Sunday, March 09, 2014

Macau

A lot of people take day trips to Macau when they go to Hong Kong. It is most famous for its casinos, so it wasn't a fun trip for us. It is only an hour boat (turbojets) ride from Hong Kong. I wasn't very impressed with Macau because the boat tickets were expensive. Also, there weren't a lot to see and do there, apart from a couple of historical sites. Oh, can't forget about the crowd...waves of crowds, all moving down these small alleyways around the main tourist attractions. I have NEVER seen that many people in my life! It was really overwhelming, especially with a little toddler. We only had 3 hours to sight-see and that was plenty of time (because there really wasn't much to see there!).

An interesting thing I noticed when we were there was how they still use Portugese on buses and road signs.

Here are some pictures from our day trip to Macau. Enjoy!

Before we boarded the boat to Macau, we went for a walk near the ferry station and found some cute places like the Western market and a city park.
this was in Western market in HK.


Hong Kong 


chinese love their shark fins



on our way to the park. we had to go up the stairs to get there and we found someone's "room" underneath the stairs. I was surprised to see this in HK. 

the cute park









We wanted to take a picture here because we thought this place looked familiar (might be in one of those HK dramas we watched).

We were greeted by seas of people in MACAU
After an hour of boat ride we're here in Macau! This was one of the street that led up to the ruins of St.Paul's Cathedral.

Ruins of St.Paul's Cathedral. You can read more about the historical site here





Overlooking Macau city

Mount Fortress, or Fortaleza do Monte in Portugese, a fort near the ruins St.Paul's cathedral. There were many cannons like this on the fort.







Coming down from the ruins, you can visit the Senado square where there are many shops and restaurants. To be honest though, who would still be in the mood to shop when there are literally thousands of people squeezing past you the whole time?






Bye bye, Macau.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hong Kong Part 4

A friend of mine once said that her favorite place to visit in Hong Kong was the Ten Thousand Buddha temple. When I heard the name of the temple, I immediately wanted to go see it for myself. I am so glad that we went! It was really cool. 

The temple is a little far from the city, it was in Sha Tin, if I remember correctly. Getting there is not difficult but the temple is up on a hill so we had to hike up there. I was so glad that there was a ramp next to all the steps for us to push Liam's stroller up. If we had to carry his stroller and him up the steps, I think one of us would have to wait at the bottom of the hill with his stroller. 

There were many big statue different buddhas. All of their positions and facial expressions are slightly different. All the way up the hill we must have past at least a hundred of buddhas sitting on both sides of the ramp and stairs. When you finally get up to the top of the hill, you can worship at the temple by burning incense, pray for specific guidance, give donation to have your name be put up with a miniature buddha in the temple (there were literally more than 10, 000 miniature buddha inside the temple--all 4 walls of the temple were filled with them). Pictures are not allowed in the temple so I couldn't take any. There were also fortune tellers in the temple and when you get an "answer" from god, in the form of a stick {when you ask/pray for something, you shake this bamboo container thingy with many thin sticks in it, and the sticks has words/omen written on them that only the fortune tellers can translate/explain}. 



My favorite buddha statue on the way up

in front of the temple on the top of the mountain. Liam's waving hello to people. 

a ginseng tree





Ten Thousand Buddha pagoda







On our way to the Hong Kong cultural museum, we chanced upon this fun little Snoopy World. It was so so cute! There was a yellow school bus in there for kids to go on for pictures, a playground, a small river and boat ride, as well as a school building. 










After the Snoopy world, we went to the mall to get some snacks to eat and found our way to the Hong Kong Cultural Heritage museum. One of the exhibitions at the museum was Bruce Lee's life exhibition. I was excited to learn more about him! After all, he's a legend!...and a fellow Chinese who lived in the U.S.

Sand writing. Saw this at the train station.

Leash is the best when you're traveling with an active toddler. 

i love cute pastries like these! the purple orb one was so good! It was ALL chocolate!
Bruce Lee



Bruce Lee's name in Chinese (Lee Xiao Long). Mr. L wanted to name Liam Xiao Long when we were choosing his Chinese name but I did not like it! It's a little old fashion. Haha!! But Liam's Chinese name does end with 'Long', which means dragon, because he was born in the year of dragon and because the year of the dragon is considered an auspicious year (since ancient Chinese emperors were viewed as dragons). 

That person in the mask was like "no pictures". So I only got one picture in this museum. 

There's a small children museum inside of the heritage museum and Liam loved it. Look at him run.