Weekend Getaway: Macau

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.


6 thoughts on “Weekend Getaway: Macau

  1. Awesome! You can mark it off your World Heritage sites list! What an interesting mix of culture. Did you have to know Cantonese or Portuguese to get around? What was your favorite part of your trip?

    • Yes, I can definitely cross it out my World Heritage list 🙂 I don’t think it would help if you knew how to speak Porguguese…it would be a BIG help if you could speak Cantonese or Mandarin because very few people can speak English (except in the hotels, casinos, museums, etc…but even there, not that many). Just as long as you can speak English, you’ll survive.

      My favorite part of the trip…hmm…well, I guess it would have to be the part where we followed the UNESCO signs all over the city to see the Heritage sites. That was very interesting. I love architecture so I loved looking at the old buildings, and the mix of western and eastern influences seems so unlikely, but still very intriguing.

  2. You and Anthony Bourdain have both been talking about Macau lately. I knew a little about it, but not nearly enough, and now I feel like it’s someplace I need to add to the ever growing list of places I have to see.

    • haha really? I haven’t seen that episode, but I’ll keep an eye out. I’m curious as to what he thinks of Macau and the food there. Yes, Macau is pretty interesting and quite different. I made the mistake of always comparing it to Singapore or Hong Kong, but when I got there, it really wasn’t like SG or HK….it’s a unique place. Hope you do get to visit someday 🙂 Don’t forget to try their egg tarts 🙂

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