Macau – Perfect Blend of East and West

Macau has a very different atmosphere to Hong Kong. Portuguese influence can be seen everywhere from street names to directions. Architecture in the old town is like in any Mediterranean city.

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At the same time, I knew that we were clearly in China. Nowhere have I seen a mix of cultures so well than in Macau. Temples are standing next to churches, Portuguese and Chinese food are served on the same street, Chinese herbal medicines are next to pharmacies.

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Streets of Macau can easily be recognised by the beautiful black and white cobblestone pavement.

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So to be true to the style of Macao – we also tried and blend things. On our first evening we went to a Portuguese restaurant and had duck rice and on the second night it was turn for some nice dim sum.

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Casinos

Macau is also a gambling capital of the world. Casinos here are big, impressive and slightly tacky. Free bus takes people from the casinos to either the airport or Macau ferry terminal.

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Venetian is the biggest of them where we got to visit Venice and take pictures of the buildings with the clear sky. The casino floor is filled with extensive paintings, crystal and curved escalators (why?). The building also has a hotel and shopping mall.

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Galaxy Macau had grand diamond interior and even bigger gambling floor.

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We know very well that the house always wins and hence are not into loosing our money aka gambling. Visiting the casinos is fascinating enough as a by-stander. First it makes us really wonder how people can even think that they could win when they see the grand interior of the place, the money to build all that must come from somewhere. Second, seeing people sweat and put ridiculously high bets feels like a true spectacle. So do take a spin in casinos if you ever find yourself in Macau.