On the Eve of War – Summer Trip 2007

IMG_3741

Today we saw the flashy Chinese side of Macao, then the historical Portugese side, then ended with the flashy Chinese side again. Kind of like a multicultural sandwich. Coincidentally, for both lunch and dinner I had pork chop sandwiches that are a popular Macaonese snack incorporating both cultures. You see what I did there? That’s called a metaphor or something.

First we walked to Macao Tower from the hotel. It was built in 2001 and is currently home to the tallest bungee jump in the world located at the top floor. That makes it feel sort of cheesy (even more cheesy than these towers are to begin with). Sort of a New Zealandy attempt to drum up tourist attractions (plus the tower was designed by New Zealanders and the bungee jump at the top floor was started by one). In another decade when Macao is as overdone as Vegas, it will fit right in.

img_3674.jpg
Macaovian architecture

img_3689t.jpg
Portuguesey Water

img_3683.jpg
Macao Tower

img_3692t.jpg
Ann and Taiko no Tatsujin

IMG_3715
Inside Macao Tower.

IMG_3698
The view from Macao Tower.

img_3700t.jpg
220 meters up, standing on a pane of glass.

img_3702.jpg
Hotwheels. Macao-style.

img_3709t.jpg
Ann braves the glass floor…after several minutes.

After descending from the tower and a 20 minute wait for a taxi, we went back to the historic centre, namely the Ruínas de São Paulo, the Ruins of St. Paul, carved by exiled Japanese Christians in the 17th century. And the Fortaleza do Monte, the military center for the Portuguese colony built in the 16th century.

img_3724.jpg
View of the Ruínas de São Paulo from Fortaleza do Monte.

IMG_3731
Ann at the fort wall

IMG_3772
Canon aimed at the Grand Lisboa under construction.

IMG_3799
Guard dog at the Fortaleza do Monte

IMG_3802
Ruins of St. Paul.

img_3804.jpg
View down to shops from the Ruínas de São Paulo.

img_3815t.jpg
豬扒包

img_3816t.jpg
Beef noodles

img_3822.jpg
Souvenir meat

img_3824.jpg
Largo do Senado

IMG_3825
Senado Square

After shopping we headed over to the Macau Fisherman’s Wharf/Doca dos Pescadores/澳門漁人碼頭. It’s a complex that opened in 2005 with restaurants and shops and weird random attractions like a replica volcano that erupts at night and houses a rollercoaster called Dragon Quest. There’s a roman themed shopping district and an amphitheater modeled after the roman Colosseum. Aladdin’s Fort has carnival rides and is modeled after an Arabian fortress. The Tang Dynasty Fortress wasn’t open yet. We walked around a bit before taking a seat along the water and wined and dined on pork chop buns and chicken wing tips until it got dark and we returned to Hong Kong.

img_3827t.jpg
Roman district.

img_3832t.jpg
Vulcania next to Aladdin’s Fort.

img_3837.jpg
Macao fisherman’s wharf from Vulcania.

img_3866t.jpg
A fancy upscale 豬扒包 3 times the price and not as good.

img_3881.jpg
Some big bridge at night/Ponte de Amizade/友誼大橋

img_3883t.jpg
Tang Dynasty Fortress

IMG_3895
Cheap wine from Chile.

img_3914.jpg
Fisherman’s wharf.

img_3922t.jpg
Floating Chinese restaurant

img_3928t.jpg
Walkway to the ferry pier.

IMG_3885
Ferry to Hong Kong.

Advertisements

~ by foomfoom on September 2, 2007.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: