Ah, Macau. Land of the casino and mainland Chinese tourists. And good portuguese food. Odd, right?
Macau is a former Portuguese colony that was returned to China in 1999. It has a lot of old Portuguese churches and sites, and looks kind of like Salvador, Brazil to me in some places because of the style of the buildings.
In some places, you’ll hear the Macanese mixing their Cantonese with Portuguese, which makes for interesting eavesdropping.
But there’s also good food! Really good food. Meats mixed with seafood and other stuff. Every meal I had was good.
And of course, I went to the casinos! Of course, as a budget traveler I couldn’t actually play, but they were pretty cool. There are a few Western style casinos, but most are geared towards the mainland Chinese tourist. With China literally being within walking distance of Macau, that makes sense.
I only spent a full day in Macau, but I’m glad I went.