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Asia » Macau » Taipa Island August 15th 2016

Première étape: Alléger la valise comme à chaque fois, elle est toujours trop lourde. Puis monter dans le petit avion direction Amsterdam First step: Take a few stuff out of the suitcase, because obviously it's too heavy. Then climb into the little plane for Amsterdam. Comme certains le savent, je suis à Macao, pour un semestre d'... read more
First Plane / 1er Avion
First Plane / 1er Avion
First Plane / 1er Avion

Asia » Macau » Macau April 14th 2016

Casinos and Portuguese cultural heritage A few weeks ago we went with Emma’s sister and a friend of ours to Hong Kong and Macau for a week. We will begin our stories from this journey by writing about the Macau part of the journey and cover the Hong Kong adventures in a separate blog entry. First a short background on Macau. The Portuguese were in control of Macau from the 15th century. They had it as a colony or trade station and as such the area had special privileges. The Portuguese presence ensured that there were a lot of European influences in the architecture, cuisine and culture. Macau was like a chunk of Europe thrown in right on the border to China. Chinese authorities however have always considered that Macau should have been a part of ... read more
Ruins of St Paul's
The theme of the Venetian is Venice
The theme of the Venetian is Venice

Asia » Macau February 23rd 2016

A free day in Hong Kong? You may be tempted to grab a tour into Macau. My advice? Don't bother! As a solo traveller, doing a tour seemed like a good idea at the time. This view changed very quickly. After an early start, we were all picked up and dropped off at the ferry terminal, with tickets handed out and a general wave in the direction we were meant to go in. We then had to sit and wait for the ferry which was a complete waste of time. Finally, the ferry arrived and suddenly hundreds of people all moved, en masse, down the gangplank towards it. It is the only time I have ever had a panic attack as I was completely crushed and couldn't move. I was just forced along with the crowd. ... read more
Pollution
People everywhere
Jackie Chan's Casino

Asia » Macau November 10th 2015

My first trip to Macau was back in 2006, almost a decade ago. From that time on it has been one of my favorite destinations. It has a certain charm to it that makes one feel at home. And if you happen to be there during winter or spring, walking is the best way to explore the city. Macau can be described as a blending of cultures and lifestyles. Having been under the Portuguese Colony for a long time left an undeniable influence on Macau, from churches to cobblestones steps to food, museums and even language. In 1999, Macau was handed over to China and is now a Special Administrative Region of Republic of China- a little bit of history there for you. In order to boost tourism, Macau became the “Las Vegas” of Asia. It ... read more
Hard Rock Hotel
Lemon Cello Gelato
Senado Square

Asia » Macau » Macau August 1st 2014

Hi All, The Portugese originally came to China in the mid 15th century trading with the Chinese. In thanks for clearing the area of pirates the Portuguese were granted a lease on Macau and paid rent of 19 kgs of silver annually. Macau flourished as a centre of trade until the British acquired Hong Kong in the Opium wars, after which it started to go into decline. In 1966 riots broke out in Macau as the cultural revolution started on the mainland. The Portuguese government tried to hand Macau back to the PRC but the Maoist government was afraid what effect this would have on Hong Kong and refused. It was finally returned as a S.A.R. along with Hong Kong in 1999. Since the deregulation of gambling casinos have sprung up all over Macau making it ... read more
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Asia » Macau » Macau December 11th 2013

And a quick 1h flight later, I was out of Guangxi and in the so-called Special Economic Zone of Zhuhai in Guangdong, gateway to Macau, gambling capital of the world, and Monte Carlo of the Orient. (Or should Monte Carlo be more aptly known as the Macau of the West these days?) I had read about the exorbitant room rates in Macau itself (USD50 upwards for crappy singles and shared baths??), so my plan was to base myself in more affordable Zhuhai, and cross the border daily. Plus I get the added bonus of a cheaper flight to Zhuhai, and the chance to check out the spill-over prosperity in this border city, which in its own right offered some interesting nightlife. But the game (literally) was Macau -- once an absolutely sleazy backwater with smoke-filled rooms ... read more
Macau Tower
Bars of Zhuhai
Lianhua Street

Asia » Macau » Macau October 29th 2013

Macau has a long and intriguing history. Administered by the Portuguese from the mid-16th century until late 1999, when it was the last remaining European colony in Asia, currently Macau may be best known for its gambling industry, the largest in the world, with many famous casinos as major tourist draws. Disregarding the promises of glitter and gold that exist for most tourists to Macau today, I spent my time there exploring its past glory during one very busy day. Highlights for me weren’t the museums (Macau Museum of Art, Macau Museum), gardens or historic homes as much as the beautiful architecture, churches and temples and witnessing some of the visible fruits of centuries of cultural exchanges in terms of food, shopping and street life. The temples – Kun Ian Temple, A-Ma Temple, Na Tcha Temple ... read more
Kun Iam Temple
Guia Fort
Guia Lighthouse

Asia » Macau » Macau September 5th 2013

I returned to Macau as part of a class field trip during my History of Hong Kong course at Hong Kong University. I liked Macau a lot the first time I visited back during a cloudy day in 2009, and I like it even more with blue sky. Macau is a delightful blend of Chinese and Portuguese, epitomized by the infamous Macau egg tart which is a cross between the Portuguese custard tart and Chinese egg tart. So delicious. The first stop on our organized tour was the Ruins of St. Paul. Then we visited the Macau Museum and Mount Fortress, from which there are some incredible views of the city. We had some free time after that to roam around the pedestrian shopping district, distinguished by its wavy patterned street and colourful old historic Portuguese ... read more
Guia Fortress
View from Guia Fortress
Macau from St. Paul's Ruins

Asia » Macau » Macau September 1st 2013

Macau trip ( 澳门 ) - Vegas of the East Land of Grambling , Casino and luxury everything come true city neversleep and worldclass performance. ... read more

Asia » Macau August 20th 2013

Macau is only an hour's ferry journey from Hong Kong and easy to get there and away in a day, so it is easy to forget it is a separate country (when you buy the ferry ticket, they are very clear that you need your passport). Because of its proximity I was expecting it to be similar to Hong Kong, but it could be a different continent, never mind a different country: because of its history as a Portuguese trading post the architecture of the old centre is in the European colonial style, reminiscent of South America. Portuguese and Mandarin are the official languages, so all signage is in those two languages and then (sometimes) English, and the people look different to those in Hong Kong due to historical and current Portuguese and Goan (another Portuguese ... read more
Largo de Senado
Sao Domingos
Leal Senado courtyard




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