January 28, 2017

Hong Kong-Macau 2016 Travel Diary: Eiffel Tower at Parisian Macau

Well, this is a super overdue post. I was thinking if I should write about my Hong Kong-Macau trip back in October of 2016; I kept procrastinating and then one day I decided “Ok, let’s share it anyway”. This trip is also my birthday gift to myself, I was supposed to go to Bangkok and Cambodia after my best friend’s wedding but that got postponed later this year so my college friends and I decided to just go with another college friend to her family trip to HK. This trip was a bit impulsive and expensive since we booked our flights only one month before the trip date, and you know how airline charges can be very steep especially when the holidays are approaching.




During our flight, there’s a massive typhoon happening in the Philippines and is on its way to Hong Kong too. Our flight was delayed for an hour (though not a surprising thing with Cebu Pacific) and it was drizzling too when we got to Hong Kong. Our trip was 5 days and 4 nights, but we kind of lost a day because of the typhoon. In Hong Kong, when there’s a big storm, almost all of Hong Kong is shut down so you can’t do anything really. The only places that are open are 24-7 convenience stores.

 


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. But for this post, I will share my experience, observations and impressions of both Hong Kong and Macau. 





EIFFEL TOWER AT PARISIAN MACAU

Ahhhh, Paris! It has been my dream to visit Paris and see the Eiffel Tower. I will soon though, write that down, because I will make it happen! When I learned that Sands Group of Hotels and Casinos is building a replica of the Eiffel Tower in Macau, I knew right there and then that I must add it to our Macau itinerary. 




The Parisian Macau is a luxury hotel in Cotai, Macau, China owned by Las Vegas Sands, which has a half-scale Eiffel Tower as one its landmarks. It was originally expected to be operational in late 2015 with that later changed to August 2016. The hotel officially opened on 13 September 2016. The property has approximately 3000 hotel rooms, 170 shops and 56,000 sq feet of meeting space. In addition, the resort features a 1,200-seat theater. For the first month of the hotel's opening, the theater hosted Thriller Live, and hopes to attract more Broadway and West End performances. 




After our visit to the Macau Giant Panda Pavillion, this was our next stop. Right off the bat, the Parisian Macau is so grand! The lobby is massive with lots of chandeliers and artwork replicas on the ceiling. As you enter the hotel through gilded doors inspired by the famous Paris opera house, Palais Garnier, your attention draws to the ornate dome inside the Rotunda, which is inspired by one of France’s most famous domed buildings the L’Hotel National des Invalides. Here you will also find a replica of the Fontaine de Mers from the heart of Paris. There are also promoters that dress up as people from the Renaissance. We met one of the Musketeers by the way, hahaha!




After going around the lobby, my friend and I decided that we visit the Eiffel Tower just in front of the hotel. And of course what should girls who dream of going to Paris someday must do? Photo-op! We took like hundreds of photos literally! After all, les filles veulent s'amuser!!!




We know it ain't the real thing, it's only half the size of the real Eiffel Tower, but seeing it made us both almost emotional. We conversed that while we're seeing this replica we are already overwhelmed, what more if it is the real thing? Right? Sorry, not sorry, we both are passionate for things like this that we can't help but feel. We made a pinky-promise we will do what we can to go and see the City of Lights, by hook or by crook. #Goals!




I know it in my heart that I will see the real deal someday soon, with my best friends and with l'amour de ma vie (the love of my life) hahaha! Hence the hashtag: #MacauNowParisLater. Words and thoughts, Jen, words and thoughts... Because when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. Yes? Yes! High five!


PARISIAN MACAU
Estrada do Istmo, Lote 3 Cotai Strip, 
Taipa, Ilhas, Macao SAR, China
Contact No: +853 2882 8833
Email: inquiries@parisian.com.mo
Website: www.parisianmacao.com
Facebook: facebook.com/TheParisianMacao
Instagram: instagram.com/parisian_macao


Read more about my Hong-Kong and Macau trip here:
Hong Kong-Macau 2016 Travel Diary: My Two Cents
Hong Kong-Macau 2016 Travel Diary: Accommodation in Causeway Way via Airbnb
Hong Kong-Macau 2016 Travel Diary: Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel
Hong Kong-Macau 2016 Travel Diary: Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong-Macau 2016 Travel Diary: Delicious Kitchen
Hong Kong-Macau 2016 Travel Diary: Macau Giant Panda Pavilion
Hong Kong-Macau 2016 Travel Diary: Eiffel Tower at Parisian Macau



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