Today, Macau (Àomén, 澳门) is making headlines for overtaking Las Vegas as the world's richest casino city, even as Hong Kong, its better-known fellow Special Administrative Region (SAR) neighbor, frets about losing tourists to Macau's shiny new mega-hotels.
Somewhat lost in the bright lights of the largest casino in the world—the Venetian Macau—is the other Macau, the one that consists of centuries-old cobblestone streets fronted by Portuguese colonial architecture where one can wander charming markets, people-watch in lush subtropical parks, enjoy a strong coffee in a European café and, perhaps best of all, eat like no place else: dim sum for breakfast, Portuguese caldo verde or bacalhau for lunch and, for dinner, something Macanese—a unique blend of Cantonese, Portuguese, Goan and African flavors—perhaps Galinha à Africana (African chicken) or Macanese chili shrimp.
Hac Sa Beach (黑沙海灘or Black Sands Beach) is an enormous crescent-shaped beach on Coloane Island. It's considered to be the most poular beach in Macau and as the name implies,..
The Macau Maritime Museum (澳門港務局海事博物館) houses an interesting collection of maritime artifacts from throughout Macau's history. The huge Dragon Boat display is particularly..
The Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral (圣保罗大教堂) are Macau's most famous landmark. Atop one of the island's seven hills, this spectacular facade is a symbol of Macau and an image..
San Antonio Church was the first Catholic Church in Macau. The existing building is not the original however, and this church is famous for having burned to the ground as many as..