Magical, mysterious Macau

Macau has become a magnet for mainland Chinese and other gamblers in recent years, but to think of it as the Las Vegas of South East Asia would be doing it a great disservice.

Sao Paulo cathedral ruins

The former Portuguese colony about an hour by boat from Hong Kong has its own unique cultural flavour — a potent blend of East and West that can be alluring even for those who are not interested in playing the tables or the machines.

Here are some pictures I took a few years ago. Given the pace of life and construction in the southern Chinese enclave, don’t expect things to be exactly the same when you go. But that, of course, is part of the attraction.

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