Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Macau II: Everything besides Casinos

Besides casinos, there are other things to do in Macau as well. Macau is well know for its almond biscuits. There are two main brands, but the one below is the more famous one. You can see many shops selling these kind of pastries near the streets at St Paul.

Look at the crowd in Koi Kei on a normal day! We also tried the almond biscuits from their next door neighbour and I conclude that Koi Kei's almond biscuits are better. By the way, there are free samples in all the shops. So, if tasting is believing, why not? Also recommended are the egg rolls, with different variations. There are those with the seaweed ones which are pretty awesome.

Another popular snack in Macau is the portugese egg tarts. It's somewhat like creme brulee with some puff pastry. But I still prefer the normal egg tarts, but well, for a change, portugese egg tarts are pretty good too!

and of course, there is the ruins of st paul's. It's basically just a wall. It was built in the 1600s, and destroyed by a fire during a typhoon in 1835. The day we went, there were some performances going on to celebrate ne zha's birthday. And for your information, next to the ruins, there is a ne zha temple. Although it's very easy to miss it, it's a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Another site that is listed is the Temple of A-Ma, after which macau is named. It has a history of over 500 years, just imagine that!

Other attractions that might be worth a mention include the Fisherman's Wharf. Honestly, I don't think this place is much of a big deal. It's only for people who think they will never get to see the real Colosseum. Otherwise, this place is very empty, and there are no good and cheap restaurants around. There's a pretty good seaview at this place though!

There is also the 黑沙滩 (Hac Sa Beach) where there is black sand. This photo doesn't do the place justice because it doesn't capture the black sand. There is yellow sand appearing in this picture only because the government refilled the sand with yellow sand so that there wouldn't be further erosion of the black sand.

It's possible to go to all the casinos and still see the other face of Macau. We completed all the casnios and these places (and other eateries) in 4 days! Because Macau is so small, it's very easy to get around as well!


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