The last destination on my summer trip to East Asia…

Macau

facade of St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, which burned down (casino in background)

facade of St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, which burned down (casino in background)

A 45-minute Turbojet ferry ride from Hong Kong across South China Sea, Macau is like a mini-Hong Kong. Similar architecture grace Macau Peninsula, and long bridges connect the peninsula to Taipa Island. Macau is China’s other Special Administrative Region (in addition to Hong Kong). This “casino town” has surpassed Las Vegas as the world’s largest gambling operation, which makes it one of the world’s wealthiest places. Once governed by Portugal, Macau retains its Portuguese and Chinese influences in language, food, and architecture.

MUST-SEE

Macau Tower

Macau Tower

1. Macau Tower. If you’re not afraid of heights, you can brave the world’s tallest bungy jump. Or just enjoy an unobstructed view of the peninsula from the indoor or outdoor observation deck.
2. Casinos. If you’re into gambling or eating at buffets, you’ll find some familiar casino-hotels also located in Vegas, including Sands and Wynn. From Fisherman’s Wharf, you can gaze across South China Sea, lined with elegant bridges.

Macau casino-hotels

Macau casino-hotels

So where am I going next? It depends on scheduling and other factors, of course, but I’m anxious to visit Greece, Eastern Europe, Northern China, India, Spain, the United Arab Emirates (which is trying to become like Hong Kong), and so many other places. Before that though, I’ll take a trip down memory lane and write about my past travels to Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and other parts of East Asia. Thanks for reading and stay tuned…