Here’s what you will learn on a one-day trip to Macau
Three days and four nights in Hong Kong, that was the plan. Disneyland took me back to my childhood, Madame Tussauds was nothing new, at Mongkok I shopped like there was no tomorrow and at the Lantau Island, by the Tian Tan Buddha my soul found peace. It does not end there; Hong Kong has so much more to offer Clock tower, Ocean Park, Victoria Peak, Causeway Bay and Lan Kwai Fong. But what different could I have seen or done that most tourists haven’t? And so I decided to take a detour and head to a new place all together.
Alas! The idea came to me all too late. I had to catch a flight back to Dubai first thing next morning. Where else could I go in one day? The tour guide came to my rescue and suggested a day’s trip to Macau and I was on a ferry to the other side of the Pearl River Estuary, without a second thought.
There is something mystical about Macau. The folklores they narrate there, almost makes it seem like you’ll find magic in every narrow lane you turn to. The real magic, however, happens in the casinos. There is no wonder why it is called the Las Vegas of Asia. On one hand, there are Ruins of St. Paul’s where there is noting but the front wall left of an ancient church, statue of the goddess Kum Iam and A-Ma Temple, where it is considered lucky if the visitor (devotee) steps into the temple with the left feet and exits with the right, on the other hand there is The Venetian Macao and Babylon Casino for the tourists to test their lucks. The fun fact is that the residents of Macau themselves are restricted by the government to indulge in the dirty pleasures of gambling.
Each place has an interesting tale to tell, different cultures and norms, the one feature that sets Macau apart from the rest is how it is able to maintain a balance between devotion and pleasure, how believers and dreamers from extremely different runs of life reside in a 30.3km of a peninsula. It is in Macau that you understand the true significance of the Chinese tradition of Yin-Yang. It took only a day to understand Macau, a day that turned into a story, a day that made all the difference in three days and four nights of a trip.