Macau, a place where dreams are built and it is very similar if you’ve been to Las Vegas before expect that you will find less Caucasians here in Macau. City of Dreams is a property along the Cotai Strip in the Cotai reclamation area in Macau, China. It is built, owned and managed by Melco Crown Entertainment, formerly known as Melco PBL Entertainment. I am here staying at the Hard Rock Hotel in the City Of Dreams and besides this hotel, there are many others here in Macau where you can choose; Sheraton, Sands, Venetian, Galaxy, Conrad, Hyatt, Lisboa, Casa Real and many many more!
Getting there: You can take a plane and land at Macau International Airport with some budget or international airlines. Alternatively you can choose to com over from Shenzhen, China or Hong Kong via jet ferries at allocated ferry terminals.
If you’re a frequent visitor to casinos (they call it entertainment centres here in Macau), this place is a heaven for you. How about those who don’t gamble, what can you do? You can consider going to places like the hotels stated above, taking pictures of the wonderful designs and you can also do some shopping in the arcades in most of the bigger hotel chains.
Macau is divided into two where the Macau Peninsula and the islands of Taipa and Coloane. The new reclaimed Cotai strip joins Taipa and Coloane together and its consider the new gambling and tourism area since Macau is so densely populated and land is scarce.
Senado Square (Largo do Senado) is a public square in Macau. It is located in the central area of the Macau Peninsula. There are shopping centers and traditional Chinese restaurants around the square. Fashion clothes, famous snacks and the scenic environment make it a famous attraction. Firework displays, lion and dragon dances are usually held on special days such as the Chinese Spring Festival and Christmas! There are also museums and churches to visit around this area and one of them is Ruins of St. Paul’s. Ruins of St. Paul’s stand adjacent to the famous Mount Fortress and Macau Museum. The front façade and the grand stone stairs are the only remains of the greatest church.
Taipa Village, one of the best of Macau attractions, is where the original community of Taipa Island started from, and one of only two traditional "villages" that still exist in Macau. It's a small cluster of narrow lanes and alleys, with old colonial houses along them, painted in hues of yellow, blue, and green. There are many nice shops selling traditional biscuits and also you can find great food places here. If only I have 4 stomachs, I would have visited most of the eateries!
Venetian Macau the world largest casino, is one of Asia’s most exciting entertainment destination, and nowhere else in Asia will you find such a rare combination of facilities, attractions and amenities. Experience shopping with over 350 international shops, be dazzled by the street performers, or take a ride on an authentic Venetian gondola, all at the resort. You will be awed by the beautiful decors and Venice like experience at this grand hotel.
A-Ma Temple. Macau’s name is derived from A-Ma-Gau or Place of A-Ma and this temple dedicated to the seafarers’ goddess dates from the early 16th century. Make a prayer and take some pictures around the temple. There is Macau Tower and Kun Iam Statue along the stretch of coastal line where you can easily spend half a day visiting these few places.
The City of Dreams is a unique integrated resort combining electrifying entertainment, an amazing array of accommodation, regional and international dining, as well as designer brand shopping. With 3 hotels connected, you will be able to find the right choice for you! I have chosen Hard Rock Hotel and I’m so excited to share with you more about the hotel in my blog.
There are many more places to visit and I am sure I will be back next time to cover what I have missed out from. After so much walking and visiting, you must be hungry. Check out my next blog for the foods in Macau!
*Do you know that there are various data sim cards available in Macau for your crazy net surfing and pictures posting hobby?