I’m not sure when we changed to the left side of the road, but I did notice other vehicles beside us doing so. This was a huge surprise and a shock to me. I’d had no idea and it was a weird, unsettling feeling.
First agenda item: a bus tour of the Macau. We gawked like children, at least I did and cannot say exactly how everyone else reacted. Cameras clicked in such rapid succession, it sounded as if a bomb might go off. We’d arrived at The Monte Carlo of Asia, the Las Vegas of the East.
- Red cabbage
- Baby corn
- Chick peas
- Italian dressing
- Baked Ox Tongue with creamy cream cheese
- Roasted Chicken with chili and white wine
- Red kidney beans stewed with pork
- Fish Fillet with beer batter
- Sautéed mixed vegetables
- Spaghetti with tomato sauce
- Rotini with red pepper sauce
- Fried rice Chinese style
- Steamed white rice
- Japanese Pork Curry
- Chocolate cake
- Pound cake
- Red Bean Pudding
- Stewed pear in red wine
- Finger sandwiches
- Cold cuts (2 kinds)
- Potato salad
- Sardines, Portuguese style
- Coffee, tea, water. Can’t recall if there was beer. (Maybe to order?)
(I couldn’t read several items because of my handwriting)
The driver dropped us off in front of the Fireworks Factory. A new local guide, Cheryl, met us; our luggage was taken off and sent ahead to our hotel.
Up a hill we followed the flag-carrying guide lost on the outside parameters of the French group. Next stop: Old Macau (a little history).
Macau Quick Facts
- 75% income comes from the casinos
- Gambling allowed only in Macau, nowhere else in China
- 29 million visitors to casinos in 2013
- Run by Chief Executive (must be Chinese, local person, and local citizenship)
- Runs for five-year term, only re-elected once
- Only power of Parliament is bigger than Chief Executive
- Can vote from 18-years of age
- Port based laws: have own police, laws, money, postage stamps
- Is visa-free
- Has three bridges
- Status of Macau now 440 years
- Macau Flower
- Home of Macau Grand Prix. Circuit is like Monte Carlo (3.7 miles)
- Macau Old Garrison
- Watch your belongings. This is a tourist city.
- Narrow streets
- Comprised of two islands 29.5 square km
- Before 1993, only 17.3 square km. Close to doubled now.
- Language: Chinese (Cantonese).
- Portuguese almost never spoken anymore
- Schools teach Chinese, not Portuguese
- Portuguese (about 2% of population) are Catholic, need children to be baptized
- Chinese prefer to send children to Chinese schools and keep their own religion
- Three major religions: Buddhist, Taoist and Catholic
Video by: MichaelRogge
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Next time on May 15th – Day 21: Macau (continued)
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