Streets in Macau

 

Mondays will not be my favourite days of the week. I was waking up at 7 a.m. to go to the university and I returned back home as late as now at 10 p.m. It was difficult to create a schedule but on the other hand, I have free Fridays and Saturdays. Chinese students usually go to study on Saturdays, some internationals as well. I will have time for travelling/ partying.

 

Anyway, to forget my long day, I returning to nicer moments, specifically to the last week and our exploring Macau. Macau is not a large Chinese region with just 29.5 km2. We managed to discover all its three islands within the last week. Our campus lies on the central Taipa island where are also situated three out of four most important Macau casinos.

 

Venetian

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Galaxy

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City of dreams

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 It looks here exactly like how I imagine Las Vegas. Everything is blinking at night. Very expensive cars are passing and people are gambling or just having fun. The only one thing which doesn’t fit to my image of Vegas is that here are almost no drunk people (just international students). Apparently, Chinese people can enjoy themselves without alcohol.

Besides casinos, here is a small city centre with some shops, supermarkets, restaurants and also a park Taipa Grande with a mountain and a nice view. Actually, I haven’t climbed it yet. It is still pretty hot here for climbing but we have a lot of time to go there. That is all for our island. Everything here is close to our campus so we can walk easily. If we are lazy, we can take a bus which is very cheap 2,5 MOP only (0,25 EUR; 6 CZK).

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A bus can take us also to the main island Macau. If we want to save 2,5 MOP even though I think it is not necessary, we can take free casino buses which connect all important casinos, ferry terminal and the airport. The city has been growing very quickly. As a result, the city decided to start constructing an underground which is going to be completed next year. For now, we go to Macau by bus  over a bridge 4,4 km long. 

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Macau island is very different to Taipa island. There are really a lot of skyscrapers.

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The flats look so small from outside and who knows why, the windows and balconies are caged. I would really like to see how the flats look inside. 

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If you just randomly walk in the streets, you can see various shops, local crazy fast foods (I will get back to them in one of my next posts), or service providers like a hairdresser below. 

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Among skyscrapers, you can see also Portugese architecture. 

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After our random walk and a small lunch, we decided to take a map and find some touristic places. We came to the main square.

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There were also ruins of an old St. Paul’s church which is really astonished by Chinese visitors. It looks the same as all churches we have in Europe but apparently, here it is something unique. 

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I met some people who were interested in taking a picture with me because I am European but I am not the most favourite person here. One of my friends is 2 metres tall, has blond hair and blue eyes. That’s something Chinese people really can’t miss. Here is one of the pictures in front of the old St. Paul’s church.

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Afterwards, we visited the Macau castle where you can have a nice view of the city 

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A green fly really wnated to be in the picture

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or Grand Lisboa casino, the last of the fourth most important casinos in the city.

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As weather was still very favourable, we decided to have even better view and went to visit the Macau tower. Image

Here are some views from the tower:

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Besides a view, you can also experience something more crazy. Here is the longest bungee jumping in the world  longer than 200 metres or have a skywalk in the altitude 300 m. Unfortunatelly, it was expensive like hell so we returned back home.

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Last weekend brought sunny and hot weather so we decided to check the last island with beaches. According to my tourist guide, the beaches were even supposed to be clean so I really looked forward. This island is least densely populated. Here are a lot of hiking tracks and an old Portugese village. The bus left us in the village which looked really similar to European southern villages and we followed a small road leading to the beach. However, there was a police barrier after a few metres so we wanted to get back. We turned around but some local people jumped over the barrier and continued walking so we decided to follow them. After next kilometre, we recognised why the barriers. Strong rains in the last days resulted in a landslide. I am glad we weren’t walking there in that moment.

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After next several minutes, we reached the first small beach.

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There was almost nobody and it looked cosy even though water was still not so clean, but much better than in Macau. You can’t see your navel if you are in the water but at least this water doesn’t look dangerous. I was scared the temperature will be like in Dubai but it is pretty ok. I would guess 28C. It is not refreshing but also not hot. 

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A lifeguard watched us.

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After a swim, we continued to the second beach which is connected to the first one by a nice walk on the rock coast. 

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The second beach is much bigger but not so cosy. There is much more people and strange black sand. The advantage of this beach is a barbecue place here, but about that next time.

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That’s enough about Macau for the beginning. I think it is still a lot to see here. We missed a lot of places here. I am curious what it will show us next time.

 

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About jarinek

I am a graduate Master student in Business development and internationalisation at Umea University, Sweden. In the fall 2013 I went for an exchange programme to Macau, University of Science and Technology. My blog approaches my experience there in China. View all posts by jarinek

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