We started our day off with some coffee from the Pacific Coffee Company. Paired with a croissant.
Today, we are exploring ‘old Macau’. The Grand Lisboa Hotel is iconic here. It has an ‘old Vegas’ feel even though it was only built in 2007.
Right down the street you are transported from Vegas to Europe. You feel like you’ve walked right into Portugal. Macau is a former Portuguese colony, right up until 1999. That’s why a lot of the architecture and culture feels very European. Even though Macau functions as it’s own ‘country’, it’s still technically part of Mainland China.
Under the policy of “one country, two systems“, the PRC’s Central People’s Government is responsible for the territory’s defense and foreign affairs, while Macau maintains its own legal system, police force, monetary system, customs policy, and immigration policy. Macau participates in many international organizations and events that do not require members to possess national sovereignty.
The tourism office offers free self-guided audio tours of the old district, so we picked them up and headed off to check it out!
I was very excited to get to this site…The Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral, which is now a UNESCO site. All that is left now is the facade of the front.
We quickly realized that the audio guide we were using gave us way too much information. It went on and on and on, after a few hours, we were burned out on history. =)
We also climbed up to a fortress above the city to take in the views.
What a cool place for wedding photos!
On our way back down to the casinos, we noticed this restaurant. Love the name!
Our lunch spot today would be at the Wynn!
I ordered a big bowl of fried rice!
Irving had a great sandwich. This actually ended up being one of the cheapest meals we had in Macau! We weren’t expecting that, especially at the Wynn! Score!
The Wynn has a few fun attractions to check out. The ceiling opened up at this one and a giant chandelier emerged from it.
And the Tree of Prosperity ‘grew’ from the floor. A cheesy little show, but it was fun.
It’s crazy how much it resembled the Wynn in Vegas! That was fun.
Out front, we waited for the water show to begin. They have dancing fountains that go off on the hour.
Then it was a short walk over to MGM!
It looked like the Bellagio in there! Check out this atrium!
We took the free shuttle back to the ferry terminal and switched to another bus back to our hotel.
We changed and then headed out for dinner. The Hard Rock Cafe again! No drinks this time, just some appetizers!
Tonight, we’ve got tickets to the ‘House of Dancing Water‘ show! It’s an acrobatic show that was created by the same guy who made ‘La Reve’ at the Wynn in Las Vegas.
Strange that they let you take pictures during the show. It was very cool, we loved it!
These were motorcyclists doing crazy moves and jumps! I played around with long exposures to get these shots!
Macau, it’s been real. I will be back someday to see how much more you’ve developed. Rumor has it the Paris Hotel is being constructed next to the Venetian. Soon it will be a whole strip!