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Author Bio: Edna is an American who first moved abroad at 18 and left the US for good after graduating in 2010. A serial expat, she travels around the world while working in media and journalism. After spending nearly three years in China and Singapore, she is currently based in Paris. You can follow her travels at Expat Edna, and on Twitter and Facebook.
Macau is a culturally and historically rich city that is too often known for just its casinos. However, there are plenty of other reasons to visit this peninsula and its islands. After 400 years under Portuguese rule, the city is now an eclectic, colorful combination of both East and West. The following photos center on the bright golden hues I found in Macau.
Macau only became a part of China in the late 20th century, so Portugal’s influence can obviously still be seen in Macau. In fact, Portuguese remains an official language, so signs and street names are written in both Chinese and Portuguese.
In addition to language, Portugal’s colonization of Macau also influenced the architecture and religion. There are numerous Catholic churches in the city, and you can find streets where everything is built in the European style.
You’ll also find streets that seem like they belong in Hong Kong more than Europe, and others — like the one above — where the two styles seem to collide and blend. I stumbled upon this intersection and loved it immediately — to me, the seamless blend of European and Asian architecture here represent Macau perfectly.
Portuguese food remains a staple of the Macanese diet, and its greatest contribution may possibly be the Portuguese egg tart. Forget what you think you know about egg tarts from your dim sum brunches — the ones in Macau are truly divine.
If you really want to take a peek into Macau’s gambling side, pop into the Venetian Hotel and Resort. With intricately painted ceilings, gilded statues, and an indoor canal where gondolas are manned by actual Venetian gondoliers brought over from Italy, you’ll definitely get a taste of the high life here.