GET­TING THERE

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

HOP TO MA­CAU

At present the eas­i­est way to ac­cess Ma­cau is by turbo-jet ferry from Hong Kong, though there’s much an­tic­i­pa­tion about the bridge due to open that will con­nect Ma­cau with Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Ma­cau Bridge will ac­tu­ally be a se­ries of bridges and tun­nels that will con­nect Hong Kong, Ma­cau and Zhuhai, the three ma­jor cities on the Pearl River Delta in China.

It might be called the “Ve­gas of Asia”, but away from the casi­nos Ma­cau has a pe­riod charm to be found in its his­toric squares, sleepy out­ly­ing is­lands and friendly Por­tuguese restau­rants

The ru­ined St Paul’s church, a lead­ing Ma­cau land­mark, is close t o Chi­nese tem­ples, and its re­stored façade in­cludes Chi­nese dragons as well as Chris­tian saints.

The his­toric cen­tre, a Unesco World Her­itage A vintage tram, known lo­cally as a Ding Dong site, is said to be the most com­plete range of Euro­pean ar­chi­tec­ture stand­ing on Chi­nese soil.

The A-Ma tem­ple, where peo­ple hang of­fer­ings, is ded­i­cated to the god­dess of sea far­ers from which the name Ma­cau is de­rived. At the Ma­cau penin­sula, you will find the main squares and the fran­tic en­ter­tain­ment and c a s i n o s , b u t a l s o the quiet is­lands of Taipa and Coloane.

Iso­lated from the main­land, sleepy Coloane is home to the tiny church of St Fran­cis, painted ca­nary yel­low, and said to house the world’s only paint­ing of the Madonna and Child to be de­picted with Chi­nese fea­tures.

Down the road the Ma­cau Gi­ant PACK­AGE Vir­gin At­lantic (0844 2092770, www.vir­gin-at­lantic.com) flies daily to Hong Kong from Lon­don Heathrow, from £533 per per­son, in­clud­ing taxes.

Hong Kong at night, lit up by the Sym­phony

of Lights

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