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“Macau Senado Square” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Largo do Senado (Senado Square)

Largo do Senado (Senado Square)
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Day Trip to Macau from Hong Kong
Ranked #6 of 242 things to do in Macau
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“Macau Senado Square”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2012

Found turbojet tickets were sold out @ 9am (Tues)so we reserved and brought tickets for the next day. Immigration @Macau was long. Those on lines were visitors from China and they were very pushy. They are not used to staying in line and will squeeze into any space available. If you are disable or over 65, there is a separate line (no queue at all). Upon leaving immigration, take a taxi straight to Senado Sq. We arrived early, walked around and lunch at a Portuguese restaurant. Macau is a little HK but the historical area was nice for leisurely walking. Everyone spoke Cantonese and they accept HK$. Taxi was hard to find but if you walk back to front of square, there is a taxi stand that will take you back to ferry. We were able to board a earlier turbojet back to HK .

Visited November 2012
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“Well, it's a start...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2012

The Largo do Senado in Macau has a great history. It was originally the LOYAL Senate Square, due to little faraway Macau remaining loyal to a Portuguese king when another bunch of citizens rebelled. It has the usual very gracious and harmonious lines of an old European plaza, surrounded by low-rise classic buildings with subdued colors and arched colonnades. these have been rather lost behind loud brand names. Just a bit further up the Square is the very photogenic Santo Domingos Church and small Sacred Objects Museum. The large General Post Office is on one corner, beware it's closed on Saturdays after 1 pm, and all day Sundays. The local banks close even on Saturdays; two Money Exchanges in one corner of Senado Square give lower-than-bank rates till around midnight and all weekends. There is a fountain in the middle, so necessary for coolness and sound, in burning summers. It's typical of the Mediterranean influence, but too often covered by garish, gaudy displays of every kind. Often, the whole square is obscured by random 'events' and at times it is crowded to an uncomfortable level. Beware intense heat in summer, plus heavy winter rains. A good umbrella is useful. High prices have driven many local businesses out, including tasty sweets, so avoid some glitzy chains and explore the side streets; so many little cobblestoned alleys, all good for photos. There is a wet market to one side, and local clothing stalls, if you know how to shop that way. Only the snack-type food is cheap here; most people don't even try to sit down. The Platao Restaurant is very pleasant if you want a non-budget and attractive local meal, with picturesque courtyard tables. It's worth strolling up several narrow little streets to the old Cathedral da Se, and the lovely Plaza da Se, much quieter, also with its smaller stone fountain. At Christmas it holds a lovely, large, almost life-sized Nativity scene, complete with straw and (plaster) animals. The Cathedral is open for quiet visits, flanked by the classical Cartorio and the Bishop's House. Along nearby alleys you will walk to the un-missable Ruins of St. Paul's Church, don't just buy a postcard of this; walk the little distance and find it. There are some good shoes and cosmetic bargains on the way, zillions of photo calls, but you'll be very sorry if you spend all your time in the stores! A camera of some kind is a must; you can start at Senado Square and catch some gems of old skylines and balconies and stone steps, no skyscrapers, rare to see in Asia!

Visited December 2012
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“Great place to kill time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2012

A fun place in Macau to hang around when you get bored off Casinos.
Great place to do shopping. Especially apparel!

Totally must visit during evenings after dawn for awesome photo opportunity.

Visited November 2012
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“A Happening Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

Great how Macau Tourism has conserved yet modernised this place.....great to just sit...and watch the world go by. Reminded me...nostalgia of Goa of old!

Visited November 2012
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“pass the time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

food stalls and brand items abound in the area. I love the free tasting offered in many food shops selling cookies, pastries, delicacies, dried meat & etc. I love the egg tarts

Visited November 2012
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