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The best of Macau
Macau might be known as the "Las Vegas of Asia," but there’s so much more to this city than just casinos, five-star hotels and the Grand Prix—just check out our list of best things to do in Macau. A former Portuguese colony for over 400 years, Macau shares its semi-autonomous status and East-meets-West vibe with Hong Kong, but has its own relaxed charm. The region's unique Eurasian heritage is evident in everything from the local food (often cited as one of the world’s earliest fusion cuisines), architecture, customs and language. Despite being compact in size, Macau’s beautifully preserved historic sites, peaceful parks and beachy shores make it a one-stop destination for travellers of all kinds. Read on for our tips on where to eat, shop and play in this underrated gem. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.
While China’s Special Administrative Region of Macau is known for being ‘the Vegas of China’ for its high octane gambling, there’s much more to this former Portuguese colony than slots and gaming tables. Its old city centre blends funky boutiques with colonial ruins, while its interconnected islands of Taipa, Coloane and Cotai have different personalities: the first offers old Catholic churches and traditional Macanese architecture, the second boasts attractive beaches and old colonial villages, while Cotai is awash with mega-casinos.Gourmet dining, epic nightlife and a shopper’s paradise also beckon, and its past is very apparent, with Portuguese cuisine readily available and streets paved with traditional Portuguese tiles next to ancient Chinese temples. Macau is also home to some of the world’s most modern and stunning hotels, many with 100s of rooms and state-of-the-art facilities, as well as a smattering of small, down-to-earth lodgings. Of course, it has a Wynn Palace, but it also has a bijou option staffed by trainee hoteliers, hiker-friendly spots, a golf resort and a riverfront idyll. Here’s our pick of the best.