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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

Macau SAR

June 29, 2008

  • 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…
  • 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.
the streets of 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
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The busy streets and alleys are filled with shops.

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

The Streets of Macau
the streets of macau8
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
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.

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.

Value: US $10,000,000

Note the description is written in Chinese, Portuguese, and English—typical in Macau.

Macau Museum
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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.

Macau Museum
ruinas de s o paulo
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
macau s casino
Macau’s Casino

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

las vegas macau
Las Vegas, Macau
  • 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).
wynn ing in vegas
“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.
the end

The End

Pictures and Slideshow by Thomas S. Markey

recreation on the waterfront
Recreation on the Waterfront
  • 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.
wealthy macanese
Wealthy Macanese

This gorgeous estate overlooks the exercise area and the waterfront.

macau at night
Macau at Night
  • 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.