Friday, May 18, 2012

Macau Streets

Since the 1850's, gambling has been legalized here. In fact, it is known as the Monte Carlo of the Orient according to what I read in Wikipedia. Quite a few of the casinos I saw here also exist in Las Vegas.
Casino Lisboa is one of the first casinos you will encounter if you arrive by ferry. It was first opened in the 1970's with a 12-story hotel tower you see in the background.

And, in 2006, the Grand Lisboa was added next door.

After walking away from the casino area, this is a typical side street mainly composed of locals or lost people like us.

I found lots and lots full of scooters such as this one. With limited parking, this is the way to go and be able to maneuver through those narrow streets.

After wandering for blocks and blocks, we eventually made it to the outskirts of the touristy area known as St. Dominic's Square. Lots of people and traffic.
Even though I was there a few days after Christmas, the decorations were still up. I am glad because they were adorable.

In the heart of St. Dominic Square is the St. Dominic Church. It was built in 1587 by three Dominican priests.
I am glad it still stands and still in service today.

This is its interior.

This sign outside outlines confessions are done in 4 different languages!

I was surprised & disappointed this historical square was surrounded by modern high-end shops.

A little further, the street narrows and people are bunched together walking pass souvenir shops, clothing stores, food vendors, and everything in-between.

- Karen


rainfield61 said...

I see the shop that sells famous cookies at the end of the narrow street in the last picture.

Unknown said...

Wow, I love the church! :) this place looks really neat! Where is it located? :)

Kate said...

This is a wonderful medley of photos that gives a good view of what's going on in this community. Wonderful variety, and i, too, like the church.

eileeninmd said...

Thanks for the tour of Macau. it seems like gambling is taking over the world. The casinos are pretty. And I love the colorful streets and shops of Macau. Wonderful photos. Have a great weekend!

FilipBlog said...

Nice article, you did a lot more than me when I was in Macau


Joanne Olivieri said...

Karen this was one place I wanted to visit while in HK but didn't get around to it. Very good shots depicting the life there.

AVCr8teur said...

Rainfield61: I didn't get to eat any cookies. I am sorry I missed it.

Evie_Gnz: It is in Macau, part of the People's Republic of China.

Kate: Thank you! I really enjoy taking these type of photos and sharing it with others. It gives people a chance to see something outside their daily lives.

eileeninmd: I know what you mean about the casinos. They are everywhere here too. But, it's nice to see other sites in the city.

Filip: I wonder what you saw while in Macau.

Poetic Shutterbug: If you get back to Hong Kong, do go to Macau. I think you will enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

What a fun place. I have never visited casino. So I'll try it. Many scooters are interesting. :)

momto8 said...

so interesting! I would love to go to confession there!

Jana said...

very colourfully happy! what a nice stroll...