The Chronicles of SAR: Macau Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon Post-Race (Day 02)

After running a full marathon you’d expect that we’d just stay in our rooms to rest, but no way!  We’re in Macau in some very cool, nice weather so rest will have to wait!  Here’s where our feet took us some time after our races.

Of course we didn’t start taking our tour right after our races.  We had some time to recover and eat, and sometime mid-afternoon we’re on our way out of our hotel towards our first destination, the Grand Lisboa Hotel.

The Grand Lisboa Hotel

The lobby

The hotel’s grand staircase

I was fascinated with what’s on the ceiling that I didn’t notice the interesting lamp

Adjacent to Grand Lisboa Hotel

Just across is the original Lisboa Hotel

StarWorld Macau Hotel. If your building is just a regular square box, you won’t get noticed.

We actually came to the area because of the free shows by Wynn Hotel

Going to Wynn via the underground walkway

View from Wynn Hotel: old meets new

The Performance Lake of Wynn Hotel. Show is every 15 minutes daily from 11AM to midnight but it is best after sunset

On the inside there are also free shows

Here’s one of the free shows at Wynn.  This one is called The Dragon of Fortune:

The Dragon of Fortune is shown every 30 minutes daily from 10AM to 2AM and is alternated by Tree of Prosperity.

Travel Tip: To get to Hotel Lisboa and adjacent sites, you may take buses 2A, 3, 3A, 3X, 5X, 6, 7A, 8, 8A, 9, 9A, 10, 10A, 10B, 10X, 11, 12, 17, 21A, 23, 25, 25X, 26A, 28B, 28BX, 28C, 32, 33, AP1, MT1, MT2, N1, N2, or H1

After the free shows, it’s time for dinner.  Macau Government Tourist Office had been so generous with us that they actually invited us to a post-race party by Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon, to be held at the Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Centre.

On our way to the tower

The tower’s “guard”

Salão Principal (The Grand Hall)

Some entertainment from Zipangu Mandolin Orchestra

Food! Finally, some authentic Macanese food 😀

Some wine for “mature” tastes 🙂

Sodas for the rest of us 😀

One slab here chef!

I think she’s a famous personality somewhere, but regardless, “とてもかわいい!”

After a sumptuous dinner at Macau Tower, we headed out to have some picture-taking session, and enjoy Macau’s night scenes.  We would’ve loved to get up the tower itself, but it was already closed by that time.

Ponte de Sai Van (Sai Van Bridge): part of the route of Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon (both full and half marathon)

The 338-meter tall Torre de Macau (Macau Tower)

Panoramic view from the ground floor viewing area of Macau Tower

Travel Tip: To get to Macau Tower and adjacent sites, you may take buses 9A, 18, 21, 23, or 32

After fulfilling our picture cravings, it was time for us to go back to our hotel.  What’s nice about our hotel located in Ko Si Tak is its proximity to the famous World Heritage Sites of Macau in Largo do Senado (Senado Square) so we were able to revisit some of them one last time.

Edifício do Leal Senado (“Leal Senado” Building)

Edifício do Leal Senado (“Leal Senado” Building), originally built in 1784, was Macau’s first municipal chamber.  The name “Leal Senado” (“Loyal Senate”) derives from the title “City of Our Name of God Macau, There is None More Loyal” which was bestowed by Portuguese King Dom John IV in 1654.  It is open 9AM-9PM daily except for its Gallery which is closed on Mondays.

Santa Casa da Misericordia (Holy House of Mercy)

Santa Casa da Misericordia (Holy House of Mercy) was founded by the first bishop of Macau in 1569 but the current neo-classical structure dates only back to 1905.  Its museum is open from 10AM-1PM and 2PM-5:30PM daily except Sundays and public holidays.

The cobblestones of Senado Square

Igreja de S. Domingos (Saint Dominic’s Church)

Igreja de S. Domingos (Saint Dominic’s Church), built by Dominican priests originally from Acapulco, Mexico in 1587, was the first Church to be built in China.  The first Portuguese newspaper of Macau, A Abelha da China (The China Bee) was published here on September 12, 1822.  It is open daily from 10AM- 6PM.

This was one of my “lucky shots” that night

The ruins of St. Paul’s at night

These bronze statues at the Company of Jesus Square symbolizes friendship between China and Portugal

Travel Tip: To get to Senado Square and adjacent sites, you may take buses 2, 3, 3A, 3X, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8A, 10, 10A, 11, 18, 18A, 19, 21A, 26A, or 33

You’d just be amazed how packed they park their scooters in Macau

I would like to thank Macau Government Tourist Office for inviting us to the by-invitation only Macau Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon post-race party.  It was such a delight to be with runners from other countries, particularly the Japanese crowd who we seldom meet in races in the Philippines.  It was also a rare chance for us to enjoy Macanese food as most of our dining experiences were basically fast food.  Thank you so much for the warm welcome!  We truly appreciate it, and we hope to be back soon!

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The Chronicles of SAR: The Special Administrative Regions of Macau and Hong Kong

3 Responses to “The Chronicles of SAR: Macau Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon Post-Race (Day 02)”

  1. 2012-01-18 at 10:14 AM

    great pics! thanks!

  2. 2016-04-12 at 5:53 AM

    Beautiful. I loved reading the and enjoyed the great photos. Reading your article is an inspiration. Thanks.

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