From the church, take Rua da Pahla, turning into Rua Sao Paulo to reach The Ruin's of St Paul's.
Undoubtedly Macau’s blockbuster tourist attraction, St Paul’s is the ruins of a 16th century Jesuit church, which many believe to have been the most important church in Asia during Christianity’s early forays into the region. The church was almost wholly destroyed by fire in 1835, while being used as a barracks, and all that remains is the remarkably impressive façade. Set in stone, the four storey façade is held aloft by slender columns and adorned with intricate carvings of biblical scenes, saints and more Asian inspired images.
At the top of stairs, to the right St Paul's facade you'll find the escalator to the Monte Fort. Look for Macau Museum signs, which are built into the fort's foundations.
As a Christian stronghold in a distinctly un-Christian neighborhood, the city’s early Jesuits was constantly concerned about invasion and having their heads chopped off by non believers. In 1617 they began construction of the Monte Fortress, a stronghold that would eventually cover over 10,000 square meters and was designed to withstand a siege of over two years.
The fort didn’t see much action over its lifetime and the cannons were only fired twice in anger, once when, instead of rampaging pagans, a Dutch fleet arrived to invade the island. Seriously outmanned and outgunned, a Jesuit priest, apparently in retreat, fired one of the canons by mistake. Fortuitously he struck the Dutch gunpowder ship, blowing it and half the fleet into the sky.
Dom Pedro Theatre
You've completed the first half of the tour, ticking off most of Macau's most important Portuguese sights along the way. However, if you want to see the Moorish barracks, which is highly recommended, along with a number of other interesting sights, retrace your steps back to the Largo Do Senado, cross Aveinda de Almeinda Riberio, walk east from the Leal Senado, before turning south onto Rua Central. You'll find the Dom Pedro Theatre on the right hand side, on Calcado do Teatro, after walking less than 500m.
Unable to understand Cantonese, Macau’s Portuguese population spent years in the cultural wilderness, with only the local library and mass on a Sunday to keep them distracted. More lively entertainment arrived in 1860 via the Dom Pedro Theatre, which included a bar, restaurant and pool room along with its auditorium. Restored after years of disuse, the theatre has classic colonial arcades surrounding it and a grand, three arched entrance, all swathed in a somewhat sickly green pastel color, bordered by white trimming.
Largo do Lilau
Return to Rua Central, continuing south, where the street will become first Rua de Sao Lourenco and then Rua da Barra, from where it will open up onto Largo do Lilau.
Arguably Macau’s most quintessentially Portuguese square, Largo do Lilau may lack the grandeur of Largo do Senado but the cluster of low rise, almost cottage like houses that bank the square and streets surrounding it, decked in pastel tones and featuring wooden shuttering, are an authentic slice of small town Portugal in the heart of Macau. It’s said that if you drink from the fountain at the heart of the square, you’re sure to return to Macau.
Continue along Rua Barra to find the Moorish Barracks.
Macau was just a link in the chain that was the Portuguese Empire, stretching from Goa, to Mallaca to Macau. In the late 1800’s the Portuguese dispatched a garrison of Indian police to the territory, housing them in a specially designed, Moorish inspired barracks. The building moulds together Portuguese, Indian and Moorish influences, the latter best seen in the horseshoe arches that hold the barracks wide verandahs and the turreted roof. The building is now home to the city’s Maritime Authorities and is off limits, but you are free to wander around the exterior.
Visit Chinese Temples
Timings: 12.30 PM- 2 PM, 13th Jan’15
There are many traditional Chinese temples in Macau. There are also more well-known ones like the Na Tcha Temple (哪吒庙) and the Ah Ma Temple (妈阁庙) in Taipa Village.
Dedicated to the same goddess of the sea known as Tin Hau in Hong Kong, this temple is the oldest place of worship in Macau. Founded before the arrival of the Portuguese, it inadvertently gave its name to the colony – Macau is a corruption of A-Ma Kok (the Bay of A-Ma) – but the current complex dates from the 17th century.
Timing: 3 to 6 PM, 13th Jan’14
Expected Cost: 120*2= 240 HK + Sky walk (788*2) = 1576 HKD
Standing at 338 meters tall, the Macau Tower is another popular attraction in Macau. It boasts amenities such as an observation deck, a revolving restaurant, and even a cinema. For the adventurous (like Raevian), you can also try the world’s second highest bungee jump at 233 metres.
