Macau, an old Portuguese colony

Macau was given back to China in 1999, until then we could see during this trip that the Portuguese left a mark, but not language wise, almost no one spoke Portuguese, but we have a very good connection there, Pedro Xavier, a local friend who went together with Elsa to university. We took advantage of that and we had him for the whole day to give us a tour in town. Thank you Xavier, we would never get to know the real Macao without you! And what a tour…

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First thing we did was walk from the ferry station to the bottom of the Guia hill that has a cable car called “Teleférico da Guia” from the Portuguese era and one thing that we saw during the walk and the ride on the cable car was that the town looked old and that all streets had their name in Portuguese and in Cantonese (Xavier correct me if I am wrong).

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Hong Kong – West meets East, cultures mix

Hong Kong was not part of our original plan, it replaced Beijing as the visa situation for China could not be sorted in time. We didn’t have time to do much research before arriving there and the main ideas in our mind were that it had an impressive skyline with a famous light show, a big cultural mix from being a former British colony now under China’s ruling, one of the world’s financial centres and a city with a lot of space issues.

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On the bus ride from the airport we had a good chance to see the massive harbor and enjoy good views of the city surroundings. As you get closer to the HK island, traffic gets chaotic and moving becomes slow. What we noticed immediately was the huge contrast between the glass towers that make up the water frontline compared to the other skyscrapers where most really need maintenance, these seem to be mainly residence buildings. Given the space restrictions construction is done in height. Continue reading