Hong Kong, Day 4: Macau

My final day in Hong Kong began with a trip to the Avenue of Stars, on our way to take a ferry to Macau. It was a beautiful day and we were treated to a wonderful view of the harbor.

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The Avenue of Stars.

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The harbor.

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New Year’s lanterns.

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A cruise ship we saw on the way to the ferry terminal.

It took a little more than an hour to reach Macau. Macau is another special administrative region of China and was a Portuguese colony until 1999, making it the last European colony in Asia. All the place names on the island are in Portuguese and much of the architecture looks very European. Today, Macau is known as a gambling mecca, and in 2006 it became the world’s biggest gambling center, surpassing even Las Vegas.

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Decorations representing the year of the horse for the Chinese New Year in Senado Square, Macau.

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New Year’s lanterns in Senado Square.

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The ruins of St. Paul’s, which was originally a college and cathedral.

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The square below the ruins of St. Paul’s.

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On the hike up Mount Fortress.

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A view of the ruins of St. Paul’s from Mount Fortress.

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View of the Macau skyline from Mount Fortress.

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Mount Fortress, built in the seventeenth century for the defense of Macau.

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After our visit to Macau, my Hong Kong trip was almost over. I made my way to the airport, but not before two more interesting sites.

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A really neat building I saw before riding to the airport.

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Decorations for the year of the horse inside Elements Mall.

And with that, my Hong Kong trip was over. What a beautiful and fascinating place it was! And thus concludes my last big trip in Asia for the foreseeable future. đŸ˜¦ I will have one more blog post before returning home from Korea.

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