On my third day I decided I wanted to leave Hong Kong and get a bunch of stamps in my passport for visiting Macau. Macau is the only other area of China under 'special administration' with it's own currency, immigration etc like Hong Kong because it remained under Portuguese rule. It makes it's money from tourism, mainly from its incredible casinos but it also has some interesting Portuguese areas.
I arrived on an incredibly grey Sunday and it turned out to be a very busy day to go, so I got an overpriced tour to show me all the main sites in 4 hours!
Right next to the port is where most of the casinos are and the Macau Tower.
Then the A-Ma temple
Where there was some folk dancing going on!
Then off to the very busy Portuguese centre.
And the most famous image of Macau, the ruins of St Paul's.
The weirdly wonderful casino Lisboa was the first on the island.
Then I was taken to this church
Which had this great view over to Macau Tower.
Then we went to visit the border with China, which was crazy busy but I was to get a photo of this old archway amongst the new land terminal.
Finally up to the Guia Fortress and lighthouse.
With this view
Giving you a better idea of how Macau can be the most densely populated region in the world (18,428 persons per square kilometre) rather than the empty tourist and casino areas.
That evening was actually my last night as I flew home the following night (after a packed day!) so I went out to experience the Temple Street Night Market.
Where I found some great street food (I used a fork though)!
Walked back through Kowloon Park.
This is Nathan Street, the main street running down to the water.
Before returning to my hotel I decided to stop into the bar Felix, top of the Peninsula Hotel as my guide book said if you visit any bar it has to be this one! I had a luxury cocktail called Sparkling Candy.
And finally the Star Ferry back to my side of the harbour.
My final day in Hong Kong was when I finally got myself up to The Peak to see the best views in Hong Kong- that's the next post!