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Macau


INTRO:



Macau is a very small country and only covers 27,3 sq.km and cosists of only 461,000 residents. Chinese make up 95% of this figure with the remaining 5% from either Portugese or Eurpean desent. Being a former Portugese colony, official languages are Portugese and Chinese, and many streets and places will have a Portugese name. Its also only an hour's ferry ride away from Hong Kong, so make sure you visit Macau, even if its just for a day, its great! Known to many as the "Las Vegas of the East", Macau is a very popular destination amongst the Chinese who go there frequently to go and do some gambling, as its legal, where its not legal in Hong Kong and China.


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MUST SEE/ACTIVITIES:


Sites:

senado square very early in the morning
Leisure walk at Senado Square
Leisure walk at Senado Square

Description:
Since Senado Square is just very near where i stayed i get to visit this place a lot of times during the day and night. It's nice to take a stroll here at night. If you're like me who likes to people-watch you'll enjoy walking here or to sit on a bench and observe :P.

Night photo op at A-ma Temple
Night photo op at A-ma Temple
Night photo op at A-ma Temple

Description:
I came to visit this place at night and only got to see the outside. What i find interesting is the super big burner they have inside the temple.

Directions
Take bus #s 2, 7, 18, 10, 10A, 21, 21A. Bus fare is 2.50 patacas

Fisherman's wharf
Fisherman's wharf
Fisherman's wharf

Description:
I like staying here because of the sea breeze. Nice view too specially at night.



Directions:
Take a bus # 10. Once you see the Sands casino take off at the next bus stop, cross the over pass to cross the other side.
Buildings at fisherman's wharf
Buildings at fisherman's wharf
Buildings at fisherman's wharf

Description:
Very good place for photo ops.

St. Paul Ruins
St. Paul Ruins
St. Paul Ruins

Description:
Nothing much to see but nice for picture taking. And the road going here has a lot of shops where you can try and buy their pork/beef jerk, almond cake, egg tarts, souvenirs, etc.


Directions:
Once in senado square walk straight ahead until you see the body shop store. Once you see the body shop turn left then turn right to the second street. Go straight ahead until you see the St. Paul ruins.
Hac-sa beach
Hac-sa beach
Hac-sa beach

Description:


Directions:
I just took a bus # 25 (to coloane). The last stop is the hac-sa beach. Bus fare is 5 patacas. 10 patacas roundtrip.
Lotus square
Lotus square
Lotus square

Description:
For more picture taking :P


Directions:

Nam Van Lake at night
Nam Van Lake at night
Nam Van Lake at night

Description:
Nam Van Lake at night


Directions:
Take AP1 and get off the bus when you see the lake at your right.

Bungy jumping at the macau tower
Bungy jumping at the macau tower
Bungy jumping at the macau tower

Description:
I'm afraid of heights so I didn't try this. Plus this cost so much, it's 600++ patacas.


Directions:
up the macau tower

Casinos
Casinos
Casinos

Description:
I'm not much of a gambler myself but you should atleast try the slot machine for experience :P


Directions:
go to Sands or Casino Lisboa



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FOOD and RESTOS:
cafe bplus
cafe B plus
cafe B plus

Description:
The food prices are average. My favorite is the rice with meat soysauce.
Address: along senado square.

Directions:


Phone:


Website:


Other Contact:

Yummy bread
Yummy bread
Yummy bread

Description:
i don't how it's called but it's like a chiffon cake with almonds. i love this bread that's why i keep coming to that bakery to buy this everyday. the price depends on the weight. Address:

Directions:
along Ave. Almeida Ribeiro (going to senado sq) go straight until u reach the Tai fung bank/jewelry shop. Then go left . When u reached a fork take the left road. When u reached the corner turn right. it's the 1st bakery to ur right

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Website:


Other Contact:

Gelattos anyone
Gelattos, anyone?
Case del Gelatto

Description:
I was looking for a restaurant when i accidentally found this place. The gelatto costs 15, 20 and 25. Address: somewhere at Rua Dos Mercadores

Directions:
along Ave. Almeida Ribeiro (going to senado sq) just go straight until u find Tai fung bank/jewelry shop (that's where the Rua dos mercadores is). Go left and walk til you find the casa del gelatto. casa del gelatto is to your left.

Phone:


Website:


Other Contact:

local food local food
local food
local food

Description:
this is where locals go. they dont speak chinese but just point at the menu to order. favorite dish is the shrimp-wanton-like soup. see the photo. Address: somewhere at Rua Dos Mercadores

Directions:
along senado sq..right after the body shop..it's a small street to your right where there are lots of scooters.

