Macau & Hong Kong 2016 : Part 9 – The Venetian & Taipa

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After our walkabout in Coloane, we took the same bus back to Cotai. It was time to visit Taipa village. Taipa is just on the other side of the Venetian Hotel. So we took a shortcut through the Venetian, at the same time took a quick look around.

The Venetian is truly impressive. Before coming to Macau, I have heard about this mega resort / casino / hotel / 16th wonder of the world, but to see it, wow. You have to see it with your own eyes to appreciate it.

This ceiling fresco is leading to the one of the many gambling halls. Here was the only place I took a walk into the gambling hall. The hall was too big to take in in a short while, but from what I can see, most of the gamblers (Chinese mainlanders) like to gamble either baccarat or the traditional big / small.



Another part of the resort that is often featured in ads is the shopping arcade. This two storey arcade is lit to look like the open day time sky 24 hours a day. And for a hefty sum, you can take a short gondola ride by a Chinese guy / girl dressed like an Italian.



Anyway, after awhile, the crowd and bustle of this place can get a little too much. Exit on the other side of the Venetian (it can be a little tough to navigate this place without having to ask), and you take a overhead pedestrian crossing over the highway to Taipa.

There’s a stretch beside a park where there are travellators. Only in Macau. Travellators outdoors.


Taipa is a slight bigger and more urban town compared to Coloane. At the fringe of the town there are newer shoplots where you can find a wide variety of pubs and eateries, but the most popular tourist street is in the centre of the old town. Here you can find the usual biscuit shops, restaurants, and the more traditional cafes.


(workers at Koi Kei making their famous almond cookies)

We stopped by here for a tea-time snack.



Walnut and almond muffins straight out of the oven.


Pork chop noodles.


After walking back to the bus stop, we took another bus all the way back to the peninsula an back to our hotel.

That night, we took a walk to MGM, located next to Wynn.

(a fleet of Rolls Royce)

(the entrance foyer to MGM Macau)

There are two main attractions in MGM. One is a free art gallery on the 1st floor. The other is the giant cylindrical fish tank.


Outside, guarding the hotel facing the sea, is the iconic lion of MGM.


Next – Lung Wah Teahouse and our last day in Macau.

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