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Day 21: Macau (cont’d)

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I tried multi-tasking take pictures, scribble notes, and look around in an effort not to miss anything we passed. While taking pictures, I had a fear of dropping my pen and losing it. Pens are not left in hotel rooms for guests as they are in North America and my gel pens were running low on ink.

We arrived at the hotel and were dropped off as close to the south door as the driver managed. The check-in area was jam-packed. We were instructed to stand off the side. Our new local guide, Cheryl, and the French guide attended to our registration and room cards. You wouldn’t believe how fast the process took. Our luggage, already in our rooms Tower 2, room 1362, all we had to do was freshen up and the rest of the day was free. Unlike the Sheraton hotel the previous night, this one did not feature the glass wall between the bedroom and bathroom.

From our window (Room 1362, Tower 2), this was our view. Ugly. Cranes everywhere. On a site on the way to our hotel, I counted at least 10 Macau China State Construction cranes. Must be more hotels coming.

  • Sheraton Macau 3, 800+ rooms (the largest Sheraton in the world)
  • Has two towers: called Earth and Sky
  • Built on reclaimed land
  • Like a huge city inside
  • Huge reception area with half-dozen counters at Check-in each one roped off
  • Palm tree setting in sitting area off the check-in area
  • No passports necessary: this is visa-free territory
  • Huge casino across from check-in behind a wall
  • Huge Ralph Lauren Store, the first one off the lobby
  • Huge shopping mall off the lobby
  • Can convert money with local guide or at hotel (to Hong Kong money)
  • Steering wheel is on the right
  • Driving is on the left side of the road
  • Bus drivers have no problem making U-turns

Sue and I set off exploring. The first escalator we came upon confused me. There were two: side-by-side. Odd, I thought. Both were headed downward. The ascending ones must be on the other side. Sue laughed when I mentioned this. “Have another look,” she said. I had to concentrate. Not only do cars drive on the opposite side of the road here, and drivers sit on the ‘wrong’ side, the elevators run opposite as well. The up elevator was on the left where at home it would be on the down elevator.

This is the first time we had to find our own dinner. We explored the Food Court on the third floor.  Since we’d seen KFC, MacDonald’s and Starbucks in places already, we’d hoped to eat something North American (think burger or pizza). No such luck.

We decided to explore the Venetian Macau Hotel across the street. Taking an elevator in a different direction we crossed the street (without going outside) via an overhead (tube) bridge.

The street below the overhead bridge on the way to the Venetian.

The place is massive. Brand name stores everywhere. Six hundred of them. Lots of people but few customers buying up diamonds, exotic perfumes, or outrageous shoes. We were lost but found a map. A sales clerk selling make-up, although she spoke good English, couldn’t help us. Upon sighting a gondola in a canal, it was tempting to whistle the gondolier over but we didn’t. Finally, the food court. All Chinese food. Wait. A Fat Burger. Better not after the raw pork incident. Is that a Pizza Pizza? Nope the logo wasn’t right. We settled for pizza.

The Sheraton is the largest hotel not only in Macau, but in the world, and the Venetian has the largest casino.

Breaking News: (sorry for the commercial)

Macau Slowdown

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Next on May 22nd: Macau, Day 21 (cont’d) on to Hong Kong

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I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

45 thoughts on “Day 21: Macau (cont’d)

  1. Your posts make me ‘itch’ to travel a bit, to see the world, Tess. I often wonder if or when I ever will….? Thank you for packing me in your suitcase dear friend. 🙂 🙂

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  2. Darn… it’s a shame the views were spoiled by the construction. Did the sheer numbers (of people, traffic, etc) begin to wear on you? I commend your sense of adventure, Tess. Hugs! 🙂

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  3. Wow! Thanks to you I’m getting to tour the world, without leaving home! Thank you! (I hate traveling.)
    Melinda

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  4. I’ve never understood why hotels put a glass door between the bedroom and bathroom. I’ve only encountered it once and luckily it was when I was only staying with my husband. Had the kids been there, it would’ve been awkward!

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  5. When I read the number of rooms I did a double take and thought, can that be right?
    Wow, quite the view, quite the hotel…from quite a storyteller. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  6. 800 rooms! That’s like a small city. Another great and interesting post, Tess. Thanks. 🙂

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  7. As I sip my wine I feel like I need to rest from the trip. Nice job.

