New York - It seems odd that a former Portuguese colony would label itself as the Las Vegas of the east, but then again not many cities are quite like Macau.
New York – It seems odd that a former Portuguese colony would label itself as the Las Vegas of the east, but then again not many cities are quite like Macau.
Lying just 65km west of Hong Kong, the Chinese region has fast become the gambling capital of the world. Neon-lit skyscrapers dominate the skyline, whilst the old town fits neatly besides offering a look back at its Mediterranean-inspired past.
The city is the only place in China where gambling is legal, but whilst having a bet is a must, there is plenty more to do in the city.
In The Day
Macau has quickly developed into one of the most exciting cities in the world and a trip up the Macau Tower is perhaps the ultimate attraction for thrill seekers. At 1,109 feet tall, the tower has been majestically standing over the city since 2001, and offers a great deal for those wanting to enjoy an unparalleled view of the city.
That’s of course if you enjoy the view, you may want to throw yourself off. Literally. The world’s highest bungy jump stands at a platform 233m high and replicates any thrill of a big poker win in the card rooms down below.
If your feet need to stay firmly on the stone then make sure you take in the rich history of the Historic Centre. The historic centre is the core of Macau’s Portuguese heritage and certainly portrays the city as one of two personalities.
With unique architecture that blends Chinese and European culture, the area is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and combines a number of squares including Cathedral Square and perhaps the most recognisable, Senato Square.
The area has over 400 years of history and is the oldest, and best preserved historic urban area in China. The Kun Lam Temple also offers this history and is the oldest temple in the city. Located in the San Ma Lo area, it houses a statue rumoured to represent Marco Polo as well as being the venue where the first treaty of trade and friendship between China and the USA was signed back in 1844.
During The Evening
Of course with the growth in popularity of online casino games, a trip to Macau isn’t complete without a seat at some of the city’s finest hotel casinos. The likes of The Venetian, Wynn Macau and Sands all offer an exhilarating table experience whilst the City of Dreams hosts some of the biggest live tournaments in the world, and offer some of the best table games.
But if winning big bucks on a royal flush isn’t your style, then one of the fine restaurants scattered across the main strip is sure to take your fancy. Portofino in The Venetian is perhaps the city’s finest Italian offering. With cuisine fit for the Italian atmosphere which surrounds it, you can enjoy all the delights of traditional pasta dishes, and even pizza on the piazza.
If you’re after a more traditional Macau experience however, then head to Antonio’s which samples some of the fine Portuguese roots left in the city. It has a rustic and charming atmosphere, even scoring a Michelin star back in 2012 and is a must to cap off an incredible trip to Macau.