But all in all, it was a very nice trip; especially that I got to do my very first trip out of the country with my best college friends (I was supposed to go to HK back in 2011 but that got cancelled because of some unfortunate events). We’ve been planning a trip together but only that this time around that we finally got to do it. It was almost a decade in the making but was a memorable one especially that I got to spend it with people that meant a lot to me.
I will try my best to recall what transpired during this trip; the places that we went to, the experiences that we had, the things that we did etc. Though I might do blog posts that have more photos than words in it. This will probably be more like a photo diary and sharing of experience than reviews or how-to’s.
After passing thru all the hotels, casinos, etc., the Bus No. 26 will head to the Coloane district, if your google map shows you that you're near Seac Pai Van Park along Estrada de Seac Pai Van, look out for the red building on your right and press the bus stop button before a couple of blocks before you reach that building, because if you press later, the driver won't stop and you will have to get off at the next bus stop. I think this bus stop is called Coloane Quarry Bus Stop. After we got off the bus, we took the over pass to cross the street because the zoo is on the left side and then we walked towards it. It's a quite a walk but we were so excited to see the pandas so we didn't mind. I forgot how much we paid for the bus, but you must give the exact fare because they won't give you change, though you can use either Macau Patacas or Hong Kong dollars.
When we got there, we went inside the gift shop and paid 10 Patacas (1.25 US Dollar or 0.97 Hong Kong Dollar). You can pay in HK dollar if you don't have Patacas. We were told that it was lunch break so we had to wait until after that before we can get inside the viewing area and see the pandas. So my friend and I just roamed around and checked all the other animals in the zoo.
One of the guards told us though that one of the pandas died, who was left was just Xin-Xin, a female panda with round face, short limbs and chubby body. But there are two baby pandas that were born here too. Unfortunately they are not old enough to be exhibited.
When the guard announced that lunch break was over, we, together with the other tourists formed a line and entered the viewing area. There is no petting zoo here though, unlike in Chengdu. You can only see the pandas through a glass wall. Xin Xin was eating bamboo at that time. She wasn't feeling all too playful. She walked around a bit and we finally got to see her kinda up-close. It was one of the best feelings in the world to finally get to see a panda in real life even though she was a quite far.
After she ate bamboo, she went to this make-shift bed made of wood and just laid there while her tail moved, probably her way of lulling herself to sleep. We stayed for around 30 minutes waiting for her to roam around, but we thought she didn't feel like doing so. We then decided it was time to go. We still have to go to Parisian Macau to see the Eiffel Tower replica.
But before leaving the Giant Panda Pavilion, we went to the gift shop and bought some souvenirs. I got me a ref magnet and a bag tag. There are quite a few stuffs in there but none appealed to me much than the magnet and bag tag.
I know some of you will think I am over reacting, but seeing the panda in person was quite life changing for me. I've been a fan of these cute animals ever since so I find it an achievement to finally get to see one in person. A bucket list crossed out, definitely. But, it's still in my bucket list to go to Chengdu in China where the main Panda Conservation Research Facility is. I think there's a petting zoo there and I want to see those cute baby pandas in real life. Heck, I even want to volunteer as a panda keeper there and play with pandas all day everyday. Well, I'm crossing my fingers.