Macau Tower is an important landmark of Macau with an impressive height of 338 meters. It is approx. 4 kms from the Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal and about 3 kms from the Fisherman’s Wharf.
Also known as Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Center, it has an observation deck for panoramic views, theaters, shopping malls, restaurants and also famous for bungee jumping from the top. It is also used for communications and broadcasting. Charges are variable depending on the activities. If possible, try its observation desk for an impressive night view of Macau.
Directions to Macau Tower
You can simply catch a cab to reach this place. The Macau cab fares are very reasonable.
Skywalk @ AJ Hackett (5 PM to 5.30 PM)
Book at: http://www.ajhackett.com/macau/activities/skywalk-x/
Imagine you're standing on top of a Tall Tower 233 meters/764 feet high. Now take a stroll around the outer perimeter that encircles the tower. The walkway is just 1.8 meters wide, and you’re actually outside the tower in the open
Fortune Diamond (Galaxy Macau)
Timing: 7 PM-8 PM
Galaxy's Diamond Show at the main entrance to the complex runs every half hour. The concept of a huge acrylic diamond rising from an underground pit to meet the suspended column shaped chandelier bears a striking resemblance to the Wynn Macao's free multimedia show at its Rotunda or main entrance to the casino.
IFT Educational Restaurant
Timing: 9 PM-10.30 PM
The Educational Restaurant is a training unit for the hotel and culinary students of Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao. IFT encourages Macao’s future hoteliers to put theories into practice and supports their endeavors to serve guests at international standards.
Back to Hong Kong airport
Leave Macau by 10 AM. Catch Cotaijet Ferry directly to Air Port at 11.55 AM. The return flight is at 6 PM.
There is a shop in terminal 2 of HKIA that sells good and authentic tea sets. No need to go into town for that.
Only London’s Heathrow and Paris’ Charles de Gaulle are busier than this airport, which saw almost 51 million passengers in 2010. HKIA opened in 1998, and Terminal 2 was inaugurated in 2007. Shaped like a “Y,” this two-runway space on Lantau Island is near the Pearl River Delta region.
4D Extreme Screen
Asia’s largest 4-D projection screen—a 360-seat theater where films come not only with 3-D glasses but also special effects such as wind, fog, water spray, and bubbles—happens to be right here in Hong Kong’s airport. Check the website for movie times for blockbusters such as Transformers 2 and R. L. Stine’s Haunted Lighthouse.
Aviation Discovery Centre
A mini-amusement park for flight enthusiasts, this museum’s interactive rides includes a plane-cabin ride simulator. Passengers who’ve had their fill of air motion can opt for the free historical exhibit of aircraft models, or visit the panoramic rooftop SkyDeck for views over the artificial island of Chek Lap Kok (where the airport is located).
Bruce Lee: Kung Fu‧Art‧Life
The legend of Bruce Lee's life is intertwined with his confidence, charisma and a personal background that combined the East and West. More than 70 invaluable items of memorabilia selected from the Bruce Lee: Kung Fu‧Art‧Life exhibition currently on display at Hong Kong Heritage Museum are presented at HKIA to showcase to tourists and the public Bruce Lee's achievements and his contribution to film, king fu and popular culture. Featuring images, audio-visual programmers and a photo corner, the exhibition explores the legendary icon from a fascinating new angle.
Location: Near Gate 62, Departures Level, Terminal 1 (restricted area)
Important Cantonese Words:
Learn Cantonese: http://www.learnchineseez.com/lessons/cantonese/
Hong Kong's written official languages are Chinese and English, and the spoken official languages are Cantonese and English.
The local language is Cantonese. The Hong Kong variant is basically the same as in Guangzhou on the mainland but tends to incorporate some English words and slang, which frequently sounds strange to other Cantonese speakers. (Like "我唔sure得唔得", means "I am not sure if it's okay") Cantonese is the lingua franca in many overseas Chinese communities and Guangdong and Guangxi province.
Like all Chinese languages, Cantonese is a tonal language and definitely not easy for foreigners to master, but locals always really appreciate any effort by visitors to speak it, so learning a few simple greetings will get you acquainted with locals much more easily and will ensure friendly encounters and lots of additional help in shops, convenience stores and supermarkets. Whilst the Cantonese are somewhat reserved toward Westerners, they do become considerably warmer, when they realize you're making the effort to speak to them in their language.