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Macau in Black and White

Macau Mash Up

Macau Mash Up

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If you have not seen my photos from Hong Kong and Macau, please don’t limit your journey to this post.  It was an exciting trip.  You can share my experiences for free (as in beer) by scrolling down the front page of my blog and checking out the galleries.

Along the streets of Macau there are small businesses located behind garage doors.  Electricity must be expensive because few had lights on.  It appeared the majority of these places were food related, either small restaurants or some kind of take away.  These micro businesses were a stark contrast to the giant gambling casinos.   Dried meat is a local specialty.  Tourists from China couldn’t get enough of it.

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Macau

Grand Lisboa Sunrise

Grand Lisboa Sunrise

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The Grand Lisboa is easily one of the strangest buildings in the world standing in contrast to the gritty jumble of Macau.

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Xi River and Other Delights

Red White and Blue

Red White and Blue

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Please take the time to view the thumbnails large on a black background.  Just click on any small photo and travel with me.

I stayed at the Sofitel, a large hotel right on the river.  The high up room had an impressive view, but photography was usually better from a patio on the 6th floor where no glass was in the way.  The river has a distinctly industrial look.  The Sofitel had a large casino packed with Chinese gamblers.  Although there were bars in the casino, nobody was drinking.  There was a counter where free Cokes, tea, coffee and water were dispensed.  Other than gambling, no entertainment was offered.  Of course there were no US style barmaids in skimpy outfits.  Chinese take gambling seriously.

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Macau in Densisty

Sunset Over Jinwan

Sunset Over Jinwan

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Please take the time to view the thumbnails large on a black background.  Just click on any one and travel with me.

Macau is gritty compared to most western cities, or even nearby Hong Kong.  Some of these photos illustrate the crowding found in much of Asia.   The area mostly lacks the skyscrapers and high rise apartments so prevalent in Hong Kong.  There are massive gambling casinos, but the atmosphere is nothing like Las Vegas .

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Chinese Cultural Festival

Five Princesses

Five Princesses

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One afternoon in Kowloon I came across a festival promoting traditional Chinese culture.  The musical performances were unimpressive but I found the costumes interesting.

 

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Kowloon Markets

Parakeets

Parrots

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In an older area of Kowloon there are several markets made up of small stores and stalls.  Most of these are on pedestrian streets. During the day it is called the Ladies’ Market, at night, the Night Market.  In addition to the Night Market there are flower and bird markets.

 

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Shining Towers

 

Crystal

Crystal

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I had a minor screw up with the editor this morning and wound up deleting a post.  Sorry if you received more than one email notification.

Due to the scarcity of space in Hong Kong everything is built up instead of out.  Their thriving economy is housed in glass sheathed skyscrapers while most residents live in high rise buildings.

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