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Hong Kong is renowned as a shop­ping des­ti­na­tion but few peo­ple re­alise that Ma­cau boasts a mul­ti­tude of stores from global de­sign­ers and brands, plac­ing it in the same league. Shop­ping is so beloved by lo­cals and tourists alike there is even an an­nual Ma­cau Shop­ping Fes­ti­val.

First stop (and pos­si­bly the last as it’s so mas­sive) is Shoppes at Vene­tian. The Vene­tian Ma­cao opened in 2007 and is the largest in­te­grated re­sort of its kind in Asia.

Along with the 3000-suite ho­tel, sport, con­ven­tion and con­fer­ence cen­tres and live con­cert areas and gam­ing spa­ces, it also has more than 30 restau­rants, over 350 stores and a food court that can seat 1000. The com­plex in­cludes replica ar­chi­tec­tural icons and canals from its Ital­ian name­sake. Should you want a break from the shops, take a ride in one of the 44 gen­uine Ital­ian gon­do­las, which come com­plete with sing­ing gon­doliers. Brands

stocked at Shoppes at the Vene­tian in­clude ev­ery­thing from high-end la­bels Prada and Dior to streetwear brands such as Fred Perry and Ed Hardy. Shop­pers can also con­nect with Shoppes at Four Sea­sons, Shoppes at Co­tai Cen­tral and Shoppes at Parisian mean­ing you have ac­cess to 850 stores. This is shop­ping on steroids so set aside plenty of time, wear com­fort­able shoes and leave your own trail of bread­crumbs be­cause it’s re­ally easy to get lost. vene­tian­macao.com

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