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Old 07-30-2014, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Hong Kong gets so much attention, but what about Macau?
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Old 07-30-2014, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
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Gambling for most of the part, but if you love exploration you'd love the Portuguese colonial architecture and get fascinated by the Portuguese influence there. The place is very developed and there's many shopping centers as well that co-exist with the historical center. Food is mostly Cantonese like HK, but you have to try the Portuguese egg tart.

There's amazing nightlife and pubs in the city as well, lots of places to chill out, you'd loved the place.
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Old 07-30-2014, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Hong Kong gets so much attention, but what about Macau?
Macau has Portuguese stuff. There are forts and old cannonballs and such. Lots of little plaza squares like Taipa Village and Senado Square. They have a Portuguese feel. Some of the buildings have a Portuguese feel as well. I think it's only 2-3% Portuguese people, but Macau Law is in Portuguese, so they have most of the jobs like judges, lawyers, gov't positions and such, where they need people to interpret the Law in Portuguese.

That being said, most of the city is very Chinese, and you'll have Chinese Temples, and all the typical cultural stuff that is Chinese. Most of the city speaks Cantonese, much like Hong Kong, but there are quite a few Mandarin speakers coming to Macau as well, but Cantonese is what most people speak.

On top of that, you have the casinos. Venetian is based out of Vegas, so you have the Gondola Rides and the Canals going all through the Mall. Yeah, it's basically a Mall with the Gondolas and waterways. The Casino is in the middle. You also have a large venue which has pop concerts, boxing, UFC, on and on. Manny Pacquaio fought at the Venetian in Macau last Fall. The casinos have the attractions.

The other big attraction is bungee jumping off of the Macau Tower. They advertise its the tallest free-falling structure for bungee jumping in Asia. I'm not sure, but it attracts people nontheless.

The above probably consumes most of the tourists. Some of the Catholic cathedrals as well. Outside of that stuff, you have a very normal city of around 600,000 or 800,000 people or so. Something like that.
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Old 07-30-2014, 11:23 AM
 
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I found Macau really interesting. For me the old Portuguese architecture and culture, including Macanese culture, a unique blend of Chinese and Portuguese (Best exemplified in the cuisine). Egg tarts and milk pudding are must try desserts. We didn't go to any casinos, not interested in gambling.
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Old 09-25-2014, 03:37 AM
 
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I think the nightlife in Macau is not good, HK nightlife is already not good, and Macau is not better than HK. Overall it is a boring place besides the gambling.

I have been to Macau totally 16 times, with only the first 3 trips exploring it.

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Gambling for most of the part, but if you love exploration you'd love the Portuguese colonial architecture and get fascinated by the Portuguese influence there. The place is very developed and there's many shopping centers as well that co-exist with the historical center. Food is mostly Cantonese like HK, but you have to try the Portuguese egg tart.

There's amazing nightlife and pubs in the city as well, lots of places to chill out, you'd loved the place.
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Old 09-25-2014, 04:52 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I think the nightlife in Macau is not good, HK nightlife is already not good, and Macau is not better than HK. Overall it is a boring place besides the gambling.

I have been to Macau totally 16 times, with only the first 3 trips exploring it.
I can understand someone not liking Macau nightlife. But, it IS there.

Hong Kong is amazing.

What kinds of things are you expecting for nightlife anyways?
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Old 09-26-2014, 11:55 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Casinos, good Portuguese food and the nighlife that "goes with casino activity" (if you know what I mean).
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Old 09-26-2014, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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and the nighlife that "goes with casino activity" (if you know what I mean).
Overpriced Ho's?
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Old 09-26-2014, 05:34 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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macau has some of the best saunas in the world

and fatburger

whats not to love
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Old 09-26-2014, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Czech Republic
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Casinos, good Portuguese food and the nighlife that "goes with casino activity" (if you know what I mean).
I have never had good Portuguese Chicken in Macau.
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