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What language to use in Macau[edit]

Hong Kong#Respect says, "If you don't speak Cantonese, you should generally try speaking English before trying Mandarin in order to avoid any potential controversies." Is the same true in Macau? I speak fluent English and decent Mandarin but only a few words of poorly-pronounced Cantonese—if I take a trip to Macau, should I try English or Mandarin first when talking to someone? Asked by: —Granger (talk · contribs) 01:29, 11 October 2018 (UTC)

I haven't been to Macau for years but I used to live in Hong Kong. You can expect similar attitudes in Macau given that both Hong Kong and Macau were colonized by European powers and relatively recently returned back to China under the "special administrative region" scheme. Since Macau was governed by Portugal, you may have better luck with Portuguese after Cantonese (whereas Hong Kong was governed by UK and therefore places greater emphasis on English). However, there is large number of tourists coming from mainland China so Mandarin should also be fine. OhanaUnitedTalk page 04:18, 11 October 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, that helps. I do know a bit of basic Portuguese (more than I know of Cantonese), although the Macau article says, "Speakers of Portuguese won't find it very useful when talking to local residents". It sounds like Mandarin may be my best bet. —Granger (talk · contribs) 13:33, 16 October 2018 (UTC)

transit visa[edit]

Asked by: 160.165.234.253 15:21, 16 October 2018 (UTC)

What's your question? Ikan Kekek (talk) 15:32, 16 October 2018 (UTC)

Architecture[edit]

Hi I am Yuki architecture student in Japan and travel to Europe 3 month to study architecture of Germany during Nazi Empire (1933-1945). I study project on ruin value principles by famous architect Albert Speer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruin_value). I also interested in flak tower modern purpose (Flak Turms) for houses and want to visit flak turms in Germany and Austria. Has Wikivoyage travel guide for Nazi architecture. I find articles for classic architecture here https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Architecture but not for Nazi architecture. I am very sorry I can not ask question on German Wikivoyage I not know German language. Thank you! Yuki

Asked by: 220.98.38.222 13:09, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

No-one has started an article specifically dedicated to Nazi architecture so far on Wikivoyage. However, we do have editors who are knowledgeable about German architecture from that period, so if you have any specific questions about it, they might be able to point you to some relevant Wikivoyage destination articles. Good luck with your project, and if you want to learn some German before your trip, we have a German phrasebook that you could consult along with the audio "teach yourself German" series of your choice. Ikan Kekek (talk) 14:35, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Hi thank you for your advice! I want to know if remains of Nazi architecture is open to visit (maybe with appointment) and if flak turms can be visit. Yuki —The preceding comment was added by 220.98.38.222 (talkcontribs)

(Part of) the former Nazi Party rallying grounds in Nuremberg have been turned into a museum. That area includes perhaps the most famous Nazi architecture immediately connected in the minds of the public with the Nazis. Hobbitschuster (talk) 14:48, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
We don't have an article for Nazi architecture, though the Wikipedia w:Flak tower article does show the locations (coordinates) of the remaining flak towers. ϒpsilon (talk) 15:00, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Yes I will also visit Nuremberg, but books say not much is there anymore, cultural heritage not good preserved by German government (for example Olympia stadium Berlin => architecture destroyed by renovation in 2004 and much more examples). Colliseum in Rome is better preserved than Olympia stadium! Some countries in Europe have not much respect for architectural culture, and want to replace heritage with new buildings. But when demolished of course gone forever! Japan has made same mistake in the past, like demolishing the Great Castles and replacing with concrete and steel... My supervisor (sensei) work to document what is now there in Germany and Austria to stop destruction and start reconstruction = archeology. I hope my project will help. I have start contact owners of flak towers. Yuki —The preceding comment was added by 220.98.38.222 (talkcontribs)

There are extremely potent political reasons why the so-called "cultural heritage" of Nazi Germany was not preserved by the post-WWII German government, and while I don't doubt the benign nature of the IP editor's interest in flak towers, I'm frankly a bit taken aback by the seeming obliviousness to those considerations that is showing up in his/her comments. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 17:30, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
A couple of suggestions to visit: Prora is a must, also consider Wolfsburg, some housing complexes as well as the factory. --Traveler100 (talk) 17:31, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
I would also suggest visiting Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, reading the articles in the exhibition and watching the movie to fully understand the horrors of that period. --Traveler100 (talk) 17:40, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
Flak tower at Esterházy park, Vienna
I found the Vienna flak towers particularly impressive; especially as they subvert the stereotype of Vienna being made of Baroque châteaux, parks and representative Gründerzeit to Art-Nouveau buildings. The flak tower at Esterházypark may be most relevant to your project as it was artistically redesigned and is now used by the oceanographic museum and museum of torture. There were proposals to reuse the other flak towers as well (housing project with rooftop swimming pool at Arenbergpark, IT data center at Augarten), but neither has been realised so far. The Arenbergpark tower was used as a contemporary art space until recently, but is now closed for restoration.
One of the Hamburg flak towers is used as a media center, including a music club ("Uebel & Gefährlich"). Another one has been transformed to an energy center (thermal power station, energy storage, photovoltaic plant etc.) during the 2006–2013 International Architecture Exhibition in Hamburg.
There is a list of notable examples of Nazi-style neoclassical buildings in the German Wikipedia article (most of them are in Berlin, Nuremberg and Munich). It is in German, but perhaps you can use it (as the names of the cities and buildings are German proper nouns anyway). Do not forget that parts of the former German Reich are now in Poland: for example, there is a monumental Nazi-era administrative building in Wrocław that is still intact and serves as the administrative seat of Lower Silesian Voivodeship (Dolnośląski Urząd Wojewódzki).
As you regret the lack of an article (or section) on Nazi-era architecture: Would you like to create such an article (or perhaps a sub-section of the World War II in Europe or Architecture article may suffice)? I think as an architecture student doing a project on this very topic, you are almost predestined to do so! --RJFF (talk) 15:00, 18 October 2018 (UTC)

Where can you find out about travel to a particular country with a criminal record .[edit]

Asked by: REJ67 (talk) 13:45, 16 October 2018 (UTC)

We have a Traveling with a criminal history article, so you can start there, but if you want authoritative information, it's best to check official information from each country you want to travel to or within. I'd look for governmental web pages, and if you don't get a sufficient answer there, you could always contact a consulate. Ikan Kekek (talk) 00:40, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

Visa for Rwandan.[edit]

Need Rwandan visa for Egypt? Asked by: 94.140.78.91 10:56, 22 October 2018 (UTC)

Hi! Yes, you need a visa for Egypt. According to Egypt#Visa (look at the map), Rwandans can obtain a visa when they arrive in Egypt, unlike citizens of some other countries who need to apply in advance (the list of countries does not include Rwanda). You will need the equivalent of 25 U.S. dollars to pay for the visa when you reach the Egyptian customs, but you can also pay this in euros, British pounds or Egyptian pounds. Have a good trip. --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 11:55, 22 October 2018 (UTC)