Travel to Macau
A real story when someone on Macau vacation
Heritage in the Casino Paradise
February is cold in the Macau Peninsula on Macau city. It rains but not too hard. The beautiful city never sleeps. It’s said the region is often described as a paradise for the rich. This is where they express their passions in the casino tables, or simply enjoy the panoramic beauty, as well as shopping. Almost all major hotels in Macau provide gambling arena. Most of the casino lovers stay around the hotels. Travel to Macau.
Arriving at night was not an obstacle for me to go directly around Macau. Firstly, i went to Senado square in the historical centre of Macau. Down the dark streets amidst the flats in the alleys seemed exciting. Within half an hour, i reached the former building of the St. Paul Church, which was still packed with tourists even it was already around 9 p.m. that night.
I stopped for a while taking pictures from several angles, then i went back down in the small streets. Both on the right and left sides, there were various shops and stores lining including bakeries which offered up to 30 products, such snacks like dried beef. There were also several souvenir and clothing shops.
At the end of a long road, i saw the historical centre of Macau, a place which begins with a short of mosaic patterned cobbles, and according to the historical records, it was created exclusively by a city designer from Portugal. The series of flat rocks in yellow and black patterned linked St. Paul Church with the Senado square and also of course with other shops around.
The area is now a place with an electric touch, a combination of various architectural styles. The modern and ancient buildings are like compete each other. But the old buildings are well maintained. They look attractive and nice. Though they are not really integrated with the social life around them.
When it was 10 p.m., the mall which featured many interesting aspects such us fountain, garden seats and cafes was still packed with shoppers. When checking a map, i realized that i had walked through almost half of Central Macau. I then left and returned to my hotel to rest and save my energy for the next trip in the following day.
Walking back to my hotel along quite roads among the vertical and almost identical residential buildings made me disoriented. Apparently, it was not so easy to find someone who can tell me a good direction. The route i took even made me more away from that i want to reach. I realized the wrong direction when i faced a road with a 1.5 meter wall. I could not see any building inside. As i was curious, i took a look what inside. From the gate i saw statues of women and cross. I then realized it was a cemetery. Without any second thought, I quickly left the area.
The next day, i left my hotel and took the same road. I crossed the Vasco da Gama Park which was packed with senior citizens practicing physical exercise. I went back around the historical centre of Macau, which is one of the UNESCO protected world heritages. This area is a mix of east West cultural diversity, which reflects China’s openness to the Western culture. We can find the Taoist Temple of Ming Dynasty, the baroque style church of the 18th century, the coastal chinese shop houses in the classic style, and the Portuguese colonial buildings.
Out of the park, there are some ancient buildings of Portuguese heritage. I saw a two story building with colorful wooden window adorned with stone path which was very different from the occupied flats. The sidewalk is decorated with pole hung with petunia flower pot in red, purple, and pink, making older buildings more radiant.
Around 8 a.m, i arrived in the former St. Paul Church, which is just the front part as remnant due a fire in 1835. Although leaving only a stone carved in the front and the main staircase, this church is one of the most crowded places packed with tourists from Hongkong or mainland China. The carved part in the front of the church depicts the history of Cristianity in Asia. At the bottom of the church, there is the museum of sacred Art, which stores the pieces of silver altar, gilt sculptures, and painting by Japanese artists of the 17th century.
At rear side of the former church, there are remnants of the old walls of the Portuguese fort built in 1569, and a small Na Tcha shrine dedicated to the followers of the Na Tcha teaching. On the right side, there is the mount Fortress, the fort on the hill used to face the Dutch attack. The fortress which is now the Macau museum is still decorated with dozens of cannons at the top.
Although my feet were quite tired after going up and down of the fort, istill had the spirit to explore more historic sites in Macau. In the Senado Square, for example, there are quite a lot of important sites, such as the church of St. Dominic, Holy house of Mercy, the Cathedral, the temple of Kuan Tai, and Lou Kau Castle. I crossed the Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, passing in front of Lal Senado Square to St. Augustine square, in which there are a seminary and the church of St. Joseph, Sir Robert Ho Tung library, Church of St. Augustine, and Dom Pedro V Theatre, the first theater style in Western China.
I decided to take a break to eat and drink in lawn chair in the square, while checking the map, trying to look for directions to the A-ma temple by the beach. I passed the church of St. Lawrence, one of the three oldest churches in Macau built by the Jesuits in the 16th century. When going out of the church, i hear the sound of a lion dance troupe.
I took the alleys in the dense dwelling area for a closer look at the daily life of the community. Not far from there, there is a Chinese style house that once was home to the Chinese literati, Zheng Guanying. The traditional settlement consisting of a few houses are still well preserved with original wooden ornaments.
Toward the A-Ma temple, i passed the Moorish Barracks and Lilau square which went down towards the beach. Upon my arrival at the temple that was built before the birth city of Macau, i saw a crowd of tourists. Inside the temple there are various halls for prayer. In one room, some people from India place some coins in a copper bowl filled with water, then soaked their hands to rub the bowl. If water splashes and makes sounds like a rain, it is believed as a sign of good luck, let you enjoy when you travel to Macau.
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