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A guide to the hidden gem that is Macau. With its unique blend of Portuguese and Chinese heritage, this tiny Special Administrative Region of China certainly deserves exploration. travelguru David Wickers goes beyond the neon lights of the casinos and discovers its facinating history, culture and cuisine...

Macau is well known for its casinos but, for international visitors, there is so much more to see and do. Its history is fascinating. Settled by the Portuguese in the 16th century, their influence remains evident; in the architecture, the people and, of course, in food and wines. The Portuguese were great explorers but this blend of Portuguese and Chinese influences is truly unique.

Beyond the cultural interest, although Macau is only small (29 sq kms in total), there is more than enough to keep you occupied for 3 or 4 days. You will need at least a day in the historic centre and more time to visit some of the many museums and attractions. For history buffs, the Macau Museum is fascinating and the brand new Macau Science Centre designed by renowned architect I M Pei, is well worth a look.

The casinos can be fun but, even if gambling is not your cup of tea, along with them come fantastic entertainment complexes. There is no end of shopping malls, cool bars, restaurants, nightclubs and some truly spectacular shows. Spend time in Macau and you can have a really fun time enjoying both culture and entertainment.

For general information about holidays in Macau visit Macau Tourism

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