Day 2: Macau Tour #Ced26atHK

August 11, 2016 - After the awesome Day 1 in Hong Kong, we're going to another part of China just 38 miles away, Macau! Just like Hong Kong, Macau is a special administrative region in southern China and was a Portuguese colony until 1999. It has huge hotels and casinos while maintaining the Portuguese heritage and influence in their city.

We hired a Pinoy tour guide whom we met at the Macau terminal. For five hours, he toured us around the city and visited landmarks such as the Colosseum at Fisherman's Wharf and the Ruins of St. Paul's. We ended the day tour at the City of Dreams and watched the breath-taking water-based stage show "The House of Dancing Waters". We also visited the famous Venice canals inside the Venetian Macau and saw the Eiffel Tower of the Parisian which is still under construction.

We went to Macau via TurboJest fastcraft at 11AM and arrived by 1PM.

I'm officially in Macau! Here are some Portuguese words in their signs!

At the Macau Ferry Terminal, a friendly Filipino tour guide approached us and offered his services. He knew were Filipinos! We agreed to tour us around the city for about five hours for a relatively affordable price.

Our first stop is at Oceanus Casino just a walking distance from the wharf.

Our guide registered us at the Casino and got a $50 complimentary voucher which we used for our lunch.

We had lunch at the restaurant of Oceanus where most of the crew are Filipinos as well as the chef and their food choices. It was soooo good!

The architecture of the Oceanus is actually copied from Beijing's Water Cube which is the venue for Swimming events during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

After the sumptuous lunch, we walked around the wharf area. Here's the Colosseum of Rome, one of the new features in the Fisherman's Wharf. Before this, they have a huge lava-spewing volcano!

Ruins of Colosseum of Rome in Macau πŸ›πŸ˜ #Ced26atHK #worldtravel #Rome #Macau #GoProLand #wanderlust

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Photo op while waiting for the bus with the Sands Casino at the background.

We're now on the bus going to the heart of the city. Nice installations!

Touch down! Time to explore the vibrant city streets of St. Paul's

We walked around the streets with stores on each corner selling bread, beef jerkies, souvenir items and a lot more! I love their trademark pavements. Feels like i'm in EspaΓ±a!

And there it is! the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ruins of St. Paul's. Due to limited time, we only took pictures from the marker.

Fun fact: this 17th Century church were built by the Jesuits like our very own Fort Pilar!

Our guide in yellow shirt takes us to shortcuts going to our destinations. It saves us time and allows us to enjoy the beautiful streets.

The iconic golden Grand Lisboa building stands 856 feet tall.

Up close with the intricately detailed art deco architecture of the Grand Lisboa building.

Casino Lisboa with its funky and vibrant architecture. Window snapshots on our way to the Venetian Macau.

The grand golden hall at the entrance of The Venetian. The floor pattern is an optical illusion which looks like i'm standing on cubes.

We asked our tour guide to get us tickets for our trip going back to Hong Kong so we waited here at the Golden palace and took photos. I super love the Baroque ornaments. Feels very European!

Looking up at the amazing murals and ornate walls and ceilings.

Outside the Venetian, one of the 10 largest buildings in the world. Lovely architecture!

Time to watch the House of Dancing waters! Perfect spot!

This freaking ship rose out of the water! These dancers/acrobats are amazing!

A human chandelier! wut.

Dancing swans

The protagonist falls from the bridge symbolizing the lowest point of the character's life in the story.

Men on harness being dominated by the Amazonians.

The female villain is getting showered at the end of the show.

Well, what are the odds! We're on their 2,500th show! This is a very rare moment to see the people behind the show too! Kudos!

This show was directed by Franco Dragone who also directed Celine Dion's A New Day show in Las Vegas.

At the souvenir shop..

After the show, we walked around the malls and casinos. Dreamworks exhibit at one of the malls.

Jungle feels inside the mall

Here's the sparkling Eiffel Tower of the Parisian which is still under construction at the moment. Another item checked in my bucketlist!

Finally, we're here at the Venetian canals! Look at those facades! It feels like we're still outside.

A family enjoys a gondola ride at the man-made canal.

Do you hear the people sing?

Beautiful Venitan! #Ced26atHK #Macau #TheVenitian #travelHK #worldtravel #wanderlust

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A little girl is entertained by the singing gondolier.

By the bridge going to the Lord Stow's Bakery to have some of their famous egg tarts!

Me in Venice. #travelgoals

What an awesome way to end my last day as a 25 year old. Yes, i'm turning 26 in a few hours!

Time to go back home. Wait, which way is it again?

It was a great day, isn't it? A lot of sights were seen and most of all experiences and memories to be treasured. Check out Day 3 of #Ced26atHK, as I celebrate my 26th birthday in HongKong Disneyland here.

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