Continued from visit to:
Ruins of Saint Paul, A-ma Temple and Kun Iam Statue
Museu De Macau
Macau Fisherman’s Wharf
Our visit to Macau Sky Tower is the last and the highlight of our one-day Macau tour. It’s a convention cum amusement center. I have not done my research before going there. Hence, I had zero expectations and was totally impressed as I did set foot. An Italian exhibit culminated few days before our tour. We are lucky that this leaning tower of Pisa side by side Macau Tower was still on display. Perhaps they kept these for the Christmas season as an added attraction.
Aside from the fancy dining and shopping it offers, the lobby also boasts seemingly classic Chinese paintings and giant jars. In one area at the ground floor, we sighted a Filipino band belting Knocks Me Off My Feet.
We were directed to visit 58th and 61st floors wherein the viewing deck and registration for sky jump and other adventure, respectively, can be found. To my delight, this is the same tower featured in Amazing Race: All Stars episode, Amazing Race Asia 3 and Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie.
We were asked by our guide who amongst us would dare to bungee jump (also spelled as bungy jump, from the word ‘bungy’ = a Kiwi slang for elastic strap, while ‘bungee’ originated from West Country dialect to mean anything thick and squat). Just the thought of it already gave me huge panic. On 61st floor, the so-called father of bungee jumping, AJ Hackett, is overseeing the adventurous offers for the tower’s guests.
If you’re wondering if I sky jumped or not, of course not. But I’m not losing hope that sooner or later I’ll be able to conquer my fear of heights. Haha. Big dream. Sa nakakatakot na rides at cable car ride nga eh kinakabahan na ako, sky jump pa.
The moment I knew the recorded facts that this is the 10th tallest tower in the world, 338 meters high (8th tallest in Asia) and it has the highest bungee jump facility that broke the record of jump from Eiffel Tower more than a decade ago, the more I got panicky and envious of those jump-queued. Hay, sana ako rin.
At one point your sky jump will be automatically cut off for you to be taken photo and in split second it will resume out of thin air. Exciting eh?
Click the link to read the Sky Jump details for March 2009. This is what you’re up to (and down) as you dare to do the highest sky jump:
If you’re not brave enough, you can instead try the Sky Walk. With this, you will be walking around the outer rim. There’s an overheard rail system to keep you safe. I boastfully thought, siguro naman kakayanin ko na’to. Pero hindi pa rin eh.
The third option is to mast climb. That is to climb at least 100 meters up to the mast ladder which normally takes two hours. Wow, mukhang kaya ko na yun. The problem is ayokong mapagod. Haha. Seriously, we didn’t have much time because we had to catch the turbo jet ride back to Hong Kong.
Registering for the sky jump, sky walk and mast climb will not necessarily earn you a certificate. You have to honestly finish the challenge as administered by the professionals from AJ Hackett.
In one area of the viewing deck, I didn’t know that the flooring was made of glass that when I did look down I was scared to death. Try looking through, scary!
On the 58th floor, we got to enjoy the different views in Macau. If Victoria Peak is the nicest spot to appreciate the panoramic view of Hong Kong, from Macau Tower you’ll absolutely be wowed by these:
As I moved around, this charming statement caught me.
That made me buy this statement tee.
Macau is beautiful. There’s much to see and do. It’s definitely worth a second visit. When I revisit I hope I’m brave enough to fly. For now, I’m just not yet ready to pay for the jump just to have a heart attack. 🙂