Friday, June 01, 2007

Macau: Heritage is alive in Macau!

I won't write about the Hong Kong and Shenzhen leg of my trip since you've already read about the forgettable stuff below. But Macau was definitely a breath of fresh air. We arrived at the border close to 7 p.m. of May 27 and were brought straight to the Hotel Taipa Best Western where we stayed for our last night. Then we were on our own.

For dinner, we just got some take out food next door and ate in our hotel room. My family slept early that night but I went out for some drinks with my brods around old Taipa. I really like the way other Asian countries treat their colonial heritage. Taipa was an old fishing town and they were able to preserve the historic core. Walking the narrow streets gave one a feel of its rich history and age. We chilled out at this place called Taverna which looked like an old shop house that was reused as a bar.

The next day, after breakfast at the hotel, we took a cab to Plaza Senado and strolled around the charming colonial buildings, many of which were reused as shops and restaurants. Indeed, heritage is alive in Macau. It's historic core is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But the old buildings continue to suit the needs of the current generation with this wonderfully implemented adaptive reuse. One should not miss the Ruins of St. Paul which are the iconic symbol of old Macau.

We weren't able to do much since we had to be at the airport by 1 p.m. Add to the fact that it rained. But it was fun exploring on our own, with no tour guide ramming down compulsory shopping tours down our throats.

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Seremban, Malaysia 06/13
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Singapore 06/11
Jakarta, Indonesia 06/09
Bandung, Indonesia 06/08
Yogyakarta, Indonesia 06/07
Yogyakarta, Indonesia 06/06
Central Java Indonesia 06/06
Central Java, Indonesia 06/05
Yogyakarta, Indonesia 06/05

Jakarta, Indonesia 06/04
Jakarta, Indonesia 06/03
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 06/02
Macau 5/28
Shenzhen, China 5/27
Hong Kong 5/26


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