Favorite thing: http://macautower.com.mo/adventurePortuguese heritage, in Macau, became World Heritage for Unesco.
Many buildings are classified, but, for a Portuguese citizen, Portugal is present everywhere, even in the common buildings, pavements or small details.
I think, those are the most difficult things to preserve.Related to:
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walking, Eating and Gambling.
Favorite thing: Myself and The Family has Recently Travel to Macau for a nice two days Trips Early this year.
First we walked to the ruin St. Paul's Church, Just for a quick Checking out since is the Famous Landmake in Macau. After it we Walking up to the Monte Fort (Fort Hill) for another Quick Tour and we have meet a DOG Called A FUK at the Monte Forte(Also Have Photo taken Of A FUk), then we Left to eat At Dumbo for Dinner. The Price of the Food in Macau is No longer as cheap as Couple of year Ago, Is Getting expensive. After Dinner, We Went to all the Famous Casino In Macau, just to get our Money back For the Trip From Mr Ho(King of Gamble). And We did! We Got 3x more of our Travel Money back from the Casino. Next morning we went to The New Fisherman's harbor(The New Theme Park) Basically you can Avoid going to The Fisher's man Harbor, Since Many Trill Ride is Out of Order, due to Many People who Suffer Broken Ribs after being on the ride. After that we Left Macau
Barrier Gate (Portas Do Cerco)
Favorite thing: This is the main border overland route into nearby mainland China (Gongbei district). Apparently you can get a Chinese visa at the customs desk if you intend to visit only Zhuhai. However, I got my visa ahead of time, so I don't know if it is true or not. Many local Macanese go into Gongbei to buy their groceries as the costs are even cheaper!
Fondest memory: The customs area is a lot less chaotic than Hong Kong's overland routes at both Lo Wu and Huanggang. Many buses terminate at the bus terminal adjacent to the border.Related to:
- Family Travel
Asia, when to come?
Favorite thing: If you are planning a trip to Asia but you aren’t sure when to come, avoid coming between May and August. It is not because it is hot, it is because it is indeed too humid.
When you arrive and get off the plane you will promptly feel the humidity and you will never forget that soft and warm puff of humidity on your face for the rest of your life.
Well, in Europe is also hot but bearable because there isn’t almost any humidity. The period between September and December is the best time to come to Asia, you will feel very comfortable, just like in Quebec, Canada, where part of this period, the so-called “Indian Summer” is the best time to visit.Related to:
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- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
To feel the atmosphere of this...
Favorite thing: To feel the atmosphere of this town,where West meets East you should walk around the city.It´s arquitecture(churches and temples);street markets(red market,Sao Domingos market...);gardens (Camoes garden,Lu Lim Yoek Garden...);the festivities(dragon boat racing,the music festival,the chinese New Year);the food(with portuguese,indian and chinese influence);the shopping...And a very nice people welcomes you to this unique part of Asia.
Fondest memory: All the atmosphere that surrounds this city, day and night.
The Chinese New Year and the festivities.
Learning more about Chinese people (2)
Fondest memory: You have learned some Mandarin or Cantonese and you are able to understand and hold some elementary conversation with the Chinese.
By the time you get acquainted with new Chinese friends or business people they will tell you that you speak Chinese very well. Actually, even if you only can pronounce a few sentences they will tell you exactly the same, they will tell you that you speak very, very well (they know, however, that your Mandarin (or Cantonese) is poor and at the same time they truly admire you because you are trying to speak a very difficult language).
In these situations don’t simply say ‘Thank you’. If you say ‘thank you’ it will give the Chinese the assumption that you really think you speak very well.
The best answer to give is ‘my Mandarin skills are poor’ or ‘no, no, I don’t speak well’.Related to:
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John195123's General Tip
Fondest memory: When I visited here with dzni, we saw the Chinese border and decided that we wanted to try to get back into China, even though our visas were good for only one visit. So, we approached the border patrol station and got in line. No one spoke English very well, we figured. We got out of Macau easily, and then found that they wouldn't let us into China without a new visa, which we could purchase for 100 yuan in the office. We thought about it for a few minutes, but were worried that if we left Macau, we might not get back in, and if we entered China, we might not be able to get out. So, we decided to turn around before we even got to Chinese customs.
Dzni (David) went through before I did, and had a little problem trying to tell the customs agent why we were going back into Macau after having just left it. I had no problem which was due to the fact that David and I told the customs agent that we were together. So we were no longer in no-man's-land between Macau and China, and back in Macau, somewhat disappointed, but oh well.
John195123's General Tip
Fondest memory: We walked into a store in Macau, because it was hot and we wanted a drink. Coke, of course. It was interesting trying to talk to the store-owner, as we were speaking in Spanish, and he spoke only Portugese. The guy simply looked at me and shook his head. I tried repeating what I was asking other ways, circumlocution, if you will, but to no avail. We then decided to wander until we found it. It was a very nice walk around the city, not to mention long!
It was fun.
Visit the Guia Fortress!
Fondest memory: One of our desired stops was the Guia Fortress. We had also decided that we were going to walk. Actually, that was decided for us as we had no car. After a while, we found that our sense of direction had failed us and we were lost. So, we thought about hailing the nearest taxi and having the driver take us. Before we did that, we fortunately found that we actually did know where we were going, and thus had no need for a taxi. Getting lost in cities, especially those on the other side of the world is such a great experience. YOu get to see so much of a place that way. And, if you're like us, you'll enjoy it, and make the most of it! It was so awesome walking along the cobbled streets. I recall a motorscooter (don't know why) that I saw. AH! So much fun!
