Macau is known as the “Las Vegas of Asia” and is the epicentre of glitz and gambling. It lies some 60 kilometres south-west of Hong Kong, reachable within just one hour on the ferry. The dazzling casinos draw in millions of tourists who come to play the tables – as this is the only place in China where gambling has been legalised.
But look beyond the world-class entertainment and you’ll find the unique heritage and culture of this ex-Portuguese colony. The alleys and winding lanes of the well-preserved Taipa Village are home to great Portuguese and Macanese restaurants, the village museum, art spaces, Chinese temples, colonial churches and street food stalls. The historic centre of Macau is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you’ll find the ornate Ruins of St Paul’s and the city’s oldest temple, A-Ma Temple.
Blending both Chinese and Portuguese ingredients and cooking techniques, Macanese cuisine is considered to be the world’s first fusion cuisine. Try signature dishes such as minchi (ground meat stir-fried with potatoes) and Portuguese egg tarts.