Hong Kong: Part Two

Welcome back for part two of our trip to Hong Kong! I left off with my family getting ready to board a ferry to the island of Macau... catch up with the first part of our trip here!

DAY ONE IN MACHAU:

We took a mid-morning ferry from Hong Kong Island to the island of Macau. Macau was past of the Portuguese Empire from the mid-16th century to December 1999 when it was signed back over to China.  However, it is still an autonomous country until 2049, when it will be fully governed by the Chinese government. Because of that, Macau has its own currency. Macau is also the most densely populated region in the world, and has the highest per capita earnings of any other country!


Unfortunately when we got to Macau it was raining really hard. The ferry from Macau is about an hour long, so we braved the rain to go out and search for lunch... which ended up being even more challenging than finding food our first night in Hong Kong! I swear we went down so many side streets before finally finding a tiny restaurant, once again with a few people running it who spoke no English. Luckily by then we knew what to expect! I got wonton soup with noodles and it was perfect for such a rainy day!


The rain continued for most of the day, but we can't choose the weather so we carried on with our plans. We walked over to the ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral. On the way, my parents spotted a bakery selling Belem cream pastries, which they had had a lot in Portugal in September. The best way I can describe these is that they taste like warm, liquid scrambled eggs in a pie crust. I wasn't a fan!

The Macau Museum was free that day so we got out of the rain for a little bit and wandered around. it was interesting seeing where the East China culture met the Western Portugal side.


After taking a brief recess in the afternoon, we got ready to hit the town. Macau is known as the Las Vegas of China! We went over and saw the light show at the Wynn Casino before going to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. No regrets... my burger was good!!!

DAY TWO IN MACAU: 

Our second day in Macau was sunny and hot! We were all happy because we were taking a late afternoon ferry back to HK! We spent the morning walking around the Old Town, which has a lot of Portuguese influence in the architecture, as well as churches and theaters and houses.


For lunch we decided to go to The Venetian. Like Las Vegas, Macau is home to several lavish and incredible hotels. We walked around the Wynn, Venetian, and the Parisian. All of these hotels are home to luxury malls. It's kind of amazing... I saw three Tiffany's and multiple Givenchy and Versace stores. We had lunch in The Venetian in the hopes of finding pizza (again)... but instead got lost in the Grand Canal. (Don't worry... we ended up finding pizza!)


We had to leave pretty soon after getting lunch for our afternoon ferry back to Hong Kong. We had an early night and flew home the next day!

To wrap up these posts, I'm thinking of doing an expectations vs. reality type post, or an accumulation of everything I observed in Hong Kong. Would y'all be interested in reading something like that? Let me know!