Macau‘s street signs have always fascinated me. (See my photo series here.) My own country was under Spanish rule for over 300 years and it shows: our food, our language, even our habits have roots that can be traced all the way across the world to Spain. Macau was under Portuguese administration for quite a bit of time, and to the casual observer at least, Chinese and Portuguese — both the cultures and the languages — seem to be so different as to make assimilation awkward. The solution, it seems, is peaceful coexistence, as embodied in these signs that are half-Chinese, half-Portuguese…and totally, uniquely Macanese.


“Coexistence” was created by LSS for travel site Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains. All rights reserved.

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