The historic centre of Macau was always crowded, streets are narrow and the buildings are built very close to one another. Overall, it has a compact layout. Having spend a full day exploring the historic centre yesterday, it was an excellent choice for us to explore the northern and western part of mainland Macau today. Here, there are lots of space around, hardly any crowd and the best part, it is set along the coast overseeing the South China Sea.
The icon at the northern part had to be the 338m high Macau Tower. The 360 degree view up there was splendid. Personally, we felt that the best view had to be the one overlooking Taipa followed by the one overlooking MGM and Wynn casino.
Of course besides the view, there is a fine dining restaurant and a wide variety of adventurous activities being offered like bungee jumping, abseiling and walking along the edge outside the tower.
If these activities are too much for the heart to bear, there is always a safer option, the see-through glass floor! It may not be a big area, but it did bring us some fun.
Back on the ground floor, there is a fairly good size gift store and a couple of restaurants. We tried the dim sum at the Chinese restaurant. Though a little pricey, the excellent taste more than compensate for it. Definitely no regrets.
Kun Iam Ecumenical Centre
Atop Macau Tower, having saw the huge bronze statue of Kun Iam, we set that as our next target. The best way to reach it is by foot. It is an easy and relaxing 25 mins stroll along the coast where you can enjoy nice sea breeze and vast view of South China Sea. A word of caution, there is no shade throughout the journey. So, if the heat is too much to bear, you can always pop by MGM casino (it’s along the way) for some freshening up.
The bronze statue of Kun Iam is set on top of the Kun Iam Ecumenical Centre, a small (just a room size) museum on Buddhism.
Macau Fisherman’s Wharf
5 mins into our walk along the coast towards the western part of Macau is the Macau Science Center. Well, we gave it a miss since we’re not really into science that day. Another 5 mins walk brought us to Sands casino. Our toasted bodies desperately needed some cooling down since we had been under the scorching sun for the past 45 mins. It was too early in the day to try our luck at the jackpot machines. So, after cooling down, we headed back to the coast for another 5 mins walk to reach Macau Fisherman’s Wharf.
If you are expecting to spot sea lions sunbathing or stalls selling huge steamed crabs like the Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, this one is nothing near it. It is actually a small scale theme park with a row of shops and life-size replica of some of the world’s famous iconic structure like Roman Theatre, Tibet’s Potala Palace, Great Wall of China and a mini volcano.
Free Shuttle Bus
From here, across the street are two huge shopping malls. We could do with some air-conditioning and cold drinks to cool down our overheated and dehydrated bodies! Without second thoughts, we dived for it. We didn’t do much shopping here. Instead, we went from one dessert shop to the next gobbling up mango smoothies and other mango dessert.
We have pretty much covered all of this part of Macau and it is time for us to explore Macau’s gambling scene. Since we were rather exhausted, we decided not to walk back to the main casino cluster. Instead, we took a 5 mins walk to the nearby ferry terminal and catch a free shuttle bus. On the first floor of the terminal near the entrance, check out the board for the estimated arrival time of shuttle buses going to the different hotels. Remember you don’t have to be a hotel guest to take the free shuttle…it’s a deal not to be missed!