One day we took a tour to visit Macau, at that time still a Portuguese colony. It has since been returned to the PRC as a "special administrative region," similar to Hong Kong. It is a very prosperous region with the economy largely dependent on gambling.



Hydrofoil to Macau

We traveled from Hong Kong to Macau on hydrofoils. As I recall the trip took about two hours each way, maybe less.

I didn't run across a hydrofoil again until our recent trip to Russia.

Macau Harbor

The colony was established in the 16th century as the main Portuguese port for the China trade. It is still a major port for Macau-based manufacturing.

This is an overview of the harbor.

Cathedral ruins

These are the ruins of an early 17th century Catholic church and adjoining school that was destroyed by fire in the late 19th century.

The Macau city center has been declared a World Heritage Site. Unfortunately I don't remember much about the city.

Buddhist Temple, Macau

We visited the Kun Iam Buddhist temple, founded in the 13th century. The current buildings date to the 17th century.

Treaty Table

This table at the temple was the site where the first US-China treaty was signed in 1844. It was called the Treaty of Wangxia and opened China to US trade.

Macau Harbor

Another overview of Macau harbor.

Casino boat

Of course we had to visit a casino. This was the first one I had ever visited. My father introduced me to the roulette table, but I was most fascinated by the dexterity of the workers sorting and stacking chips.

Gambling has no attraction for me. I get my thrills on a horse or on the ski slope.

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