Macau isn’t just about gambling – it’s also a prime tourist destination

Although Macau has become most famous for its massive gambling industry, there are plenty of other things to do during your stay there

Over the years, Las Vegas has established itself as the most iconic and famous gambling hub in the world, frequently becoming the location for Hollywood films like Ocean’s Eleven and attracting the most elite celebrities such as Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe.

But now the tides are shifting and Macau in China has usurped Vegas and emerged as a more prosperous destination. In fact, Macau casinos make seven times those of Sin City, with a reported $45 billion flowing through the city’s gambling houses in 2013. The extremely wealthy region provides citizens with an incredible quality of life while remaining a prime spot for tourism.

Macau is home to some of the most jaw-dropping, extravagant casinos in the world. The Venetian Macau is the largest building on Earth, covering an astonishing 10,500,000 square feet. International artists who visit the city always stay at the venue, with the likes of Beyonce and NBA star Kobe Bryant having previously chosen to reside there during their time in Asia. The famous canals of Venice are recreated inside the walls of the casino, and the place is divided into four main gaming areas called Golden Fish, Imperial House, Red Dragon, and Phoenix.

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In terms of games, there are over 3400 slot machines and 800 gambling tables – some of them exclusive to high-rollers and people who pre-book. With that in mind, it’s always good to get a little practice in beforehand so that you don’t waste your time at a rare, exclusive table. The way to do that is to visit online casinos first and look for ones that offer signup bonuses so that you minimalize your risk. For instance, some sites provide free spins and deposit bonuses for new players. This is a good way to get to grips with the games so you aren’t overwhelmed in the casino.

A visit to Macau doesn’t have to be all about gambling, though. There are plenty of other things to do in this thriving city. One of the most famous landmarks is the Ruins of St. Paul’s, a 17th-century complex that included St. Paul’s College and the Church of St. Paul. The walls are decorated with intricate carvings by Japanese monks, and tourists flock to see the stunning building that took 38 years to construct.

A good set of places for just enjoying a stroll around and doing some shopping is the Historic Centre of Macau. This is a collection of more than 20 locations that witness the unique blend of Chinese and Portuguese cultures, including churches, temples, and urban squares. There are plenty of beautiful and memorable things to see but one user on TripAdvisor did however warn against rude vendors in the area.

While visiting Macau, it is also worth sampling as much cuisine as possible, as most of the dishes are mouth-wateringly delicious delights. A few recommended dishes are the Portuguese egg tarts, the egg rolls, and the Portuguese seafood rice. McPherson’s sweet shop also sells an intriguing treat called black garlic chocolate.

Although Macau has become most famous for its massive gambling industry, there are plenty of other things to do during your stay there. Along with the places mentioned above, there are stunning parks such as the Flora Garden, and popular museums such as the Grand Prix Museum.

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