Hong Kong whilst part of China is a Special Administrative Region, or SAR. There is a second SAR, Macau located an hour away by ferry. It was ran by the Portuguese for some 400 years before being handed back to China in 1999. Today we took the ferry and visited this strange but wonderful city.
|The one way ticket to Macau
|On board the boat - it's allocated seating
|The boat we took
|Street signs in Macau are in Portuguese set in tiles
|Outside the ferry terminal in Macau is a casino set inside a replica blue cube, made famous from the Beijing Olympics
|Motorbikes seem to be the locals preferred mode of transport.
|The symbol of the city in one of it's public plazas
|Pavements are lined with stone tiles
It's very European in parts whilst in total contrast all the major casino brands have set up home here, with a strip with names more common to Las Vegas including the MGM, Sands and the worlds largest casino The Venetian. It's a vast contrast which makes Macau a fascinating place to visit.
|The Grande Lisboa
|The Grand Lisboa to the right and the main street in the distance
|Senado Plaza - very European indeed
|The ruins of St. Paul's
|The view down over the city from the hill where the ruins of St. Paul are situated
|Portuguese vanilla egg tart - very tasty
|Grand Lisboa as illuminated at night
|Inside the shopping area of The Venetian Hotel
|Alongside the canal and gondola
|The entrance to the worlds largest casino
|Inside the worlds largest casino
|Local food available in the many restaurants
We stayed for dinner but took the complementary bus back to the ferry terminal and travelled back to Hong Kong on a 22:30 crossing. We highly recommend visiting Macau if you find yourself in this part of the world. It's a real experience and contrast to that found in Hong Kong.
|On the boat back to Hong Kong (Kowloon)