January 16, 2013

Day 5: Macau Walking Tour

I’ve realized that I haven't finished my Macau series and it’s been more than a month already. #boo

As I mentioned in my other post, we slept early but I promised myself that we will wake up early so we could start our tour. We started our walking tour in Senado Square; it is really walking distance from Hotel Sintra. My son was not in the mood to walk so good luck to our walking tour.

Largo do Senado (Senado Square) – has been Macau’s urban center for centuries and it is still more popular venue to public events and celebrations. The square is surrounded by pastel-colored neo-classical buildings, creating a consistent and harmonius Mediterranean atmosphere.

But before anything else we took our breakfast in McDonalds.

We visited some stores and St. Dominic Church.

Igreja de S. Domingos (St. Dominic Church) – founded in 1587 by three Spanish Dominican priests who originally came from Acapulco Mexico, this church is also connected to the Brotherhood of Our Lady of Rosary. It was here that the first Portuguese newspaper was published on Chinese soil, A Abelha da China (The China Bee) on September 12, 1822. The bell tower at the back of the building has been modified in to a small Museum of Sacred Art, now exhibiting a collection of around 300 artifacts.
Then we walked towards to Ruins of St. Paul, before you reach the ruins I’m pretty sure busog na kayo sa dami ng free taste. =D

Ruinas de S.Paulo (Ruins of St. Paul) – refer to the façade of what was originally the Church of Mater Dei built in 1602-1640, destroyed by fire in 1835 and the ruins of St Paul’s College which stood adjacent to the Church. As a whole, the old Church of Mater Dei, St. Paul’s College and formed what can be perceived as the Acropolis of Macau. Nowadays, the façade of the Ruins of St. Paul’s functions symbolically as an altar to the

Don’t forget to drop by at Monte Fort and Macau Museum at the right side of Ruins of St. Paul.

Fortaleza do Monte (Mount Fortress) – built in conjunction with the Jesuits from 1617 to 1626, this was the city’s principal military defence structure. The fortress was equipped with canons, military barracks, wells and arsenal that held sufficient ammunition and supplies to endure a siege lasting up two two years. The fortress covers an area of 10,000 square meters in the shape of trapezoid. The four corners of the fortress protrude to form bulwarks.
We wanted to visit Na Tcha temple but we can’t locate it and our feet is already aching so we decided to go back to our hotel and rest. 

We bought pasalubong in Pastelaria Koi Kei. We enjoyed our free taste and free drinks. Sayang, no free taste sa egg tart. Hehe!

After our rest, we went to Michael Jackson’s Gallery at Sofitel. 20-30 minutes of walking from Hotel Sintra. No entrance fee.

Then we want back to Senado Square for night photos.

Source: Macau Tourist Map


  1. Wow! You've been to a lot of places sis! Which makes we want to plan to our come back soon. Hehe :)Na Tcha temple was the first stop in our city tour.

    1. mas marami pa sana kami mavisit kung hindi lang masakit paa namin. will wait for youe next post ng makita ko si Na Tcha Temple. =D

    2. naku, i didn't went inside na kasi so i don't have photos to share. may stairs kasi, tinamad kami umakyat so naghintay na lang kami sa baba :)

      BTW, the small bag hanging in your neck -- bag ba yan or camera bag? where did you get it? perfect size siya for travelers :)

    3. hehe! parang yung naghotel hopping kami sa Macau, most of the time pahinga kami kasi nakakapagod maglakad sa laki ng hotel.

      camera bag sis, nahingi lang yan ni hubby sa MIL ko. hehe!

  2. ang hirap talaga pag walang pram noh? yan lagi pinag iisipan namin ng husband ko, magdadala or hindi? hehe ang bigat din kasi and bulky!

    1. ay naku sis, ayaw ng anak ko sa stroller, newborn pa lang siya bumili na ko pero la pa yata 5x niya nagamit stroller niya. ayaw niya maupo dun, kaya puro carrier kami dati. kaya pag nagtravel kami at tinamad na siya, lagot na kami. hehe!

    2. btw sis, may malware na lumalabas pagvisit ko sa site mo.

      "Google Chrome has blocked access to this page on avagabondmom.blogspot.com.
      Content from pinkmomma.com, a known malware distributor, has been inserted into this web page. Visiting this page now is very likely to infect your computer with malware."

  3. ate michi ganda daw tlga dyan sa macau sana makapunta din ako

  4. I have been thinking of exploring Macau. Thanks for your post and photos :) I am all the more encouraged to visit the place with my hubby, hopefully soon :)