Macau is an old Portuguese colony about a fifty minute ferry ride from Hong Kong. We went over for the day and spent the early afternoon in the old town. You can see the Portuguese influence in the buildings.
This is a view from the old fort, Macau isn’t as built up as Hong Kong, although at the other end of the peninsular there is a lot of construction going on. It’s being developed as China’s answer to Las Vegas, there are several large casinos already, including an exact replica of the Venetian. We took a local bus over to have a look around, but I’m not a fan of casinos and once you’ve seen one Venetian, you’ve seen them all!
This is the facade of St Paul’s Cathedral which was attached to a Jesuit college. It was built in 1602 and burned down in 1835.
The view looking down from the cathedral. The large building top left is one of the few casinos at this end of Macau, the Grand Lisboa. It stuck out like a sore thumb and was even gaudier in the evening when it was lit up with multicoloured lights.
Another view looking down. There were coach loads of Chinese tourists attracted by the shops (the usual high end brands) and the other main draw, the casinos. It’s the only place in China that gambling in a casino is allowed. In 2014 the annual revenue from gambling was £28bn, which is almost seven times that of Las Vegas.
The two photos above (and a couple higher up in the post!) were both taken by Mr Stoatie’s Uncle. The black and white shot was taken in the early sixties, I’m surprised so little has changed!