If you go to Macau but you are like us, you don’t want to spend your time in the casinos, where can you go? Well we spent two and a half days and explored the following areas:
Old Taipa Village
Old Macau – side streets
and we had an excellent afternoon tea at the de Pousada Sao Tiago.
These areas won’t have the big brand shops that many seek but they will provide lots of history and local colour. What I have tagged as Old Macau is the main town but avoiding the principal shopping streets. You only need to turn off the major thoroughfares to find fascinating shops and houses that probably have not changed in decades. Most are small and seemingly family run. Here is a good example:
Sleeping at the counter is not good for trade but most small shops seem to double as homes too. From many the clacking of mah jong tiles can be heard. Wherever you go you will see small temples and shrines. And some temples are grander and very ornate. I was slightly perplexed by one of the figures in this collection!
And here they all looked a lot alike.
Not all the images are so god-like.
We found some interesting “bench shots”.
We really struggled to understand what these people were doing. In total about 30 people kept running up and down some of the narrow back streets. I guessed they might be on some sort of treasure hunt game but I don’t really know.
Equally perplexing was this sign…….. who or what is a curry monster?
Is that Boris Karloff behind the barrier? And any ideas for this one?
Time for some more temple scenes?
And the chapel of St. Francis Xavier
Now a nicely decorated shop-front:
What Macau has in abundance is colour.
But if it all gets a bit overpowering there is always the chance of refuge and tranquility from The Goddess of Mercy
And with that, I will finish this quick look at Macau. I hope you have enjoyed it.