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Formidable Fortresses Of Macau

March 3rd, 2009 by

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It was love at first sight for me the first time I had the chance to go to Macau.  I can still remember my anticipation and excitement as my plane sashayed along the runaway upon touchdown before it came to a complete stop about a kilometer away from the main airport terminal.  One of the things that must be done whenever you find yourself in a new country is to visit the Visitors’ Center at the airport or at the ferry terminal.  You can get copies of maps,  information materials, promotional booklets or coupons, and visitors’ welcome kits among others when you drop by the Visitors’ Center. If you don’t have a place to stay yet, you can also inquire at the center and they would be glad to suggest several hotels like the Hotel Sintra Macau.

Over the years, these forts evolved into tourist attractions not only because of what they symbolize in Macau’s colorful history but because of their interesting architecture and traditional designs.  These forts are also usually located near museums, churches and even some gardens which make them accessible to tourists.

Here are some remarkable fortresses in Macau that you can include in your itineraries:

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Feel The Rush At The Macau Grand Prix Museum

February 24th, 2009 by

The famous Grand Prix Museum of Macau opened its doors to the public in 1993 in time for the 40th anniversary celebration of the Macau Grand Prix, an annual event that is held every November that showcases a variety of car and motorbike events.  The Grand Prix was born in 1954 mainly because of the excitement and eagerness of a select group of people who were into racing.  Furthermore, this museum was established in order to give extra promotion for the Macau Grand Prix in the hope to attracting more tourists to come, visit and join in the celebration.  At present, this event draws in thousands of people, specifically racing fanatics, to Macau.

Macau Grand Prix Museum

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Visit The Sacred Temples of Macau

February 17th, 2009 by

Your trip to Macau will not be complete without visiting the different Temples.  When it comes to preserving religion, Macau was able to splendidly preserve the classic architectural designs of traditional temples.  By doing so, future generations are given the opportunity to take a peek into old beliefs, traditions, and practices of diverse religions that have been passed on from one generation to another.  In one swift tour, visitors are presented with temples that have been built to pay homage to the gods of Buddhism, Taoism, among others.

A-Ma Temple

A-MA TEMPLE (Barra Point) – This particular temple has been playing an important role in the way of life of seafarers’ as early as the 16th century.  As a matter of fact, the name “Macau” was based on the name “A-Ma-Gau.”  According to the famous legend, a little girl name A-Ma was taken onboard a boat by a fisherman who took pity on her when all the other rich boat owners refused to accept her.  A storm tore the boats at sea except for the boat of the kind-hearted fisherman who welcomed A-Ma.  When their boat arrived in Macau, A-Ma suddenly vanished then came back as a goddess.  The fishermen then decided to build a temple on the exact spot where the goddess reappeared.

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Mouthwatering Macau Delicacies

February 6th, 2009 by

My partner always makes fun of my travel itineraries.  Whenever we travel together, I am the official “itinerary maker.” I do my research and I put everything in table form.  I definitely make sure to include notable landmarks, museums, modes of transportation to try, shopping areas like malls, etc.  But more often than not, the funny thing is that my itinerary is peppered by different restaurants and delicacies that we must try.  In short, there will be a lot of entries on FOOD!  Food tripping makes up about seventy five percent of our itinerary.

It was no different when we planned a Christmas holiday trip to Macau.  I had enough time to prepare our travel itinerary as we were able to book about six months in advance because of a special airline promotion.  With so much time in my hands, I had a field day doing my research on the things which should not miss doing in that wonderful destination.

Pastelaria Koi Kei

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Test Your Luck In The Alluring Casinos Of Macau

January 30th, 2009 by

Have you ever heard of “beginner’s luck”?  It is a common belief that those who gamble for the first time would always be extra lucky on their first bet.  I have no idea if this is true but I guess there is no harm in believing.  This is why I have made a conscious effort to save my “beginner’s luck” and use it when I get to visit the casinos of Las Vegas.  I have been successful in resisting the urge to gamble as I seldom visit casinos in my country.  I had no problem resisting temptation until I got to visit the casinos of Macau.

Casino Grand Lisboa

I had the chance to casino-hop during my recent trip to Macau.  I was so awestruck the moment I saw the fascades of the casinos but nothing prepared me for their lovely dazzling lights at night.  I felt as if I was glued to that position and hypnotized by all those colourful dancing neon signs.

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Conquer Your Fears At The Macau Tower

January 23rd, 2009 by

Have you ever watched the Amazing Race?  Well, I’ve watched the show a couple of times and chanced upon the show’s stopover in dazzling Macau.  Interestingly, the challenge usually revolves around the impressive Macau Tower, one of the observation decks in Asia. While watching those episodes on the television, I’ve always wondered when I’ll get the chance to visit Macau and test my limits at the Macau Tower.

Just a few weeks ago, I found myself riding the big black Macau taxi together with my travel buddy and travelling on the wide highways.  From the moment we rode the taxi from the airport, I could already feel the slowly thumping of my heart in excitement.  Then there it was… the Macau Tower standing in all its glory.

Largo Da Torre De Macau

The Macau Tower, which was designed by Gordon Moller, measures 338 meters at its highest point while the observation deck is 223 meters above ground.  At the top of the tower, you will see a breathtaking view of Macau up to 55kilometers away.  A proud member of the World Federation of Great Towers, the Macau Tower is considered the 10th tallest free standing tower in the whole world and ranks number 8 in the list of tallest buildings in Asia.

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Macau Walking Tour: Historical Churches Near Senado Square

January 9th, 2009 by

PRACA PONTE, MACAU – It was New Year’s Eve and I just got off the ferry that brought me from Hong Kong to Macau after about fifty five minutes of rocky sea sailing.  Good thing I came prepared and armed with my warm jacket, gloves and thick socks – ready to brave the cold December weather of Macau.  I wasted no time and with a map on hand headed to the town centre to start my tour of the Macau Churches near famous Senado Square.

Macau got its Christian influence when it was colonized by the Portuguese in 1557.  Priests, who were the first settlers, named the place “City of the Name of God, Macau.”  Churches were built by priests who belong to the Jesuits and monastic orders and these were named after known saints.

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Eight Fantastic Fountains Of Asia

November 3rd, 2008 by

Taj Mahal Water DevicesWhether its a zen trickle that soothes the soul or a spectacular gush that arcs in the air, fountains are a wonderful mix of nature and engineering that enchants everyone who witness its splendor. Some fountains rely on the latest technology to create more intricate dynamic sculptures while others are ancient contraptions that still operate to this very day. All of them rely on the notion that life’s basic necessity can be coaxed into becoming one of life’s source for enduring entertainment.

Taj Mahal Water Devices, Agra - the fountains surrounding this tomb for a beloved Indian princess is as astounding feat of irrigation engineering that continues to work after centuries of operation. To maintain and even pressure for all fountains, each were built with a copper pot between the feed pipe and the outlet. This ensures even pressure at all times. It takes 40 minutes to fly from New Delhi to Agra, after which rickshaws may take you to the Taj Mahal.

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Smell The Scent Of Wine At The Macau Wine Museum

October 4th, 2008 by

I’ve only been drunk once in my entire life. Well, I had an excuse for how can anyone resist giving in to a little bit of substance abuse during summer when you are partying the night away in a secluded beach? That is a good excuse, alright. But if you find yourself in a foreign country and checking out the unique sites and sounds, what excuse could you use for taking that pleasurable sip of alcoholic beverage during mid day just after you had your lunch?

If you visit Macau, I can give you a good excuse. You can head over to the Macau Wine Museum and go on a wine tasting escapade!

Macau Wine Museum

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