UNESCO Monday #7: Shooting Down the Lisbon Hotel in Macao

Macao historical center fortress

Nowadays, Macao is mostly known for being the gambling capital of the world in terms of money spent every year. What a lot of people, including myself, didn’t know, is that the city was (until 1999) owned by the Portuguese, and much like Hong Kong was controlled directly by a foreign power (non-Chinese) for hundreds of years. Macao was actually the first foothold a foreign power laid in China and I was interested on checking it out.

The historical center is preserved as a world heritage site and is adorned by some of the most beautiful hues of yellow (my favorite color) I have ever seen, only rivaled by Lima’s buildings. I decided to go up one of the old fortresses which happened to still have cannons surrounding the fortress walls. As I walked by one of the cannons (the one pictured), I realized that it laid in perfect sight of the Lisbon hotel and casino, an icon of Macao’s modernity.

“What a perfect shot,” I thought (no pun intended), as I felt it was almost a sign of the old Macao trying to shoot down ‘new Macao.’ Unfortunately, when I decided to take this shot, everyone decided to take pictures with the same cannon. There were almost a dozen cannons and it was killing me that other visitors just wouldn’t pick another one. They didn’t let me take a clear picture without someone in the way for quite a while. I became obsessed. I scoped out the area, pretending to look around and at the first sign of desolation, I ran back and took this picture. I really love the angle and hope that my patience was worth it :).

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3 thoughts on “UNESCO Monday #7: Shooting Down the Lisbon Hotel in Macao

  • February 17, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Macau must be a beautiful contrastful place where Portuguese culture meets Chinese.

    • February 18, 2014 at 1:25 am

      It definitely does not feel like mainland. I think you can feel that clashing of Chinese and Portuguese in the food :).

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