Sunday, April 17, 2011

First Day in Macau

We finally reached our Macau Room by around 4PM.

And not wanting to lose any time, we just refreshed ourselves a bit then proceeded to walk to the nearby Guia Fortress. It was less than 10 minutes walk from the hotel. It was a very nice walk. Perfect weather. Perfectly blue sky. And amazing view of Macau.



Wiki Trivia:
The Guia Fortress (Portuguese: Fortaleza da Guia; Chinese: 東望洋炮台) is a historical military fort, chapel, and lighthouse complex in the St. Lazarus Parish. The complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Historic Centre of Macau.

The fort and chapel were constructed between 1622 and 1638, after an unsuccessful attempt by the Netherlands to capture Macau from Portugal. The lighthouse was constructed between 1864 and 1865, the first western style lighthouse in east Asia or on the China coast. The lighthouse stands at 91 meters tall, and has a light visible for some 20 miles in clear weather conditions. The complex was built upon the highest point on Macau, Guia Hill, and named after the same location. Today, the site is a tourist destination.

After a few pictures, we headed back to the hotel to catch the shuttle to Venetian. Unfortunately, we didn't book so we couldn't take that particular shuttle. But no worries, there was another shuttle going to the ferry and from the ferry station, there we so many buses to the Venetian. :)



Wiki Trivia:
The Venetian Macao is a hotel and casino resort in Macau owned by the Las Vegas Sands corporation. The Venetian is a 40-story, $2.4 billion anchor for the 7 hotels on the Cotai Strip in Macau. The 10,500,000-square-foot (980,000 m2) Venetian Macao is modeled on its sister casino resort – The Venetian in Las Vegas – and is the largest single structure hotel building in Asia and the fifth-largest building in the world by area.[1][2][3]

The main hotel tower was finished in July 2007 and the resort officially opened on August 28, 2007.[4] The resort has 3000 suites, 1,200,000 sq ft (111,000 m2) of convention space, 1,600,000 sq ft (149,000 m2) of retail, 550,000 square feet (51,000 m2) of casino space – with 3400 slot machines and 800 gambling tables and a 15,000 seat arena for entertainment/sports events.



One word to describe the Venetian? Grand.



I kept half expecting that Jandi and the Korean F4 would pop up somewhere. Haha.



Junpyo?



We had dinner at the FoodCourt (because we heard Erap was there haha!). But there weren't many choices. And we made a bad decision... We had the worst pizza in the world! (DO NOT try it!)



We took the same shuttle back to the hotel before 10 because the last one was at 9:55pm. :)
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