Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Hong Kong, part 2

On the third day, I went to Macau. Macau is a very interesting place - it's very confusing because you're never quite sure where you are. One second you're in Asia, then colonial Europe, then Las Vegas. It's quite interesting.

Macau was also interesting because I got off the ferry with very little idea of what I was going to do and how I was going to do it. Because of this, I ended up being roped into a car tour with two strangers - a girl from China and a guy from Egypt. We got to see a lot, though the poor girl had to translate the whole time. It was a different experience.

Here are a few of the stops we made :

The golden lotus, a gift from China

Monte Fort, an old Portuguese fort is on one of the hills. The top of the fort is very pretty, with gardens and a museum.

One of the cannons points at the Grand Lisboa casino

The view from Monte Fort (including the ruins of St. Paul's)

The ruins of St. Paul's

The lady with the amazing egg tarts

The Kun Lam statue

The Las Vegas part (the MGM, where we went later and I watched a weird dice game)

Church of Our Lady of Penha

View from the Church of Our Lady of Penha

An interesting mix of cultures

Largo do Senado

After returning to Hong Kong, I stayed at the pier to watch the Symphony of Lights. The Symphony of Lights is the nightly laser show put on by a number of buildings along both sides of the harbor. While it was pretty, it was packed with people so I didn't get the best pictures, but it's one of those things that is listed as a "must do" so I had to do it.

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