Our readers will know we are primarily interested in sipping ’n snacking. We rarely engage in flights of fancy that eschew our primary objective. Having said that, we enjoy walking as a method to ensure our sipping ’n snacking is counter-balanced, to a degree, by exercise to ensure maintenance of our less-than-trim figures. Tough racquet!
With that in mind, we woke-up one morning, donned our walking shoes and sallied forth down the the narrow streets and luvly lanes of the “old” Taipa Village of Macau. Below, we have included some photos, which say more than words, and some thoughts regarding our stroll. For more detailed information and a useful map, we suggest you visit the Macau Government Tourist Office.
After walking through the approximately USD2 billion, nearly 3,000 room and 555,000 square meter (nearly 6 million square feet) Galaxy Hotel complex, we crossed the street to Old Taipa Village. Whew, we already felt tired from sauntering through this mega-entertainment extravaganza that boasts more brand names, slot machines, restaurants and bustling people than should be legal, well, anywhere on the planet! Can you say contrast on steroids!? Thus is the “old” vs. “new” of Taipa!
As we entered the Village, we noticed significant contrasts from the outset as new, modern buildings with intriguing architectural designs were popping up against the backdrop of the tiled sidewalks. In with the new, but definitely not out with the old. We applaud the continued, measured development with the preservation of the old Portuguese charm. We call this “intelligent gentrification”. Good on ya, Macau city planners!!!
Our first stop was at the Tin Hau Temple, which is considered the oldest (approximately 1785) such place of worship in Taipa. Tin Hau (Heavenly Empress), is also known as A-Ma, who had the power to save boats and drowning people from danger. Given the fishing and trading culture of Taipa, A-Ma is one of the most respected of all the Gods. Over the decades, we have seen other temples dedicated to Tin Hau throughout the seafaring places of southern China, and all we can say is “praise be A-Ma!”