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Macau may belong to China once again but this former Portuguese colony marks it out as an unusual Asian destination, distinctly different from nearby Hong Kong.

A Mediterranean atmosphere contrasts with traditional pipe smokers, hawkers and sellers at the central market, ensuring that there are plenty of culture clashes. Yet they work and the fusion of lifestyles, attitudes and cuisine produces something unique.

Long a favourite with gamblers, the self-styled 'Las Vegas of the East' is now popular with shoppers and people looking to visit the vast theme parks springing up.

Take in the fabulous colonial architecture which stands in direct contrast to the modern structures; skywalk around the rim of the Macau Tower or marvel at the views from the top of the telecommunications tower to see how far the city has come.

Escape the commercial side of things by visiting the A-Ma Temple or relaxing on the black sand of Hac Sa Beach on the island of Coloane.

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