Macau: Day 3 (Part 1)

May 31, 2012

The fact I found most impressive about Macau is that despite it being such a small piece of land overrun by casinos it still offers a myriad of interesting excursions outside of gambling.  Our first stop of the day with Macau Tourism was to the region’s newest attraction: the Macau Science Center, which was designed by the renowned Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei and opened by the Chinese President Hu Jintao.  The facade of the building is a distinct, asymmetrical shape and is now considered a prominent landmark.  Every day Macanese students are brought to the center to participate in the interactive exhibits and to further their scientific education.

Our next stop was to Michael Jackson’s Gallery in the Sofitel Macau At Ponte 16 Hotel.  While I personally found the Macau Science Center more fascinating, this mini-museum attracts thousands upon thousands of visitors a year.  It contains an enormous collection of the singer’s achievements and mementos, including the infamous diamond glove from the “Billie Jean” video.

Then we headed to the City of Dreams Hotel, where we had a VIP viewing of their in-house show “The Dragon’s Treasure.”   The 20-minute light and water show was a dazzling feast for the eyes.

Afterwards we dined at the adjacent Treasure Palace restaurant, known for its delicious Emperor’s dim sum.

Since I am a vegetarian, my menu was slightly different from my fellow carnivorous companions.  This meal was definitely one of the highlights of my trip to Macau — each dish was better than the next!

Once satiated, we walked over to the Hard Rock Hotel Macau; our new home base for the next couple of days.  Before we checked into our rooms, we toured a suite that was so spectacular I must have said “wow” a thousand times while inside of it. . .

107 thoughts on “Macau: Day 3 (Part 1)

  1. agnes

    Oh my that rice & tofu looks soooo good Andi 🙂
    BTW I hardly recognized MJ, I wonder why. The statue does look like him, but…. no MJ vibe.

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      It was so delicious! I’m sad that it’s hard to find authentic Chinese in the States too. I used to have a place in NYC when I lived there.

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  2. Alyx

    Oh my goodness. These are just amazing! That science center looks so cool, and the food looks delicious. This seriously looks like it was such an awesome trip!

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  3. Laura

    Wow! Andi, incredible! That light and water show was probably so cool. And I love science centres…everywhere I go. Was it interactive?

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Oh yes SUPER interactive, I have never seen a science center THAT interactive before in fact! Everything about that day was just so awesome and it only got better from there!!!

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  4. Jennifer

    Hi there, I have been following your blog for a very long time now, and I have to post now, the food looks amazing. China is a place I am obsessed with and I really hope to go some day. I also wanted to say that your blog is a inspiration to me to get out there and travel (I have even started a blog to blog about me getting over the “finding excuses to not travel” hump. Thanks for your great posts!

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      I’m so happy that you commented!!! I love that China is an obsession with you, it’s an obsession with mine as well. Thank you so much for your kind words, I’m really touched that I inspire you! If you ever need any travel help at all please don’t hesitate to reach out. Big hugs and safe travels!!!

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  5. EM | Cubicle Throwdown

    I have always been so curious about Macau… I picture it as nothing but casinos and so these posts have been really eye-opening for me! The science centre looks amazing but like the others who have commented, I am totally captivated with the dim sum pictures 🙂 I’m currently in Vancouver, BC where we have a massive Chinese population so there is pretty good dim sum here, but I would love to try it in China!

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      I was so exhausted after my 1st trip to HK in the beginning of March, I almost didn’t go on this trip to Macau 2 weeks after I returned. However, I was SO fascinated about this region that is known as the gambling capitol of the world, yet I know offers so much more, that I just had to suck up the jetlag and go. I’m so so so happy that I did, because it’s incredible!!! Dim sum is the best right?

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  6. Ayngelina

    The food looks delicious. I went to Macau the day after they turned it back over and went to a restaurant to order a dish, fortunately there were photos but instead of the mushroom dish I thought I was getting it was chestnuts – although tasty nonetheless.

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  7. antonella L.

    I love your blog I think that is really fantastic 🙂 I’ve also a blog 🙂 may we could follow each other? 🙂 It will be a really pleasure for me 😀

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  8. Roxanne

    Prior to this series, I had never pictured Macau as a travel destination for me… The food photos and the warmth with which you write about the place have added it to the wanderlust wish list. On a side note, I am LOVING the TV show. Keep sharing your incredible story, Andi. It adds so much light to our days.

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      You would love Macau, I just know you would! And I would love love love to read your thoughts about it. What TV show are you talking about dear? XO

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  9. Kristen

    The last season of America’s Next Top Model traveled there… looks so beautiful! I just want to snatch up all your food and eat it! haha

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Everyone keeps saying that! I need to download some episodes!!! Macau really is a great backdrop for that show, glad they chose it. Wasn’t that food gorgeous?

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  10. Anide

    Oh dear. This is why I should never look at any blogs with travel posts because it makes me want to head straight to the flight centre website afterwards. That light and water show is something right up my alley. 🙂

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  11. Andrea

    It looks like a beautiful place. Do you find that it’s hard to be a vegetarian while traveling in Asia? I used to not eat pork or beef, but once I came to Korea it seemed nearly impossible to avoid.

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      I find it’s hard to not eat seafood in some places, especially like Japan. Meat I have zero problem with, because there is so much tofu, veggies, rice, and then like I said sometimes seafood.

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