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  8. I get lost in places that big. I might have settled on room service. Looking forward to the next installment.

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  9. Do you think Macau was on the itinerary to encourage you tourists to gamble at the casino? Doesn’t seem like there’s much “China” in Macau, especially as everything being built is so modern.

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  10. What does it mean when you say the hotel was built on “reclaimed land’?

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  11. love the pics. happy trails!

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  12. Walking along the bridge was the best part because you looked like you were standing on top of the world!

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  13. Wow it looks very cosmopolitan Tess! I love that the elevators were backward by North American standards. 🙂

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  14. When I was last in Macau some 20 years ago—the only reason to be there was to gamble. We were there only because it was part of our travel itinerary and the locals were shocked to hear we were staying for 3 days! From Macau we actually did visit some parts of Mainland China and glad we took that opportunity to do so. Your Macau is vastly different and tons more modern than the Macau I had visited! Thanks for your wonderful travelogue Tess!

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  15. those towers looked scary, especially if you dont like lifts…

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  16. I understand how you felt about the food, after some time in a foreign country you just want to eat something you recognise!

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  17. I have to say, yet again, this travel seem like the adventure of a lifetime and I’m quite envious of you.

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  18. I was wondering why so many hotels/rooms? Where will the people come from? Would travellers go all the way to Macau, just to gamble?

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  19. No Free Pens! What about complimentary shampoos? I love collecting freebie bathroom lotions and I am always disappointed by hotels that have refillable containers screwed to the wall.
    KFC, MacDonald’s and Starbucks – everywhere and such a shame!
    600 stores! – What a Nightmare!!!

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  20. Did tou like Macau?, Have you seen the pps. I sent you???

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  21. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Just been on my weekly virtual trip of China with Tess Karlinski and today it was Macau.. Tess and her group stayed in the largest Sheraton not only in Macau but in the world… wow.

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  22. Great pictures! That is funny how everything is on the other side – I would be confused, ha ha

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  23. What is the green area on the roof? Golf or pool?

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  24. If I didn’t know better, I would think those pictures from the bridge were of Las Vegas. It shows how much China has changed.

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  25. I can’t imagine a hotel that big. I would be lost! Of course, I can get lost in a small hotel. 🙂
    I’ve never noticed particular sides for elevators or escalators.
    I hope your gel pens lasted until you were able to replace them.

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  26. Thank you for sharing your trip with us, Tess. 🐥

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  27. WOW. Tess, what is that green square in those 2 pictures?

    And those places are just too big for me!!!!! Fascinating, but way too big!!!! I bet some people could go there and never come out again to see the light of day!

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  28. it is cool to see your travel diaries 🙂

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  29. Thank you for reading and commenting. 🙂

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  30. I can multitask some things, but taking photos, taking notes–nope. I have to stop to sip my water. Drive TBH crazy!

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    • So much to take in, I must have been on auto pilot because I’ve slowed down in the past few years. I have no idea how I took the notes I did. My handwriting improved from misuse those–still chicken scratch–but a little easier to read. ❤ ❤ ❤
      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. Nice to see you. ❤

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  31. Please tell me that this trip will eventually become a Bill Bryson-style travel book.

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  32. You could unpublish it from the blog and then use it. I’m sure Seumas has published from his own posts, although he had to remove the posts. Incredible hotel indeed. It seems one would need a whole holiday just to visit it. Eager to see more!

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  33. Hi Olga. Thanks. Nice to see you. The hotel was mid-boggling, but super efficient with our registration and room keys.
    I felt like a country mouse and a poor one at that lost in a gargantuan city.

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  34. It is Vegas in China, even the names of the hotels. Love the pictures. Such fun Tess. Did you play even a hand of BlackJack while you were there?

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  35. A number of the hotels are owned by The Sands… anyway, Vegas owners. We were only there for one night and by the end of the day we were tuckered out. I’m not a gambler. I’ve played slots in Vegas but for nickles, dimes and quarters . My best entertainment was the ding-ding-ding when I won.

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  36. We d.i.d. go into the casino to change some money to pay for dinner. It was huge and busy. Credit card machines and ATM as handy as air.

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  37. I hear that Macau has replicated many of the well known Vegas hotels. I’m sure they are something to see. 🙂

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  38. You are correct, Debby. I wasn’t sure if I was in Vegas or China. o_O

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