The tiny island of Macau is a unique fusion of East and West, with its cobbled streets, baroque architecture and traditional food and wine.
Macau’s top attraction is the Ruins of St. Paul Church, whose grand stone staircase and front facade are all that remain after a fire in 1835 burned down what was the biggest Catholic church in East Asia at the time. Its historic centre, famed for its alleyways, baroque churches and ancient stone fortresses, was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.
Located an hour’s ferry ride from Hong Kong, the former Portuguese colony is a historic delight as its distinctively Chinese and Portuguese culture is widely reflected in its language, food and architecture. Macanese food is a delicious blend of Cantonese and Portuguese, and popular dishes like egg-custard tarts, Portuguese sausage and bacalhau (salted cod) are to die for.
The island situated off the southern coast of China is a Special Administrative Region of China governed under its ‘one country, two systems’ policy, but despite its status as a nostalgic historic city, this modern Chinese metropolis is also a self-styled Vegas of the East, with its mega casinos and hotels helping to propel its tourism and economy.