Earlier in the year, i was lucky enough to win a fantastic competition that was run in Escape.com.au for best travel photo. Here is the photo I won with on the cover of the Escape Magazine:
The prize for this competition was a trip to Macau, China! Right now i'm in Hong Kong after an amazing three days in Macau. We were treated to so many wonderful things and can't be more thankful to Conrad Macau Resort and the Macau Tourist Board for their wonderful hospitality.
The Conrad hotel is part of a larger resort that also includes Holiday Inn and the Sheraton. All of the hotels share a shopping precinct , casino's and lots of restaurants. It is connected by an overpass to the Venetian, which has more casinos, more restaurants and much more shopping. Not to mention the canals that you can cruise along on a gondola! I can highly recommend Conrad as a place to stay - we experienced exceptional service and can vouch for the Bodhi Spa (the best massage i've had!).
If you're after a bit of entertainment, The House of Dancing Water show is a water acrobatic/ theatre extravaganza and even saw motorbikes doing stunts... yes... that's all in the same show!
We also went to 'Shrekfast' - a buffet breakfast and meet and greet with all of dreamworks favourite characters like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar. A lot of fun - even for adults.
Macau surprised me in so many ways. First of all, it was much bigger than I expected. I thought it was a small island for gamblers with amazing resorts and good shopping, however, for me, this only described the Taipa island which is connected by long bridges to Macau. While Macau still has big hotels and casino's, it also holds a rich history dating back to the 1500's when the Portuguese arrived in Macau and joined fisherman and farmers from China.
The blended cultures have resulted in a mind-boggling but beautiful city. Within a short distance you see baroque churches and Taoist temples from the Ming Dynasty! It also has so many old temples and ruins as well as new construction happening - bigger and better hotels. Macau is where old meets new, and East meets West.
Here is some of my pictures from the trip:
These photos only show small pieces of our journey through Macau. I can highly recommend seeing it as a destination in itself or as an addition when visiting Hong Kong. I found it cheaper, more relaxing and hotel rooms are much more of spacious and modern in comparison to Hong Kong. A good place to start in finding out more about Macau is here.