Spontaneous trip #2

And here we go again with day trip! So, yes Macau is very close from Guangzhou, and instead of getting bored at home, why not discovering this former Portuguese trading post!

Macau, or at least the border (Zhuhai) is 1h30 from Guangzhou, with high speed train. So with 6 other friends we decided to book our train tickets the day before, as it can be crowded during the weekend, so we had our tickets for 90¥ each (one way). We left at 7:25 on Sunday, to have as much time as possible visiting the city, and after some times in the train and queuing at the immgration, we arrived in Macau around 10:00.

St Paul's Ruins
St Paul’s Ruins
Largo do Senado, Macau's city center
Largo do Senado, Macau’s city center
St Dominic's Church, Macau's city center
St Dominic’s Church, Macau’s city center

We were lucky to have a great weather to visit but too hot sometimes (30°C), and the 90% humidity was a bit scary at first, but it went well at the end!

HongKong Temple in Macau
HongKong Temple in Macau
On the way to St Joseph's Seminary and Church, Macau
On the way to St Joseph’s Seminary and Church, Macau
Teatro Dom Pedro V., Macau
Teatro Dom Pedro V., Macau

Surprisingly, they’re driving as in HK, which is the British way, but it’s pretty fun to take a cab when you’re not expecting that at all! In every places you can pay either in Yuan, Macanese Pataca or HK dollars. However, in most places they will give you the change in HK$.

St Lawrence's Church, Macau
St Lawrence’s Church, Macau
Mandarin's House, Macau
Mandarin’s House, Macau
Mandarin's House, Macau.
Mandarin’s House, Macau.

The advantage of Macau, it that thanks to its small size, it’s super easy to go from a place to another walking, and so it allows a way more sightseeing! We only took a cab from the border to Largo do Senado when we arrived and a bus (line 5) from city center to the border.

Fried dumplings on their way!
Fried dumplings on their way!
Lunch Time!! For sure the best food street, and dumplings you can find!
Lunch Time!!
For sure the best food street, and dumplings you can find!

Special mention to the food street we had for lunch! The fried dumplings were excellent (and I already tried a lot since I arrive in China), maybe the best so far. Egg tarts are so good, as well as the onion pancakes! The place is super tiny, in a small street but it totally worth a try, it’s called Sio Seong Hoi, 3rd street on your right when you have “the body shop” in your back. 3 dumplings for 5HK$, 1 egg tart for 8HK$. And other prices on the pic above!

Another church, portuguese styled in Macau
Another church, portuguese styled in Macau
Gran Lisboa Casino: even if you're not 21, try to get in, just for the view!
Gran Lisboa Casino: even if you’re not 21, try to get in, just for the view!

After checking Lonely Planet, Trip Advisor, and some others, here it’s the list of the places we’ve been to during this day trip:

  • Largo do Senado,
  • Historical City Center,
  • St Dominic’s Church,
  • St Paul’s Ruins,
  • Mandarin’s house,
  • St Joseph’s Seminary and Church,
  • Guia’s Fortress,
  • HongKong Temple,
  • St Lawrence’s Church,
  • Gran Lisboa Casino,

I think this places are the highlights of Macau, and you cannot miss them. Of course, there are others, but on a day trip, it’s pretty hard to be see everything, so here are the choices we made. However, I’ll try to go back before heading back to Europe, and see what I couldn’t.

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Guia Fortress
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View from Guia Fortress, Macau

You might know that to get in casinos, since a couple of years ago, you have to be 21 (yes it sucks) but you can still give a try, it won’t cost anything, and if you can get in, you’ll see how crazy it’s, and also how people are involved in gambling!

The Macau's Crew!
The Macau’s Crew @GranLisboaCasino

I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you have any good tips or addresses, just share in comments!

See you soon, xx

Héloïse

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2 thoughts on “Spontaneous trip #2

  1. It was such a great, beautiful, hot, existing and funny day! I really enjoyed it 🙂
    #firstclasstrain #bestdumplings #Loloisnot21 #sunisburning #grandprixcoming #portugeseisin
    Bisous xxxxxxxxx

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