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Macau and its contrasts

Travelbooks: China | published: 2020-05-06 | edited: 2020-05-06 | created by: Frank

Walking through Macau is impressive. You walk a bit and see typical Asian temples, turn around and think you are standing on a square in Portugal, walk a bit further through a narrow essentially Chinese alley and then stand in a European church. Wow. Absolutely wow!

So, if you are visiting Hong Kong, you should definitely plan a visit to Macau!

Macau Hong Konk
Macau Hong Konk
Macau Hong Konk
Macau Hong Konk

Sir Robert Ho Tung Library and Mung Bean Almond Cookies

Modern architecture mixed with Portuguese influences and traditionally made mung bean almond cookies on the across the street. The Sir Robert Ho Tung Library is an exciting architectural construct. The entrance is free and the library is definitely worth a visit.

More information can be found at the official website Biblioteca P├║blica de Macau and its location here (googlemap).

The mung bean almond cookies are available at several locations in Macau. If you stroll through the city centre on foot, you will surely find one of the small shops.

Sir Robert Ho Tung Library Macau

classical and modern architectural elements in the Sir Robert Ho Tung Library in Macau

Sir Robert Ho Tung Library Macau

modern architecture in the Sir Robert Ho Tung Library in Macau

traditionally made mung bean almond cookies

mung bean almond cookies Macau

mung bean almond cookies

mung bean almond cookies Macau

One night in Macau

When night falls on Macau, Macau begins to glow. Not only the casinos advertise with huge neon signs, but also the Portuguese-style squares invite the visitors to stay. An unbelievably great view had opened up to us when we were on our way to the Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre. Unfortunately, the restaurant in the Tower was closed, so we made ourselves comfortable in one of the restaurants on the floor with a bottle of Portuguese wine.

More information about the Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre can be found at the official website and its location here (googlemap).

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Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre

Macau Hong Konk

nightlife in Macau

Macau Hong Konk

a square in Macau with Portuguese influences

Macau Hong Konk

Casino Lisboa in Macau

Two sides of Macau

When you leave the city centre with the casinos, you will quickly see the classic big city picture. Many old, partly dilapidated houses surrounded by buildings with Portuguese influences. This is also part of Macau. It is simply a city full of contrasts. And if I hadn't accidentally deleted a lot of my pictures, I'd show you a lot more here.

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the other side of Macau

How to get there: From Hong Kong to Macau

The best way is by ferry from Hong Kong (around 1 hour by TurboJet). You don't need a visa (as far as I know). We received one on arrival at the port. This was valid for one day. But unfortunately I am not quite sure anymore.

The best way to get between the port and the city centre is to take one of the free casino buses there and back. With such a bus you arrive in the underground car park of a casino and "have to" walk through the casino to get to the outside. If you're not a gambler, don't waste your time at the casino: Macau is an incredible city with a lot to discover.

Something more to say? The best way to explore the city is on foot. In one day we walked about 20 km around.