Stores stay closed in Macau
One thing I still haven’t figured out about Macau is why you see so many closed shops downtown.
It seems that at all times of the day, at least half of the stores have their metal shutters down or iron grates drawn. Or both.
There’s no information about opening hours, no sign ‘Out to lunch’ or any indication whether these shops will ever open up again.
It seems that on any downtown shopping street, at least half of the stores will be permanently closed.
Is this due to the current financial crisis? Were all these shopkeepers forced out of business?
Or do they just open at such irregular hours that I never happen to chatch their stores open?
Things are different in Macau than in other Asian cities
The Macau shop-opening hours are definitely in stark contrast to practices on the Chinese mainland.
Stores in Beijing or Shanghai, for instance, seem to be open for business almost around the clock.
The same applies to cities in other Asian countries like Vietnam or Cambodia.
I wonder why.
But whenever I’ll think of Macau in the future, I’ll remember it as the place with the drawn shutters.