I feel a little weary after another long day and could pretty much say of Macau, in a very short post, we were extremely pleased we made the effort. And it is an effort to take the ferry to another country, navigating customs four times in any day. Actually, like Hong Kong, Macau is one of China’s two ‘Special Administrative Regions‘. The Portuguese handed over Macau in 1999.
Some trivia, Macau has the second highest life expectancy on the planet, so they must have something right.
I noticed the large number of local newspapers, in Chinese, Portuguese and English available at the news stands when we arrived and just did some quick research uncovering that Macau has the ‘highest media density‘ in the world. Although, it seems that press, although free, is reluctant to challenge Beijing, organised crime or the status quo too much.
We had an excellent Macanese lunch at Alfonso III. It wasn’t looking too good in the opening minutes though as we were ushered to a table next to a guy in a haze of Pall Mall cigarette smoke drinking shots of whisky and keen for a chat. However, Antonio was an interesting man, born in East Timor and very knowledgeable about Macau. His menu recommendations were gold, the Portuguese style baked sole with a roasted mash was truly divine. Lucy even raved about the fish and she is not a seafood person.
There was plenty of good, fresh-looking food at street stalls. I liked the look of the sweet meats but didn’t try any. We had an ice cream to cool down. I found it difficult to reconcile that a copy of National Geographic magazine cost less than a single scoop of Häagen-Dazs.
We liked the vibe on the streets and noticed that people seemed dressed differently to many in Hong Kong. There was a real vintage, retro look going on and we saw many stores selling gear that confirmed what we were seeing. The most unexpected sight, in one of these shops, was a Men at Work album sitting, incongruously above clothes hooks.
Lucy spotted this oddly named store and we all came to the inevitable conclusion as to why there were no customers.
I spotted a very odd variation on the Ronald McDonald image and tried to snap some other unusual tshirt designs with limited luck, as people were walking too fast (and sometimes running) 😉
The view from the ferry, departing Macau at night, is spectacular.
However, Hong Kong nights are just absolutely awash with neon. We love it!