Macau, just like Hong Kong, is a special administrative region of China. It is located to the west of Hong Kong, and is about an hour’s boat ride away. When the family visited Hong Kong, we decided to have a day trip to Macau knowing that since it was previously a Portuguese colony, it will provide an alternative experience from the ones we made in Hong Kong.
So, what’s there to see and experience in Macau?
The boat ride. In going to Macau from Hong Kong, the easiest is through the ferry. You can buy tickets from the First Ferry at the China Ferry Terminal near Tsim Sha Tsui Station if you’re in Kowloon Island, or at the Hong Kong Macau Ferry Station at the Shun Tak Centre near the MTR Sheung Wan Station if you’re in Hong Kong Island. Tickets are from about USD40 round trip. Ferry timings are from 7:00am to 12:00am everyday, with departures every 30 minutes (15 minutes at the Hong Kong Macau Ferry Station).
Sightseeing. Once you’ve completed the 1-hour ferry ride and reached the Macau Ferry Terminal, you have two options of exploring the city: one is to just hop on any hotel shuttle buses dotting the terminal (it’s free even if you don’t have any bookings made); the other is to haggle with taxi drivers that will give you a short (2-3 hours) city tour. The first option is the cheaper choice; however, it will still entail you to take taxis to get from one attraction to another while in the city. We took the second option as we have three kids in tow, and we paid about USD105 for the private trip. Not bad, I’d say.
Places to visit. Macau is generally a gambling city, and most tourists go to casinos. As we have our kids with us on this trip though, we have to go to alternative sites.
The Fisherman’s Wharf. This is a nice area to relax, and is only about 5-minute walk from the Ferry Terminal.
The Macau Tower. If you’re the adventurous type, you can bungee jump from the top of the tower.
Our Lady of Penha Church. Aside from the historical church, this place will also give you panoramic views of the city as it sits atop a hill.
A-Ma Temple. A Buddhist Temple for fishermen.
Museu de Macau.
Ruins of St. Paul. We just passed by this important place, as when we arrive in this area, there was a very heavy downpour. It actually gave us an account of what the weather in Macau was like.
After the sightseeing, we asked our driver to just leave us in one of the shopping malls for the much needed retail therapy and sampling of Macau’s local dishes. Afterwards, we proceeded back to the Ferry Terminal and head back to Hong Kong in the evening.
teachers for most of the last 15 years... into educational technology, e-learning and quality assurance. builds scale models of cars and robots, and experiments in photography in spare time. loves to travel and explore new places with family.
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