Chai Book Club Giveaway: Macau Should Be on Your Travel List

Macau is one of my favorite corners of the world. When I studied in Hong Kong I frequently went there on weekends. People who frown on it are generally those that look no further than the entertainment-less casinos. If they just step over to the pawn shops their eyes would pop. I love the UNESCO-listed Historic Centre of Macao, the cluster of A-Ma Temple/Maritime Museum/A Lorcha Restaurant, and down on Coloane near The Westin Resort Macau the beach-side Fernando’s where my wife found the first bread she loved. Macau is even easily reachable by TurboJet direct from Hong Kong Airport.

fernando's suckling pig

Fernando’s suckling pig, photo by goodiesfirst

fernando's portuguese rolls

Fernando’s bread, photo by goodiesfirst

The bookshelf on Macau is thin, however a thoughtful survey is Macau: The Imaginary City: Culture and Society, 1577 to Present by Jonathan Porter, exploring the history of its flowering under the Portuguese through its eclipse by Hong Kong and up to handover to P.R. China.

Please leave a Macau-related comment with valid email address by Monday, May 20 at 23:59 EDT. Available to US addresses only. One winner will be selected at random. Note that this book is out of print so the winner will receive a second-hand copy.

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And the winner is #13 Kun, who wrote:

I’ll be leaving to Macau this Jun 3rd for my wedding. I booked PHX-MFM-PNH, NRT-PHX, for 4 for only 260 United miles + $360 taxes, its a steal. I grew up in Macau and remembered how great the pork chop sandwich and the Portuguese egg tarts were. I stumbled upon A-Lorcha 2 years ago when I was in Macau, it was great. The best egg tart I ever had were at Lord Stow’s Bakery in Hac Sa(Black Sand Beach) in Coloane.

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  • Linda T

    Macau is on my list and as a student of the Portuguese language, I became fascinated with the culture. Last time through Hong Kong I didn’t have time to go during a quick layover. Hopefully next time I’ll make it a priority. Would love to read the book for sure!

  • Rich E

    Macau has great food !!

  • thatjohn

    I adore Macau. I discovered it last year during Hong Kong Sevens, when hotel prices in Honkers when crazy. I can’t wait to return.

  • Michael H.(oldfox)

    Macau is definitely on my list of places to visit, and the book would be a first step. From pictures, I imagine Macau is a fascinating place that gives up so many stories about Portugal as a colonial power and China today as a world power. Would also love to learn about things unique to Macau. Thanks for the club giveaway!

  • Craig

    Sounds like a great excursion on my next trip to Hong Kong!

  • Nick Knight

    Don’t know much about this place, short of what I just read, but a book would relieve this issue further. Looking for interesting places in Asia to add to our to-do list.

  • Flyer708

    I liked my stay in Macau, the only thing I didn’t like, was the swarming of tourist everywhere.

  • Aptraveler

    I couldn’t agree with you more. As a former Portuguese colony I found it interesting to see how their influence transformed the place, from architecture to food. I’ve visited Macau and although it is close by Hong Kong, one gets a very different experience w/o that British influenced found right next door. The book would make for some great reading!

  • Stephanie

    I’ve read that Macau is also famous for their Portuguese egg tarts… Ahh, I would really like to try them one day!

  • SC

    Looking forward to visiting there next time I am in Hong Kong.

  • puget biatches

    i really like the macau *******. The *** ******* places are very nice, but expensive. (Editor’s note: this is a family-friendly blog so certain words have been replaced with *.)

  • Jennifer

    It sounds like I need to add Macau to my list of places to go!

  • Kun

    I’ll be leaving to Macau this Jun 3rd for my wedding. I booked PHX-MFM-PNH, NRT-PHX, for 4 for only 260 United miles + $360 taxes, its a steal. I grew up in Macau and remembered how great the pork chop sandwich and the Portuguese egg tarts were. I stumbled upon A-Lorcha 2 years ago when I was in Macau, it was great. The best egg tart I ever had were at Lord Stow’s Bakery in Hac Sa(Black Sand Beach) in Coloane.

  • Bacc

    We stayed in Macau Jan 2012 with a fellow who is a performer with the cirque de soleil production in Macau. I wanted to see the giant pandas We managed to get off at the wrong busstop only to discover the park was closed on the last day we’d be there Guess that requires another trip

  • ket

    Macau is my list for sure.

  • RestlessLocationSyndrome

    Don’t miss the many little shops selling jerky and pork sandwiches… Can’t wait to go back to HKG and Macau.

  • Dia

    I think Macau will be a stop on my next Asia trip, currently scheduled for Asia 2014. I love visiting places that are remnants of colonies…lots of culture where it doesn’t “belong”. Thanks for the contest!

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