun's steamed egg/milk desserts too! It wasn't opened last time as they were renovating, lol.

    Yum...that beef brisket looks nice, i just had that today for lunch too:)

    Thanks for sharing your Macau trip and bringing back my memories of Macau too,hehe

    HAve a great week!

    Cinz
    http://cinzee.wordpress.com

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  40. Oh wow - what an amazing looking place!

    Definitely adding to my 'to visit' list one day - I love the mix of old and new too - I'm glad they've kept some of the lovely old buildings!

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  41. awesome photos!

    http://pinklemonsorbet.blogspot.com/

    Meena ♥

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  42. everything looks so amazing... i'd love to visit this place!


    MJLSTYLE

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  43. Wauww nice pictures, seems like you had a great time

    x Hajar & Mounia
    Hauntedcasablanca.blogspot.com

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  44. wow, totally visiting Macau in the nearest future :)
    got a lot of info from this post ;)

    a new follower here btw :)

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  45. Wowzers - looks like a ton of fun was had! So cool you can take a day trip there!

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  46. omg Amazing photos! I will love to go to Hong kong one day :)

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  47. Amazing photographs; looks like you had a brilliant time. And ha, can't WAIT for your food post!

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  48. Seriously love all your traveling posts and photos! Looks like such an incredible trip.

    p.s. loving your teal bag with the contrast trim! so cuute! xx

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  49. i love ur blogger background :) and i love the bag aswell ^^ i went to Macua and hated it :( sadly i didnt visit the hisotric places the rest of my family want to go to the casinos but i was too young :/

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  50. it seems like such a wonderful experience. great place.

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  51. Macau is indeed a gorgeous place! You've said it perfectly; Mediterranean w/ a twist; What w/ all the Portuguese and Chinese signs(:

    The ruins of the church was my favourite spot in Macau! There's something beautiful about looking up at it frm the bottom of the steps!

    Your photos are gorgeous!((:

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  52. I winnie :-)
    nice to meet you! found your blog this morning and fell in love with it. Love your coulture! And Macau seems a beautiful place to visit!
    Especially for the last pics of food :-)
    Gnammy!!
    I follow you.
    Hope you'll have time to pass on my blog and maybe become my follower if you like it! it will be a pleasure to have you on my blog :-)

    Anna, from Italy!

    www.followpix.com

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  53. Every time you post about your trips abroad they continue to be my favourites! I didn't go to Macau when I went to HK, limited time unfortunately, but it looks so strange! The western/historic twist looks really interesting, especially the Chinese/Portuguese combination which I really can't get my head around haha! ♥ Claire @ Jazzpad

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  54. That would totally make me feel as if I was in a pretend town, far too anachronistic. But darn it must be fun.

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  55. i LOVE macau and its food! free food there near the church! looking great ! visit me if you can :)

    www.fantailflo.com

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  56. Insanely jealous of your travels. One of my aims in the next year or so is to do a little travelling in SE Asia xx

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  57. Want to visit Macau sometimes too :)

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  58. i agree that Macau is soooooo tourist-y .. its not quite my favorite city around china and hong kong.. but the hotel rooms in The Venetian were defo good lol..

    i love deep fried fish skins too !!!! they have those in japanese restaurants in indo as well :D

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  59. Wow, Macau looks really pretty and the fish skins sound delicious. I always eat the skin off the fish even when it's been battered, it always tastes so good! I didn't get a lot of pictures in Devon but there are a few good seagull ones, so I'll post soon. xxx

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  60. If i were given a chance to visit Macau even for just a day, i would fly in an instant! It is so pretty!! The infrastructures looks so fantastic. I envy your trip to this place. :)

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