1.Huaqiangbei Electronics District, February 2018. Wonderboy and I were pretty excited about seeing China’s Silicon Valley, a sprawling three kilometer district packed with electronic malls, stores and service centers. The largest of its kind in Asia, this is one of the busiest shopping areas in the country. Except that is, when you rock up during Chinese New Year bank holiday days to find everything shut. Doh!
1. Street Steel Heavy Metal Bike Gallery, Macau, February 2018. I’m not really into motorbikes. In fact… let me revise that… I couldn’t care less. But Wonderboy LOVES them, so I knew we’d be checking out this exhibition from the moment he saw the big billboard: “The only motorcycle exhibition in the world 24 hours open for free!”
1. MGM Macau, February 2018. Having spent three days diving into Macau’s rich history and gorgeous UNESCO sights, it was finally time for Wonderboy and I to start hitting the hotel-casinos for a dose of the territory’s world famous glitzy luxuriousness. Our first stop was this beast of a building on Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen. Opened in 2007 at a cost of US$1.25 billion, the building boasts fine views over Zhujiang River Estuary and nearby Taipa island.
1. St. Lawrence’s Church, February 2018. I don’t think Wonderboy and I managed to see ALL the churches in Macau, but we must have gotten close. This one, towering above Rua de São Lourenço, is one of the peninsula’s oldest structures dating back to the mid sixteenth century.
2. St. Lawrence’s Church, February 2018. It’s an impressive neo-classical structure peppered with touches of baroque details. This is the main room, Hall of the Soothing Winds, where the families of Portuguese sailors used to gather to pray for the safe return of their loved ones out at sea.
3. St. Lawrence’s Church, February 2018. St. Lawrence is the patron saint of navigation, a sea god in the eyes of the Portuguese who protects people. Images of the old dude decorate the altar, a bible clutched in his left hand, a staff in his right.
4. St. Lawrence’s Church, February 2018. For me, the thing that really sets St. Lawrence’s apart from the other churches we saw was its gorgeous garden bursting with palm trees, rose bushes and all manner of exotic plants.
5. St. Lawrence’s Church, February 2018. Check out the beautiful glass panels showing engraved scenes from the bible. The church and garden is free to enter and open from 10:00-18:00 (Monday to Friday) & 10:00-13:00 (Saturdays). It’s closed on Sundays.
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1. Mandarin’s House, February 2018. There are two nineteenth century historical townhouses in Macau peninsula that are open to the public. This one, located on the quiet Travessa de António da Silva, is the most famous as it was once home to the renowned Chinese reformist Zheng Guanyin. It’s free to enter, just give your nationality at the information counter and head on through the moon entrance arch.
1. Macau Tower, February 2018. For unparalleled three hundred and sixty degree views across Macau Peninsula, Taipa Island and Hong Kong, head over to Macau Tower, a cloud-piercing 338-meter needle created by Moller Architects.
1. Guia Hill, February 2018. While a visit to Monte Fort is a must for anyone touring Macau, you’ll almost certainly be more charmed by the comparatively peaceful experience of Guia Hill in the peninsula’s central east region. An undemanding winding path takes you up to the top in under fifteen minutes.