Saturday, August 19, 2006

Travelog # 3 - Macau

Last December (Dec 2005), I went to Macau for a short business visit and was able to squeeze one half day of touristy stuff. Here are some sights from that trip..

Macau was a Portuguese colony till 1999 and was transferred to China as one of the two special administrative region (other one being Hong Kong). Even though it has its own currency pegged to Chinese Yuan (CNY), Hong Kong and Chinese currencies are also widely accepted in all places.

Macau is touted as the Las Vegas of east and it does seem to live up to its tag (for good or bad). Several large casinos attract large amount of tourists via Hong Kong and main-land China. One drive across Macau would reveal a frenzy of construction activity. Our guide told us that few more bigggg casinos are coming with they are adding 10,000+ hotel rooms.
Boat that tooks us to Macau from Hong Kong Airport
Macau is just a boat hop away from Hong Kong. In fact, we flew in to Hong Kong and took this boat right from the Hong Kong Airport jetty for a 40 minute ride.

Macau Tower and the Bridge
Macau Tower the most visible and most visited place in Macau.

Night View of Macau Tower
Macau Tower by night from the ground. We had some kind of a private party organized for us and had the Tower all for us exclusively for an evening.

View down from the top of the Tower
A glass floor at the observatory point.. Seen similar stuff in CN Tower, Toronto as well.

Chinese 'poikkal Guthirai'?
Chinese 'Poikkal Guthirai' and artists

Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral
Ruins for St. Paul's Cathedral is a major tourist attraction

Huge Incense being hanged
Chinese temple with giant incense coils..

Statue of Christ
Statute of Christ Mother Mary (thanks to Patrick) in front of a old Portuguese Church

Portugese house/s
Old Portuguese house/s now a tourist spot

More photos in flickr