Sunday, August 20, 2017

DAY 3 in Macau ~ Day 3 - Fisherman's Wharf, Grand Prix and Wine Museum and Macau Tower

Day 3 is Full Packed.

Today's itinerary is a tour of the Fisherman's Wharf, Grand Prix and Wine Museum, Macau Tower and the world's largest water-base show "House of Dancing Water".

From Holiday Inn, we walked our way to Sheraton Grand Macau Hotel's shuttle bus drop off area. From there, we took the hotel shuttle going to Sand Hotel which was just a short 5 minutes stroll to Lotus Square, the Grand Prix Museum, Wine Museum and Fisherman's Wharf.   The weather was not very cooperative  (it was raining that day) and we unfortunately had to forego a visit to the Macau Science Center.

The Sands Macau at Largo de Monte Carlo.



The Lotus Square is just across Sands Hotel. We took an underground tunnel going there (we have no idea though if there is shorter way).



The Lotus Square is a famous tourist attraction and a landmark of the city. The flower in full bloom symbolizes the prosperity of the region. It is a gift of China to Macau to celebrate the establishment of the Macau Special Administrative Region. 


The street behind the Lotus Square leads to the building that houses the Grand Prix Museum and the Wine Museum.  It is a must visit for car enthusiasts.  Beware though, if you are touring with your husband or boyfriend, I had a hard time making my husband leave this museum. He could easily spend an entire day inside easy. 


















My favorite car is this Honda Ralt-RT 35,
which won the 1991 F3 Race.


Next to the Grand Prix Museum is the Wine Museum.



Before leaving the Wine Museum, check out the Wine Tasting area and have a sip (or more) of wine for just under MOP15. 

Entrance to both the Grand Prix and Wine Museum is free.  



It was raining when we excited the Wine Museum,  we had to wait for the rain to stop before we were able to leave and walk to the next item in our itinerary, "The Fisherman's Wharf". 




The Fisherman's Wharf is located in Macau's outer harbor.  It is a huge retail stores-hotel complex with plenty of Instagram worthy vista  (In fact, we saw a couple doing a pre-nuptial picture taking).  Aside from that however, there are not much to do here. 








We initially intended to walk further towards the Science Museum, but it started raining some more.  We eventually decided to skip the Science Museum and instead took a cab to Macau's tallest building, "The Macau Tower".


We also bought our Macau Tower tickets via Klook. Our package was a VIP Sky High pass with fast tracked lift access, a telescope Gold Card and complimentary snack delights and drinks at the 180 Lounge.


Spotted at the Macau Tower lobby is this teddy, doing a bungee jump (Me? I don't think so, will leave the jumping to Mr. Teddy).



At the Observation Deck (Yikes, I swear I felt like falling seated on the glass floor overlooking the streets below).






Only for those with brave souls...

Walking on the ledge of the Macau Tower


Preparing to bungee jump (NO WAY)!



Snacks at the 180 Lounge is served buffet style. 
It was worth the additional price.

Watching all those people jump 764 feet down made me (really) hungry ...




We left Macau Tower via a cab and headed back to our hotel to rest.  It was a tiring day and we needed to rest for today's highlight  the House of Dancing Water show at the City of Dreams.

(We also got our House of Dancing Water via Klook


The show was just a short 5-10 minutes walk from Holiday Inn. We left the hotel early to claim our tickets ahead of the crowd. 



After claiming our tickets, we did a bit of shopping and had dinner at the Hard Rock Café, City of Dreams.



Our loot :P

Dinner at Hard Rock is wonderful as expected. 


The Hickory Smoked Ribs was the best.  The meat was so tender and literally falls of the bone.  Thinking about it is making me hungry again.  It was perfect with our order of Baked Macaroni.



After dinner we hurried to the House of  Dancing Water Theater and found our seats.

The House of Dancing Water is the most talked-about show in Macau. The show was created by the famed show-maker Franco Dragone and cost USD250 million to produce.


It is a wonderful love story that stood the test of time (along with all those death defying stunts and acrobatic)It was indeed breath taking.  If you are to see one show in Macau, do choose this one.


Sorry no filming allowed inside the theatre,
but let me leave you a photo of the show's set ~  a 3.7 million-gallon pool – bigger than 5 Olympic-size swimming pools.

The stunts they do here are breath taking (so awesome).

 
Good night Day 3 ~ our last day in Macau.







  

DAY 2 in Macau (Part 2) ~ Casino Hopping at the Cotai Strip and the House of Magic


Got to rest and freshen a bit.  The walk to Taipa Village under Macau's hot June temperature left me and my husband exhausted (and sweaty)... 

Tonight is all about the Cotai strips of hotel, dinner at the Shanghai Magic restaurant, a side attraction at the Batman Dark Flight with the House of Magic show for finale.

Holiday Inn is about a kilometer walk (about 10-15 minutes) to Studio City which houses the Batman Dark Flight and House of Magic show.

The short walk brought us to Sheraton Grand,  Plaza Macau and Parisian Macau.  



The Parisian Macau is magnificent.  It has a replica of Eiffel Tower that lights up with vibrant colors at night  (below picture was taken on our back to Holiday Inn after the watching the House of Magic show).   



The Studio City complex is an attraction in itself,
And so here we are doing what tourists do best...


We bought our House of Magic Show and Batman Dark Flight tickets via Klook. 

It is an easy to use mobile/computer application for ticket/show bookings.  I have used it a couple of times during our Tokyo and Osaka trips.  It is very efficient and highly commendable. Ticket prices were the same, if not lower (offered at discount).


(CLICK HERE FOR DISCOUNTED PASSES >>> KLOOK)

We arrived early and exchanged our House of Magic vouchers at the Studio City Box Office. 


Our package is inclusive of dinner at the Shanghai Magic Restaurant.  Food was great as expected from a Michelin recommended restaurant.

A wonderful surprise awaits guests as there are magicians performing magic tricks up close ~ it was very entertaining.

We enjoyed dinner, complemented with "A+" service.



Starbucks was so near Shanghai Magic and ended up getting coffee, while waiting for the show...


And just enough time to drop by the Batman Dark Flight ride (which we also bought via Klook).

The Batman Dark Flight is a 4D flight simulation show.  My husband liked it and can't stop talking about how great the ride is.  On the other hand, the ride made me slightly dizzy. I was happy it was only a 20 minutes ride.


This was before the show.  I wasn't smiling after :P


Our night's finale is the House of Magic show...


The show is a full length 90 minute show cut into 4 (1 pre-show and 3 main ones that moves between 3 different theaters). 

Pre-show at the "Laboratory"




It was cool, especially that main show "Mega Magic" left me stunned and speechless (note that we were seated in front). 

My boys are sure to love this show, I was sad they weren't there to see it. 

Souvenir photos with The House of Magic's magicians.



Two words of our Day 2 in Macau  "Simply Magical".

Please visit the links below if you missed our Day 1 and Day 2 (Part I) in Macau