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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.
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.
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.