June 29, 2008
The TurboJet offers a nice ride from Hong Kong to Macau.
One-way Cost: HK$140, or US$18.
A police officer directs traffic in the streets of Macau by a busy town square.
Note the European influence in the architecture.
A building in the Macau town square.
The busy streets and alleys are filled with shops.
Cavity? No problem! Visit the local “dentista.”
Macau isn’t all casino glamour and glitz. Here’s how the other half lives.
Taken from a back alley in Macau.
On a brighter note, Macau still has plenty of green.
On our way to the Macau Museum.
Approaching Macau Museum after a climb through Macau’s back alleys.
The entrance is at the top.
Note the cannons atop the building.
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)
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.
This is a beautiful Ming Vase in perfect condition.
Value: US $10,000,000
Note the description is written in Chinese, Portuguese, and English—typical in Macau.
Here I am with the canons on top of the Museum.
Grand Lisboa in the background.
The fort sits on high ground, offering great views of Macau.
Foreground: Ruinas de São Paulo.
Mid-ground: the city.
Background: the mountains and the Pearl River.
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.
A taxi and other cars rush down the busy rua (street) next to the ruins.
Note the quaint cobblestone road and manicured garden in the background.
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.