Macau is split into two halves, in more than one way.

Geographically the ex-Portuguese colony is about 40 miles south-west of Hong Kong, and is made up of the Macau peninsular to the north and the islands of Taipa and Coloane to the south. Early in the millennium, “land reclamation” filled in the sea between the islands, creating the area known as Cotai and effectively combining Taipa, Coloane and Cotai into one larger island.

Some of colonial style buildings still exist, especially on the peninsular. On the other hand, the majority of the island is engulfed by enormous hotel-casino resort complexes.

A split is also clear in daily life. Although tiny, Macau is one of the most densely populated areas of the world. Apparently more than 650,000 people live in Macau. Many work in the hotels or casinos, or in jobs supporting the massive tourist business. However, in the streets and alleys away from the tourists, life seemed much more impoverished.

Soup noodles
Singapore style fried noodles
Pork chop spaghetti (not yummy)
Butter bun
Wonton soup
Curried fish balls
Street sign
Senado Square
Santa Casa Da Misericordia
Tiles design
Tiles map
Gardens of the commercial forum
European architecture
Temple incense
Busy street
Ruins of St. Paul's
Matteo Ricci
Street sign
Luís de Camões
The House of Dancing Water
The House of Dancing Water
Post box
Post Office
A Ma Temple
Matzu Temple
Bamboo scaffold
Lin Ze Xu
Skyscrapers in the grey
Bright lights of a popular shopping alley
Kebab menu
Kebab in hand
Custard tart
Custard tart