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Old Macau

Macau is a city in south-east China. Until 1999 it belonged to Portugal. Then it became part of China as a Special Administrative Region, thus maintaining some autonomy, same as Hongkong. Nowadays Macau is best known as world’s largest center of gambling. In this MOC, however, I focus on the old part of the city.


Thanks to its Portuguese roots, Macau has a unique charm. At every step you see western and eastern culture merge into one. It’s probably the only place in the world where you can taste pasteis de nata with durian topping.


The MOC shows some highlights from my trip to Macau in the summer of 2019:

* Bilingual signboards (in Portuguese and Cantonese)

* Buddhist altar - many small altars are scattered around the city, same as larger temples and catcholic churches. It is quite an exceptional mix, but the buddhist tradition seems to be more lively.

* Bus stop – timetables are attached to a cyllinder that you can rotate to find your line. When it comes to public transport, everything happens really fast -something that I’m not used to. To make the things more confusing, in Macau you drive on the left side of the road, so the bus always arrived from the opposite side than a European tourist would expect.

* Shop with... Strange things – I honestly don’t know how to call this. From the look of them, the items for sale looked like dried fish fins and bones, perhaps some sea snails and herbs as well... If anybody has a clue, please let me know!

* Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich restaurant – this might not clearly be a local dish, but I’ve been there a couple of times and definitely recommend it!

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Uploaded on November 21, 2020