||[Feb. 9th, 2006|10:20 pm]
My mother grew up in Macau. My grandparents still live there and in a few weeks, I'll go meet them. =D This is, I think, the second time I've been to Macau, but the first time- if there was another was one- was when I was 8. So i kinda missed a few things. And a few things changed. |
For one thing, Macau is a gambling town. I've heard that the amount of money gambled in Macau exceeds that gambled in Vegas. I saw a lot of foreigners in the casino we visited BUT there was no roulette! I was aghast.
But despite the garish casinos, Macau is a pretty city. It has a lot of Portuguese influence in the architecture (well I guess so though I've never been to Portugal. It doesn't look like Shenzhen though.)
In the back you'll see the Ruins of St. Paul's which I thought was something dating back to the apostle Paul (yeah, really wasn't thinking) but is actually just some school that burned down. Now all that remains is the facade- which is kinda cool. It may be telling that this facade is the most famous landmark for Macau. I saw another facade on the main street but this one was hotel that was actually a brothel (which we figured out when looking for a hotel and my guy friend sticks his head to the window and this row of similarly dressed, scantily clad girls rose up and got all excited.)
Doesn't this scream- buy these clothes?
There was a special exhibition featuring Hello Kitty and many of Macau's landmarks. Since a lot of Macau's landmarks are religious in some nature, it seemed slightly sacriligeous to have Hello Kitty's head instead of say....a cross. (well not that bad)
You know you're in China when.....the yuppies dress their dogs in traditional Chinese silk coats
again,facades. peaking out of the immaculate, modern minimalist designed museum by the ruins of St. Pauls', you can see the run-down houses where the populace lives. And of course, you're next to ruins.