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March 29, 2013 Friday - one day trip from Hong Kong -
Macau belongs to China, but there is no visa mostly neccessary - as an European I did not needed a visa. The currency on Macau is called Pataca, but they do accept also Hong Kong Dollar.
Macau can be reached by ship. Macau offers lots of shopping and historical buildings and temples as well as Hard Rock Cafe, “Little Las Vegas” etc.
Heidi Klums Wings
The seats and the view on the ship are quite nice and the ticket includes a small meal.
Arriving at Macau
Taking the bus to town
Bus to the area of Ruins of St. Paul’s, Old City Wall, Na Tcha Temple: Bus No.10, 10A, 11, 21A, 2, 3, 3A, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8A, 26A or 33 and debus at Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro and then walk down the Senado Square. Bus No. 17, 18, 8A, or 26 and debus at Camoes Square Station and walk along the tiled road for a few minutes.
Walking to the historic town towards the Ruins of St. Paul’s Church
Ruins of St. Paul’s
Built from 1582 to 1602 by the Jesuits, it was one of the largest Catholic churches in Asia, destroyed by a fire during a typhoon in 1835. It now consist of the southern stone fašade, intricately carved between 1620 & 1627 by Japanese Christians in exile from their homeland & local craftsmen under the direction of Italian Jesuit Carlo Spinola & the crypts of the Jesuits who established and maintained the Cathedral. The fašade sits on a small hill, 66 stone steps leading up to it. The carvings include Jesuit images with Oriental themes, such as a woman stepping on a seven-headed hydra, described by Chinese characters as ' Holy Mother tramples the heads of the dragon'. A few of the others are the founders of the Jesuit Order, the conquest of Death by Jesus & at the very top, a dove with wings outstretched.
Walking up to the Fortress
Big Building to the left: Grand Lisboa
A concert next to the fortress museum
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