Macao, a Special Administrative Region of China, is one of Asia's most fascinating destinations. Despite being just a short ferry away from neighbouring Hong Kong, the influence that the Portuguese had on this destination when they settled here over 400 years ago give it a distinctly different feel.
A Mediterranean atmosphere contrasts with traditional pipe smokers, hawkers and sellers at the central market, ensuring that there are plenty of culture clashes. Yet the unusual concoction works, the fusion of lifestyles, attitudes and cuisine produces something altogether unique.
Today Macao is a popular stopover or add-on to any Far East trip. Shoppers are drawn in by its abundance of fantastic malls, foodies can't help but be impressed by the incredible gastronomic scene and its close proximity to Hong Kong make the two a perfect twin-centre.
Discover a destination with a rich culture and a UNESCO world-heritage listed Historic Centre of 30 buildings and monuments just waiting to be explored. Take in the fabulous architecture which stands in direct contrast to the modern structures, including the 338-metre high Macau Tower which offers tremendous views across the Pearl River Delta.
Take in the vibrant nightlife with bars, casinos and the spectacular House of Dancing Water show, and when you’ve had your fill of the bright lights enjoy Macao’s southern countryside of picturesque hills, villages and beaches.
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Top itineraries in Macao
This itinerary contrasts Hong Kong's big-city dazzle and vibrant markets with Macao's hotchpotch of Portuguese and Chinese heritage architecture, old town culture and myriad cuisine. It's all done alongside 5-star Mandarin hotels with swimming pools, spas and gourmet restaurants.
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Top places to stay in Macao
Hotel Lisboa is in central Macao, with opulent rooms of rich fabrics and handcrafted furniture. There’s six culinary offerings, from Portas do Sol’s Chinese haute cuisine to Guincho a Gale's authentic Portuguese gastronomy, and a free shuttle bus to explore Macao’s hotchpotch of European delights.
Macao’s Portuguese heritage and urban glitz are encompassed in the Grand Lisboa Hotel, a bold interruption of the metropolitan skyline with its blooming-lotus style architecture. Featuring eight exquisite restaurants and a luxury spa, it's the perfect base to explore Macao's surprising charms.
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