Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

Strolling down winding back streets

Posted by Kimberly on July 2, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
July 2, 2007, page 6 (377 words)

For those having trouble finding those little gems in Macau everybody keeps talking about, look no further.
The latest book on Macau, ‘Strolling in Macau’ by Stephen Bailey, was launched on Saturday at Bloom bookshop, with a presentation by local historian Jorge Cavalheiro.
The lecturer at the Univeristy of Macau also gave this thoughts on Macau’s heritage and the need to take action to preserve it.
The book is designed to assist people to traverse Macau’s numerous streets and lanes, enabling them to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Macau and its striking contrasts.
In author Stephen Bailey’s opinion, Macau, with its winding back streets, small size and pedestrian-only lanes, is best discovered on foot.
The publisher, Things Asian, maintains a website that gives allows authors like Stephen to weave their magic over readers, enticing them to Asia and, in Stephens case, Macau.
For Stephen, “Macau is at its best in the early morning.”
He calls this time of day “Macau’s golden hour,” writing that “as those who know the city well will tell you, there is no better time of day to wander its narrow cobbled streets and ornately tiled plazas.
“If any city warrants setting your alarm clock for an early morning stroll, Macau is surely it.”
He adds that this is a city fond of food and drink and describes downtown Macau as “a fascinating but highly urbanized warren of cobblestone streets and colonial buildings, highway flyovers and ferry piers.”
Stephen’s first visit to Macau was in 1997, travelling on the hydrofoil ferry from Hong Kong, and he has been coming back ever since.
He refers to Taipa as Macau’s “satellite city,” an “intriguing blend of the ancient and modern world.”
On the other hand, while Taipa could be Macau’s suburbs, Coloane is its countryside, according to Stephen.
He writes, “Coloane village stands as a living testament to Macau’s dual Portuguese and Cantonese heritage.”
A long time contributor to the ‘Things Asian’ website, Stephen has specialised in Vietnam, Hong Kong and Macau.
His words weave a magic that compels you to want to personify Macau’s ancient Portuguese explorers and find your own piece of inspiration somewhere in Macau.
The book currently sells for MOP 140 and can be purchased from Bloom bookshop.

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