I was happy to oblige when United Airlines asked me to travel to Hong Kong and Macau to do media coverage. I was treated like royalty, staying at a 5-star hotel, and eating at a Michelin star restaurant (the first Indian restaurant in Asia to receive this prestigious rating).
If that wasn’t enough, I lived a photographer’s dream when I hit the cobblestone streets of Macau. I was unprepared for the overwhelming charm of this Chinese city. I must’ve taken a thousand pictures on these streets alone. Who knew Europe existed in Asia?
Long billed as a gambling destination, I was surprised to find that Macau is a city rich with European history, having been occupied by the Portuguese for 500 years. One minute you’re in a multi-billion dollar entertainment complex like Sands and the next you’re walking down narrow cobblestone streets in search of hot street food. To call Macau diverse is an understatement.
Old Macau is an area that begs to be discovered on foot, camera in hand, belly empty. The Portuguese colonized this Chinese port city in the 1550’s. Our tour guide had a sunnier outlook on the melding of these two cultures, though the early history was admittedly bloody. Still, there is nowhere else in China where Portuguese and Chinese culture so thoroughly co-mingled to produce one-of-a-kind food, architecture, and people.
See also 10 Things You Must Do in Macau.
The ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral
Our fearless media team pounding the streets. Guess which foot is the camera man.
The iconic Senado Square
Photography by Jessica Peterson
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Travel sponsored by United Airlines. All opinions my own.
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