Take a gamble on a trip to Macau; Dan Lloyd; Irish Times

China – Historic Centre of Macao

Former Portuguese colony in China is a hybrid of cultures – and experiences.

In last year’s instantly forgettable Hollywood film Now You See Me 2, the protagonists walk through one of Macau’s casinos. As the camera pans, players roll dice, laugh, cheer and swig alcohol. The reality is different: straight faces, glasses of water, stern stares and calculated bets. This is the real Macau, the biggest gambling centre of the world – a place where gambling is serious business.

But we’re not here to talk about gambling, not at all (not allowed, in fact). Fortunes have changed of late, and the exponential growth in this former Portuguese territory in China has slowed somewhat. Macau now needs to rebrand; to make people aware of its history, its culture – and that’s where we come in.

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