Thursday, 13 August 2009

Macau, China


We paid u$d100 for a flight from Bangkok to Macau with just 16 hours notice - damn cheap!
Interestingly enough, Macau was both the first and last European colony in China. It was the Portuguese who first settled in Macau back in the 16th century and subsequently administered it until the handover in 1999. It has a similar status to Hong Kong since it has a certain degree of autonomy for 50 years after the handover. What happens after the 50 years is anyones guess but China will probably rule the world by then and we'll all be part of the communist party except that former rogue superpower, the USA which will be a socialist old people killer dictatorship!
Old Town Macau

There still is a certain Portugese feel to the place with Portuguese road signs and cuisine. Apparently it's one of the richest cities in the world with a thriving textile, electronics and tourist industry. The other big draw for the tourists is gambling with a long strip of casinos where reportedly more money changes hands than in Las Vegas (The Chinese LOVE to gamble).
The Strip, Macau

If you've been to Vegas you might be a little disappointed here however as although it has bright lights and casinos galore, it lacks the buzz and excitement of the real McCoy. A lot of mainland Chinese come here to buy 'real' goods since the fakes are so prevalent back in China. We saw people buying suitcases full of baby powder milk. I assume they don't trust the powdered milk in China and who could blame them after the poisoned batch killed so many poor kids.


We got to check out the latest Cirque du Soleil show 'Zaia' while we were there which was ok but I have to say I'm getting a bit bored with the repetition in those shows (contortionist, clown, acrobat...zzzzZZZZZZ!)

Zaia

Well my friends,
that is the end of the South East Asia trip so were back to reality in Hong Kong now. Hope you enjoyed traveling vicariously thru us and I'll try and post a highlights / recap just to bore you senseless shortly.
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14 comments:

nick August 14, 2009 12:43 pm  

So presumably everyone's gambling on whether Macau will stay independent or be swallowed up by China....

Quickroute August 14, 2009 12:48 pm  

@ Nick: maybe true - I reckon it'll be swallowed but I don't know by what i.e. what will China be like in 40 years given how it's changed so much in the last 10 years

TCL August 14, 2009 1:54 pm  

End of a good trip is always an upsetting feeling. Been feeling a bit of the blues after traveling in Brazil for the last couple weeks.

At least you missed the big typhoon!

Xbox4NappyRash August 14, 2009 3:34 pm  

that looks super super cool

Travel Wonders August 14, 2009 7:48 pm  

I agree with you re Cirque du Soleil. I've seen about six now and the last couple didn't do it for me. I think the remarkable acrobatics and theatrics etc have been replaced by a sense that I've seen it all before and kind of know what's coming.

Quickroute August 15, 2009 2:03 am  

@ TCL: yes - it's sad but at least no more 24 bus journeys for a while.

@ Xbox: yeah it's not too shabby

@ TravelWonders: yep - too predictable - been there - done that

NicoleB August 15, 2009 6:19 am  

Looks like hubby and I would have a bunch of fun there :)
Maybe one day :)

Stevo August 15, 2009 8:04 am  

Funny about Macau: Portugal tried to give it back to China numerous times, and China said, "Later." Unlike Hong Kong, Portugal did give all Macau citizens an EU passport before the handover.

It's right across the river and I've never been. I've meant too... Perhaps this fall.

Baino August 16, 2009 4:28 pm  

It might be over for now but what a trip! I don't think I could ever be bored by Cirque du Soliel. I've seen four but they're so infrequent (every couple of years ) that I enjoy the new ones nonetheless. Glad you arrived home in one piece. So what now?

Quickroute August 16, 2009 9:27 pm  

@ Nicole: it's worth a day trip at least

@ Stevo: I never knew they gave peeps the EU visa - good for them

@ Baino: What now? - that is the BIG question

conortje August 18, 2009 7:40 am  

how do you always manage to get cheap flights??

Quickroute August 18, 2009 8:28 am  

@ Conortje: I'll sell my soul to the devil for a cheap seat!

Thriftcriminal August 19, 2009 4:13 am  

Nice. Vegas is just a sleaze bag gaff in a desert, I believe Macau has it's sleazy side too (friend in Hong-Kong had his stag there, I was not in attendance), but at least it isn't populated by old people killers ;-)

Quickroute August 19, 2009 5:34 am  

@ Thrifty: If you weren't impressed by Vegas you'll find this even less appealing except for the seedy side!

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