June 29, 2008
One-way Cost: HK$140, or US$18.Getting to Macau
A police officer directs traffic in the streets of Macau by a busy town square.
Note the European influence in the architecture.The Streets of Macau
A building in the Macau town square. a busy town square.
Very European.The Streets of Macau
The busy streets and alleys are filled with shops. a busy town square.
Cavity? No problem! Visit the local “dentista.”The Streets of Macau
Macau isn’t all casino glamour and glitz. Here’s how the other half lives.
Taken from a back alley in Macau.The Streets of Macau
On a brighter note, Macau still has plenty of green. the other half lives.
On our way to the Macau Museum.The Streets of Macau
The entrance is at the top.
Note the cannons atop the building.Macau Museum
Fortaleza do Monte, a Portuguese fort, was converted into the Macau Museum, which features a history of Macau’s Chinese and Portuguese roots.
Adult: HK$15 (US$2)
Student: HK$8 (US$1)Macau Museum
After entering from the top, the tour begins on the first floor and you work your way up to the third.
This is a replica of a Portuguese street.
Exhibits are inside the houses.Macau Museum
This is a beautiful Ming Vase in perfect condition. floor and you work your way up to the third.
Value: US $10,000,000
Note the description is written in Chinese, Portuguese, and English—typical in Macau.Macau Museum
Here I am with the canons on top of the Museum. floor and you work your way up to the third.
Grand Lisboa in the background.Macau Museum
The fort sits on high ground, offering great views of Macau. floor and you work your way up to the third.
Foreground: Ruinas de São Paulo.
Mid-ground: the city.
Background: the mountains and the Pearl River.Macau Museum
Another product of European—and Christian—influence, St. Paul’s Church caught fire in 1835. All that remained was the front façade.
Note the intricate carvings and statues.Ruinas de São Paulo
Note the quaint cobblestone road and manicured garden in the background.Ruinas de São Paulo
The gaudy Grand Lisboa, shaped like a lotus, is one of Macau’s unique Asian casinos.
Pictures and Slideshow by Thomas S. Markey
This gorgeous estate overlooks the exercise area and the waterfront.