Hong Kong is separated by 65km of sea water from Macau, and currently there are currently 2 companies that operates high-speed jetfoil ferry and catamaran transport service between Hong Kong and Macau. The travel times between Hong Kong and Macau normally takes around 1 hour.
Turbojet operates three types of vessels from the ferry terminal in Macau to Shun Tak Centre in Hong Kong, and vice versa. Economy class fare from Macau to Hong Kong costs HK$142 on weekdays, HK$154 on weekends or public holidays and HK$176 for night services (from 6.15pm to 6.30am). The ferry tickets from Hong Kong to Macau costs HK$4 cheaper. Beside, Turbojet also offers Senior (age 60 or above) and children (age below 12) HK$15 off per ticket. The services are almost 24 hours, except the gap between 4am and 6am.
I went back to Central Hotel after walking for a while, and my family had finished packing their luggage. We’re checking out from the hotel to go to Hong Kong now by ferry. The ladies that manned the reception during out checked out were very friendly, unlike the old guy during the midnight. As I mentioned about the Central Hotel, the ladies gave us clear direction on which bus to take to go to the Jetfoil Terminal, the main ferry terminal to Hong Kong, exchanged our Hong Kong notes to small coins to pay the fares, and even explained that we have to pay a MOP $0.50 more (actually was HKD 50 cents, as we didn’t have any Macau money), as they didn’t have 50 cents coins, and each ticket within Macau Peninsula costs MOP (or HKD) 2.50.
The bus stop along Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro is just about less than 1 minute walk from Central Hotel. The bus stop has a sign board display the number of the buses that service along the road and their ply routes and destinations.
Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro or more commonly known by local as San Ma Lo (New Street). There were not many vehicles on the road. This may because what the taxi driver told us are true – that more Macanese walks instead of drives or rides due to the small size of Macau.
After lunch, my family went back to Central Hotel first while I went to Macau General Post Office – main post office in Macau with intention to post a postcard back to Singapore for me.
Correios de Macau, Macau’s postal system main post office is located at 126 Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro which just beside Largo do Senado.
After visiting Ruins of St. Paul Church and Monte Fort, it’s about noon time, and it’s time for lunch. On our way back to Central Hotel, we passed through a few open-air street stall (or more commonly known locally as daai paai dawng). But we didn’t eat there, we ate at a small Chinese eatery restaurant instead, as my brother always said “we come to enjoy, so should eat better”.
Hong Wan Noddle House (so called if direct translation) is located at the junction of Rua da Palha and Travessa dos Algibebes, pretty close to the main attraction – the ruins. Although it’s called noddle house, but a lot of locals in the restaurant were having a coffee with toasted bread.
Monte Fort was built by Jesuits between 1617 and 1626 as part of the College of the Mother of God. The fort was designed to survive a two-year siege with barracks and storehouses, but it never been used as such. The cannons were fired only once during the aborted attempt by the Dutch to invade Macau in 1622.
Been to Monte Fort was rewarded with fascinating view of the surrounding of Macau and also neighbouring China. So bring your binoculars. Too bad when we were there, the mist were pretty thick.
Located at Monte Hill which just right to the east of the Ruins of the Church of St Paul, Macau Museum is easily accessible by a series of escalators. Well, that’s a great idea, saving us some leg energy, especially useful to my parents who are a bit tired.
The starting point of the escalator that leads to Macau Museum and Monte Hill.
Crypt in Church of St Paul houses the remains of the Martyrs of Japan and Vietnam, who were Christians persecuted in the late 16th and 17th centuries. It’s also located in an underground room in the Ruins of the Church of St Paul, just beside the Museum of Sacred Art. Also in the Crypt is the recently unearthed tomb of Alessandro Valignano, the Jesuit who founded the College of the Mother of God and is credited with establishing Christianity in Japan. Here suppose to be no photography, but it’s too late before I noticed it. :p
Crypt in Church of St Paul
Museum of Sacred Art located at the rear chancel of the Church of Saint Paul in an underground room, displaying an eclectic selection of oil paintings, polychrome carved wooden statues, silver chalices, monstrances, sculptures, liturgical objects and paraphernalia from the churches and monasteries of Macau. Include in the exhibit is a copy of a 17th-century painting depicting the martyrdom of 26 Japanese Christians by crucifixion in Nagasaki in 1597.
Museum of Sacred Art
If you mention Ruins of the Church of St Paul (Sao Paulo in Portuguese) in Macau, most likely nobody will ever understand what you mean. Church of St. Paul, a Jesuit church which was built in early 17th century, is more commonly known as Dai Sam Ba locally in Cantonese. The Ruins of the Church of St. Paul is known as Sam Ba Sing Tzik in Cantonese locally. The Ruins of the Church of St Paul is now Macau’s most popular and most famous tourist destination, with its facade as the symbols of Macau.
We initially followed the walking tour map for Macau Peninsula, but soon we lost our way as I can’t figured out where were we. So we decided to head straight Dai Sam Ba instead. We asked for direction a few times, and gave me some impression that some Macao Chinese was not so friendly. They simply ignored you, although a lot has been helpful. And with their guide, we finally arrived at the ruins, which, as expected, already has lots of visitors.
Sculpture (in front of the ruins) at the foot of the Monte Hill (one of the seven hills of Macau) where Ruins of the Church of St Paul located.