Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello Macau!

From Shenzhen, we headed our way to Macau via Ferry which took us about an hour or so. 
Macau is known to be as Asia's Gambling Mecca. Why? There are lots of casinos established in the country! Also, it is a nice place to see the traditional Chinese culture while enjoying the exotic Portuguese buildings. Most of the buildings have Portuguese names or translations. When I was here, I felt like I was in Portugal too (well, I never been there yet so I really don't know the feeling of being there).

The name of the city is derived from the word Magao (A-Ma Temple), which was the shrine dedicated to Mazu, a sacred sea goddess respected by the local people. It was said that in the middle of sixteenth century when the Portuguese first set foot there, one of the officers asked a fisherman the name of the land. The man misunderstanding the officer's meaning, answered 'Magao' - the name of A-Ma Temple in front them. Read more here: Macau Travel Guide

According to our tour guide, most of these places were just part of the sea before. Wow! The government was able to improve it this way? Amazing!

These are what I am talking about. The buildings here are just amazing!

The Grand Lisboa Hotel is owned by Sociedade de Jogos de Macau (SJM) and designed by renowned Hong Kong architects Dennis Lau and Ng Chun Man. An impressive and iconic skyscraper, the 58-floor hotel is 260 metres tall. Read more here: Grand Lisboa


Yes, hi Macau tower!
The Tower is 338m high at its highest point. Wooh! Also, the main observation level is 223m above the ground. Imagine, you can see 55km away from the highest viewing deck!


My travel buddy: Ate Cindy


Oh yeah, we've been missing rice and other Filipino dishes so there, we went to an Indian Restaurant which also serves Filipino food. The best part was that, a Filipino waitress served us so we felt like we were just in the Philippines. I am so happy to see my fellow Filipinos here! We saw one in the Macau Ferry Terminal too. He was assisting us because we were not able to find out tour guide immediately. Oh, Filipinos are really helpful! :D



After eating, of course we have to burn some calories and so we started to walk and walk and walk again. Until we (me and my travel buddy ate Cyn) figured out that we were already out of the group. "Oh my where are they?" I asked ate Cyn. She was also worried. Well, we can still see our bus so we believe that they are just somewhere around and so we started to walk and walk and walk and whoala! We found them! Yey!

Oh, the man in my right might be thinking, "This woman is crazy!" Haha! I was just so happy sir.

Nice Sky view... :)

We were enjoying the beauty of the Venetian Hotel.

It is always nice to have great travel buddies!

Oooooppps! Failed Jump Shot? Na ah. 'Coz we were so happy here!

We met a very lovely newly wed couple and they were in Macau for their honeymoon! How sweet! :)

I love everything about Macau! We only had a day trip here and we didn't have the chance to stay for a night here. They say that it is better to go around Macau at night for us to witness the marvelous light effects of the buildings in the city. So that is our next goal when we'll have another chance to come back here.

Oh how I wish I could travel all the time.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Roaming Around Shenzhen, China

Shenzhen is located in the southern portion of the Guangdong Province, on the eastern shore of the Pearl River Delta. Neighboring the Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong, Shenzhen's location gives it a geographical advantage for economic development. In 1980, the first Special Economic Zone of China was built in this city. From then on, the city become a highlight of China, one known for its rapid economic growth.

Welcome to the Window of the World! Our trip took an hour from HongKong to Shenzhen via train just to see this wonderful place. Window of the World is a 'fantastic replica' park. You can see vivid replicas of the world's wonders, historical heritages, and famous scenic sites here.

You can see the Mahamuni Pagoda of Mandalay and the Angkor Wat of Cambodia in the Window of the World. European architectural splendors, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Ancient Athens, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Tower of London will carry you back to the cradle of classical European culture. When you tour the miniature Roman Colosseum, you might notice a cruel and bloody scene. Enjoy the picturesque scenery as you take a gondola along the canals of Venice. Mysterious Africa is always full of life and vigor. Here, the Pyramids and the Sphinx are quietly waiting for your visit. After traveling through typical African hamlets, you come to the Oceania. Sydney Opera House, which boasts a unique style, is a landmark not only of Australia but also the whole Oceania. Looking from a distance, it looks like a luminous pearl on the vast expanse of blue sea water. The rumbles of Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon lead you to the America, a young continent. These two natural wonders are awe-inspiring. Moving on to modern civilization, in the replica of Manhattan you will see rows of towering skyscrapers. No wonder they say the rhythm of life speeds up here.

We took our lunch here. 

After out tour around the Window of the World, we went to this place (Sorry I forgot how Chinese people called this place). This is like the center of Shenzhen. You can buy stuff here in a very reasonable price.

There are many other things that you can do when you go here. We only stayed here for one night so we don't have so much time to visit other famous tourist spots.

Here are some of the places that you can do in Shenzen:
1. Go to Happy Valley
Happy Valley offers amusement for all ages including roller coasters, a massive water park and a variety of live performances. Try to go on a weekday to avoid long lineups for rides.

 2. China Folk Culture Village
This worthwhile attraction is part of Overseas Chinese Village (better known as OCT) and showcases the myriad minority ethnic cultures that make this vast country much less homogenous than imagined. It also serves as a great introduction to the history and traditions of China.

3. Shenzhen Mangrove Nature Reserve
This reserve offers a great antidote to the hustle and bustle of Shenzhen (not to mention the city's many theme parks). Rent a bike or do some bird watching or just spend time on the boardwalk admiring the vistas of the city. It is the only nature reserve in an urban center in all of China.
4.  Shenzhen Museum
This is one of Shenzhen’s gems and is not to be missed. There are traveling exhibits from across the country, fascinating historical displays, and interactive media presentations about both China’s and Shenzhen’s history.

Source: Things to do in Shenzhen

 TAKE NOTE: You cannot access any social networking sites like FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  I was able to use Skype and Yahoo mail though. :)