The pleasant country of Macau is not either Portugal or China.

Macau really surprised, although it was assumed thatthis is not at all an interesting “under-country”, where there is nothing to look at especially, especially after Hong Kong. In fact, it turned out differently, although I stayed in Macau for only a few hours. Of course, it is impossible to draw any more meaningful conclusions after a cursory visit, but at least I wanted to come back here for a couple more days.

Macau is a former Portuguese colony (1999 onlyceased to be) and at the same time Asian Las Vegas, where crowds of people come to play in various casinos. Since my gambling houses do not cling in any way, I just walked around the city. Macau consists of 3 parts - Macau itself (Macau) on the mainland and the Taipa and Coloan Islands, the first of which is an international airport.

We are going to Macau Peninsula by bus MT1

We are going to Macau Peninsula by bus MT1

Macau Research and Exhibition Center

Macau Research and Exhibition Center

Skyscraper cubes

Skyscraper cubes

Straw Asian hats and here go

Straw Asian hats and here go

Cool casino and hotel Grand Lisboa

Cool casino and hotel Grand Lisboa

Some more pretentious little houses

Some more pretentious little houses

Salon Porsche

Salon Porsche

For taxi, much more modern Toyota models are used.

For taxi, much more modern Toyota models are used.

Baikov here already Pobol, than in Hong Kong

Baikov here already Pobol, than in Hong Kong

During the walk, I created absolutelydifferent sensations: looking at the cobbled narrow streets and colonial architecture, it seemed as though I was brought to southern Europe, but as soon as I looked at the mirrored skyscrapers and noticed an inscription in Chinese, everything began to resemble Hong Kong. Macau turned out to be a rather interesting mix of Asia and Europe, such that you occasionally get lost, not quite understanding where you really are. Perhaps that’s why there’s some kind of special atmosphere here that I’m not even able to describe in words, here it’s somehow especially nicely located.

But if you take a closer look, then there are less pretentious buildings

But if you take a closer look, then there are less pretentious buildings

European style building

European style building

Senado Square / Largo do Senado

Senado Square / Largo do Senado

Sun umbrellas

Sun umbrellas

Fountain in Senado Square

Fountain in Senado Square

Right next to the area of ​​the Chinese market

Right next to the area of ​​the Chinese market

Not sure, but it looks like shark fins are selling

Not sure, but it looks like shark fins are selling

Among the dullness you can see bright Portuguese colors.

Among the dullness you can see bright Portuguese colors.

Inscriptions in Portuguese instead of English

Inscriptions in Portuguese instead of English

Chinese takeaway

Chinese takeaway

I really liked this street: the hill and colorful houses

I really liked this street: the hill and colorful houses

Narrow cobbled european street

Narrow cobbled european street

On the streets of Macau

On the streets of Macau

On the streets of Macau

On the streets of Macau

Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral

Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral

The Chinese are cut into stone-scissors, who quickly climb stairs

The Chinese are cut into stone-scissors, who quickly climb stairs

Chinese temple next to the ruins of the cathedral

Chinese temple next to the ruins of the cathedral

Spiral incense - enough for the whole day

Spiral incense - enough for the whole day

Macau is a mixture of different cultures.

Macau is a mixture of different cultures.

What was the cathedral 150 years ago

What was the cathedral 150 years ago

Colorful uncle, as from the movie about Shaolin

Colorful uncle, as from the movie about Shaolin

Entrance to the portuguese fort of Macau

Entrance to the portuguese fort of Macau

Portuguese Macau

Portuguese Macau

Portuguese Macau at sunset

Portuguese Macau at sunset

What Asians love to do most is being photographed

What Asians love to do most is being photographed

Try my shnyazhki piece, eh?

Try my shnyazhki piece, eh?

Sheet fried sweet meat, did not try :)

Sheet fried sweet meat, not tried :)

Lisboa building can be seen from almost every corner of Macau.

