5D4N Hong Kong-Macau getaway was quite a short one. However we managed to spend 1 and a half days at Macau patronizing popular and delicious eats 🙂
Day 3 was the day we greeted Macau 🙂
An amazing place that comprised of Macau Peninsula, island of Taipa & Coloane as well as the reclaimed area called COTAI.
Since we only have 1 1/2 days at Macau itself before heading back to Hong Kong, we explored and focused on the Macau Peninsula & the Taipa Village.
Getting to Macau:
1. BY AIR
Macau International Airport is located on Taipa Island and is 15 minutes away from the Macau Ferry Terminal
2. BY SEA
Hong Kong has three major terminals for Macau-bound travelers:
- Shun Tak Centre located at Hong Kong Island
- China Ferry Terminal located at Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon (waterfront alongside Harbour City)
- Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal located in Tuen Mun, New Territories
**You can find quite a number of jetfoils, Catamarans and ferries available, run by TurboJET, the Cotai Strip CotaiJet™ , First Ferry and Hong Kong North West Express Limited.
Journeys will take one hour from Hong Kong to Macau and vice versa operating almost 24 hours. Drinks and snacks are available on board. Trips are made between the Hong Kong – Macau Ferry Terminal (located in the Shun Tak Centre at Sheung Wan) and the Macau Ferry Terminal (located in the Outer Harbour).
The Cotai Strip CotaiJet™
The company runs ferry service between Hong Kong (Hong Kong – Macau Ferry Terminal) and Macau (Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal). Travel time is approximately 1 hour.
Roundtrip sailings between China (HK) Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui and the Macau Ferry Terminal (located in the Outer Harbour)
**The tickets cost MOP 145 on average for economy class seating.
We took the First Ferry and boarded a cab to our hotel.
FYI, most hotels offer free shuttle services directly to their hotel. Check with your hotel upon booking.
For local transportation:
There are 2 kinds of taxis: the black with cream roof ones and the yellow ones.
The flagfall charge is MOP13.00 for the first 1.6KM. MOP1.50 will be added for every 230 meters afterwards. Waiting on passengers’ request will be charged for MOP$1.50 for every minute.
Hotel Sintra @ MOP 600 per night (deluxe room)
Clean & spacious room
Hotel Sintra is located at the popular commercial hub of Macau and is merely moments away from the 24-hour Lisboa Casino. It’s just 15 minutes from the Macau International Airport and 5 minutes from the Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal. Best of all, there’s a free shuttle service to Taipa Island just outside the hotel every half and hours! (It’s actually buses provided by the casinos on Taipa Island, fetching tourists to their respective casinos) Really convenient!
Since our hotel is located at the popular tourist hub, we then took a short walk towards Senado Square.
#1 Senado Square
Artist we met along
#2 Leitaria I Son (義順牛奶公司)
Our first stop for breakfast: a little establishment well known for their milk based puddings and desserts!
Leitaria I Son’s Signature: Double Skin Milk Pudding (“Xiong Pei Tan Nai”) is a mixture of egg & milk being steamed until there are layers of so-called “milk skin” formed on top of the pudding. So smooth and I love the aftertaste of milk!
Another version of Milk Pudding topped with Red Bean Paste.
Don’t really fancy this as it’s too sweet to our liking.
We also had Polo Bun which we thought was just mediocre.
Leitaria I Son (義順牛奶公司)
No. 7, Largo Senado
#3 Rua da Felicidade
Also known as the Happiness Street is located between Largo de Santo Agostinho and Largo do Senado. This street was once the heart of Macau’s red lights district which now have turned into a cute shopping street with traditional red roofs. Walk along Rua da Felicidade and visit the small streets that branch off it 🙂
Also, you will notice a stretch of shophouses that sells: SHARK FIN SOUP
If you fancy thick, fibrous shark’s fin soup, this is the street to be.
#4 Tim Fatt Sharkfin House (添發碗仔翅美食)
We went to Tim Fatt Sharkfin House for some cheap fix as for only MOP 20, you can get a decent bowl of shark fin soup (wun chai chi)
FYI, They charge on per pax basis and patrons have to place their orders according to the price list.
We went for their MOP 38 shark fin soup; with thick fillets of shark fin.
Tim Fatt Sharkfin House 添發碗仔翅美食
18 (Gr. Floor), Rua Da Felicidade, Macau
Our journey continued… 🙂