Our day went like this: breakfast in Zhongshan, the bus to Zhuhai for a comfort break (the worst of the whole trip?) and a visit to the Zhuhai Fisher Girl. Back on the bus to a ferry terminal for a short ferry ride and immigration check into Macau, several tourist stops in ‘mainland’ Macau, lunch, a Buddhist temple, bus to the ‘island’ part of Macau, our hotel and a free late afternoon and evening. Map of Zhongshan and Zhuhai here. Scroll down the map a bit to get to Macau.
The first photo below was taken from the ferry boat, on the Macau side. At the time, I didn’t notice that the two young men on the boats in this photo are wearing fatigues and are dressed the same. I wonder whether they are either inspecting the boats for contraband, or are crew on the boats which patrol the coast doing their chores.
Macau was a Portuguese trading colony in the South China sea, in the same way that Hong Kong was for Britain. Macau, like Hong Kong, is a Special Administrative Area under the Chinese policy of “one country, two systems.” Portugal handed over Macau to the People’s Republic of China on December 20, 1999, but Portuguese remains the primary language with Cantonese and Mandarin also to be heard.
From the ferry terminal we took a bus to Monte Fort and its garden from which we could see the city laid out around us. The fort’s walls were lined on the inside with planters of Canna lilies.
We went to visit the facade of St. Paul’s (which will feature in my next Chinese post) and then walked down the stairs in front of the ruin and on to explore the pedestrian precinct of Macau.
Next Chinese post: Christian Macau