Macau - Portuguese China.
Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
402Trip End Dec 31, 2013
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The one word that comes to mind when recalling our experiences in Macau is - exercise
The natives of Macau take exercise very seriously indeed, and parks are set up with amazing circuit gym equipment free for all to use. There are jogging tracks and parks to do Tai Chi and parks for the birds as mentioned.
Macau is an unusual mix of cultures with evidence of the Mediterranean influence of the Portuguese blending in with the dominant Asian. There are cobbled streets and architecture that is so Portuguese it feels that we have been transported back to Europe. Macau's rich European history is 300 years older than Hong Kong and it was an important trading centre for Chinese merchants who were forbidden to leave the country but could trade with the Portuguese on Macau. Since 1999 Macau has belonged to China as a "Special Administrative Region".
Macau is famous for two other things and they both begin with G - Grand Prix and Gambling. Each year in November the streets resound to the roar of the racing cars but all year round the jangle of slot machines can be heard as the Hong Kong gamblers come in their droves to try and beat the casinos. Not being in the slightest bit interested in gambling we have to admit we didn't actually set foot in a casino but we did walk for a little on the Grand Prix track
For our two days spent at Macau we walked everywhere to see the sights, including up two peaks which required quite a bit of energy. And every now and then we couldn't help ourselves and tried out some of the Macau gym equipment along the way. It is winter in Macau now and so the temperature is quite suitable for getting plenty of exercise.
The comfortable ferry that took us to and from Hong Kong was the first ever we have travelled in that has seat belts for the passengers. It felt like being in a bus but watching water go by out the window.
Footnote: The Historic Centre Of Macao is UNESCO World Heritage listed.