Thursday, 9 April 2009
An hour's boat trip, 65 kilometres away from Hong Kong, you arrive at Macau, an old Portuguese territory which has now got special status with the Chinese as has Hong Kong.
It's a casino city, trying to rival Las Vegas, with large models of a volcano, the Forbidden City, New Orleans, and a host of others.
It's very similar to Hong Kong, built on a hillside and surrounded by sea; there's a lot of development going on, mainly around the Fishermen's Quarter which is the main tourist area around the ferry terminal and the heliport. There are lots of restaurants from loads of different countries, serving good food at reasonable prices. We walked into the main city area, which is full of skyscrapers with people's laundry hanging from their flat windows; again the quantity of steps to be negotiated is incredible.