Thursday, July 2, 2009

Trip to MACAU!!!

After 3th day arriving in HK(14/5/09), we decided a short 2 days 1 night trip to Macau..I am indeed grateful and thankful to be hosted by Mr. Francisco Chan, Macanese Scout Training Commissioner...Because of him, my trip to Macau was a perfect and unforgotable wan...

Below are some photos when i was Macau(more photos in my facebook):
First day

In the ferry..ntg to do..so ss abit..haha



Me and Mr.Francisco Chan

In front of Ruinas De Sao Paulo(大三巴)

I like this view very much


葡国鸡饭

This street really look like Malacca Jonker Street






In front of a fabulous portugese-style building





Me and Kai Fei inside Venetian...I swear i will definitely stay in this hotel one day

First night dinner


cardo vede- Portugese famous soup


Salad

salt fish


bloody duck-血鸭

红豆猪手

Second Day

Macau Scout Association Headquarter...Unique HQ that i ever seen before

妈祖阁

Forgot the name of this church d..but i noe is at西望洋

猪扒包

This shop sells the best portugese egg tart in Macau. It is located in Coloane..



Delicious egg tarts...

P/S:i only upload some of the photos...more photos in my facebook

Brief Introduction and History of Macau

The Macau Special Administrative Region (澳门特别行政区, Região Administrativa Especial de Macau), commonly known as Macau or Macao is one of the two special adminstrative region of the PRC, the other being Hong Kong. Macau lies on the western side of the Pearl River Delta, bordering Guang Dong Provincein the north and facing the South China Sea in the east and south. The territory has thriving industries such as textiles, electronics and toys, and a notable tourist industry. This makes it one of the richest cities in the world.


Macau was both the first and last European colony in China. Portuguese traders first settled in Macau in the 16th century and subsequently administered the region until the handover on December 20, 1999. The Sino-Portuguese Joint Declaration and the Basic Law of Macau stipulate that Macau operates with a high degree of autonomy until at least 2049, fifty years after the transfer. Under the policy of "one country, two systems", the Central People's Government is responsible for the territory's defense and foreign affairs, while Macau maintains its own legal system, police force, monetary system, customs policy, immigration policy, and delegates to international organisations and events.

The recorded history of Macau can be traced back to the Qin Dynasty(221–206 BC), when the region now called Macau came under the jurisdiction of Panyu county, in the Nanhai prefecture of the province of Guangdong. The first recorded inhabitants of the area were people seeking refuge in Macau from invading Mongols during the Southern Song Dynasty. Under the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644 AD), fishermen migrated to Macau from Guangdong and Fujian provinces. But Macau did not develop as a major settlement until the Portuguese arrived in the 16th century. In 1535, Portuguese traders obtained the rights to anchor ships in Macau's harbours and to carry out trading activities, though not the right to stay onshore. Around 1552–1553, they obtained temporary permission to erect storage sheds onshore, in order to dry out goods drenched by sea water; they soon built rudimentary stone houses around the area now called Nam Van. In 1557, the Portuguese established a permanent settlement in Macau, paying an annual rent of 500 taels of silver.

As more Portuguese settled in Macau to engage in trading, they made demands for self-administration; but this was not achieved until the 1840s. In 1576, Pope Gregory XIII established the Roman Catholic Diocese of Macau. In 1583, the Portuguese in Macau were permitted to form a Senate to handle various issues concerning their social and economic affairs under strict supervision of the Chinese authority but there was no transfer of sovereignty. Macau prospered as a port but was the target of repeated failed attempts by the Dutch to conquer it in the 17th century. Following the Opium War (1839–42), Portugal occupied Taipa and Coloane in 1851 and 1864 respectively. In 1887, the Qing government was forced to sign the Sino-Portuguese Treaty of Amity and Commerce, under which China ceded to Portugal the right of "perpetual occupation and government of Macau", and Portugal pledged to seek China's approval before transferring Macau to another country; Macau officially became a Portuguese colony.


In 1928, after the Qing Dynasty had been overthrown following the Xinhai Revolution, the Kuomintang (KMT) government officially notified Portugal that it was abrogating the Treaty of Amity and Commerce; the two powers signed a new Sino-Portuguese Friendship and Trade Treaty in place of the abrogated treaty. Making only a few provisions concerning tariff principles and matters relating to business affairs, the new treaty did not alter the sovereignty of Macau and Portuguese government of Macau remained unchanged. After the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the Beijing government declared the Sino-Portuguese Treaty of Amity and Commerce to be invalid as an “unequal treaty” imposed by foreigners on China. However, Beijing was not ready to settle the treaty question, leaving the maintenance of “the status quo” until a more appropriate time. Influenced by the Cultural Revolution in mainland China and by general dissatisfaction with Portuguese government, riots broke out in Macau in 1966. In the most serious, the so-called 12-3 incident, 6 people were killed and more than 200 people were injured. On January 28, 1967, the Portuguese government issued a formal apology. This marked the beginning of equal treatment and recognition of Chinese identity and of de facto Chinese control of the colony, as an official apology implicitly recognized that administration of Macau continued only as tolerated by the Communist government of the Chinese mainland. Shortly after the leftist military coup of 1974 in Lisbon, the new Portuguese government determined to relinquish all its overseas possessions. In 1976, Lisbon redefined Macau as a "Chinese territory under Portuguese administration" and granted it a large measure of administrative, financial, and economic autonomy. Three years later, Portugal and China agreed to regard Macau as "a Chinese territory under (temporary) Portuguese administration". The Chinese and Portuguese governments commenced negotiations on the question of Macau in June 1986. The two signed a Sino-Portuguese Joint Declaration the next year, making Macau a special administrative region (SAR) of China. The Chinese government assumed formal sovereignty over Macau on December 20, 1999.

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2 comments:

  1. You are still very true to your scout's honour, aren't you? Elements of it are evidently here and there in your blog. Needless to say, I'm speechless about the food...

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  2. haha...wee fu?is it u??haha...erm, i would say that "once a scout, always a scout"..I love scouting..After my sir helping me so much when i was taking my King Scout, is time for me to pay bc and serve the community...u speechless about the food?mean is nice or bad??u already hungry while reading this??haha..more food to come

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