Five Photos From… Buildings of Macau

So, Macau. Hmm…

It’s an odd juxtaposition of Chinese culture and Portuguese heritage, “crowned” with it’s several strikingly shiny casinos. As such it’s without a doubt one of the most bizarre destinations I’ve managed to make it to so far. It’s also probably one of the most difficult places to sum up my actual opinion on – probably half the reason I still haven’t got round to it yet!

Nevertheless I did enjoy my day trip to the tiny region during my Hong Kong adventure back in December. The mixture of cultures means you never quite know exactly what you’re going to find around each corner, making it a great place to stroll the streets of. Plus if you’re feeling adventurous like I was, the bus service is also cheap too! Just don’t expect English speaking drivers of course.

Whilst I wish I could have spent the night and taken a second day to explore, Macau isn’t yet the most backpacker friendly place unfortunately – not a huge surprise when you consider their target consumer market! Anyhow here’s five snapshots of some of the region’s most famous structures taken during my Macanese meander.

Santo Domingo church

Santo Domingo church

Exterior of the Grande Lisboa Casino

Exterior of the Grande Lisboa Casino

Macau Tower & skyline from Fortaleza do Monte

Macau Tower & skyline from Fortaleza do Monte

Santa Casa da Misericórdia - Holy House of Mercy on Largo do Senado

Santa Casa da Misericórdia – Holy House of Mercy on Largo do Senado

The obligatory shot - Ruins of St Pauls Cathedral

The obligatory shot – Ruins of St Pauls Cathedral

All photos are copyright of Carl Forbes 2014.

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8 responses to “Five Photos From… Buildings of Macau

  1. My favorite thing in Macau was the street signs! I thought it was charming how one street sign basically summarized Macau’s Chinese and Portuguese heritage. Spent a whole trip photographing them. 🙂 Macau has something for everyone, I think. 🙂 Best of luck to you, and happy travels!

    • I know what you mean, I took a couple of pictures of them too. Will probably make use of those shots when I get round to a detailed post about Macau 🙂

    • Shiny doesn’t even begin to describe it! It’s very eyecatching that’s for sure – I took a lot of pics of it.

  2. Whilst I’ve often visited China I’ve never made it to Macao yet. From your pictures it looks like an interesting contrast between old and new style buildings.

    Might need a few quid in my pocket if I ever do go 😉

    • It’s definitely an interesting place! But yeah there’s an eye-opening (and eye-watering with all the smoke!) amount of money being flushed away in those casinos!

  3. I’ve been to Macau twice and each time I got even more surprised by local monuments and beautiful historical buildings. I see you captured the beauty of Macau pretty well :-).

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