Day 1 10/28/2011. Arrived at Macau around 5pm because of delays by PAL. We stayed at Banyan Tree Hotel for 3 nights and had a very relaxing and comfortable time. It is in the Galaxy complex which features 3 hotels: Galaxy Hotel, Banyan Tree, and Hotel Okura. The complex is less crowded and less chaotic compared to the Venetian hotel.
Photos of our room at Banyan Tree
After checking in at our hotel, we headed to Tenmasa at Altira, known for its exceptional Tempura and its intricate way of cooking the dish.
Food at Tenmasa. Ebi Tendon, California Roll, and Appetizers.
Day 2 10/29/2011. Started the day at The Venetian Hotel and strolled through the Grand Canal shops and sights.
Ama Temple. The oldest temple in Macau dedicated to the goddess Mazu to look over the local fishermen. It is also the origin of Macau’s name.
Mandarin House. The ancestral home of Zheng Guanying, a prominent figure in the Qing Dynasty. The area covers 4000 square meters and is the largest private residence in Macau. The ancestral home made its way to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
On our way to Senado Square, we passed by the Moorish Barracks and St. Lawrence Church. The Moorish inspired barracks is where Indian policemen were stationed in the 1800's.
We walked our way to Senado Square from Ama temple. Senado Square, also known as Largo do Senado, is considered the city’s urban center surrounded by bright colored buildings such as Leal Senado, the Post Office, and the Santa Casa Da Misericordia. St. Paul Ruins (photo on top of the page) is also just a 10 minute walk from the sqaure and you'll pass by shops and food stalls on the way.
Nearby Senado Square is a famous dessert shop called Yee Shun. Just spot the sign with a cow in it. Yee Shun serves milk curd (like Manila’s taho but milk based) in different flavors. I tried the milk curd with red bean.
Walking further away the square, we reached the casino and hotel strip where hotels such as Lisboa, Wynn, MGM are situated.
Day 3 10/30/2011. Spent the day at the Taipa village. We first had lunch at Antonio’s Portugese Restaurant then I went to explore the old village while they went back to the hotel. Taipa is a small village consisting of food streets (Rua Do Cunha Street), old houses (Old Taipa House Museum), temples (Pak Tai Temple), and churches (Church of our Lady Carmel). It is just a short walk away from Galaxy hotel and is easily accessible by taxi or bus. I’ll do another post to feature more photos of the place.
For our last dinner, we tried Galaxy’s Festiva which offers buffet featuring cuisines from various Asian and western countries.
A family portrait (without me) to cap the vacation. It was just a short trip but we really had a great time. A great way to spend the short holidays.