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    Four Faces Buddha

    by xiquinho Written Oct 20, 2004

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    There are two Four Faces Buddha in Macau: one at the end of the car park of the Macau Jockey Club on Taipa Island; and the other at the International Centre close to the wharf which is a very interesting monument in an ornate Thai Style.

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    Historic Archives

    by xiquinho Written Oct 20, 2004

    Contains letters, books and manuscripts pertaining to Portugal's exploration and Macau's relations with Europe, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia from a wide variety of governmental, civic, ecclesiastic and private sources. The most valuable have been put on microfilm, including 7500 items dating from 1587 to 1786.

    The archives are houses in one of the mansions in colonial style in Avenida de Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida restored by the Macau Government which won the Pacific Area Travel Association's Heritage Award, in 1982.

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    Old Protestant Cemetery

    by xiquinho Written Oct 20, 2004

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    Among those buried here: Dr. Robert Morrison, who compiled the first English and Chinese dictionary and translated the Bible into Chinese; George Chinnery, an artist who lived in Macau in the 18th century; Capt. Lord John Spencer Churchill, Commander of H.M. Ship Druid and an ancestor of Sir Winston Churchill; also seamen and non-Portuguese Traders.

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    Air-Raid Shelters

    by xiquinho Written Oct 20, 2004

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    On top of the Guia Hill, besides the already well-known structures, the Guia lighthouse, Guia Fort and Our Lady of Guia Chapel, there are also some underground tunnels, which are commonly known as air raid shelters, extending in all directions. The longest tunnel is 456 metres and the shortest 47. In the past the tunnels were off-limits military installations surrounded by barbed wire, equipped with electricity generators, rest rooms and oil tanks.

    Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed on Mondays, except public holidays).

    Below Guia Hill is the Flora Garden, which can be reached by steps or a cable car that takes visitors to street level in just 80 seconds.

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    Our Lady of Guia Chapel and Lighthouse

    by xiquinho Written Oct 20, 2004

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    A small chapel was first built in the 17th century as part of the Guia Fortress and the present chapel dates from 1637. During the restoration of the chapel in 1996, the oldest vestige of mural paintings that dates back to the construction of the hermitage in 1622 were discovered. The recovered paintings are characterized by rich cultural meaning, a combination of Chinese and Western symbols, including angels wearing traditional oriental costumes.

    The Lighthouse was the first on the China Coast, built by a local born Portuguese, Carlos Vicente da Rocha.

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    Barrier Gate (Portas do Cerco)

    by xiquinho Written Oct 20, 2004

    Situated at the northern most point of Macau, the stone gate that traditionally marked the border with China is now maintained in a small park. It was erected in 1870 and is inscribed with a quotation from Camoes: 'Honour your country for your country is watching you". Today's travellers use the modern buildings on either side, which house immigration and customs. The border is open from 7 am to midnight.

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    Barrier Gate (Portas do Cerco)

    by xiquinho Written Oct 20, 2004

    Situated at the northern most point of Macau, the stone gate that traditionally marked the border with China is now maintained in a small park. It was erected in 1870 and is inscribed with a quotation from Camoes: 'Honour your country for your country is watching you". Today's travellers use the modern buildings on either side, which house immigration and customs. The border is open from 7 am to midnight.

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    Coloane Island

    by thelittlevoice Written Mar 5, 2004

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    Coloane Island is about 20 minutes from Macau by bus(no. 21, 22, 25, 26A, the cost is around 4-5MOP depending on how far each bus goes to). Coloane has two beaches, Cheoc Van and Hac Sa. There's a hiking trails to the big statue of A-Ma. St. Francis Xavier church and a couple of other temples are worth visiting too.

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    Wake up early for a bit of Tai-Chi

    by DrPoi Written Mar 1, 2004

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    In the very early morning (from 6h30 till 7h30 normally), when the sun doesn't heat with its usual cruelty in this land you'll see people, old and young, doing their Tai-Chi exercises in public parks, gardens or squares everywhere. A must see, and why not, a must try!!

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    St Michael Cemetery

    by aramat Updated Oct 19, 2003

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    Saint Michael's (St Miguel) is the Catholic cemetery of Macao. I found the cultural diversity of the place amazing : Chinese characters on a tombstone decorated with a Catholic angel, or Chinese lion statues in the same cemetery as a Buddha relief, photos of Chinese deceased and little gifts on the grave to make life in heaven comfortable... I spent a long time in the cemetery and I found fascinating little details at every step.

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    Visiting a book store gave us a wider vision of M

    by sakurita Written Dec 10, 2002

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    We love to visit markets, and other places where locals go often, so whe can feel how daily life is there...

    We founded this book store in one calm street and we could avoid to enter, it certainly gives us another persepective of Macau's daily life...who comes to the book store? what they look for? how long do they spend to choose a book? etc...very interesting.

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    EEEEEKK

    by heplion Written Feb 25, 2003

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    We were wandering around some church and my rather uninhibited friend found a box and wondered what was inside. I am sure that there is some sort of sacralige in taking this picture and more so in posting it, but I was told by a Jehova's Witness a year or so ago that there is only something like 50,000 people that will go to heaven, so I figure the odds are already against me.....so here it is :)

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    ENGLISH - On this kind of...

    by Tintim Written Sep 7, 2002

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    ENGLISH - On this kind of sleigh, made to go over the mug, men were able to catch shellfish or something like that, small crabs maybe. These pictures were taken in 1980 (sorry they are so bad, it was a very small camera, with 16 mm film!!), maybe this activity disapeered now, as all this area is now occupied with land reclamation.- PORTUGUÊS - Com esta espécie de trenó, feito para andar sobre o lodo, apanhavam crustáceos à mão, talvez pequenos caranguejos. Estas fotografias foram tiradas em 1980 (lamento a má qualidade, era uma máquina muito pequena, com filmes de 16 mm!!), talvez esta actividade já não exista porque estas áreas foram ocupadas por terrenos conquistados ao mar - FRANÇAIS - Avec cette sorte de tobogan, fait pour aller sur la vase, les gens capturaient des crustacés à la main, peut-être de petits crabes. Ces photos ont été prises en 1980 (je regrette la mauvaise qualité, c'était une toute petite caméra, avec des films de 16 mm!!), peut-être cette activité n'existe-t-elle plus maintenant, car ces surfaces ont été occupées par des terrains conquis à la mer.

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    The island of Coloane is...

    by lihue Written Sep 7, 2002

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    The island of Coloane is Macao's countryside, with wooded hills, beach-lined bays, and traditional villages. Visitors and residents often flock here to swim, have picnics, and simply enjoy the treasure of nature.

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    Dr Sun Yat Sen's Memorial

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 29, 2002

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    The Middle School is located at the north of Sun Yat-Sen's former residence. The school was built by Sun ke, Sun Yat-sen's son to memorise and inspire all students to devote themselves to study and give their contribution to the country.

    The first project of building was completed at the end of 1934, and comprises Heling Hall, Haodong Hall, Shouping Hall, Chingling Hall, Baojun Hall and a teacher's and students dormitory and was approved as one of the first key middle schools of Guangdong province in 1953.

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