Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Macau

Hello dear readers,

While in Hong Kong, we decided to visit the territory of Macau, situated 60 kilometres south west of Hong Kong.
A one hour ferry trip got us there with a very smooth and efficient ride.

Macau was a colony of Portugal from the sixteenth century until 1999.  It is now governed by China as a Special Administrative Region - quasi-independent like Hong Kong.

The economy is largely dependent on tourism. The gambling industry has very a strong influence and there are numerous casinos of extravagant and unusual design located there. We mistook one of them for an ancient Chinese temple!

It is a very crowded city, apparently the most densely populated area in the world, I read somewhere.
That becomes apparent when you see the multiple high rise apartment buildings that sit so close to one another.

We wandered around the "old area" of the centre of town.
Throughout our travels we have been drawn to such areas - they all seem to offer the most in history, ambience and usually interesting little shops and restaurants.
We were certainly not disappointed.

A beautiful old square was surrounded by shops and restaurants and the old Portuguese churches and government buildings. Only a little walk away, there were the streets with the local markets and tiny little pocket-sized shops that sold uniquely Macanese food.
The streets and the public square were paved in white cobble-stones with black motif designs.

The food and the street signs reflected the Portuguese history - a favourite local food was beef or pork "jerky".

I was amazed to see so many Chinese-style apothecary shops that sold any number of dried animal parts and herbs etc. I recently read that there are no Western-style medical schools in Macau and trainee doctors have to go elsewhere for their education.
This may be the reason for the vast number of Chinese remedy shops on every street corner!

I found it a very interesting little place, and would certainly go there to stay for a few days if I ever went to Hong Kong again.

A passport is required to move between Macau and Hong Kong - indicative of their different origins, even though both are now regions of China.

Large odd shaped building is a casino.

Cobbled white and black footpaths.

Unique Macanese food

People were lining up for this dried meat, like a type of 'jerky'.

No idea what this really is, in a Chinese 'apothecary'

Signs in both Chinese and Portuguese.

Lovely old building in the town square.


That's it, the trip is over!
Thanks for joining me along the way and I hope you enjoyed the ride!

Cheers til next time,
Jenni

12 comments:

Jessica said...

cool!

Pretty Things said...

Oh I envy your travels! I've traveled internationally quite a bit, but not in the last 11 years, sadly.

Stampmouse said...

wow what a journey those tenticle looking things were really weird

Jenni said...

Thank uou all for commenting, I forgot to check this blog to respond!
jenni

Lesley said...

Sounds like a great adventure!

Leckeres für Mensch und Katze - Goodies for a pleasant life said...

Nice shots :)

☆☆Mumsy said...

Those are amazing shots, and very interesting to see!

Kim, USA said...

That meat is awesome!! I missed the taste of it. I heard Macau is fast progressing and hope to visit there too. Thanks for the photos.

Chinese Lantern

Carole Meisenhelter said...

...just amazing. I wonder how they use the big sheets of dried meat? The apothecary photo looks perhaps like goat antlers/horns or such. Interesting photos; what a wonderful trip for you.

Tina´s PicStory said...

great trip! :)

Jeanne said...

Jenni this looks like such an interesting place to go visit! So glad you shared this. Also, thank you very much for stopping by my blog! Jeanne with http://the butterflymetamorphosis.blogspot.com

Andrew said...

I have just discovered your lovely blog ane have had a wonderful browse... many thanks for sharing.

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