Trip to Macau! China's gambling city!
After finding it very hard to decide if I should go to see big budda and the night markets or take a trip to Macau.
With advise from Richard and his friends I chose to go to Macau (China's gambling capital).
Off I set to China at 10:30am with my back pack and passport!
MRT from north point to Seng Wan then a jet star ferry (ticket one way £16). Boarding the ferry 12:30. It took one hour to get to Macau. Macau has 2 islands that are connected by 2 roads. Hopped on a bus number 8 from the ferry to the old part of Macau not having a clue when to get off at all! Luckily a lady stepped in to help the obvious tourist! I then got off and followed the crowds...Came across a busy Chinese street food shop, thought ok I better get into the culture and try it, wondering down the street with a polistirine cup full of tofu and chicken but I got given a sausage! Thank lordyy I came across English signs to the ruins of St. Paul's (old cathedral) this was pretty impressive passing St. Paul's I wondered up to the top of I don't know what.... But it had a lovely view of the city really distinguishing the old and the new part of Macau.
The street leading up to the ruins of St. Paul's was packed with shop owners handing out free samples of honey glazed meat and Chinese style biscuits (almond cookies, peanut brittle, soft peanut nougat) this shop was so busy I think it was known for its biscuits. Here I filled up my tummy as I was so hungry! Ha.
Decided to make my way over to the other side of Macau (here was all the new huge casinos). After finding what bus and where to get it from I arrived at the city of dreams had a wonder around the casino and fancy shops and then walked 10 minutes to the Venetian. A huge pretty impressive building all designed and set out like Venice with a gondola running through middle of the shops. I spent some time in the casino watching all the dramatic Chinese men bet I had to walk away as I started to laugh at him. Whilst being stared at because I was the only western person in the casino and they aren't use to seeing us westerners!
Headed back to the ferry terminal on a free shuttle bus from the casino. Met a Chinese girl we spoke to each other via an app on her phone that translated our words. Was pretty cool!
Ferry was so choppy back people screaming. Got back to Richards around 11pm.