Phone:


Website:


Other Contact:

a lorcha
A Lorcha
A Lorcha

Description:
The food is ok. We ordered the char-grilled pork ribs and chips (70), seafood soup (32), mixed seafood rice, portuguese style (86). Remember to make a reservation. This place is always full. Address: 289 rua do almirante sergio

Directions:
Take the #10 bus (the one going to a-ma temple)

Phone:
313.193/313.195

Website:


Other Contact:

 Lemoncello Gelatto
Lemoncello Gelatto
Lemoncello Gelatto

Description:
Their gelatto presentation is more interesting and they have interesting flavors too.Try their ferrero rocher and tiramisu flavor. Address:

Directions:
Senado square. walk straight till you reach the body shop then turn right.

Phone:


Website:


Other Contact:

Milk pudding
Milk pudding at night
Leitaria i son

Description:
I like the milk pudding hot.

Address: senado square

Directions:
at senado square right infront of the post office. between a money changer and another resto.

Phone:


Website:


Other Contact:

flavored drinks flavored drinks
flavored drinks
Cafe E.S. Kimo

Description:
I always find this place with long lines that's why I got curious and tried their drinks.Try their coffee milk tea. Forgot the name. But it's the brown one in my photo. Address:

Directions:
Senado square. walk straight till you reach the body shop then turn left.

Phone:


Website:


Other Contact:

pork steak bun
pork steak bun

Description:
try their pork steak bun

Address:

Directions:
dos mercadores...the side parallel to senado

Phone:


Website:


Other Contact:

cakes cakes
Saint Honore Cake Shop
Saint Honore Cake Shop

Description:
Saw this shop while going to Lemoncello Gelatto. The cakes here looks so tempting but it just cost too much that I decided just to take photos instead. Address:

Directions:
same road as the lemocello gelatto

Phone:


Website:


Other Contact:

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HOTEL and ACCOMODATIONS
Cheapest so far
Cheapest so far
Auguster's

Description:
It was comfortable. The owner, Richard is very accomodating. He never gets tired of answering questions about where to go, what bus to take, etc.
Dorm type is HKD80/pax/night. Private room for two is HKD150/night

Unique Qualities:
Cheap and is located in the middle of Casino Lisboa and Senado Square.

Directions:
Easiest and the best way is to print the map found on their site then take a cab from the airport and show it to the driver. This is what i did because i don't want to get lost while carrying my trolley bag. The taxi fare would be 46 MOP.


Address:
24, Rua Do Dr. Pedro Jose Lobo, Floor 3J, Block 4, Edf Kamloi, Macao

Contact Nos:
6645026 or 713242
Website:
http://www.harleys.de/macau/macau.html

Other Contact:
augusters@augusters.de

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NIGHTLIFE


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OFF THE BEATEN PATH


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TOURIST TRAPS


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WARNINGS OR DANGERS


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GETTING THERE and AROUND
Tiger Airways Mnl-Macau
Tiger Airways Mnl-Macau
Tiger Airways Mnl-Macau


Getting TO:
For cheap airfare always check their site. I got my fare for $1.00 rountrip, no kidding! $54 total including taxes. Plus Php1,620 Philippine travel tax and 500 terminal fee.
travel time = 1 hr and 30 minutes
website = www.tigerairways.com

buses
buses
buses to take you around macau


Getting AROUND:
fare = 2.50-5.00 patacas, depending on your destination. prepare for exact fare.

trikes
trikes
trikes


Getting AROUND:
I just saw this near casino lisboa. Sorry didn't ask how much the ride would cost. I've seen a couple take this to Macau tower, you might want to try this also for experience.



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Culture


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PACKING LIST
i went there on a february and it's cold so bring a jacket
a very comfy shoes
camera/CF card
tripod and lots of batteries (for that long exposures)
postcard of your homeland, remember you're also representing your country's tourism when you travel..
small notebook, for journaling your travels/expenses/etc


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SHOPPING:
almond cakes
almond cakes
almond cakes


What to Buy:
almond cakes
What to Pay:
2 patacas each or 23-25 patacas for 1 pack...i like them best when they're still hot..

pork/beef jerky
pork/beef jerky
pork/beef jerky


What to Buy:
pork/beef jerky
What to Pay:
30-35 patacas

egg tarts
egg tarts
egg tarts


What to Buy:
egg tarts
What to Pay:
6 patacas each

souvenirs
souvenirs
souvenirs


What to Buy:
ref magnets, key chains and other macau souvenirs
What to Pay:
ref magnets are for 5, 10, 15 patacas...keychains are for 15 patacas



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GENERAL TIPS:

some links:
    macau gov't tourist office
    city guide of macau
     marlin's macau gallery


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