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Old September 13th, 2011, 07:50 PM   #1
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hkskyline's 2011 MACAU Photo Collection

This past winter, the skies over southern China were greeted with ample sunshine. So I spent some time exploring and photographing Macau. Change is in the air. Gambling has transformed Macau but the history and world heritage remains strongly intact.



New hotels have sprung up.





Casino Lisboa used to be Macau's grand casino before the industry was deregulated and international gambling companies rushed in. Now, a brand new Grand Lisboa has opened next door, shaped like a lotus flower.















Heading further down Av. do Infante Dom Henrique, I joined the other hordes of tourists destined for Largo do Senado.













Edificio do Leal Senado was Macau's first municipal chamber, with the original structure built in 1784. It includes a ceremonial meeting room, library, and courtyard.













































Largo do Senado is city's main square. It is surrounded by pastel-coloured buildings and has become the ultimate tourist trap.



























Having overlooked this gem in past visits, I ventured inside the General Post Office to take a look. The interior architecture is disappointing, but their philatelic counter is wonderful.







At first I thought this was a church, but Santa Casa da Misericordia is actually a social welfare organization that was established in 1569. The museum consists of a ceramics collection and a classical meeting room on display.



























This meeting room screams history, with photos of important people from eras past hung along the walls.





















The view from the balcony was quite good though - the entire square was at your feet.









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Old October 14th, 2011, 12:53 PM   #2
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Pawn shops were a popular form of banking in the old days. People could drop off valuable items and collect them later at an additional fee, or deposit money and earn interest. Casa de Penhores Tradicional served their needs.





The client-facing area was obviously well-fortified.









Once the customer's items have been collected, they are stored in the adjacent building, locked behind metal bars. Larger objects are placed in racks upstairs.



My ultimate destination was the Jardim de Luis de Camoes, which was quite a distance beyond. I passed by some gritty neighbourhoods along the way.



















Alfresco dining - traditional style. Try some warm desserts on a cold day!


































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Old November 21st, 2011, 04:47 PM   #3
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The streets around Largo do Senado have a mix of traditional and more gritty architecture.







There are plenty of ointments to choose from at the local pharmacy.





















Built in 1889, Casa de Lou Kau is a 2-storey traditional grey-brick courtyard house, typical of a Xiguan style residential building.





















































The exterior facade is quite plain and humble given this was the home of a prominent merchant.













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Old November 21st, 2011, 05:21 PM   #4
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wow very beatiful and the Portuguese architecture so Brazil :P
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Old November 21st, 2011, 05:22 PM   #5
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Doubt...Is portuguese teached in Macau schools?
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Old November 21st, 2011, 07:13 PM   #6
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In some, and the Escola Portuguesa (belongs to the Portuguese Governemnt, or at least the staff is in employed by and the land belongs to the Portuguese Government) uses it as the main language.

Interesting that they still have the Portuguese flag in that meeting room. In my town the Misericórdia building has a retirement home included. Did you go to any of the cafés where the few thousand Portuguese people hang out?
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Old November 26th, 2011, 09:38 AM   #7
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^ I didn't have much time to eat actually during my visits. A lot of the prominent eateries were Chinese-style although they may serve fusion food. I haven't seen a particularly Portuguese cafe though.

Igreja da Se is one of many churches scattered around the historic Macau city centre.























I ventured out to another side street back downhill, and soon emerged at Largo do Senado once again.









I started a gentle ascent after crossing the street from the square. It got a lot grittier as the pretty pastel-coloured buildings gave way to more humble residential towers.

















Along the way there were tiny alleys that were free of vehicles and full of everyday life. This was a good example of a living neighbourhood.





Restored historic homes are brought back to life along Rua da Felicidade although not all shops were open despite being the weekend. Then there are narrow alleys like this one that yield interesting surprises.













































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Old December 23rd, 2011, 04:18 AM   #8
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Macau's side streets yield surprises every now and then. They've done a fairly good job at preserving its colonial heritage, and hence UNESCO has recognized the historic centre as a World Heritage Site.







