Historic Center of Macau

Philipp Eichhorn • • hong kong

While most people know the island of Macau for its large casinos, gambling and shows, there are quite a number of old structures still left from the colonials times when Macau belonged to Portugal. Most of those can be found in the historic center of Macau, far away from the busy casino life.

Today I strolled through the older city parts and managed to visit the Kun Iam Temple, the Lou Lim Ieoc Garden and most importantly the Monte Fort, which is located right next to the ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral. This last spot also seemed to be one of the mayor tourist attractions of Macau, since the first places were almost deserted except for the occasional locals, while the plaza in front of the ruins were packed tight with people.