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Liyu Lake

Liyu Lake

Picture looking South West across Liyu LakeLiyu LakePicture looking west across Liyu Lake

One day after waking up early I decided to go for a walk. Off to Liyu Lake, I went. Liyu Lake is in Shoufeng, Hualien. Liyu in English means carp and is also the name of the mountain next to it. In addition, it is a great place to walk and you can see a variety of insects, lizards, birds, and sometimes monkeys.

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Long Weekend in Macau

Long Weekend in Macau

Street in Macau Peninsula Macau

Macau is a former Portuguese colony and now a haven for gambling and prostitution. Some call it the Los Vegas of the east, I would not say that. I would say that it is a great place to visit on a long weekend.

Macau was probably the easiest country I have ever entered. In fact, transferring flights in Shanghai is harder. Also as a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China it has normal internet. A quick scan of my passport and a slip of paper and I was free to wander around Macau visa-free for 30 days. Both Macanese Pataca (MOP) and Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) are used in Macau. Some restaurants and shops will also take Renminbi (CNY). MOP and HKD are generally treated as interchangeable in Macau except in the casinos where they seem to only take HKD

Macau Peninsula:

This is where I stayed; it is connected to the mainland of China. On the northern border is a wall and there are many historical sites along with older casinos. I stayed at Macau Masters Hotel.

Taipa:

Island to the south of the Peninsula, the airport is here, as are some interesting historical sites, but it is primarily residential. The university is also there and it is quite hilly.

Cotai:

A strip of reclaimed land where the largest casinos are. It connects what use to be the separate islands of Taipa and Coloane. It’s name is a really inventive fusion of the two islands it connects.  It is basically the strip and crowded with huge new casinos.

Coloane:

I did not travel here, it is the southernmost part of Macau. It is the least developed part of Macau and had pirates operating out of it until 1910

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