Just returned from an interesting short trip to Macau, one of the Special Administrative Regions of China.
It’s unique mix of Chinese and European traditions make Macau a city like no other. A peninsula of Mainland China, colonized by the Portuguese in the 15oo’s, Macau is a city which definitely has character.
With the city’s cobblestone-paved, narrow streets, you would think you were walking the hilly streets of Italy or Spain – until you see a street sign in Cantonese with a corresponding Porgutuese translation, next to a Chinese bakery selling Portuguese egg tarts. Stranger still is seeing signs that use a combination of Portuguese and Chinese words.
But its rich and unique culture isn’t the only think that sets Macau apart from other Asian cities. Aside from the tourism, Macau’s main source of income its casinos.
Gearing toward becoming the Las Vegas of Asia, Macau is now home to world-class hotels and casinos such as The Venetian Macau, Wynn Macau, MGM Grand, Sands Macau, Galaxy Megaresort, The Grand Lisboa and many more.
After a day of basking in the sun while appreciating 16th century architecture along the UNESCO World Heritage path throughout the city, head on over to one of the opulent hotel/casinos to relax and watch a show or to gamble your pocket money away.
So whether you want to immerse yourself in rich and diverse culture and history, stuff yourself with dim sum, followed by Portuguese egg tarts for dessert, or party the night away with lady luck and try your hand at the tables, Macau should definitely be on your ‘must-see-before-you-die’ list.