Flanked by megalithic casinos to one side and high rise apartments to the other, the old town of Taipa is an anomaly. It’s a complex web of culture, time and space, slowly under assault from Macau’s unceasing development. On the way from my bus stop at the nearest casino, I pause by an empty field. This is the site of two new casinos, with the building to commence in 2017.
With a free half day up my sleeve, I’ve found myself wandering through the maze of windy, cobbled streets, stepping back in time, seeing, hearing and feeling a very different side of Macau.
Surprisingly for China, the place isn’t flooded with tourists, at least not on the day I visit. It feels both ancient and suburban – enticing but unpretentious – quietly emanating the the stories of past and present. It’s in places like these I find the ordinary and…
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