Macau | urban snapshots III

Scanning the South of Macau by bus: driving via the Macau-Taipa bridge till Taipa, then crossing the Cotai-strip, to arrive at Coloane Village. And going back to Tap Seac Square, in Macau’s city centre.

The Cotai-‘Strip’ is a new area of ambitious land reclamation between the islands of Taipa and Coloane where Macau’s area future gaming paradise is under construction. On a glimpse, and without the night-lights and the gondola rides, one doesn’t feel the oftentimes comparison with either Venice or Las Vegas.

Macau is Asia’s gambling haven and its territory is consequently dotted with luxury hotels, Las Vegas-style casinos, world-class entertainment, an evolution that took a flight forward with the opening of the seriously out-of proportion Venetian Macao Resort in 2007. Ongoing plans for this year is the opening of the City of Dreams. Located across the street from the Venetian and next to Shangri La hotel, the new dreamy city claims to be the closest casino to the International Airport.

While driving to South of the island, via the Taipa-Coloane isthmus, one finally arrives at Coloane Village. Here, pirate stories, Portuguese street names (Travessa das Lindas, Beco da pipa) and little temples give the place a feeling of being lost in time and space, between the past colonial and ongoing construction times.




Macau-Taipa Bridge, overlooking Sai Van Bridge| Macau, January 22
Macau-Taipa Bridge, overlooking Sai Van Bridge| Macau, January 22



Largo dos Bombeiros & Rua da Cunha, Taipa Village | Macau, January 22
Largo dos Bombeiros & Rua da Cunha, Taipa Village | Macau, January 22





Largo de Tagmanini Barbosa, Taipa | Macau, January 22
Largo de Tagmanini Barbosa, Taipa | Macau, January 22


Facing the Venetian Macau-Resort-Hotel, the world’s biggest casino in Cotai | Macau, January 22
Facing the Venetian Macau-Resort-Hotel, the world’s biggest casino in Cotai | Macau, January 22






City of Dreams under construction, Cotai | Macau, January 22
City of Dreams under construction, Cotai | Macau, January 22














Coloane Village | Macau, January 22
Coloane Village | Macau, January 22



View over Hengqin Island (Zhuhai) from Av. 5 Outubro | Macau, January 22
View over Hengqin Island (Zhuhai) from Av. 5 Outubro | Macau, January 22



Tam Kung Temple, Coloane Village | Macau, Januart 22
Tam Kung Temple, Coloane Village | Macau, Januart 22






Gate to the Statue of the Godness A-Má & East Asian Games Dome | Macau, January 22
Gate to the Statue of the Godness A-Má & East Asian Games Dome | Macau, January 22





Cotai-Strip seen from Taipa | Macau, January 22
Cotai-Strip seen from Taipa | Macau, January 22






Macau-Taipa Bridge, overlooking MGM Grand| Macau, January 22
Macau-Taipa Bridge, overlooking MGM Grand| Macau, January 22














Tap Seac Square, Macau | January 22
Tap Seac Square, Macau | January 22

Pictures by Mónica Carriço | movingcities.org

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