Lou Lim Ieoc Gardens
Favorite thing: I loved the Lou Lim Ieoc Gardens...it was a really nice place to stop and relax for a while and we got to explore the wonderful surroundings... Everywhere we walked in the gardens we found cute little 'fairy' picnic holes...they had tiny seats & tables hidden away in the various plants/trees.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Go for a walk...
Favorite thing: You will come across some really nice looking buildings... We spent a lot of time walking around in Macau and it was probably the best way to see the city...although we could have done it quicker on scooters... ;)Related to:
FLEA MARKETSThe most popular...
Favorite thing: FLEA MARKETS
The most popular flea market in Macau is near the Ruins of St. Paul’s but off the beaten tourist path. Follow Rua de São Paulo to Rua das Estalagens and turn down the hill to the next narrow street. Go past the shops selling antiques, the tailor shops, and other small shops until the road reaches a fork. At this juncture, vendors will have their wares spread out on the cobblestones for sellers to browse among. You’ll find all sorts of crockery, carved figurines, historic memorabilia and other oddities to bargain for.
Another flea market operates around Hong Kung Temple , located at the heart of the old Chinese bazaar, between Cinco de Outubro and Guimarães streets. Take a map with you, since this place is hard to find, but worth seeking out, with its historic temple as an enjoyable side trip.
Favorite thing: Traditional food products
There are very few neighbourhoods in Macau where you will find numerous shops selling dried meat and seafood, herbs and other traditional Chinese foodstuffs and medicines. All over town, they do a brisk business among local patrons as well as tourists. The biggest establishments with the widest variety of quality dried shark’s fin, mushrooms, shrimp, abalone and scallops can be found in the most popular shopping areas, like Av. Almeida Ribeiro and Av. Horta e Costa. The streets around Rua da Felicidade have more than their share of shops selling dried meat, and the best ones are easy to find. just follow the delicious aroma.
Taipa Island is famous for its traditional cookies, and in the old village there are shops that have been baking and selling the same fragrant sweet morsels for generations. Stroll down Rua do Cunha and you will be tempted by the fragrance of freshly baked delicacies wafting from the many old-fashioned bakeries. Many other delectable confections found in local shops make good presents with the “taste of Macau” for visitors to take home with them. A famous Macanese specialty is “pasteis de nata”, little egg tarts, and most good cafes and bakeries offer these, although they are best when eaten while still warm from the oven.
Fondest memory: Walking the streets in Macau in winter, around the corner, little sand pots over gentle coals.then a whiff of fragrant Rice and dried Duck and Pork Sausages ( Lap Mei), How could i miss out on rice and juicy Lap Mei, a fast food convenience on the streets ;-p
PORCELAIN AND FINE CERAMICS ...
Favorite thing: PORCELAIN AND FINE CERAMICS
Macau has a significant porcelain industry, although most of the factories are across the border in China. There are many wholesalers and retail outlets carrying a huge variety of tableware, vases, and novelty items at very low prices. Some factories will even custom make a vase or set of tableware with your family crest or in a pattern copied from your draperies. For more unusual pieces at good prices, try the many shops around Rua de S. Paulo . Many interesting antique and one-of-a-kind pieces can also be found in shops on Avenida Almeida Ribeiro , right in the heart of the commercial district.
Visit Border Gate, at the...
Favorite thing: Visit Border Gate, at the Chinese border, on the other side of the island. It's famous for its architecture, but probably more for its political importance there on the border. Anyway, there is a customs/border crossing here too in a new building, but the old one is kind of just standing there.
Fondest memory: Ok, same place... Border Gate. We decided this should be the first place we go... this is just after we have passed through Macau Immigration upon arriving that morning from Hong Kong, and filled out the entrance papers and had our passports stamped. Then we get on a bus, and we THINK this will take us to border gate, but instead it just takes us to some random area of the island. We TRIED to communicate with the bus driver when we reached the end of the line, but he just made us get off. However, a nice woman who spoke English directed us in the right direction, and somehow we made it there. We looked for the 'Gate,' but couldn't find it... walked around the side of the street, not there. Came back and decided we should go in this museum-looking building. We got in line... and then before we realized it, we were leaving Macau! We had made it to Macau Immigration. So... another stamp (exit).... and then we walked in this no-mans' land between Macau and China, not really sure what country we were in. Now, we were a little skeptical about trying to enter China again (we had just been there a few days prior and our visa was technically not valid since we had left the country). And besides, the Chinese soldier looked a little imposing before the tunnel into China. We decided to stop at the Customs house first to see how much a visa would be... too expensive. So, we turned around and went back into the Macau customs house and tried to re-enter the country, filling out more declaration papers. Ugh. This time they were very skeptical of us entering. The poor guy didn't speak English and was very skeptical of my passport, so he pushed a button and over came a higher ranking guy. He spoke English and drilled me about why I didn't have a new visa if I just came from China, when I was leaving the country, and where I was going... after a pause he decided to let me in... PHEW! All told, I now have 4 stamps from Macau within probably a half-day's trip! Ah, but we found Border Gate, which is pictured here!
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