19.12.17

China Trip 2017 - Macau....

The last time I went to China was two years ago where I toured the Jiangnam area which consisted of cities like Hangzhou, Wuxi, Suzhou, Nanjing and Shanghai. Well, I was back to China again in 2017 and this time I was at the southern part. Well, it's not as cold as the northern area but it's still cold to our standards, temperature ranging from 15 Celsius to 20 Celsius. The good thing I can ditch away by inner heat trap wear and a long sleeve tshirt will do.

This trip covered Macau, Zhuhai, Foshan, Shunde and Guangzhou which are all located in the Guangdong area and I was there for 6 days and 5 nights. It's pretty short as usually, my year end trips will last at least 8 days. LOL. The best thing about this trip is I am at a cantonese speaking locality and I never felt so much at home. In fact, some thought I am a native there! muahahahahaha...

After a stressful time at the Senai International Airport where the check-in kiosks were down and the lack of manpower at the AirAsia counters which added more woes to it, we were forced to queue for almost 2 hours, which means the flight was delayed 2 hours. I guess both the airport management and the AirAsia ticketing crew should have some backup plan and not let things just move on 'naturally'. Luckily, the flight took 3 hours and 45 mins and we were there by noon. Macau International was under renovation then and there was not much to see there. I love the cool air once I got down from the plane.

The first itinerary was visiting the Venetian Casino, which is one of the biggest casino there. Somehow this place is super crowded even on a Wednesday and I don't really like it there. It's just an eye-opener for me to visit such a huge casino with lots of folks around. And, I love the Pork Ribs Bun! (No pic here as I was too hungry then...hahah)


One of the wings of the Venetian
I am glad we are off to another itinerary and we were taken sight-seeing around the city. It was a beautiful place with modern and old buildings, and an expensive place especially the hotel. We have a nice cantonese speaking tour guide who entertained us and most of us , tourists, have a good time talking cantonese with her.

Shopping at Koi Kee confectionary
One of the best itinerary was to shop at Macau's various confectionery and biscuits shops, especially those with a long history. My kid loves their almond cookies and we did bought a lot!

The 15th century Ma Zhu temple

A relaxing spot near the temple

A peaceful old street near the temple

Glimpse of the Macau life

Then, we were brought along some old streets in Macau where there was an old temple sitting there, which was a tourism spot. I love seeing these old buildings, it's so much like HongKong.

Old Apartments
 
Old streets 

Crowded apartments (up and below)


An old Catholic graveyard

A typical signboard in Macau, still can see lots of Portuguese words there
This almost took us one day and the last itinerary for the day was none other than visiting the Ruins of St.Paul's. Well, as the tour guide said, if you didn't visit this itinerary, you missed out a big part of Macau.

The majestic Gate

Family wefie ... it's so crowded there

Looking down from St Paul Ruins ..
We were rushing off to Zhuhai after that in order to avoid the rush hour, which is after working hours. We still needed to cross over the CIQ to China, though it's just passing by both CIQs under one building. It's so unlike JB-SG custom where you needed to cross the strait. We were slightly late and there were lots of human traffic there. I gotta watch over my family closely.

The crowded Zhuhai CIQ...look at the mountains of folks!!


And, we were in China, waiting to check-in to our hotel and dinner. It was a cold night too!

20 comments:

  1. No Portuguese egg tarts?

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    1. Got bit eaten before I can snap a pix! Hahah... It looks like any tart we found here.

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  2. No luck in gambling in casino? I wouldnt do since I dont gamble. Just eye opener for me, like my first visit in Genting many years ago. Lol.

    Macau. I love the historical buildings there.

    Really a short trip to cover many places. Phew.

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    1. The casino is too crowded and I don’t dare to step in .. hahah. Anyway, I don’t even gamble in Genting, let along the big boys here ! Yeah, it’s jam packed !!

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  3. YOU BLOGGED IT!!!

    yes, i can still vividly remember your last trip to Jiangnan.. and this Zhuhai region trip is equally memorable., love all the photos you have taken!!!

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    1. Yay ! Finally I got you back at least to comment ! Yeah, I enjoyed blogging the last travelogue in China as well as miss my TAiwan travelogue. Good to blog on travels again !!

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    2. I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO SHOCKED to see SK's comment here! This Thambee really gave you face and you better go buy lottery!

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      I am so jeles now and go sulk in the corner.

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  4. That time I went Macau, I took ferry to there...

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    1. I think it’s a longer ride from HK to Macau. They are building a highway now , it will cut travel time drastically.

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  5. Long time since I went Macau... must go there for food one day!

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    1. I ate at the food court in the Venetian casino and the food was delicious ! I wonder how much nicer are the restaurant food!!

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  6. Your photos are nice and very different from the usual Macau blog photos by others. I have been there 3 times since 1980s when the St.Paul was really in the ruins shape and not well tiled with the museum behind yet. It was really in tatters and ruins. Anyway we went inside the crypt behind and had a fright of my life. While aiming the digital camera at the crypt, the screen on the camera showed the focus movements being detected when no one was moving. We ran for our lives!!!!

    You really need to read my spooky post which you missed out before the part 2 comes.KNN...

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    1. Thanks , how different is it ?? Ok, I will read your spooky posts. I check it out later

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    2. In the 80s there was no shops, office or museum behind the wall and no nice tiles like what you enjoy now. It was just the big wall...yet it could attract bus loads of people. Ha ha!

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  7. Never been to Macau yet..
    Only see it through HK dramas...

    Thanks for sharing these lovely photos!

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  8. So syiok go jalan2. I also want but so far no chance yet :(

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