Saint Paul's Ruin's in Macau

Macau reminded me very much of Hong Kong and Las Vegas at the same time. Where Hong Kong used to be governed by the British, Macau was governed by the Portuguese. 

The primary language is Cantonese and Portuguese. Even the dialect sounds like some weird fusion of both Cantonese and Portuguese. You can see the influence of the Portuguese everywhere. The buses, the streets, the restaurants and the buildings. It's everywhere.

How did the Portuguese get Macau you ask?

Around the year 1535, Portuguese merchants quickly settled and somehow took over as a Portuguese colony. The Ming Dynasty literally LEASED Macau to Portugal because it was a great port for trading. 200 years later Portuguese arm twisted forced made a treaty from China agreeing to let Portugal keep sovereignty over Macau. China was, during this time, unstable and the Portuguese government knew that and used it to their advantage.

In 1999 the Portuguese government gave back Macau to China. Yes, China is part of Macau just like…

The (Tiny) Great Qing Post Office

On my visit to the Water Town of Zhujiajiao, I got lost walking through the cobbled lonely alleyways. I stumbled upon a little piece of history that caught my interest and inspired me to write a separate post on this. 

In the far, far corner of the alley, I saw a brick building that seemed a little out of place next to the more traditional buildings around it. With my curiosity peaked, I went inside and was greeted by a lowly lit miniature museum. 

This museum documented the history and evolution of China's postal system! This building I was in appeared, to be an old post office long ago retired.
This post office was founded in the late 1800s under the reign of Emperor Tongzhi during the Qing Dynasty and was one of the 13 official post offices of the Shanghai region! 
Fun fact:China is among the countries with earliest sort-of postal service (although it was not called post service since the majority of the people who used this were the Emperor, Military, and Government officials).