Macau

Located just a one-hour ferry ride away, Macau, China’s other Special Administrative Region (SAR), makes for a great day trip from Hong Kong. This world famous gambling hub is hugely popular amongst foreigners and Chinese alike, but even if casinos aren’t for you (personally, they’re not really my thing), Macau is still a fun place to explore due to its Portuguese colonial past. The architecture is a colorful mix of Portuguese and Chinese, the street signs are in both languages, and the whole area is an incredibly interesting fusion of the two very different cultures.

Macau is made up of three areas – the main Macau peninsula in the north (the most touristy area where all the major casinos are located), the upcoming island of Taipa in the middle, and low-key, sleepy Coloane in the south. All three areas are worth exploring, as they each exude their own unique vibe. I started with Coloane and made my way up to Macau peninsula, which worked well as the latter is worth seeing at night.

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