WE MADE A day trip to Macau back in September 2010. While we had been to Macau on numerous occasions, this was our first family trip there as well as Little Em’s first trip out of Hong Kong where she was born. The hour-long ferry journey from HK to Macau was also Em’s first ferry ride.
The ferry ticket stub for M; little Em travelled free.
Our first stop was Kun Iam Temple, one of the most active Buddhist temples in Macau. We went on to visit Lou Lim Ioc Garden, the only Chinese-style garden in Macau, the must-see St. Paul’s Ruins, Church of St. Dominic and the Museum of the Holy House of Mercy on Senado Square, and A Ma temple. We went up to Penha Hill for a panoramic view of Macau city. We ended our trip at The Venetian where it is perpetually day time, and headed home in the evening.
Kun Iam Temple (1627), Macau.
Around the terraced gardens of Kun Iam Temple… (Top, R) Standing next to a historic site/relic – the stone table at the back of the temple, on which the first Sino-US trade and friendship treaty was signed in 1844.
Lou Lim Ioc Garden, Macau.
Lou Lim Ioc Garden, a former private property that was presented to the government and turned into a public park. It is the only Chinese-style garden in Macau, specifically classic Suzhou style. Beautiful landscaping with zigzag bridges over a lotus pond, lush greenery and interesting rock formations make it a gem in the city.
St. Paul’s Ruins, Macau.
Historic buildings on Senado Square include St. Dominic’s Church, the oldest church in Macau built in the 1550s with yellow façade and green doors and windows (L) and Museum of the Holy House of Mercy housed in a white building that was built in 1569 (R).
Mid-autumn festivities in the air at Senado Square.
(L) Hubby showed the girls the building that previously housed the Portuguese Institute of the Orient (IPOR) where he spent one summer doing Portuguese language in the 90s; (R) In front of A Ma Temple, the oldest temple in Macau completed in 1488.
(L) M next to a stone marker near A Ma Temple, that marks where the sea was before the land reclamation; (R) Inside A Ma Temple.
Lovely view of the central area of Macau from Penha Hill, a popular tourist spot.
On Penha Hill with Macau Tower in the background.
The Venetian, Macau.
The sisters in Macau.
Em’s precious expressions!