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The Vegas of the East and so much more.

Just an hour from Hong Kong lies Macau, another one of China’s Special Administrative Regions. Chocked full of casinos, it’s easy to see why people call Macau the ‘Vegas of the East’, yet there is also a rich history that dates back to its colonial times. A former colony of Portugal, a walk through Senado Square will have you feeling as though you’re right back in Europe.

 

 

Foto Friday: Contrasting Religions in Macau

Foto Friday: Contrasting Religions in Macau

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of a Buddhist temple next to the Ruins of St. Paul, in Macau.  Macau is an interesting place in that it is filled with various religions. Because Macau was once a Portuguese colony, there is a sizable Roman Catholic community. One of the most ... Read More »

6 Must-Try Street Eats in Macau

6 Must-Try Street Eats in Macau

Macau is often referred to as the Vegas of the East, and while it is decked out in casinos, there’s also so much more. I already talked about how to spend one day in Macau seeing both the culture and casinos, but I didn’t really touch on the food. Oh, the food. Street food runs rampant in Asia, and in Macau ... Read More »

Foto Friday: Macau Marketplace

Foto Friday: Macau Marketplace

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of the bustling marketplace in Senado Square, Macau. Macau is said to be the most densely populated region in the world. During my first visit, I wasn’t convinced and I felt that Hong Kong was the more crowded of the SARs. But after a ... Read More »

Foto Friday: Yellow Rickshaw, Macau

Foto Friday: Yellow Rickshaw, Macau

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of a this yellow rickshaw in Macau. Macau has some of the most crowded streets in the world, yet you can still find rickshaw drivers struggling to maneuver them. Although most rickshaws you’ll find are rusted and brown in color, I loved spotting this bright ... Read More »

A Surprise Encounter. With Lions.

A Surprise Encounter. With Lions.

While walking around Macau we suddenly heard the clashing of cymbals; a distinct sound that I have come to learn as meaning only one thing– a lion must be nearby. I looked through the crowds of people trying to spot the lion. I was a little surprised at the thought of seeing a lion dance, because Chinese New Year had ... Read More »

Foto Friday: Ruins of St. Paul’s, Macau

Foto Friday: Ruins of St. Paul's, Macau

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is from the Ruins of St. Paul’s in Macau. On a recent visit to Macau we arrived to the ruins just in time to hear the high-pitched sounds of a lion drum (獅鼓 si gu) and gong (鑼 luo). Crowds started gathering around the bottom of the steps to watch a ... Read More »

How to Get From Hong Kong to Macau

How to Get From Hong Kong to Macau

Macau, the Vegas of Asia, has recently become a popular day-trip option for those traveling in Hong Kong. Being only an hour away with visa-free entry (for 66 countries) makes it rather appealing to see what this former Portuguese colony has to offer. There are 3 ways to get from Hong Kong to Macau: by ferry, by helicopter and by ... Read More »

Foto Friday: Colonial Architecture in Macau

Foto Friday: Colonial Architecture in Macau

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is from Macau S.A.R. There’s something fascinating about the Special Administrative Region Macau. It’s more than just the casinos– it’s the food, the culture, the architecture. Parts of Macau had me feeling as though I was walking the streets of Europe. Granted I’ve never been to Europe, but ... Read More »

How to See the Best of Macau in Just One Day

How to See the Best of Macau in Just One Day

Macau is only 11.39 sq. mi. in area, which is slightly smaller than my hometown. Macau might be small, but that just means you can do and see a lot in a short amount of time. So what to do in Macau in one day?  When most people think of Macau, they think of the Las Vegas of Asia. Which don’t ... Read More »