Macau really surprised, although it was assumed that this was not at all interesting “under-country”, where there is nothing special to watch, especially after hong kong. In fact, it turned out differently, although I stayed in Macau just for a few hours. Of course, do some more meaningful conclusions after a cursory visit is impossible, but I like at least, I wanted to come back here for a couple of days.
Macau is a former Portuguese colony (only 1999 ceased its to be) and at the same time an Asian Las Vegas, where crowds gather people play in all sorts of casinos. Since me gambling houses do not cling in no way, then I just walked around the city. Macau consists of 3 parts – Macau itself (Macau) on the mainland and the Taipa Islands and Koloan, the first of which is an international airport.
We are going to Macau Peninsula by bus MT1
Macau Research and Exhibition Center
Straw Asian hats and here go
Cool casino and hotel Grand Lisboa
Some more pretentious little houses
For taxi use much more modern models. Toyota
Baikov here already Pobol, than in Hong Kong
During the walk, I created completely different sensations: looking at the cobbled narrow streets and the colonial architecture seemed to have drifted into southern europe but cost rest your eyes on the mirrored skyscrapers and notice the inscription on Chinese, then everything began to resemble Hong Kong. In macau It turned out quite an interesting mix of Asia and Europe, such that periodically get lost, not quite understanding where you are on really Maybe that’s why there is some kind of special atmosphere that I still can not even describe in words, here it is somehow especially nice located.
But if you look a little closer, then there are less pretentious buildings
European style building
Senado Square / Largo do Senado
Fountain in Senado Square
Right next to the area of the Chinese market
Not sure, but it looks like shark fins are selling
Among the dullness you can see bright Portuguese colors.
Inscriptions in Portuguese instead of English
I really liked this street: the hill and colorful houses
Narrow paved european street
On the streets of Macau
On the streets of Macau
Ruins of St. Pauls (Ruins St. Pauls)
The Chinese are cut into stone-scissors, who quickly rises on the stairs
Chinese temple next to the ruins of the cathedral
Spiral incense – enough for the whole day
Macau is a mixture of different cultures.
What was the cathedral 150 years ago
Colorful uncle, as from the movie about Shaolin
Entrance to the portuguese fort of Macau
Portuguese macau at sunset
What Asians love most to do is take pictures
Try my shnyazhki piece, eh?
Sheet fried sweet meat, did not try
Lisboa building can be seen from almost every corner of Macau.
Nice cobbled street with shops
Fun school building in Macau
Do you want to rickshaw?
Initially, I thought I would see something very similar to Hong Kong only much smaller sizes (Macau territory is small). But in Unlike Hong Kong, you can safely walk here without fear will face anyone. Exception is only a few streets around the fortress and ruins of the cathedral where the tourist zone with all its consequences. But even there all this some more idle hustle or something, perhaps because no one in a hurry, as is on vacation. And also disappeared somewhere cramped feeling not leaving you in Hong Kong for a minute I straight sighed calmly. By the way, breathe and the truth here is much easier.
Outside the city center and on the neighboring island, everything looks a bit differently, but I was there only by bus was passing from the city to airport. Freshly built residential buildings are not mixed with casinos. clinging to each other, and around them free spaces and more not developed territories.
Some nuances, so as not to forget yourself, and everything else on note
First a small clarification, Macau is not a separate country, and the autonomous region of China, with its economy and management. A visa in Macau is not needed for a period of less than 30 days, this As for the citizens of Russia, I don’t know about other countries.
The easiest way to get to Macau from Hong Kong is by ferry. Ferry dispatched from three locations: from the Kowloon Peninsula, from Hong Kong Island, and from Hong Kong airport. The cost of the ferry is about 150 HKD (600 rubles), travel time is 1 hour.
Ferry Hong Kong-Macau
Inside the ferry everything is very civilized
I’ll tell you how I did, this option is good for its budget. Since the air ticket to Bangkok from Macau is two times cheaper (3100rub with luggage) than from Hong Kong, it was decided to go to Macau ferry. I swam from the Kowloon Peninsula, so I got into ferry terminal Macao Ferry Terminal). And not to hang around with things around the city, went immediately to the airport on Taipa Island on bus AP1, he goes there alone with Macao ferry terminal. AT airport handed over things (luggage storage is located on the second floor with left side), price 10 MOP / hour (40 rub) or 80 MOP / day (320 rub). By the way, I advise those who need tickets to buy through Aviasales.ru and Skyscanner.ru.
There is no metro in Macau, and all movements take place on buses and Taxi. Since the territory is small (Taipa Island and the peninsula Macau), you can get from one point to another quickly. The island is connected to the mainland by several bridges. Buses from the airport to the historic part of the city – MT1, MT2. Travel time about 20 minutes. The drivers do not have to surrender, so exchange in advance airport trifle. The cost of a trip to the city is 4.20 MOP (16.8 rubles). Since I did not have very little money, all the time I paid 5 MOP for the trip, you can and more, if you want
To change money for local patakas, it doesn’t make much sense if You already have Hong Kong dollars with you. They walk here exactly the same as pataki, and I paid them mixed. The course to the ruble one same, multiply the price by 4 and get the value in rubles to appreciate expensive / cheap.
Local Money – Macaan Pataki
Not everyone knows English here, but there were no problems, since immediately called someone who understands. Inscriptions are always duplicated. in Portuguese, so if you know Portuguese, then everything will be even easier. They say or not on it, I do not know, we heard it, but not the fact that it is local.
Food costs about the same as in Hong Kong. I ate at a good food court, which is located 5 minutes from Piazza Senado. true I did not evaluate Macau food and I just bought Thai Pad there Tay
Delicious and affordable food court near the tourist area
For the first time in a week, I ate delicious, though Thai food is Pad Tay
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