Sunday, May 15, 2016

Poetry Pantry #302



Photographs of Macau by Luk Lei

Senado Square and the Historic Centre of Macau - Practically everything in this photo is the original Centre of Macau and is a UNESCO world heritage site.  From this photo you can see many of the major landmarks, including Senado Square, St. Paul Ruins. Macau Fortress and the Guia Hill Lighthouse.  Also you get a good sense of the density of this place.

Macau Tower  -  Built in 1999 this is one of the newer structures in Macau and is a hard to miss landmark, sittng alone at the tip of the peninsula on reclaimed land which only decades ago was still sea.  The view from the top is fantastic. While it is not the tallest tower it does boast the worlds highest bungie jump, incase taking the elevator down to earth wasn't fast enough.

NAPE and Kun Iam Statue - This area is one of the many land reclaimed area of Macau.  Macau's original footprint is quite small and expansion of the city means encroachment into the nearby shallows.  This area features the Kun Iam statue built in honor of the Taoist Goddess of Mercy.  In frame, the MGM Grand Macao and Mandarin Oriental Hotel can be seen.  Macau Tower would also be visible but is obscured by Macau's frequent fog and mist.

Rua Do Campo - one of the many busy and cramped Main Streets in Macau.  As seen with the light trails.  
Even in the late evening, traffic is busy, noisy and in a way beautiful. 

Senado Square during Chinese New Year -  I took this photo a couple of years ago during Chinese New Year.  The white building in the background is the former colonial Senate Building which now houses the city's municipal service authority. Festivals and Celebrations are a regular occurance and done with much pomp and fanfare.

The Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral - This is Macau's most identifiable feature and the largest tourist spot in the city.  It is also the only example of Baroque style architecture existing in China.  Construction started in 1602 by the Jesuits with mostly converts from Japan.  In 1835, a Typhoon struck Macau, causing a fire in the main sanctuary thus burning the Cathedral and leaving only the stone facade that we see today.

This month Macau is being visited by the world touring Giant Rubber Duck.  This duck is anchored just off the shore from the Macau Science Centre and has proven to be a popular temporary exhibit with local people.  


Good morning, Friends!  This week and next week we are being treated to some wonderful photos of Macau by Luk Lei, one of our newer poets here at Poets United.  Thank you, Luk!  It is very interesting to get a glimpse of your part of the world!

And thinking of Luk!  He is the poet that Sherry will be interviewing tomorrow, so be sure to stop back then to learn more.  Trust me, it is a fascinating article.  (I peeked!  Smiles.)

On Wednesday for Midweek Motif Susan's prompt is "bullying."  And along that same line, I hope you all have read Rosemary's I Wish I'd Written This-- "Online Bullying?" by Tim Schaefer-- who some of you may know as Timoteo!  A worthwhile and timely read.

But now, let's share poetry!  Link your poem below.  Say hello in the comments.  And read poems that others have shared!!  Mr. Linky closes midday tomorrow (central time), so be sure to check back occasionally to see what else is new.  Have a great week!

23 comments:

  1. A peaceful Sunday to all - and stunning photos Luk Lei

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  2. Wonderful to see a bit of the world a morning like this... Will be around later to read all the entries.

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  3. Good morning everyone,

    Hope you're having an amazing day so far :D sharing my poem "The Love Song." Thank you Mary for opening the doors to yet another beautiful pantry and Luk for sharing these lovely pictures with us all :D

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  4. An intriguing variety of images of Macau. Love the second, misty view especially. So scenic.

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  5. Its good and rainy here in St James Trinidad. Have a nice Sunday everyone.
    WOW luv that duck, thanks for all of today's lovely photos from Luk Lei

    much love...

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  6. Fabulous photos Luk! And Happy Sunday everyone.....it is very cold here.....40s, windy and feels like 30. But reading poetry today will be very warming! Can't wait!

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  7. Happy Mid May, everyone! Our weather here is the same as Donna's....more like a day in VERY late fall than a day in spring. Brrrr. Have a good Sunday, friends.

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  8. good day, everyone!
    gotta run, will be back to read later.
    Luk Lei, thanks for sharing the pictures! the Science Centre reminds me of a sub's conning tower. :)

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    1. lol it sure does, they are doing a bit renovations right now, and a few months ago a worker set the top cone on fire. The smoke almost made it look like a ship on fire in the open sea. Very meta experience.

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  9. Those photos are fascinating. Wish I could visit Macau.
    Have a happy Sunday everyone. Thanks for being such a gracious hostess Mary.

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  10. Those photos are fascinating. Wish I could visit Macau.
    Have a happy Sunday everyone. Thanks for being such a gracious hostess Mary.

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  11. I actually made it on time! Lovely photos to look at on a Sunday morning.

    Today I'm sharing a poem I wrote in 2014 about people watching, something I like to do. Has anyone noticed that people aren't so exciting to watch anymore? Everyone is busy looking at cell phones like zombies! Not me!

    I got back home Friday from a trip to Oakland to visit with friends for my birthday. I had a blast and a week off from writing so I'm eager to get started again.

    Have a nice Sunday friends! Hugs! Bekkie

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  12. Wow! Such fascinating photos and commentary. I feel I just made a tiny trip to Macau. Thank you, Luk Lei. You are surrounded by photo opportunities where you live. The burned front of the Cathedral is quite haunting. Looking forward to diving in to the Pantry this morning, my friends. Happy Sunday.And thank you, Mary, for hosting.

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    1. Thank you, Sherry! The ruins are quite a place; a lot of history and, now a days, a lot of tourists.

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  13. Sunday Hi! I hope everyone is enjoying the day! I will be around off and on today to read.

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  14. Thanks for sharing these photos of Macau, Luk. They are wonderful and you're right.....one certainly gets a feel for the density!

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    1. Thank you C.C.! The closeness of the buildings, the crowded streets and buses, density is about the only word that seems to fit the description :)

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  15. It seems the weather is a bit cranky everywhere today :). It just started storming as I was coming in from classes. So hoping for more warmth and sunshine for you all.

    Thanks to you all for the warm reception of these photos, this place is tiny but provides unique opportunties and a fascinating history. I'm hoping to get through reading your poems a bit later.

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    1. And Thank you Mary for posting my photos up in today's Pantry!

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  16. Nice dreamy photos, ah! Happy Sun-Day to everyone!

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  17. Happy Sunday, Mary. Came here after a long hiatus. Feels good!Sharing a piece that is very close to my heart.
    Thanks for the beautiful photos, Luk. Amazing place...!!
    I am going to come over to read the poems tomorrow. It's quite late this side now. G'nite everyone!

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