You Would Not Be Lost in Macau as the Street Signs here are Trilingual!
the top most portion of the street sign is the Chinese Name of the Street (in Chinese Characters) and the middle Portion will be the Portuguese Name of the Street and Finally at the Bottom Row of the Street Sign is the English Name of the Street.
Or you can download the street maps of Macau in English via Google Maps at your friendly Google Map App from your Smartphone as not to get lost while hiking and touring around macau.
- Hiking and Walking
- Budget Travel
Once every year in November a Formular1 Grand Prix car-race will take place in Macao and in some places in the city you will see signposts, tribunes and seats for that insane event at some places in town.
So you better check out for the dates of these races, before you travel to Macao, just in order to avoid any problems.
Sightseeing in Macao is certainly a lot better and more relaxed during the rest of the year.
In my other photos here: some more pics that I made while exploring the City of Macao.
- Luxury Travel
The Museu Marittimo is quite close to the A-Ma Temple and in front of it you will see an interesting Dragon-boat. No need to pay entrance in order to see this boat and take some Pictures through a fence like on my Pictures.
Unfortunately I just saw its entrance, when passing by and our guided tour did not stop there for a visit, so I have to leave that for my next time.
- Historical Travel
Macau Sky Tower is a sight that you will see from many places in Macao. It is a telecommunication tower as well as a place for a great view and even more than just that:
In a hight of 233 meters above ground you are able to leave the ordinary viewing platform and walk around the outer rim on a path that is less than 2 meters wide and does not have any fence or other device to hold your hand.
You will be fixed on a security-rope and during the guided tours there you can try out all sorts of fun like sitting on the rim, bending over etc.
The total hight of the tower is 338m and so it is one of the 10 highest towers on earth.
The tower is open for visitors:
daily from 10.00am - 09.00pm (Mon-Fri)
and 09.00am - 09.00pm on weekends & holidays
While we were sightseeing by bus in Macao we passed by this giant statue of Kuan Lam, the buddist Godess of Mercy .
The statue made of bronze was built on an artificial island and is more than 20 meters high. We did not stop there but I read you will be able to walk inside and will find a cultural centre there for Buddhism, Confucianism and Toaism. There is space for ca. 50 people.
The cultural Centre is open daily except Fridays from 10.00am till 06.00pm
Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries
Members represented at the Forum:
and (Macao) China.
The Portuguese-speaking countries represent a total population of about 200 million people.
- Business Travel
I just got this web link today [August 15, 2007]. The email was sent to me by my good friend Nuno F that lives in Macau.
Click here to see a really cool panoramic view of Macau from the "Macau Tower".
[quote from wikipedia]:
Jorge Álvares (died July 8, 1521) is credited as the first Portuguese explorer to have reached China and Hong Kong.
In May 1513 Álvares sailed under the Portuguese Malacca captain, Ruy de Buto Patalim / Ruí de Brito Patalim in a junk from Pegu. The expedition was accompanied by 5 other junks. Álvares himself was accompanied by 2 other Portuguese mariners.
Álvares made first contact on Asian soil in Guangdong, Southern China in May 1513. Upon landing, he raised a Padrão from the king of Portugal, where they landed on Lintin Island in the Pearl River estuary. Based on information from their captain, they were to expect to find trade. He later became part of the settlements in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong around 1513 to 1514. This visit was followed by the establishment of a number of Portuguese trading centres in the area, which were eventually consolidated in Macau. In 1517 the Portuguese settlers were in a battle with Imperial Chinese army troops in the region. There is a possibility that Álvares took part in the combat.
Click here for the Jorge Álvares Foundation website.
- Historical Travel
In Macao, in the garden of Leal Senado's building, visitors will find a bust of Luiz Vaz Camões, the XVI poet considered the protuguese greatest !!!
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Luís Vaz de Camões (sometimes rendered in English as Camoens) (c. 1524 – June 10, 1580) Portugal's greatest poet. His mastery of verse has been compared to that of Homer, Virgil, and Dante. He wrote a considerable amount of lyrical poetry and drama but is best remembered for his epic work Os Lusíadas.
He departed in 1553 for Goa on board the São Bento, commanded by Fernão Alves Cabral. The ship arrived six months later. In Goa, Camões was imprisoned for debt. He found Goa "a step-mother to all honest men" but he studied local customs and mastered the local geography and history. On his first expedition, he joined a battle along the Malabar Coast. The battle was followed by skirmishes along the trading routes between Egypt and India. The fleet eventually returned to Goa by November 1554. During his time ashore, he continued his writing publicly, as well as writing correspondence for the uneducated men of the fleet.
At the end of his obligatory service, he was given the position of chief warrant officer in Macau. He was charged with managing the properties of missing and deceased soldiers in the Orient. During this time he worked on his epic poem Os Lusíadas ("The Lusiads") in a grotto. He was later accused of misappropriations and traveled to Goa to respond to the accusations of the tribunal. During his return journey, near the Mekong River along the Cambodian coast, he was shipwrecked, saving his manuscript but losing his Chinese lover. His shipwreck survival in the Mekong Delta was enhanced by the legendary detail that he succeeded in swimming ashore while holding aloft the manuscript of his still-unfinished epic.
- Historical Travel