During the past week, MovingCities went exploring China’s Pearl River Delta region. Already familiar with understanding Macau‘s incredible urban density, being one of the world’s highest [from street-level (Jan09) and rooftops (Jul09)] Mónica Carriço went exploring another part of the peninsula: the outer harbour.
In recent years Macau has almost doubled in size, with new districts being created by land reclamation, one being the NAPE (Novos Aterros do Porto Exterior) in the Outer Harbour. The area features the Ferry Terminal (Terminal Marítimo), an heliport, and the Grand Prix main spectator’s stand. Meandering along this Northeastern part of the peninsula, one reaches Macau’s first a water reservoir – Reservatório do Crocodilo. A city of very limited natural water resources, Macau depends almost for 98% from Guangdong’s Xijiang River (a tributary of the Pearl River). By gravity, this water is transferred to 3 water treatment plants, one being the Outer Harbour water treatment plant. Built in the 1920’s in the valley of Guia Hill, the reservoir shores were recently landscaped into public spaces and walkways.
Pictures by movingcities.org