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Macau Travel Guide

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Plan Your Macau Vacation

Enter the desperate, smoky atmosphere of a Chinese casino, where frumpy players bet an average of five times more than the typical Vegas gambler. Sit down next to grandmothers who smoke like chimneys while playing baccarat—the local game of choice—with visiting high rollers. Then step out of the climate-controlled chill and into tropical air that embraces you like a warm, balmy hug. Welcome

to Macau.

The many contrasts in this tiny enclave of 555,000 people serve as reminders of how different cultures have embraced one another's traditions for hundreds of years. Though Macau's population is 95% ethnic Chinese, there are still-vibrant pockets of Portuguese and Filipino expats. And some of the thousands of Eurasians—who consider themselves neither Portuguese nor Chinese, but something in between—can trace the intermarriage of their ancestors back a century or two.

Macau's old town, while dominated by the buildings, squares, and cobblestone alleyways of colonial Portugal, is tinged with eastern influences as well. In Macau you can spend an afternoon exploring Buddhist temples before feasting on a dinner of bacalhau com natas (dried codfish with a cream sauce), grilled African chicken (spicy chicken in a coconut-peanut broth—a classic Macanese dish), Chinese lobster with scallions, or fiery prawns infused with Indian and Malaysian flavors. Wash everything down with vinho verde, the crisp young wine from northern Portugal, and top it all off with a traditional Portuguese pastel de nata (egg-custard tart) and dark, thick espresso.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Discover the Ruins of São Paulo. The church facade, all that remains of a former center of learning, is a symbol of Macau.
  2. Take a seat in Senado Square. A bench here is the perfect perch from which to watch Macau’s comings and goings while admiring the colonial surroundings.
  3. Explore the A-Ma Temple. It's steeped in Macau's culture and history. Search for the Lucky Money Pool, then wash your hands in the blessed water before heading to the casinos.
  4. Place Your Bets. Even if you don't gamble, take a peek inside the Hotel Lisboa, a classic Macau landmark, or the newer and splashier Venetian Macao, a sprawling complex where gondoliers glide down indoor canals and luxury shopping abounds.
  5. Say "Spaaahhh." Macau's spas have ultra-indulgent treatments and world-class facilities—with prices to match. But for many the pampering is well worth the expense.

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