Sunday, 17 March 2013

A Day In Macau

St Dominic`s Church

Ruin of St Paul

View from Macau Museum

Na Tcha Temple

Protestant Church

Going to Macau it not just a matter of hopping onto a boat, as we found out, you have to bring along your passport and it gets stamped as we left Hong Kong and a stamp as we entered Macau. It takes about one hour on the fast hydro-foil boats, we day we visited it was grey and overcast.

Macau was once a Portuguese colony from mid-16th century to 1999, it was the last European colony in China, as Hong Kong had already been handed back to China. Like Hong Kong, it is a SAR, Special Administrative Region of China.

So once we arrived we caught a bus into the centre and started walking around, it was quite busy with lots of tourists. You either come to gamble (which we did not) or to walk around the UNESCO World Heritage old town (which we did). I am not sure what I expected but I was a bit let down by what I saw, sure there were some interesting building to see and the ruins of St Paul was quite amazing as only the facade remains.

To be honest we did not see all of the town and am sure we missed out on lots of sights. I also think as it was overcast and grey that did not help matters. We wanted to see the Guia fortress and lighthouse but by the end of the day we were quite exhausted with all the walking, we did see it from afar though.

We climbed up Mount Fortress and walked around and saw the views, when you have seen views like in Hong Kong, it was not the same. But in saying that if you are visiting Hong Kong and have enough time I would come and visit just to see the old centre.

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