Once a Chinese reference under Portuguese government, the A Ma temple presents, today, complementary signs of Portuguese culture and history, in a crossed and very respectful interaction.
It's funny, the way that the same monument, working always the same way and respecting the same religion acts as a Chinese reference under Portuguese, and a Portuguese reference under Chinese.
Only an odd border, Portuguese heritage and strong burocracy separates Souzhou from Macao.
One day they will become one, as fisically they already are. Maybe, that day, it will be interesting to compare the evolution due to centuries of different cultural influence side by side, in the same people, but today, crossing the line demands the time that we hadn't.
The density of construction is high, in Macao, and the green areas are small. However, they are well kept and distributed, allowing a balanced look that disguises the extensive occupation of the soil.
Even in the gardens, a Portuguese hand is still visible.
Most Han Chinese in Macau are Taoist or Buddhist or Confucianist. ALthough Macau was a Porugese Colony for about 400 years, Roman Catholicism failed to make inroads in it unlike in the Philippines and Vietnam and East Timor hence it is rare to see a Roman Catholic Chinese Wedding here in Macau and when you see one, it is nice to Photograph but be sure to ask the couple for permission too!
The picture was taken in Penha Hill St. Mary Catholic Church
Good Macanese and Cantonese Pastries. They have steamed pork buns, fried buns, pork barbecue, assorted egg pies, dumplings, red bean paste cookies, Pearl Milk Shake, etc and off course the world famous portugese egg tarts! which cost about 4 mop and my favorite Assorted Chinese dried ham, pork floss, chinese pork and beef jerky.
Several weeks before leaving home research the Internet for data concerning the place you will be heading to. Since you are not going to stay there for a long period, possessing beforehand some valuable data will help you make the most out of your trip. Otherwise you might waste hours trying to find something that you could have known earlier if you had done your research.
When traveling take your kids with you, let them in a natural and unconscious way realize the differences and similarities of our world, let them hear different languages, let them taste different foods, let them see different smiles.
Many travellers come to Macau for the gambling and restaurants downtown, and miss all of the beautiful oceanside scenery on Coloane Island, just 25 minutes away on a bus by bridge. The sparsely populated, quiet island has a somewhat "sleepy" feel to it, but it is a great place to go for a picnic or oceanside stroll. You can swim in the ocean or use the very nice, uncrowded public for MP15 at Cheoc Van Beach, then take part or all of of the Coloane Trail over to Hac Sa Beach, where there is a pier, dozens of grilled fish stalls, and the delectable Fernando's Restaurant. There you can see for yourself why the island used to be a hiding place for pirates!
Styled like a ship, this museum has outstanding displays illustrating the relationship of Macau with the sea. Outdoor exhibits include a traditional of trading junk and pirate-chasing lorcha brigantine.
Open 10am-5.30pm. Closed Tuesday
Top-engineered bridges link Macau to the other two islands of the territory: Taipa and Coloane.
If you have some extra time, try to visit them.
Here the Macau-Taipa bridge, shot during the arrival by ferry from Hong Kong.
This nice street in the Eastern Macau, blocks away from the Senate Square, is another off the beaten track attraction. It was the former nightlife centre in Macau, displaying today restored façades where shops and restaurants continue to flourish behind them.
Here you find lots of nice shops and bakeries offering delicious cookies from Sino-Portuguese recipes…
The European-style Flora Garden, situated at the base of Guia Hill parallel to the Avenida Sidonio Pais, was formerly the grounds of the Flora Palace, an aristocratic Portuguese mansion.
If you don’t want to climb the Guia Hill, simply take the cable-car to the top. By the time we visited Flora Garden, the cable-car was out of service due to the bad weather.
Here's a good view of Macau and Zhuhai, China from the top of a Guia Hill by taking a short cable car ride. It is along Av. Sidonio Pais. The price is MOP5 for a return trip. Bus no. 2 from Barra and Iao Hon will pass near the park.
This fountain was not mentioned in any guidebook but I came across it looking rather beautiful and splendour along the way to Casino Lisboa. Folks were taking bottles of cold water sprinking out from its tap. I figured why not?
Macau's southern most island of Coloane remains mostly undeveloped. Here you will find rugged forested hills, tranquil beaches, and the quaint old village of Coloane. The village itself is worth a visit, even if only to stop at Lord Stow's bakery for their famous egg tarts. Here you will also find St. Francis Xavier Chapel and Tam Kung Temple. The south and east sides of the island contain some fairly decent beaches, which make for some pleasant strolling. On Hac Sa beach you will find the famous Fernando's restaurant, which serves hearty Portuguese fair, but can become very crowded in the evenings.
Coloane can be easily reached from Macau or Taipa island either by taxi or public bus.
Rua do Visconde Paco de Arcos, Macau, Macau Region, China
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