Day 4: Macau

Where the heck is Macau, and why would we visit it?!

Turns out, it’s a land of superlatives.

It’s a unique blend of Portuguese and Chinese architecture and food, and it’s accessible by an hour speedboat from Hong Kong. With an estimated population of around 636,200 living in an area of 11.6 sq miles, it is the most densely populated region in the world. And that’s not including all of the Chinese vacationers (it’s the only place in China where gambling is legal)! Some world factbooks claim that life expectancy here is the second highest in the world.

It has its own currency-the pataca.

GDP per capita by purchasing power parity is higher than that of any country in the world, if you ask the World Bank.

Macau is the Las Vegas of Asia, although actually it’s the largest gambling center in the world, but Ryder’s not allowed in the casinos,

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so instead we skip those and dine magnificently on shark’s fin scrambled eggs-like regular scrambled eggs with a bit more cartilage-

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and watch the fish man drop off his wares at the restaurant. Ryder could stay and watch that all day,

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but I manage to convince him to walk with me to the center square, where I buy several $2 shirts-all my clothes from Japan are far too warm for the humid weather- and check out some of the old cathedrals.

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We snack on jerky

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and a-let’s face it-phallic ice cream cone.

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The entire downtown of Macau is a UNESCO World Heritage site,

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Ruins of St Paul’s, built 1602

but after playing on the outdoor fitness center for a while with some other children

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as well as eating a leaf and crying, Ryder’s sapped and we catch an early boat back to Hong Kong.

Macau’s a Disneyland for gamblers, but one day is more than enough to see the sights otherwise.

Kalli Hiller

Article by Kalli Hiller

Kalli Hiller is a voluntary vagabond who, with her husband Jacob, has traveled full time for the last eight years.

Kalli has written 366 awesome articles for us.

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