Note: A friend has been ‘chasing’ me for updates, so here goes. 😀 😀
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Rua da Felicidade 福隆新街 is just a mere 5 minutes walk from Senado Square. Originally, we had plans to have our lunch there at Loja Sopa Da Fita Cheong Kei 祥記麵家 but due to lack of time, we decided to skip the meal to save time. However, we still went to explore the street before taking bus over to Taipa.
Always love vintage street
This little street used to be red light district and mostly neglected until few years back, the shophouses were beautifully restored and the area is now thriving with guest houses and eateries.
The street was lively with sound from firecrackers when we were strolling down the street. Our curiosity brought us to lion dance performance at Macau’s first Koi Kei branch. It was followed closely by two God of Prosperity who took turns to give out red packets. I believe it’s part of the Chinese culture for good blessing especially at the end of the CNY celebration.
Having witnessed my first overseas CNY celebration, it was a great experience and I totally enjoyed the carnival-like atmosphere.
We walked back to Almeida Ribeiro/Rua Mercadores bus stop and boarded bus number 33 to Taipa, which we then got down at Rua do Cunha 官也街. After getting our quick snack fix (will elaborate in the next post), we took a walk to Taipa Houses-Museum 龍環葡韻住宅式博物館, located just 5 minutes away.
Used to be sea, the entire area has been reclaimed and today it’s called Cotai Strip
Taipa Houses-Museum is my first visit having completely left out of the radar on my previous visits.
The museum complex consists of five houses displaying various artefacts and exhibits. The houses were built in 1921. These colonial residences were restored to recreate houses of well-off Portuguese families living in Macau during the first half of the 20th century. The last house was restored in 1999. The Taipa Houses-Museum opened on 5 December 1999 and is administered by the Macau Civil and Municipal Affairs Bureau. Wikipedia
We took a stroll around the little garden before headed into one of the houses to get a glimpse of the colonial residence. FYI, it’s free if you visit on Sundays. 😀
We had to cut short our visit because we wanted to take early dinner before heading back to our hotel. More in next post!