As usual Chinese New Year celebration will be all about gathering together with family. It’s no different to me and my family and this time around we decided to go to Macau & Hong Kong for couple of days. The great thing about spending Chinese New Year in a country with majority of Chinese population is you can really feel the chinese new year celebration atmosphere in every corner of the city. But the downside will be, every tourist spot pack with tourist and have to be in line all the time to get to where you want.
The first 2 days we stayed in Venetian Resort Hotel Macau. This hotel located at the new area or establishment called ‘Cotai Strip’ which is a bit off from the downtown. Other hotel located here will be: Conrad, Sheraton, Hard Rock, Holiday Inn, Four Season and still you can see new construction going on in this area. Inside all of this resort hotel, it has it’s own shopping mall and restaurant so you don’t have to go out. And this Venetian Hotel is also the same replica as The Venetian in Las Vegas, so you have all the gondola and stuff inside it.
The other must visit area of Macau will be the old side of Macau where the Ruins of St. Paul’s located and you can do all your shopping here, from food to souvenir to take home. When I was there, there were lots of people packed in this area and very crowded. It was very hard to navigate from one place to another as you can see from the photos below.
It won’t be complete if you didn’t watch any fireworks show during the New Year. Luckily for me our hotel room located at the 32nd floor, I have a chance to see the fireworks at the Macau Tower from the comfort of my room. There are some apartment building blocking the view, but I still got some great shoot from the whole session.
For the last 2 days, we spent our time in Hong Kong. Since, we have to visit our relatives, and I only have 1 night to do my photography thing. At first I plan to go to the Victoria Peak to do some night photography. I abandon that idea considering how long the queue will be to just board the Tram. So, I decided to just stay around the Avenue of the Star to catch the Symphony of Lights show. I’ve been to this area before, but it was 7 years back, and I didn’t bring my tripod along at that time, and the photos was not what I was looking for. This is the time to get what I want. Here are some of the photos I got from that night. I think I got what I want, what do you think? 🙂
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