Friday, April 29, 2011

Macau part 1

I’ve always been told that Macau is like Hong Kong – for as long as I thought about going to Macau, at least. It’s really not.

Macau is a tiny city – less than the size of Hong Kong Island. Hong Kong is more than a city when you include Lantau and the New Territories anyway. Macau is just a city.

There’s also a big difference in their past. Macau’s Portuguese past is far more obvious than Hong Kong’s British past. There are old churches and Portuguese buildings everywhere. A lot of the city looks like it could be a European village – if you ignore all the Chinese people and signs. Hong Kong looks very much Asian.

There’s also the big difference in gambling. Hong Kong has horse racing – which I’ve been told is taken very seriously by some of the locals. Macau has very serious gambling in billion dollar casinos. The Venetian is the largest casino in the world and looks just like the one in Las Vegas. There’s also an MGM, Wynn and Sands, along with a lot of Chinese companies.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Macau Pictures 20

I don’t know what this is supposed to be, but it’s next to the Miami street

Monday, April 25, 2011

Macau Pictures 18

The main shopping area of Fisherman’s Wharf is supposed to look like various American cities

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Macau Pictures 17

Part of Fisherman’s Wharf is supposed to look like an ancient Roman village

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Macau Pictures 16

The Sands across the street from Fisherman’s Wharf, restaurants & shopping

Friday, April 22, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Macau Pictures 14

A-Ma Temple
The largest Chinese temple in Macau
Built before the Portuguese came

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Macau Pictures 9

A really bad pic of me taken at a really good Spanish/Portuguese restaurant

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Macau Pictures 6

St. Lawrence's Church
The oldest church in Macau
Built by the Portuguese in the 1500s

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Macau Pictures 5

Fisherman’s Wharf
An outdoor amphitheater designed to look like an ancient Roman theater

Monday, April 11, 2011

Macau Pictures 4

Sands Hotel & Casino
We wanted to stay here, but it turns out they only have expensive suites

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Friday, April 8, 2011

Macau Pictures 1

Senate Square
A large outdoor shopping area
All the buildings look like reproductions, but they’re all from the Portuguese era.