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Week 1 – Little Story About Macau (1/12)

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A SMALL CITY
I was born and raised in this small city. The total land area of it is approximately 29.7 km2, included the two islands of Taipa and Coloane. Its little size would sometimes make me to think it is a town, rather than a city.

If I were asked, what is special about this place, I would say it is a place blessed by Angels and God, as well as a place to find the traditional Chinese culture while at the same time to find Portuguese buildings built in the earliest 15th century. I said it is a place blessed by Angels and God, because it was said by folks that Our Lady of Fatima appeared once on this land.

Also, this city is very religious. Many churches, chapels, temples and other religious communities could be found in here, and the distance between many of them is only within 2 minutes of walk. The various religious communities maintain peaceful relationship with one another. A temple located right behind a church, and a Christian community placed next to a temple. People are free to believe their own religion, and some of them are even followers of more than one single religion. The freedom of belief and respect given to each other make this possible to happen.

To me, this symbolizes harmony and great acceptance of one another. I believe that every different kind of religion in this world is come from the same source, or same β€œGod”. It is because we have different culture, speak different language, and have different background and history, make us to have various kind of religion to be born for different culture and society. I believe the truth is always beyond what we seem, and it is beyond the grasp of our limited human consciousness.

I hope everyone have a great New Year.
I wish you all have a prosperous and joyful year ahead and best of luck with everything. πŸ˜€

Cristina

Camera: Canon EOS 450D
Location: Atop the Hill on Estrada de Sete Tanques, Taipa

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29 responses

  1. That’s a stunning picture!
    It would be very nice if everyone adopted your view of religion.

    And around we go again!

    January 5, 2013 at 11:23 am

    • To me, religion should be something to make people practice kindness and do all things positive, and it should never be something that keep people apart.

      January 10, 2013 at 8:58 pm

  2. That was wonderful to read, Cristina…!
    And to you a happy and prosperous New Year…! πŸ™‚

    January 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    • I wish you the same πŸ˜€ Wishing you a very happy and prosperous New Year! πŸ˜€

      January 10, 2013 at 8:59 pm

  3. What an interesting city. I want to visit the city some day. πŸ™‚
    I also want to Disney land in Hong Kong.

    January 6, 2013 at 9:14 am

    • That’s cool! I’m 100% sure you will like the Tokyo Disney land far more than the one in Hong Kong πŸ˜€
      Welcome! Welcome!

      January 10, 2013 at 9:49 pm

  4. Great shot!

    Macau is indeed an interesting place. A nice blend of Asian & European.

    I hope I can visit it someday. πŸ™‚

    Happy new year!

    January 6, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    • I hope you and your family will like it! πŸ˜€ But I won’t recommend to take buses, cause buses here are nightmares πŸ˜€ Always crowded in rush hour. @0@

      January 10, 2013 at 9:01 pm

  5. A beautiful photograph, Cristina, and lovely descriptions of your city. I’m looking forward to more!

    Happy New Year to you, too!

    January 6, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    • Thanks! Glad that you like the photograph. Recently I found I got some dirt on my lens. I don’t know if it could be fixed.

      Happy New Year!!!! πŸ˜€

      January 10, 2013 at 9:05 pm

  6. Cool! I didn’t know that Macau had such a freely religious community.

    I’m looking forward to hearing more about Macau!

    January 7, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    • Thanks for visiting ^^
      I’ll try my best to discover more untold stories to tell. πŸ˜€

      January 10, 2013 at 9:07 pm

  7. What a cool pic and post!

    January 7, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    • Thanks, The Hook! πŸ˜€

      January 10, 2013 at 9:07 pm

  8. Awesome photo, Cristina! And I really enjoyed the background information, too! I’m a bit embarrassed to tell you I don’t know nearly as much about Macau as I should. I think I saw it on ‘No Reservations’ once… and it looked like a fascinating and beautiful place!
    πŸ™‚

    January 8, 2013 at 12:45 am

    • Glad that you like the image, Spilledinkguy! πŸ˜€
      Many people like to go to the casinos and gambling sites in Macau. I just don’t know why. Why are these places so attractive? … Hmmm… maybe I should talk about gambling in one of my future post as well πŸ˜€

      January 10, 2013 at 9:23 pm

  9. Happy 2013 to you! Thank you for a different perspective of Macau. My limited knowledge of it, which is wholly unfair is about the casinos it is known for. I did not venture beyond this impression.

    I too believe its the same god. There is always something to be said of a more evolved society that can have various religions coexist side by side and thrive.

    January 8, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    • Since the gambling industry is the largest source of direct tax income in this little city, so it is difficult to not think about casinos when thinking about Macau. Even some of my relatives who come to visit us once or twice a year, the only places they like to go are Venetian, Sands. all casino sites. It’s very little chance that they go beyond those gaming places and take time to walk in the old town, visit historical buildings, pandas, holy churches, etc… πŸ˜€

      January 10, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      • I have a confession to make. I hate casinos. Not that I’m some religious extreme self-righteous nut. It’s that I don’t buy into the glitz and gaming. I find the entire concept ridiculous and even boring. And so, when I have wrongly associated Macau with gambling, I have dismissed it as uninteresting.

        January 10, 2013 at 11:15 pm

  10. β€“β€“β€“β€“ΰΉ–ΫœΫ£BƑ–

    I also want to visit Macau. (~^______^~). What a beautiful story!

    January 9, 2013 at 12:52 am

    • Welcome! Welcome! πŸ˜€ Glad that you like it!

      January 10, 2013 at 8:06 pm

  11. Interesting, thank you for sharing that πŸ™‚

    January 9, 2013 at 7:14 am

  12. You live in such a beautiful place! =)

    January 9, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    • Thanks! πŸ˜€

      January 10, 2013 at 11:42 am

  13. I hope one day, I get to see your beautiful city of many cultures, traditions and religions. It is a melting pot of everything wonderful just like what you described, “If I were asked, what is special about this place, I would say it is a place blessed by Angels and God.” Thanks for sharing you world. Happy New Year!

    January 11, 2013 at 3:50 pm

  14. What a great view of your city, thanks for sharing it with us.

    January 12, 2013 at 6:50 am

  15. Beautiful and interesting! It was good to hear about your city!

    Have an amazing New Year!

    January 17, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    • Thank You, Shellriver! I wish you have an amazing and prosperous New Year of 2013! πŸ˜€

      January 17, 2013 at 10:40 pm

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