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Ilha de Macau Travel Guide: 58 reviews and 110 photos

What Is In A Name?

My brother houses at MACAU for quite a while. Until I got there for the first time in 2000 he had never heard anything about the name of AMA-GAU and the relation with MACAU. It's about the Taoistic spiritual way of view and the Portuguese way of thinking.

The Tao Te Ching, written c. 4th century BC, speaks of the feminine aspect like energy of accessible spirit. It is an age-old insight of ancient primeval ages ... and MACAU, Super City Casino Number One, got it in its name! Just don't know exactly the difference between Concelho de MACAU and Ilha de MACAU ...

The Temple of the Goddess A-MA has been regarded as one of the ancient temples in Macau today. From the temple's original name, A-Ma-Gau, meaning the Temple-bay of A-Ma, Macau derived its name. And A-MA is closely related with the Universal Goddess Quan Yin, the Macanese Kun Iam, the Chinese Miao-shan and the Japanese Kannon, so I hit this place more than once!

I do LOVE Goddesses!

Our last Macau-visit was at December 16, 2007... we stayed for about 12 days !!!
It was SUPER TRUPER ... G R E A T !!!

And, hopefully, we will visit Macau again in December 2008 ...

A-MA & KUN IAM

Thanks for visiting.

Macau - South-East Asia

Macau is a city on 3 small islands (Macau Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane) in South-east of China, and West of Hong Kong. From today Airport Macau International you can reach Macau directly by the Friendship Bridge, no needs anymore to sail the ferry ship from Hong Kong.

Getting to Macau over sea has never been easier, with high-speed ferries now running from Hongkong to Macau. If you are in a small group try a flight by helicopter which is a viable alternative and, becoming increasingly popular for residents ... and visitors alike!

Heli Hong Kong

KUN IAM Statue

Some people think the KUN IAM Statue is a bizarre monument dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy, emerging Venus-like from a 7 m.-high lotus, located in the Outer Harbour on a man-made island. The remarkable Lady, facing the city of Macau, is connected to the mainland by a 60 m.-long footbridge, free entrance.

I think the KUN IAM Ecumenical Centre is a magnificent fusion of Eastern mystery and Western art. The KUN IAM Statue, all in bronze, watches the Macau-centre in a mysterious way her visitors drawing near to her entrance within the dome-shaped lotus with 16 petals. Curious, dedicated, worshipping, or to pay a visit to conferences, exhibitions, films ... etc. I adore her!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A-MA - Casino - Colorful - Atmosphere - Legendary Past - Wonderful Food - Indonesian Similarity
  • Cons:Don't argue the past - Don't seize the future - There's The Casino For Now
  • In a nutshell:Going for the East - you'll find the West -> A-Ma-Gau
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  • Ewingjr98's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2008 at 7:34 PM

    Wow, you saw a lot more of Macau than I did in my short visit. Thanks for stopping by my Monterey page! ~Joe

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2007 at 12:46 AM

    Fun page of Macau. Bring back memories. Being to Macau a few times. It is amazing to have so much to do in this small little country. Gamble, beach and temple hopping. Cheers, SL

  • ukirsari's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2006 at 6:58 AM

    matur nuwun for sharing the tips, mas roy :) ohhh, ada kopi tubruk and ketan durian [opps ketan mango?], that's nice ... will feel very homey then :D

  • La_Holandesa's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2006 at 1:45 PM

    yayyy smell like hell!!! but it taste yummi. Durian i am talking about hahaha. Heyyy glad you had a great time w/your brother!! great to see the fotos!! veeel groetjes Anita :)

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2006 at 2:27 PM

    I find Macau very intriguing, portugues present's mingles with Asia's heritage..or the other way round. fine page

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Aug 11, 2005 at 4:18 AM

    Your view of Macau is totally different than what I saw there - so that was very interesting for me!

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2004 at 9:30 PM

    Great background and info on these interesting sites. An interesting time at the 'Sacred Spot'... I enjoyed Macau on the visits I made there.

  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2004 at 11:06 AM

    Very nice, i hope you add some more tips. Well done

  • Kristina1701's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2004 at 9:55 AM

    really great start, very interesting, go on like that!

  • jadedmuse's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2004 at 8:49 PM

    This is great. Love the Tao Te Ching in the intro. Perfect. What an interesting experience you must have had.

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