Lisboa building can be seen from almost every corner of Macau.

Nice cobbled street with shops

Nice cobbled street with shops

Fun school building in Macau

Fun school building in Macau

Do you want to rickshaw?

Do you want to rickshaw?

Initially, I thought I would see something verysimilar to Hong Kong, only much smaller (Macau territory is small). But unlike Hong Kong, you can safely walk here, without fear of encountering anyone. The exception is only a few streets near the fortress and the ruins of the cathedral, where the tourist zone is located with all the ensuing consequences. But even there all this jostling is somehow more idle or something, perhaps because no one is in a hurry, as it is on holiday. And also the feeling of cramping, which does not leave you in Hong Kong for a minute, disappeared somewhere; I just sighed calmly. By the way, breathing and the truth is much easier here.

Outside the city center and on the neighboring island everythingIt looks a little different, but I was there just on the bus was passing from the city to the airport. Freshly built residential buildings interspersed with the casino are not clinging to each other, and around them are free spaces and not yet developed territories.

Some nuances, so as not to forget yourself, and all the rest of the note

First a little clarification, Macao is nota separate country, and an autonomous region of China, with its own economy and management. A visa in Macau is not needed for a period of less than 30 days, this applies to Russian citizens, I don’t know about other countries.

The easiest way to get to Macau from Hong Kong is to the ferry. The ferry departs from three places: from the Kowloon Peninsula, from Hong Kong Island, and from Hong Kong Airport. The cost of the ferry is about 150 HKD (600 rubles), the journey takes 1 hour.

Ferry Hong Kong-Macau

Ferry Hong Kong-Macau

Inside the ferry everything is very civilized

Inside the ferry everything is very civilized

I'll tell you how I did, this option is goodits budget. Since the air ticket to Bangkok from Macau is twice cheaper (3100rub with luggage) than from Hong Kong, it was decided to go to Macau by ferry. I sailed from the Kowloon Peninsula, so I got into the Macao Ferry Terminal ferry terminal). And in order not to hang around with the things in the city, went straight to the airport on Taipa Island by bus AP1, he goes there alone with Macao ferry terminal. I handed over things at the airport (the storage room is on the second floor on the left side), the price is 10 MOP / hour (40 rubles) or 80 MOP / day (320 rubles). By the way, for those who need tickets, I advise you to buy through Aviasales.ru and Skyscanner.ru.

Metro in Macau is not, and all movements occuron buses and taxis. Since the territory is small (Taipa Island and the Macau Peninsula), you can get from one point to another quickly enough. The island is connected to the mainland by several bridges. Buses from the airport to the historic part of the city - MT1, MT2. The journey takes about 20 minutes. The drivers do not have to surrender, so change the change in advance at the airport. The cost of a trip to the city is 4.20 MOP (16.8 rubles). Since I didn’t have very little money, I always paid 5 MOP for the trip, you can and more if you want :)

Change money for local patakas, meaning specialdoes not have if you already have Hong Kong dollars with you. Here they walk in the same way as the patakas, and I paid them mixed up. The rate of the ruble is the same, multiply the price by 4 and get the cost in rubles to evaluate expensive / cheap.

Local Money - Macaan Pataki

Local Money - Macaan Pataki

Not everyone knows English here, but no problemsit arose, as they immediately called someone who understood. The inscriptions are always duplicated in Portuguese, so if you know more Portuguese, then everything will be even easier. They say or not on it, I do not know, we heard it, but not the fact that it is local.

Food costs about the same as in Hong Kong. I ate at a good food court, which is located 5 minutes from Senado Square. True, I did not evaluate the food of Macau and just bought Thai Pad Thai there.

Delicious and affordable food court near the tourist area

Delicious and affordable food court near the tourist area

For the first time in a week, I ate delicious, though Thai food is Pad Thai.

For the first time in a week, I ate delicious, though Thai food is Pad Thai.

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