You might want to begin your tour today by reading this introduction.
To fully appreciate this particular adventure, go to www.mapcrunch.com and at the bottom of the home page picture, click to find the “view of the day” for the following emboldened date.
Open the picture in one tab, and the article below in another, perhaps a reduced size tab; then simply click back and forth to follow the discussion and manipulate the picture in proper order (Clear as mud right?).
December 6th. This should be fun! Well, it should be. You will be handed a hefty bill one day for this fine tour to Macau; you had better at least have some fun! But where is Macau you ask. Good question. Doesn’t most of the description above sound Spanish? No silly, it sounds Portuguese. Macau was the first European settlement in the Far East. From the 16 th century until 1987, when it became, like Hong Kong a few clicks to the northeast, a SAR (Special Administrative Region) of China, it was under Portugal’s domain. Macau is on the southern coast of China about half way between Taiwan and Viet Nam.
It’s a good thing we are here today, because China has promised to leave Macau to do what it wills…until 2049. This country is basically 28.2 prospering square kilometers (which is about 1/6 th the size of Washington DC) just barely off the coast of China.
With 560,000 people living on these isolated acres, it’s a wonder they’ve allowed this huge plot of round grass to go undeveloped! I mean, besides the very nice landscaping. At least they have built a …thing, a Happy New Year thing there. What else do you get with such a big population to small area ratio? Skyscrapers. And plenty of them.
Start turning your view around in a circle and you will see dozens of high rise buildings. There are two new ones going up to the northeast that seem to have high rising scaffolding covered with tarps hanging down.
Let’s drive around the ‘Rotunda’ and discover something interesting. With almost every ‘step’ we take forward I
discerned that each picture provided for us seems to have been taken not in succession, but were pieced together later according to some other rule. The vehicle in front of us is seldom still there after we move forward, and the sunlight and shadow lines change very dramatically sometimes. I am not sure that every picture was even taken on the same day, let alone the same few trips around.
We are not accustomed to this heavy traffic in our travels. Perhaps our sleek blue minivan (How did I know that?) had an accident and had to have this sequence redone at another time.
Anyway…This circle seems to be for car dealerships. And not the cheap ones. You can stop and buy a Jaguar, Mazda or an Audi right here, if you like (Shipping it home will be your burden, not included in the price of the tour.). I see a Best Western hotel on the east side of the roundabout (as we call them in Wisconsin). Shouldn’t that be a ‘Best Eastern’ in these parts?
Let’s go north on Avenida Doutor Sun Yat Sen, and see what there is to see. And I’m hungry.
Looks like they’re fixing a streetlight down here, by the Nestle ice cream place across from the Mercedes-Benz dealer. Make sure you stop and look up. High rises everywhere. It seems they were built before central air was invented however, or imported. I will give a free tour to whoever can count all the individual AC units sticking out of these buildings. There is a ‘billboard available’ over the M-B dealership. Would somebody get that number for me?
Ah, here we are at McDonalds! It must be lunchtime because it is pretty crowded in there, but I see about 7 open chairs. Who is with me for some authentic Chinese, OK, Macauen, food? If you stop in front of the McDonald’s door, and look in, you will see a decent reflection of our car with Ronald himself appearing to lay across the camera gear on the hood of the car. A much better view is found across the street in the window of the Moubilias Ou Mei place (whatever that is). Turn 180 degrees from looking in at McD’s and ‘step’ to the other side of the Rotunda. In one of the big windows there you can see us! One of us is riding shotgun and holding…what, in his hands? No, not a shotgun! (For an even better look you can go back to ‘start’ and follow Avenida Olimpica to the stadium. There’s a nice big window there, and the reflection is pretty good.)
There are some cool things to see on this circle though, so go around it with me. Is that a building, or a sculpture being worked on just past Avenida de Guimaraes? While you’re here, look up. I’m up to about 16,452 air conditioners so far, how about you? I’m not sure why they need them, however. Judging by all the snowmen standing in the circle, it must be pretty cold here in the subtropics. I like that tall dark lozenge of a building to the northwest.
I grew up in Chicago, but the surreal nature of skyscrapers still intrigues me. The tops are visible for miles and stand up there with the inaccessible clouds, yet even a kid on the street can walk right up and not only touch it, but walk right inside! Amazing! Well it looks like we could spend hours in this big city/country trying to look at ourselves in store windows, but why bother. Don’t we all have mirrors in our homes back home? Let’s go!