My Kind of Place: Macau; John Brunton; The National

China – Historic Centre of Macao

Why Macau?

There are two very different faces to this former Portuguese enclave a short boat ride from Hong Kong. There’s the Macau that has been transformed since its return to China in 1999 into the Las Vegas of the East by the construction of giant hotel casinos on a vast land-reclamation project. And there’s my kind of Macau, still a wonderfully exotic destination, where there are reminders everywhere of centuries of Portuguese influence hidden behind the glitzy Vegas facade.

Macau’s ancient colonial and Chinese heritage of churches, mansions, temples and palaces are well protected by Unesco. The food is out of this world, whether you want European fine dining, Cantonese seafood or unique Macanese dishes such as spicy African chicken.

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