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Macau SAR. June 29, 2008. Introduction. Macau is composed of a peninsula and two small islands, with a total land area of only about 9 square miles.

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Macau SAR

June 29, 2008

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  • Macau is composed of a peninsula and two small islands, with a total land area of only about 9 square miles.

  • Like Hong Kong, Macau is a Chinese Special Administrative Region. It was the oldest European settlement in China, and was controlled by the Portuguese from 1557 until it was given back to China in 1999.

  • Macau, also known as the “Las Vegas of Asia,” is only an hour by ferry from Hong Kong across the Pearl River. And it is much more than just casinos…

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  • From Hong Kong: west, 40 miles.

  • Weather for my trip:

    • Periodic rain storms.

    • Temperature: 75.2° F

    • Humidity: 93%

  • Trip length: one day

  • Trip cost:

    • HK$493.00

    • US$63.16

    • Included round-trip ferry, casino, lunch, dinner, and museum.

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The TurboJet offers a nice ride from Hong Kong to Macau.

One-way Cost: HK$140, or US$18.

Getting to Macau

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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

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A building in the Macau town square. a busy town square.

Very European.

The Streets of Macau

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The busy streets and alleys are filled with shops. a busy town square.

Cavity? No problem! Visit the local “dentista.”

The Streets of Macau

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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

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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

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Approaching Macau Museum after a climb through Macau’s back alleys.

The entrance is at the top.

Note the cannons atop the building.

Macau Museum

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Ruinas de São Paulo

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Macau’s Casino to the ruins.

The gaudy Grand Lisboa, shaped like a lotus, is one of Macau’s unique Asian casinos.

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Las Vegas, Macau to the ruins.

  • Left: Hotel Lisboa; the top is roulette wheel.

  • Middle: The Wynn…if you’ve been to Vegas, it should look familiar.

  • Right: MGM Grand Macau (gold, bule, and red).

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to the ruins.Wynning” in “Vegas”

  • Who ever said a penny can’t buy anything?

  • Check out the nickel slots and bet just over one half of an American penny.

  • Play slowly—you might lose US 25¢ if you try real hard; and in the meantime, enjoy the complimentary alcoholic drinks and hot tea.

  • With the free players’ card, you can earn points for free games, food, and other items.

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The End to the ruins.

Pictures and Slideshow by Thomas S. Markey

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Recreation on the Waterfront to the ruins.

  • Ever wonder how Asians stay so skinny?

  • Here’s the answer: public exercise machines.

    • Foreground: a fellow CUHK students gets a work-out.

    • Mid-ground: a local works the abs.

    • Background: the waterfront and the ferry terminal.

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Wealthy Macanese to the ruins.

This gorgeous estate overlooks the exercise area and the waterfront.

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Macau at Night to the ruins.

  • Foreground: Gangways to ferry boats.

  • Mid-ground: An illuminated bridge to one of Macau’s two small islands.

  • Background: Lights of buildings on the mountainous island.

  • Top: Dark clouds spell incoming rain for Macau.