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The Ve­gas of China, Ma­cau has as much to of­fer, at­tract­ing high rolling tourists from across Asia and be­yond to its Co­tai Strip. On the cul­ture front the for­mer Por­tuguese port colony’s his­toric down­town is a Unesco World Her­itage-listed site, and south­ern Euro­pean in­flu­ences are still very much in ev­i­dence. The area is also home to the 17th cen­tury Guia Fortress and China’s old­est light­house. Las Ve­gasstyle en­ter­tain­ment comes in the form of the Wynn Ma­cau’s Plea­sure Lake mu­si­cal foun­tain and stage shows like the long-run­ning Singing in the Rain-meets-Chi­nese tale spec­tac­u­lar, House of Danc­ing Wa­ter. This cul­tural jux­ta­po­si­tion re­ally comes to life in Ma­cau’s food scene, which fuses Chi­nese, Por­tuguese, Brazil­ian and Goan in­flu­ences. Eat at An­tónio’s, a back­street culi­nary in­sti­tu­tion famed for its Ma­canese and Por­tuguese food and plug in a visit to the orig­i­nal Lord Stow’s Bak­ery on Coloane is­land for a tra­di­tional egg tart. Stay at the highly rec­om­mended Pou­sada de Mong-Há, a con­verted mil­i­tary bar­racks and train­ing ho­tel for stu­dents of the In­sti­tute of Tourism Stud­ies (from Dh330 B&B), or play the Ve­gas card with a suite at the Vene­tian (from Dh550). Get­ting there: Fly to Ma­cau via Bangkok with Emi­rates or Thai Air­ways, or via Manila with Philip­pine Air­ways. How­ever the eas­i­est way is to ar­rive by ferry from Hong Kong with­out go­ing through Hong Kong cus­toms.

Las Ve­gas, Amer­ica’s en­ter­tain­ment cap­i­tal (above), and the Vene­tian ho­tel in Asia’s an­swer, Ma­cau. 65

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