However, the same side streets can get very gritty at times, but still very safe to wander about.













These neighbourhoods are alive with many shops at street-level.







Try some warm dessert on a cold day!

























Noodles for sale.







There are quite a lot of working churches in the historic centre, legacy of the colonial period. Here's Igreja de Santo Antonio :









Smaller buses ply these narrow and sometimes hilly streets.

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Located in a historic building, 10Fantasia is a place for artists to exhibit their creativity.























The balcony was a good place to enjoy a drink under the shade.





Another yellow-coloured historic building lies across the staircase, but this one is not open to the public.







Further down the steps, there were more exhibitions, although this section was far quieter. The tall trees gave a spooky yet serene setting.









The staircase led to a street that emptied into the main road. Historic buildings lined both sides, which made it a very photogenic corner of the city. Strangely, there weren't that many tourists.















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Old March 9th, 2012, 07:42 PM   #10
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Beautiful and very nice photos from Macau
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very strange city, a wild mixture between colonial Portugal, old and modern China and Las Vegas... not sure if i like it...but the Gran Lisboa is definitely the most horrible building i´ve ever seen in my life...anyway, thanks for the pictures, great job
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Mercado Vermelho - Built in 1936, the "red" market is a traditional Chinese-style wet market where residents buy their fresh foods.









The market spills out to the side streets as well.























Avenida de Horta e Costa is a busy thoroughfare full of shoppers on this particular Sunday. The streets that empty into here were also full of life.





Rotunda de Carlos da Maia - The "three lamps" district lives up to its name.












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Wing Lok Theatre has a 60s vibe to it, all the way down to the weight machine and the ticket counters.









Across the street, there was a traditional Chinese temple and an alley that turns into a lively street market at night.







Located a bit out of the way from the other tourist sites, the Fire Services Museum is housed inside a historic building and free to visit.

































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Fantastic....

Very strange for me see portuguese signs in Asia.
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A number of new buildings have appeared along the north and east sides of Nam Van, notably Grand Lisboa, Wynn, and MGM Grand.







Ponte Governador Nobre de Carvalho hugs the coast at first, then rises and falls as it crosses the sea.







MGM Grand is not a typical casino. There is a covered open space with European-style buildings and some vegetation - a piece of serenity amidst the gambling in the hall next door.









Outside, the MGM icon stands proud.







One Central Residences is a high-end residential complex and hotel managed by Mandarin Oriental. Units have a sea view towards the bridge and the hills beyond.









While English is not an official language, it is included in this sign that also features Chinese and Portuguese.


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Nice....Portugal has left a great heritage in the city through those buildings. I hope this heritage will still stay there forever.
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The mix between traditional Portuguese and Chinese architecture is wonderful. This thread is a great surprise for me - I didn't know, that Macau has so nice historical center, I imagined it rather like Las Vegas with Chinese influence...Thank you for opening my eyes, hkskyline!

Btw., Are the people in Macau still speaking Portuguese? Is there a significant Portuguese population?
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The mix between traditional Portuguese and Chinese architecture is wonderful. This thread is a great surprise for me - I didn't know, that Macau has so nice historical center, I imagined it rather like Las Vegas with Chinese influence...Thank you for opening my eyes, hkskyline!

Btw., Are the people in Macau still speaking Portuguese? Is there a significant Portuguese population?
According to the 2011 census, less than 1% of the population uses Portuguese as their usual language, which is even smaller than the Filipino community. The vast majority (83%) of the people speak Cantonese as their usual language. However, Portuguese is still an official language for government correspondence.

http://www.dsec.gov.mo/Home.aspx?lang=en-US#

The historic city centre is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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I can see lots of new developments and likewise, the Portugese influence (being the colonizer) is very much seen in those heritage buildings.
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