Monday, November 30, 2009

Macau - review

We went sightseeing in Macau 5 days ago. Firstly, it's the Ah-Ma Temple. It was pretty crowded as the routes were so narrow and steep.

the entrance


the history


the view from the top

Next, we visited the Sands casino. I just had a look inside the casino so no jackpot..



Then, we crossed over to the other side of the road and visited the Fisherman's Wharf.

The Fisherman's Wharf ( 澳門漁人碼頭) is the first theme park in Macau. It is located near the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Pier. The construction took 5 years and the opening trial operation began on December 31, 2005. It was officially opened on December 31, 2006.


The complex includes over 150 stores and restaurants in buildings built in the style of different world seaports such as Cape Town, Amsterdam and Venice, six rides, a slots hall, a 72-room hotel, and a casino.


the map

the lane

Babylon casino

one of the buildings

Lastly, we visited the ruins of St Paul.



The Ruins of St. Paul's (大三巴牌坊) refer to the façade of what was originally the Cathedral of St. Paul, a 17th century Portuguese cathedral in Macau dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle.

Built from 1582 to 1602 by the Jesuits, the cathedral was the largest Catholic church in Asia at the time, and the royalty of Europe vied with each other to bestow upon the cathedral the best gifts. With the decline in importance of Macau, which was overtaken as the main port for the Pearl River Delta by Hong Kong, the cathedral's fortunes similarly ebbed, and it was destroyed by a fire during a typhoon in 1835. The Fortaleza do Monte overlooks the ruin.

It was indeed a fascinating visit.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Hong Kong - review

We went for some sightseeing in Hong Kong 5 days ago.

The Golden Bauhinia Square 金紫荊廣場 is an open area in Wan Chai North, Hong Kong.

The sculpture is deemed a very important symbol for the Hong Kong people after reunification. On the second day of Chinese New Year and National Day of the People's Republic of China, the square is lighted up by a firework show.


The sculpture, a gilded flower bauhinia, is 6 meters high. The major part is composed of a bauhinia on a base of red granite pillar on a pyramid.



The square was named after the giant statue of a golden Bauhinia blakeana at the centre of the area, situated outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, where the ceremonies for the handover of Hong Kong and the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region was held in July 1997. A flag-raising ceremony is held every day at 8:00am.


But we missed the flag-raising ceremony.


a view from the square

We love this place very much.

Next, we adjourned to Aberdeen to see the floating restaurant.

The Jumbo Kingdom was established in October 1976 by Dr. Stanley Ho after four years and over HK$30 million were spent to design and build it. It was originally decorated in the style of an ancient Chinese imperial palace.


It is located in the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter cum marina where we can see both Chinese junks and yachts.

Jumbo Kingdom (珍寶王國) consists of the Jumbo Floating Restaurant (珍寶海鮮舫) and the Tai Pak Floating Restaurant (太白海鮮舫), renowned tourist attractions in Hong Kong's Aberdeen Harbour.

Tai Pak floating restaurant


Jumbo floating restaurant

Anyway, we didn't eat the seafood in those big beautiful oriental palace-like boats.


Then, we went to the Wong Tai Sin Temple.



Wong Tai Sin Temple 黃大仙祠 is one of the most famous shrines in Hong Kong. It is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin, or the Great Immortal Wong.

The temple is located on the southern side of Lion Rock in the north of Kowloon.


The 18,000- Taoist temple is famed for the many prayers answered: "What you request is what you get" (有求必應) via a practice called Kau Cim.



Yuk Yik Fountain has 7 beautiful lotuses.

A very beautiful place to visit.

Last but not least, we visited the Repulse bay.

Repulse Bay is an area in the southern part of Hong Kong Island, located in the Southern District, Hong Kong.



Kuan Yin




There are plenty of statues at the temple. It's a beautiful place to visit.

Scenic Sunday

hotel-review

We stayed in 4 hotels during our holidays last week.



Good - Panda Hotel in Kowlooon, Hong Kong; 1st night and 5th night.



Just Good - Grandview Hotel in Macau: 2nd night




Better - White Palace Hotel in Panyu: 3rd night




Best - Century Plaza in Shenzhen: 4th night

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Day 6 Malaysia

Goodbye Hong Kong..Macau..Zhuhai..Panyu..Shenzhen..

Back to Malaysia..

Should reach home by 12 midnight..

Friday, November 27, 2009

Day 5 Hong Kong Disneyland

HONG KONG DISNEYLAND

Hong Kong Disneyland, the fifth Magic Kingdom-style park, is located on a reclaimed land in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island.



The park consists of four themed lands similar to other Disneyland parks: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland and Tomorrowland.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Day 4 Shenzhen

SHENZHEN

Shenzhen is home to the world's ninth tallest building, the Shun Hing Square (Diwang Building).

window of the world

The Window of the World (Chinese: 世界之窗 (alternatively 小人国) is a theme park located in the western part of the city of Shenzhen in the People's Republic of China. It has about 130 reproductions of some of the most famous tourist attractions in the world squeezed into 48 hectares. The 108 meter (354 ft) tall Eiffel Tower dominates the skyline and the sight of the Pyramids and the Taj Mahal all in proximity to each other are all part of the appeal of this theme park.



Splendid China

Over 100 major tourist attractions have been miniaturized and laid out according to the map of China. Most attractions have been reduced on a scale of 1:15. It is divided into Scenic Spot Area and Comprehensive Service Area. The entire park covers 30 hectares.

At night enjoy the China Folk Cultural Villages Show

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Day 3 Macau - Zhuhai - Panyu

MACAU

Before the Portuguese settlement in the early 16th century, Macau was known as Haojing (Oyster Mirror) or Jinghai (Mirror Sea). The name Macau is thought to be derived from the A-Ma Temple (traditional Chinese: 媽閣廟; Jyutping: Maa Gok Miu), a temple built in 1448 dedicated to Matsu — the goddess of seafarers and fishermen.


A-ma Temple

the statue of Kum Lam


the Lotus Square


Fishermen's Wharf


The Sand Casino

ZHUHAI

Zhuhai became a city in 1979, a year before it was named as one of the first Special Economic Zones (SEZ). The neighboring city of Shenzhen became the first Special Economy Zone in 1978.


Lover Road


statue of the Lady of Pearl

Shijingshan Park


PANYU

Established in the Qin Dynasty in 214 BC, Panyu is one of the oldest cities in China.

Lotus Hill


Kwan Yin


Chime Long International Circus
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