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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Hong Kong Trip Tour - DAY 3

DAY - 3 - 10-28-2004 MACAU

We went to Macau for our last day of tour, this time it is a one full day tour. How we wished we could stay there by night, but since it's a tour, we can't choose to stay. Anyway, we boarded the ferry boat and we arrived at the port with another tour guide waiting for us.

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Our first stop was the A-Ma temple which is the oldest temple in Macau. The A-Ma Temple is a destination offering silence and spectacular views. The temple contains six main parts, all of which make up a series of classical Chinese architectural treasures, and this is all guarded by stone lions. We were not able to take a shot of the entire temple, except for photos of me , one inside the temple, and another couple photos outside.
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Ruins of St. Paul:
The Ruins of St. Paul's (also known as Sam Ba Sing Tzik) stands adjacent to the famous Mount Fortress and Macau Museum. The front façade and the grand stone stairs are the only remains of the greatest church in Macau.First constructed in 1580, St. Paul's Church caught fires in 1595 and 1601. However, reconstruction started in 1602 soon after the church was burnt down. Completed in 1637, the church became the biggest Catholic Church in East Asia at that time. Unfortunately, a violent typhoon hit Macau in 1835 and the church caught fire for the third time leaving its glory a history. According to historical materials, St Paul's Church, built with white stones, had a grand vaulted roof. It had three magnificently decorated halls.

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Institute of Civic and Municipal Affairs Buildings:
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Choi Heong Yuen Bakery:
We dropped by here for a "free taste" samples of Chinese homemade biscuits which are actually ideal for "pasalubongs." Biscuits are tasty, too :)
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Statue of Kun Lam & Ecumenical Center, Macau:
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Taking centre stage along the outer harbour waterfront is this breath-taking statue of the Goddess of Mercy. Kun Iam is the most popular goddess amongst Buddhists and plays a special role in protecting children, as well as bringing affluence.

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