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Old 05-27-2012, 08:55 PM   #976
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Towering orientation in Macau



From the Venetian, we made our way northwards towards the Macau Peninsula. We were heading to another more modern landmark in Macau.





There are 3 bridges that connect the island in the south with the Macau Peninsula. We were heading over the Friendship Bridge or the New Taipa-Macau Bridge or Ponte de Amizade. It is nearly 3 miles long and has sufficient span height to allow sea traffic to head into the Pearl River.









Our destination was the Macau Tower. Built as a Convention and Entertainment Centre, it is also used as a communications tower.





We got dropped off and we entered the complex. Entry to the observation deck was priced at $80MOP, about $10 in our money.





The Macau Tower is part of the World Federation of Great Towers. You know…every time I head into a tower that is part of this federation, I can only think of Star Trek and the Federation of Planets! DH and I have been up about 5 or 6 of the towers in this federation.

Most towers in this federation seem to have a glass floor.









DS wants to get a collection of pictures like this from all the towers. As he is starting out earlier in his life's ambition, I have no doubts that he will eventually get through his bucket list.





I checked out the views. This was looking back at the Friendship Bridge we'd driven over.





We are in the Pearl River Delta here and you can see how close Mainland China is!

Looking in the direction of Nam Van or South Bay. Much of Nam Van is landfill. It used to be a bay and is now an area of buildings on 4 or so islands around 2 lakes.





…and the Macau Peninsula connecting to China.





And in the direction of the city.





One of the things that you can do at the Macau Tower is an extreme sport.


















I kept my feet firmly planted on the tower floor! You won’t find me jumping off any time soon.





And if DS is collecting pictures, this is what I will add to my collection. The Macau Tower is 338 m high.





Unlike DS, I don't think I'll be collecting a picture like this from every tower in the Federation.


It was definitely time to keep going on our travelling wheels. But I did stop in the Tower Lobby to take this picture. It represents the moment in history when Macau was handed back by Portugal to the People's Republic of China. The artist painted every VIP that was in attendance in December 1999.





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The tarts looked yummy and sound wonderful. I think my Portuguese grandparents must have been holding out on me, I don't remember them at all.
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Welcome ClaireinTN and thank you for finding this thread. I hope you'll still be as excited about this report when you get to the last post.


Your holiday sounds like it will be a lot of fun! How long are you going to be gone for?
Thanks! I am really enjoying your report.

It is a 10-day trip for DH and me. We will spend two weekends in Hong Kong and the intervening week in Guanghzou, which we will explore during the day while DD is at work. One weekend will be at DL--not ideal timing, but DD can't go during the week, so we will just make the best of it.

Two questions so far:

First, what kind of camera/lens did you use to take the Small World photos?

And second, is there any easy way to say which seating section of the FoLK show is best?

Thanks!

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Old 05-28-2012, 08:15 PM   #979
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I am caught up. so many pics I forgot what I read.... Everything is so different except the casinos. I will get to stay caught up now.
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Very exotic day. I can imagine that it was quite eventful, especially if you were starting to feel icky.

I think I would rather go to Vegas since it's in my country and I would know all the laws and extradition would be much less complicated!
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Sorry you were starting to feel badly at this point in the trip. I would love to see Macau someday. Vegas folk always talk about the beautiful casinos, and I would love to see some of them. Maybe we can even stay there for a few nights. Thanks for the tip on the tickets to get there. We will try to buy them as much in advance as possible. The Venetian there almost seems more beautiful even though it looks similar. I definitely want to ride the gondola there, since I love the one here. Macau Tower reminds me of a nicer version of the Stratosphere. We need to check that out as well. The bungy jumping from the top of the tower looks awesome. They do something similar at the Stratosphere that I may have to try one day. Here I am planning my trip, which is at least 5-10 years off.
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The tarts looked yummy and sound wonderful. I think my Portuguese grandparents must have been holding out on me, I don't remember them at all.
You have Portuguese grandparents and they never shared tarts with you????? They were definitely holding out on you!!



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Thanks! I am really enjoying your report.

It is a 10-day trip for DH and me. We will spend two weekends in Hong Kong and the intervening week in Guanghzou, which we will explore during the day while DD is at work. One weekend will be at DL--not ideal timing, but DD can't go during the week, so we will just make the best of it.

Two questions so far:

First, what kind of camera/lens did you use to take the Small World photos?

And second, is there any easy way to say which seating section of the FoLK show is best?

Thanks!

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My standard disclaimer - WARNING. Hanging out on the DisBoard Photography sub-forum is EXPENSIVE.
The camera I was shooting with is a Canon T2i (or 550D depending on the country you're in). I have the Canon EF-S 17 - 55 f/2.8 lens, which is not a cheap lens. Most of those shots were taken at f/2.8 with an ISO at 1600.


At HKDL, when you enter the Theatre in the Wild head towards the left. It will be the first set of seats on your left. In my personal opinion, this is where I would want to sit as Rafiki and some of the other characters tend to face this set of seats more often.



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I am caught up. so many pics I forgot what I read.... Everything is so different except the casinos. I will get to stay caught up now.
Yes.So.many.pics.


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Very exotic day. I can imagine that it was quite eventful, especially if you were starting to feel icky.

