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    Governor's Palace

    by solopes Updated Apr 3, 2014

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    The former Portuguese governor's residence became in 1999 the official residence to the President of Regional Government.

    No visible transformations were made, and the Portuguese colonial look is clear.

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    Portuguese consulate

    by solopes Updated Apr 3, 2014

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    One of the best examples of Portuguese colonial architecture, the old St. Raphael hospital is now one of the biggest Portuguese diplomatic representations in the world.

    Its actual look comes from a reconstruction in 1939.

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    Camoes Garden

    by solopes Updated Mar 4, 2014

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    It must be a pleasant place to go in a hot day, this shady garden.

    Supported in a myth (the shipwreck of Camões, the top Portuguese writer of ever, in Macao's coast and his struggle to save the manuscript of "Lusiadas") this garden has a remarkable example of Portuguese cobblestone walkways surrounding Camões statue.

    Sorry we were there under a strong rain...

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    On top

    by Assenczo Updated Feb 26, 2014

    Fortaleza de Monte must have had a military significance taken advantage of once or twice. Nowadays it is all about leisure. Superb views as much as they are possible in the contemporary smog are available on all sides; the casino monsters versus the apartment blocks alternating with bits of sea and hills in an incessant statement of overcrowding and prosperity!? The walls are very well-preserved and/or renovated and the fake-looking cannons do their bit to make the fort feel as if it were almost genuine. Despite some shortcomings the trip up the steep hill is well worth it.

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    Copacabana in China

    by Assenczo Updated Feb 26, 2014

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    The “Portuguese spirit” of the colony, now called Special Administrative Region, is kept in minimalist terms with old quarters renovated meticulously (in sharp contrast to Kuala Lumpur for instance) in flamboyant Mediterranean style with the added bonus of cleanliness of highest standard. Considering the volume of human traffic on the streets, the maintenance appears superb. Due to its small size, the Portuguese “corner” is very easy to encompass. The best views are offered from the hill top fortress and a realisation sinks in that Chinese high-density future for Macao is there to stay. One of the most photogenic places is the main drag starting from the “senate” turning a corner and ending at a deliriously yellow church. The pavement is in wavy Brazilian style and if there were a view of the sea around one might be tempted to think of being on another continent.

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    Smashing hit

    by Assenczo Written Feb 12, 2014

    Undisputable highlight (easy money made in a casino not in the ranking) of Old Macao is the St. Paul’s church or rather what is left of it. The façade is sticking out on its own as if to proclaim total independence from the fluffy rest and mesmerize the onlooker. Viewed from the front the empty vaults with blue sky enclosed in them give such a surrealistic Dali look about it that one cannot help but check whether his feet are still firmly on the ground. The crowds are formidable and hopes for intimate contact with this masterpiece are non-existent; but this is China after all!

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    the Old Protestant cemetary

    by angiebabe Written Jan 3, 2014

    this was an awesome visit as here one can see the gravestone for George Morrison - seems in the secular world very forgotten and underplayed as he, during a time when it was illegal to be taught the Chinese language, and punishable by death for Chinese citizens to teach foreigners Chinese, managed to quietly learn all things Chinese including the language and write the worlds first Chinese-English dictionary and then the worlds first translation of the Bible into Chinese.

    His wife died in 1821 and the East India company out of respect for what the family had devoted themselves to do, bought a plot of land and established the first Protestant cemetery so that George Morrison's wife could be buried within the city walls.

    I found my way to this cemetery with information in my LP guidebook - the latest edition and other travel sites ive looked at with info pertaining to this cemetery only make reference to the cemetery as containing the 'famous' Irish-born artist George Chinnery and other Anglophones.

    http://www.wmcarey.edu/carey/electronic-books/articles/legacy-morrison.pdf

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    "Backstage" scenes

    by solopes Updated Dec 19, 2013

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    We all know the facade of St. Paul's cathedral, from many pictures, but I needed to see... the other side. It's an expected desolation, the emptiness of the space where once there was the cathedral. A few remaining tombs, and that's all.

    A poverty that forces us to look again to the facade and see the props and all the devices built to support the facade. Of course they are indispensable, but that look invites us to feel like in the back of scenery, artificially mounted.

    Maybe they should close the access to the rear of the facade, or treat (hide) visually the supports with complementary elements like paintings/descriptions of the original cathedral or its contents. The way it is now is ugly and sad.

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    Sights

    by solopes Updated Dec 19, 2013

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    Going up to the tower is important to have a good look over the territory.

    Mainland, the two islands and the proximity of Souzhou are easy to see from the top.

    I suggest that you do it in the beginning of your visit, because it may help you to plan it.

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    Tower

    by solopes Updated Dec 19, 2013

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    Seen from almost everywhere in Macao, this new tower is the sign of the technical development in the recent years.

    For those with strong heart, the "Skywalk" in the outer rim, the tallest in the world, is quite a challenge.

    Going up is expensive, but it provides the best views in the territory.

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    Military Club

    by solopes Updated Dec 19, 2013

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    Built in 1870 as the gathering point to Portuguese officers in the colony, this beautiful colonial building is now recognized by its restaurant. A few years before the end of Portuguese administration, the club was partially open to civilians and the restaurant became famous.

    Located near Lisboa casino, is classical image contrasts with the blooming view of big and modern casinos popping everywhere.

    When we were there we didn't know that the restaurant was open, and that its quality justified the reasonable price that is charged. We went elsewhere, without complaints, but, knowing what I do know now, this should have been our restaurant. See the importance of a good preparation for each trip?

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    Cathedral

    by solopes Updated Dec 19, 2013

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    A small wooden shrine from the 17Th century, was hundred years later transformed in a stone church, once again replaced by the actual building in 1937.

    Discreet in the city, it has a beautiful decoration and it is one of the classified monuments that make Macao human heritage for UNESCO.

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    Modern quarters

    by solopes Updated Dec 19, 2013

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    The quarters near the port are quite impersonal. Modern architecture, balanced volumes, but the absence of... soul, as noticed in the old quarters.

    Flanking the casinos that grow like mushrooms, this is a very busy area.

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    Islands

    by solopes Updated Dec 19, 2013

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    We know that Taipa and Coloane are islands tightly connected to the main land, by a modern bridge, and do know that they are different, with beaches and more free space. It would be interesting to visit, and in an overnight visit we would do it.

    Needing to return to Hong Kong in the same day, we just had a glimpse from the top of TV tower. Next time!

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    Oriente foundation

    by solopes Updated Dec 19, 2013

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    In Portugal "Oriente Foundation" is a synonymous of... money. I don't know if it is fair, I don't know where does the money com from or where does it go.

    I know that I stood at the door (don't know if visiting is allowed and interesting) some minutes and saw no note or coin entering or leaving.
    Nah! I need to review my concepts.

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