New hotels are bringing thousands of rooms and some of the world's best chefs to Macau, where there's a renewed spotlight on the lesser-considered yet vibrant arts and culture scene.
Constantly reinventing itself, Macau goes far beyond its reputation as a casino city. New developments— such as the just-launched bridge from Hong Kong to Zhuhai—the burgeoning arts scene and vibrant dining culture inspired our comprehensive guide to the former Portuguese colony.
THE FORMER PORTUGUESE COLONY is a city of paradoxes: crumbling old and shiny new; everything from architecture to food is a blend of East and West in good measure. Macau is constantly reinventing itself with new developments and a burgeoning arts scene that celebrates both its Portuguese legacy and Chinese heritage. The recent opening of the 55-kilometer bridge connecting it to Hong Kong and the mainland has helped grow Macau's vibrant dining culture even further with the city's being better connected. As big new resorts have brought exciting restaurants with them, and local restaurants continue to make their beloved traditional foods, it's no wonder 2018 was Macau's inaugural year as a Creative City of Gastronomy, and next March UNESCO Asia's 50 Best Awards gala returns to Cotai—all of which make it prime time to plan a palate-whetting trip.
Macau Tower, left, seen with Mandarin Oriental and MGM.