World Cruise Part 2 Feb 6-April 21, 2013 travel blog

Our Hong Kong guide outside the most famous bakery serving the local...

Amazing high rise building maintenance being done with Banboo scaffolding!

Outside the Macau Ferry Terminal where all the casinos pick up their...

On the street in Hong Kong with their famous local Egg Tart,...

Cheryl in our "first class" seat on the Macau Ferry--that means we...

In front of the ruins of St Paul, the first Christian Church...

Outside the beautiful gardens at the St Paul ruins

Lunch on the 60th floor of the TV Tower in Macau-beautiful view...

"Exhibition kitchen" Macau style--a hot plate right on the street cranking out...

View from the 60th floor of Macau's TV tower restaurant--a bit hazy...

Our lunch spot, the 5th hightest in the World

A Ma Tao Temple--the oldest in China honoring the Goddess of the...


Like our return trip to Shanghai, upon our return trip to Hong Kong we were able enjoy the things we loved about Hong Kong the first time and experience something totally different as well, the island of Macau. Getting to Macau is no easy task from Hong Kong. You would think it would be a piece of cake since they are both China ( since the late 1990’s for both Hong Kong and Macau ), but you would be wrong! Both are Special Administrative Regions (SAR) and pretty much operate the same as they did under Portugal and Britain’s control. You must clear customs leaving Hong Kong and clear immigration upon arrival via ferry to the Island of Macau and repeat same in reverse returning! The “capitalism” and freedoms of speech in Hong Kong and Macau are in stark contrast to the heavily controlled cities of mainland China such as Beijing. China now spend more money on “internal security” within their borders than they spend on the military or “external security”! I think the big fear is that the mood in Hong Kong and Macau will catch on with the rest of China! The ferry boat to Macau passed too many islands to count, most of which are inhabited by fishermen and farmers only. We experienced the old in Macau visiting A-Ma Temple, one of the oldest Tao Temples in China and the ruins of St Paul the first Christian Cathedral in Southeast Asia built in the 1500’s. Then we got a taste of the “new” Macau by driving by the many high rise buildings and the 35 casinos now open! Some big names you will recognize like Wynn, MGM and Sands are all represented here. They bring in more than 6 times more revenue than Las Vegas with 80% of their gamblers coming from the new wealth of Mainland China! Unbelievable numbers of dollars! Chinese love their gambling!! After a great night in Hong Kong we set sail for Halong Bay, Vietnam. Be Well. Michael and Cheryl



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