For a vacation within a vacation, we went on a very short day-trip to Macau! It was just an hour ferry ride from HK, so we figured why not. The weather was absolutely gorgeous the whole day, definitely warmer than HK. Dubbed the Las Vegas of Asia, Macau is known for its luxurious casino hotels and gambling scene. Although we did check out one of the hotels and saw lots of gambling going on, I didn’t participate~ haha. I’m too afraid of losing to risk money gambling. Besides, we were more interested in seeing historical sights and the Portuguese colonial influence in this part of China.
Senado Square. The exterior of the buildings has an old-world European feel to it, but then everything on the inside is all Chinese. Pretty interesting. Unfortunately, I think the square has become too commercialized with big brand name stores, rather than small local, independent shops, which takes away from the cultural value of this area.
Coconut covered chewy ginger candies. These were sooo good and vegan too. I ate several samples and then bought a few packs for myself~ Everywhere we went there were shops generously giving out tons of cookie samples and everyone was grabbing several as they walked along. While the cookie samples weren’t vegan, at least I enjoyed the ginger gummies.
Lunch was a bowl of street food yumminess. Fried tofu blocks, tofu skins, zucchini, mushrooms, with curry sauce. There’s a chance there was fish broth mixed in there too, but I didn’t ask so this may not have been totally vegetarian. In general, it seemed much harder to find ve*gan food in Macau compared to HK. And instead of waiting at a super long line for a restaurant table (because we were on a tight schedule), we just went with street food. Luckily, we also brought some peanut butter sandwiches to keep me fueled. Gotta travel prepared, yo.
Rue de la Feliciade, aka “Happiness Street.” Apparently this was historically part of the red light district, where fishermen used to come? Not sure of the exact history, so don’t quote me on that. I just liked the red doors and white walls. The road is really quiet and relaxing, compared to the main streets, a few blocks away.
Overall, Macau was a nice day trip~ but by the end, we were definitely tired. Thankfully, we were able to catch an early boat ride back to my sister’s place in HK. Stay tuned for one last post on my time in Hong Kong! Different neighborhoods, some nature, and ofcourse more food.