Another day, another change of hotel. We first enjoyed our complimentary buffet breakfast, loading up on a hybrid of western and Asian delights: bacon, sausages, eggs, hashbrowns, dumplings and noodles.
Once checked out, we went for a short walk down to Fisherman’s Wharf to stumble across a peculiar area – imagine a mix between an abandoned movie set and a failing casino district. Not too much to see here, but nice to stretch our legs before venturing back to HK.
We then made our way to the ferry terminal at 1:30pm (another free shuttle) and promptly walked through Departure Immigration and boarded the 2:05pm TurboJet to Kowloon.
No real comments about the ride – it was a little bumpy and there was a guy snoring through most of it. We arrived at our destination at 3:10pm and queued for 10 minutes for HK Arrivals Immigration – again, no hassle here.
Darren’s Summary of Macau:
My lasting impression of Macau has to be the mega-casinos in Cotai. If you’re looking for giant buildings, luxury retail and lots of gold, then this is the place for you. There’s some history here too, but it seems pushed to one-side to make way for the gambling scene.
Worth spending more than a few days here? Not for me, unless I wanted to try my luck on the slots.
Jane’s Summary of Macau:
Despite doing lots of research on Macau, I don’t think anything could have prepared me for the city crammed with old residential buildings and casinos both old/forgotten and new/excessively rich. Somehow, the experience made me quite sad. The city felt cold and unfriendly — most people we interacted with were hotel staff who are forced to pretend to be pleasant. Everything felt superficial.
Don’t get me wrong: it’s a visual feast with its flashy buildings if you’re into that sort of glitz and glamour. It’s worth a visit, but if you’re going for the history and photo ops not wrought with commercial displays, you may find yourself disappointed.
Back in Kowloon we shopped a little (Jane found some shoes) and grabbed some McWings for a late lunch!
(So apparently someone is travelling the world eating McDonalds… that’s a dream job!)
Our new home (hotel) for the next 4 nights is in the area of Jordan at the Novotel. Check In was quick and most importantly this hotel is not undergoing renovations!
In the evening, we jumped on the MTR and found our way to Sun Sin for dinner. This takes the concept of communal seating to the extreme, sitting around a small circular table with two guys.
I found this place on Yelp and it didn’t disappoint: the Michelin-recommended Golden Curry Beef Brisket and Wonton Noodle – yum!
After dinner we stopped in at Langham Place Mall to ride up some 12 floors of escalators and check out the funky tree-like art sculptures.
Tomorrow we’ll venture up to Lantau Island (weather-permitted)!