Today we were planning to go to Macau from China Ferry Terminal. We took MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui, and just had to find exit door to China Ferry Terminal. We still had to walk quite far to the mall that linked to the ferry terminal. There would be no bag check in the terminal, so basically we were free to bring food and drink.
We chose First Ferry as our transport to Macau (total ticket was HKD 598 for one way only) . The big ship left the port on time and we could choose wherever we wanted to sit. The waves were very big and strong that day, and most of us felt very dizzy, except for the lil one who seemed to be happy along the way and didn’t care at all about the waves. He was busy looking at the safety card, drawing pictures, or just looking outside the window. It was amazing that while we were having seasickness, he remained calm and didn’t feel dizzy (try to) reading (because he couldn’t read yet) and drawing.
The rain greeted us when we arrived in Macau. By the way, the immigration queue was unbelievably long and it took almost 2 hours for us to finally finished immigration clearance.We bought ferry tickets back to Hongkong, and this time we chose Turbo Jet which cost around HKD 600.
From Macau Ferry Terminal, we took free shuttle bus to Venetian Hotel and Mall. This bus was free for anyone who was going to Venetian, didn’t matter whether we were staying at the hotel or not.
It was almost an hour that we finally arrived at the Venetian Mall. It was a big and beautiful mall, as a matter of fact……….it was so big that we got lost inside when trying to find the way to the free shuttle bus station. We had to ask the staff several times and it took us almost an hour too to finally found the shuttle bus.
Look at how lovely the design of the mall was:
Since we were so hungry, we headed straight to the food court which was also very big…………..but believe me, even though the food court was so big, it didn’t mean that it was easy for us to find seats because most of them were already occupied. I loved how they designed the food court so it looked like we dined in the past with old buildings surrounding us and clear blue sky above us.
Although we were inside the mall, but we felt like we were dining outdoor because the roofs were painted in blue colors with white clouds that really resembled the skies (all are of the malls were designed like this), so we felt like we were walking on the streets outdoor.
There were plenty of food options and the food was not bad either (although a bit expensive), but we were very disappointed with the service. We bought in different stalls, and none of them was friendly (don’t expect smiles and thank you) and helpful. Sometimes we were left clueless of how the ordering system would be, and they got upset (which was shown in their faces and intonations) because we didn’t understand their language. As a main tourist destination, this was quite disappointed for us.
Since the name of the mall was Venetian, of course the design made us feel like we were in Italy, complete with gondola rides with gondoliers who could also sings opera songs. My lil one was so happy and interested seeing these gondolas and he just couldn’t stop looking and asked us to moved from one bridge to another just to see the gondolas passed by below.
Since we were quite tired and we still wanted to see Senado Square, we decided to go back to the shuttle bus station, but this building was so huge and we forgot where we came from, so we must looked at the map first and looked who was so seriously looking at the map with his cute face:
We (well, daddy actually) felt confident after studying the map that he knew the way out, so we just followed him while looking around at the mall with pretty Christmas decorations and bright Christmas lights.
And instead of arriving at the bus stop, we ended up in the Venetian Hotel and Casino, hahahaha…………….
While daddy and oma went to the Information Counter to ask for direction, the lil one and I were busy wondering around outside the hotel, and we found many good spots to take pictures.
After daddy got clear direction from Information Center, we went back to the mall and found this singing lady who appeared from one of the windows. We thought she wasn’t real and just a doll…………well, she was a real person who really sang beautifully.
Long story short, we found the bus stop and successfully came back to the ferry terminal………hurrah…………….
Our next stop was Senado Square (one of a very popular tourist destination in Macau), it was a long street full with shops and after a long walk (very long walk), we would arrive in the ruin of St.Paul Church, but we didn’t go there of course because it was very late and we were afraid that we would miss the ferry back to Hongkong.
We planned to take taxi to Senado Square, but the queue was very long, so we took a bus (public transportation) which was very cheap actually compared to taxi ride.
The lil one was still sleeping when we alighted from the bus, so we had to carry him. We stopped at one of the quiet street near Senado Square to buy snacks as souvenirs. This was a well known store which also provided free tasting for the snacks, cookies, and cakes. In the end, we bought its famous pineapple tarts.
We were shocked to see so many people crowded Senado Square that it was even very difficult for us to move and to look around. At the end, we ended up just sitting at the front side of the square and didn’t go further to explore. It was sooooo crowded. We were afraid that we won’t make it on time to go back to Hongkong, plus the immigration queue could also be very long like in the morning, so we left this place just as soon as the lil one woke up, had his snacks, and had gain his energy back to…………….WALK! yes, because we couldn’t carry him anymore on the way back!
Just when we were about to go back……………………there came the snow! Yes, snow! Okay, but not real one of course. It just that every day at night there was a snow show in this place. The snow felt like soap which stick to our clothes. But never mind…………….the lil one was so happy and was in full of energy……………running, jumping, screaming, laughing that made all my photos blur, hahaha……………..
After the snow stopped, we also went back to the ferry terminal. That time we had a chance to see the city center of Macau at night which was still full of people and cars. In fact, the bus that took us back to the terminal was also full with people went back from their offices.
We bought Turbo Jet Ticket on the way back to Hongkong, and yes it was more expensive than first ferry, but the ferry was way better than First Ferry. It was bigger and very smooth (we didn’t feel anything although the waves were very strong that night), it had two storeys and the lil one was so happy when he found out that we could sit at the upper deck, it had seats for four people with table, and it was also very clean.
Someone that we met (an old lady from Indonesia who had stayed for a very long time in Hongkong) suggested that we just queue at the “stand by line procedure”. That means that we can go with the earliest ferry ride if until the boarding time was closed, there were still some seats left. Luckily, we could get the earliest ferry by 2 hours before.
Did we finish the day there??? Of course not…………..when we arrived at the ferry terminal, the lil boy asked to ride double decker bus………….twice. He was so in love with the double decker bus that he wanted to ride this kind of bus at least twice a day. It would had been easier and time saving if we just took the train, but he wanted the long way back to the hotel with double decker bus. So along the way back to the hotel, we got lost here and there, and finally it was almost midnight that we went back safely to our comfortable hotel room.