An Afternoon in Taipa

Macau is selling its soul to the gods of gambling but there are still places to admire the city as it once was. One of those places, surprisingly enough, is the old village of Taipa, just a poker chip’s throw away from the grotesqueries of Cotai, the reclaimed land now home to casinos like the Venetian and the City of Dreams.

Most of Taipa consists of fairly anonymous apartment towers, but the village at its heart is a likable mess of ramshackle Portuguese houses, sleepy streets and small businesses. The tourists that venture here tend to stick to the main commercial district, where they line up to buy Macau-style pastries and pork chop buns. Walk a block away from the bakeries and you’ll find yourself immersed in a quiet kind of life that might soon disappear from Macau altogether.

This entry was written by Christopher DeWolf , posted on Wednesday September 22 2010at 01:09 pm , filed under Asia Pacific, Heritage and Preservation and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

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