Experiencing the Chinese New Year in Macau
When I was planning my 3 weeks in Asia last year I wanted to spend a night or two in Macau and it just happened to work out that I was there over the Chinese New Year. Which was amazing, but also meant hotels were expensive and crowded.
Actually everything was crowded, but that kind of added to the festive atmosphere except when a few elderly men yelled angrily at me as they passed by in the crowd (apparently I didn’t belong).
I took a cab from the Hyatt mid morning and wound up arriving in the main square just in time for the festivities.
One of the things I love most about Macau is the combination of Portuguese and Chinese culture. The square looked straight out of Europe but all the people and decor were decidedly Asian.
Not to mention goat statues and cute orange trees everwhere!
I made my way up the crowded steps to the basilica of St. Paul and hiked up the adjacent Monte Forte to take in the view. There wasn’t much of one on a cloudy day.
I made a quick, worthwhile stop in the old town of Taipa to try O Santos, one of the top rated Portuguese restaurants in Macau.
Then it was off to the hotel to check out and catch the ferry to Hong Kong Airport, which made the day memorable for different reasons.
More from this trip:
- Planning & Itinerary
- Applying for an India Tourist Visa
- Part 1: What NOT to Do Planning a Trip to India
- Airport Overnight at Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel
- Etihad First Class Check In & Wingtips Lounge JFK
- Etihad First Class on Jet Airways: JFK-AUH
- Etihad Abu Dhabi Lounge Terminal 1
- Etihad Business Class Abu Dhabi-Chennai
- Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Chennai
- An Amazing Tour of South Indian Food
- I Never Expected To Make This Travel Mistake
- Chennai Airport Lounge & Thai Airways Business Class Chennai-Chiang Mai
- Visiting Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai’s Temple on a Mountain
- Where to Eat in Chiang Mai
- Bangkok Airways Chiang Mai Lounge & Flight to Bangkok
- Denied Boarding Because the Ferry Employees Knew More About Indian Visas Than the Government
- What I Wish I Had Known Before I Went to India
- The Taj Took My Selfie Stick
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