On the 25th we spent the day in Macau, an island that was previously colonized by Portugal. It is now considered "the Las Vegas of Asia" and is home to the worlds largest casino (according to Wikipedia) The Venetian. So of course we went to check it out. This casino is absolutely massive. It is a hotel, a casino, and a shopping mall all under one fabulously adorned roof, and it even has a mini Venice inside. The shopping area is made to look like you are walking the streets of Venice, complete with a river full of singing, paddling gondoliers just waiting to give you an incredibly expensive ride through the middle of the "city". Did I mention this is on the third floor of the building? The ceiling is painted to look like a partly cloudy sky and lit to resemble mid afternoon sunlight. I was completely taken aback as we walked from the regular shopping center (where we enjoyed a mcdonalds lunch - the cheapest option) into what at first glance looks like the outdoors.
It was in this mini Venice that we also discovered that blonde haired white girls are apparently somewhat of an oddity in Asia and are therefore the object of many middle aged Chinese women's camera lenses. I was even asked by multiple women to take a photo with them. I felt like a celebrity.
We decided to gamble a little bit (who wouldn't in this venue?) so we played the nickel slots for Brent's Granny. We lost everything, all 10 Hong Kong dollars that we played (I will let you figure out that conversion rate on your own).
After our affair with the slots we headed to see the old historic area of Macau where you can still see European Christian influence. There is a wall, just the front wall, of an old cathedral that was apparently brought down because of a number of earthquakes, but somehow the front wall has managed to stay intact. You can also see a TON of tourists. It was impossible to get a photo without at least 30 other people in it and yet we still saw two different couples taking wedding photos there. We wandered around and took some photos, got some dinner (soup with dumplings) and slowly made our way back to the ferry terminal. By this time it was dark and we had an inexplicable craving for Dairy Queen but we did not pass one on the way. We did however find an outdoor exercise park and had a hilarious time trying out the equipment.
We took the ferry back to Hong Kong and went straight to bed, exhausted after a long day of sightseeing.