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Jun 24, 2008 - Macau, China

Macau is the casino capital of Asia...I didn't gamble, but the resort casinos are overwhelming in Macau, especially out on the 'islands.' I stayed near the Largo de Senado which is the area that was built up by the Portuguese. I thought Macau was much more charming than Hong Kong, besides the casions of course. There was a typhoon off of the coast so it rained the whole time I was there! The Macau Museum is called the best museum in Asia, it really was, no one followed me around to make sure I didn't touch anything, and they gave me a...

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Jun 13, 2008 - Macau: China, Portugal or Vegas?

We took an overnight bus from Yangshou to Zuhai in order to cross into Macau (or as the Chinese Government calls it - the Special Administrative Zone of Macau). There were few people on the overnight bus and, amazing despite the rocky and noisy trip, we managed to sleep through most of the night. Other than arriving three hours later than we thought (making the trip a 15 hour one instead of a 12 hour one), the trip was uneventful. The border crossing from Zuhai into Macau is very easy, but hectic. There is an exit area from The People’s...

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May 6, 2008 - (updated) A day in the city of dreams

At least that's what they call it. Macau wasn't really that, exactly, but it sure was fun and the perfect break from everything China. It's 3am here in Chungking Mansions, we took a midnight ferry home (after spending - and losing HK$700) so I should really go to sleep, but to celebrate my new camera, I uploaded 8 new photos. Really, I am over the moon with my new lens. I spent 20 minutes using Jonas' new camera to take pictures of my own. Oh well. It's noteworthy that the casino that got our money was the famed Venetian - all-marble...

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Jonas & Jonathan

Apr 21, 2008 - Macau

Macau is a slice of Portugal in China. So interesting to see a European colony like this is such a foreign continent. Amazing to see what the Portuguese have done with the place. Like Hong Kong though, it now belongs to China again, but enjoys Special Administrative Region status, so its pretty much business like usual. Unlike Hong Kong and the rest of China, Macau is a legal gambling zone. This has allowed the colony to flourish (if one can call it that) with numerous big casinos, of which one was the Venetian. And that is where I...

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Sep 14, 2007 - Welcome to Macau

After 6 nighsts in Hong Kong we went Macau. Macau is a one-hour ride from Hong Kong on a nice smooth riding fast ferry equipped with big comfy seats. Lonely planet told us it was worth it to pay extra to ride first class to get an upper level seat for a great view. We found out that the seats below were exactly the same without much difference in view point, but we did get free ichiban...ha ha!! In Macau, we spent the first two night at the Pousada de Mong Ha. It is an educational hotel run by the students of the attached hospitality...

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May 14, 2007 - Look out Las Vegas.....here comes MACAU!!

Since Macau was only a hop, skip & a jump away from Hong Kong (1.5 hour ferry ride), and we still have room for more stamps in our passport (just barely) we decided to go. It's a pretty cool place with some great history. Macau was the oldest European settlement in Asia, with a large Portuguese population. The portuguese influence can be seen in the building structures, food & the people (the Macanese - Portuguese & Chinese). That's some of the history of Macau...but the current state of Macau is all focused around gambling. The Sands Macau...

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FATH WORLD TOUR!

Oct 20, 2006 - More Passport Stamps - Macau

The last full day in Hong Kong, but actually the last full day of this Round The World trip. An easy start to the day for a trip by turbojet ferry to the historic country of Macao. There is a very frequent service of ferries, jetfoils, helicopters between Hong Kong and Macau, it's a good service taking just 1 hour to complete the trip, on a half hourly service. More immigration and stamps of the passport at both ends of the journey. Arrival led us both to feel a little daunted by the many taxi touts, and bus operators eager to take you into...

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Oct 5, 2006 - Macau Via High Speed Ferry

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD Again, we were up early so we decided to make a visit to the Flower Market Road and the Bird Garden next to it. Apparently, loads of men come each morning to the Bird Garden with their pet birds in small cages - to meet, visit, discuss and otherwise commune with other bird fanciers. When we arrived, we found that once again we had arrived too early for the action and instead, we wandered through the flower market and admired all the lovely blooms that were being distributed from the market to all the small shops...

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Oct 4, 2006 - Macau

Macau was lovely. The hotel San Tiago where we stayed is a five star hotel and was once an early fort. It's beautifully restored with lovely old antique furniture in the rooms. The service was great, swimming pool lovely. Second swim in China. I did 5 lengths Mark. Fatima was a little disapointed that she never heard much Portuguese spoken, but I didn't mind that much. It was actually like stepping back in time in some areas of the town. Very beautifully restored colonial buildings were a treat to explore. The facade you see in the pictures...

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Aug 28, 2006 - Macau

We took the hour long ferry to Macau. A few good views of the surrounding islands, but the ride was short and we were docking before we knew it. I don't have any photos of Macau as the casinos aloud no cameras, so they were left in the hotel. We hit up the newly built Sands Casino for dinner and Blackjack, then moved on to the original casino of Macau called the Hotel Lisboa. My luck was good here and in all I walked away up $75! Not bad and it paid for all my expenses. On the way back I took a wrong turn and found myself staring at the...

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Jun 21, 2006 - Macau

It was a quick and painless day trip from Hong Kong to nearby Macau, just one hour on the Turbo Jet ferry. Like Hong Kong, Macau is a peninsula (just 27.3 square kilometers) and an SAR, Special Administrative Region within China. And, like Hong Kong its political and economic systems are still quite different from mainland China and have been designated to remain that way for about 43 more years. The Portuguese were granted a colony in Macau in 1557, making it the oldest European settlement in Asia. Today less than 2% of the population...

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Jun 2, 2006 - Macau - a chance to save some money

The Ferry trip to Macau (the worlds largest gamming resort - yes bigger than Vegas baby)was planned carefully by Danny to help recover some of the losses from Helen's (and pending Laura's) excesses in Hong Kong. The trip began on the 5pm Ferry and finished on the "last" Ferry home... Dear Steve Wynn, I understand you are a Casino mogul in Las Vegas and are considering setting up a nice spot in Macau, so we thought it would be helpful to give you a few pointers in advance. Firstly one of the things you might consider is providing a Ferry...

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