Saturday was a nice and sunny day, and as we had a visitor in town, we decided to head to Macau and stroll around for a day, exploring the contrast between old Portuguese city and modern casinos.
The city was already fully prepared for Christmas with lots of decorations everywhere. Walking past the Senado Square we noticed lots of Christmas lights hanging above us.
Even more noticeable was the obligatory Christmas display of Santa Clauses with reindeers at the top of the square.
The Santas and reindeers are all lanterns that glow in the dark, so I wonder how cheesy this display will look like once night falls.
In the middle of the square is a big fake Christmas tree, surrounded by red Christmas stars (Poinsettias) and more Santa and reindeer lanterns. Lots of decorations on display!
Walking across the Senado Square, we made our way past the little streets and hundreds of shops selling bbq pork, almond cookies, egg tarts and other souvenirs from Macau, to the steps at the bottom of the Ruins of St. Paul’s.
I was almost expecting some decorations on the Ruins of St. Paul’s, but luckily no one dared to add anything extra to them. The only sign that it is December 22 when I took this picture is the line of red poinsettias at the side of the steps, but apart from that it is not easy to tell what month it is.
However, as you get closer to the top, you can see another Christmas decorations display just in front of the left side of the ruins. I actually had to wait before snapping this picture as groups of Chinese were queuing up to take group pictures in front of this cheesy display.