I think I would rather go to Vegas since it's in my country and I would know all the laws and extradition would be much less complicated!
If you were going to go because of the casino, then yes...stick with Vegas.


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Sorry you were starting to feel badly at this point in the trip. I would love to see Macau someday. Vegas folk always talk about the beautiful casinos, and I would love to see some of them. Maybe we can even stay there for a few nights. Thanks for the tip on the tickets to get there. We will try to buy them as much in advance as possible. The Venetian there almost seems more beautiful even though it looks similar. I definitely want to ride the gondola there, since I love the one here. Macau Tower reminds me of a nicer version of the Stratosphere. We need to check that out as well. The bungy jumping from the top of the tower looks awesome. They do something similar at the Stratosphere that I may have to try one day. Here I am planning my trip, which is at least 5-10 years off.
5 - 10 years?? Hey - maybe we can DisMeet there.
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Interesting...
Apart from the tarts I'm happy to see nothing that appeals so I didn't miss anything.
(there's logic there for my bank account)

Plus...as I've said many a time...dealing with the attitude of the Mainland Chinese is NOT something I will tolerate for many things. HKDL is about it

Looking forward to the actual MACAU....pre-casinos
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No surprise that you got lost at The Venetian. We stayed there for a night and we got lost every time we left our room! And the staff weren't any help, nobody could ever give us directions. It was so frustrating! I would love to go back to Macau as unfortunately we experienced the torrential rain there as well so we didn't get to see everything that we wanted to, but I would not stay at The Venetian again.

We went to Macau before HKDL so it was our first experience of Mainland Chinese. We had the exact same scenario at immigration. The pushing and shoving was unbelievable!
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I have always wanted to visit Macau, I have seen a lot of wonderful food come out that region. The tarts look and sound divine, the creaminess part is always a draw for me.
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I still have a lot to cover from your TR. I enjoy all of your pics from your trip, the ones that I really enjoy the most are the aerial photos when you and your family are in the towers and cable cars.
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5 - 10 years?? Hey - maybe we can DisMeet there.
My next six vacations are pre-planned. Even if I make this number seven, it will take 5-10 years. I'd meet you there. How does say 2019 sound?
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A busy day to start feeling ill, what a pity. Love the sound of those Portuguese tarts-one of my favourites. The Venetian must be the same company right? as though bigger I couldn't get over how it seemed an exact copy of the Venetian in Vegas. Seems like touring Macau would be easiest to do on a tour rather than by yourself to get about the different attractions? Eagerly awaiting more...(get back to work Wendy-I am on a coffee break whilst working from home today-yaay!)
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Interesting...
Apart from the tarts I'm happy to see nothing that appeals so I didn't miss anything.
(there's logic there for my bank account)

Plus...as I've said many a time...dealing with the attitude of the Mainland Chinese is NOT something I will tolerate for many things. HKDL is about it

Looking forward to the actual MACAU....pre-casinos
What a surprise!!!

Given that you practically told me NOT to go to Macau, I'm pretty sure you won't see anything else coming up to appeal.



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No surprise that you got lost at The Venetian. We stayed there for a night and we got lost every time we left our room! And the staff weren't any help, nobody could ever give us directions. It was so frustrating! I would love to go back to Macau as unfortunately we experienced the torrential rain there as well so we didn't get to see everything that we wanted to, but I would not stay at The Venetian again.

We went to Macau before HKDL so it was our first experience of Mainland Chinese. We had the exact same scenario at immigration. The pushing and shoving was unbelievable!
I could easily go back to the historic part of Macau myself. We didn't cover everything either.


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I have always wanted to visit Macau, I have seen a lot of wonderful food come out that region. The tarts look and sound divine, the creaminess part is always a draw for me.
Maybe you might get to see more later.


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I still have a lot to cover from your TR. I enjoy all of your pics from your trip, the ones that I really enjoy the most are the aerial photos when you and your family are in the towers and cable cars.
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My next six vacations are pre-planned. Even if I make this number seven, it will take 5-10 years. I'd meet you there. How does say 2019 sound?
2019? Let me check my calendar and get back to you.

Wait....I don't have a 2019 calendar yet.





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A busy day to start feeling ill, what a pity. Love the sound of those Portuguese tarts-one of my favourites. The Venetian must be the same company right? as though bigger I couldn't get over how it seemed an exact copy of the Venetian in Vegas. Seems like touring Macau would be easiest to do on a tour rather than by yourself to get about the different attractions? Eagerly awaiting more...(get back to work Wendy-I am on a coffee break whilst working from home today-yaay!)
Sadly, the rest of my trip was tinged with sickness which really was a shame. There was a few more things I wanted to do in Hong Kong but didn't get round to it.

The Venetian and the majority of the casinos in Macau are owned and run by the same companies that own and run casinos in Vegas.

I do think we did cover more ground with wheels but there are heaps of places to go visit in Macau that you can do by walking. I have to admit that I hadn't planned on seeing anything more than a walk round the historic centre if we had gone by ourselves and entered through the port on the Peninsula. So, it worked out really great for us.
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What a surprise!!!

Given that you practically told me NOT to go to Macau, I'm pretty sure you won't see anything else coming up to appeal.


You're showing me why I said that
This falls higher than anywhere in the Middle East...just above Vegas

I will find it INTERESTING...just saying it's not where I want to go

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