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Why There’s So Much More to Macau than Meets the Eye

[SPONSORED CONTENT] From historic villages to culinary delights, there’s a lot to explore in the Greater Bay of China.

Published on Aug 22, 2019

If you think you know the Greater Bay Area of China, think again. This southern region is bursting with diverse places to visit, history to learn, traditions to explore, and business to do. Whether you want natural wonders or industrial ones, you can lose yourself up in the clouds on mountaintops or in skyscrapers. The area has long been of strategic importance thanks to its position on the Pearl River Delta—and Macao is the glistening gateway. An economic powerhouse, a culinary capital, a seamless blend of Eastern and Western heritages where the quiet life persists in sleepy villages and the high life courses through shiny new towers, Macao offers prep with aplomb for all this fascinating region has to offer.

Relax in a scenic mountain city known for karsts, lakes and a Song Dynasty city wall.

Guangzhou Once a major terminus of the Silk Road, the capital of Guangdong Province is filled with old temples, avant-garde architecture, a rising culinary scene and an ever-booming economy.

Dongguan Shop the largest mall in the world or cheer for three basketball teams in this manufacturing hub.

Huizhou A chill, beach-fringed region where folks come to admire the pagodas on West Lake, and the Taoist relics on Mt. Luofu.

Shenzhen The epitome of a Special Economic Zone, it’s a tech hotspot and retail heaven. Shop til you drop!

Hong Kong The food. The lights. The double-decker buses. The traditional and the modern, the glass towers and the greenery live cheek by jowl in this unique port city.

Zhuhai The Fisher Girl statue welcomes you to this deep-water port town that was named the most liveable city in China in 2014.

Zhongshan Named after Sun Yat-Sen, its hills cascade with colorful flowers and its hot springs offer water cures.

Jiangmen Visit the Kaiping Diaolou, unesco World Heritage–listed towers built from the mid-1500s through the mid-1900s.

Foshan This modern city nurtured traditional ceramics, and is known as the birthplace of lion dancing and Cantonese opera.

IN THE MIDDLE OF the new Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, the longest sea crossing in the world, is this little city that punches way about its weight in creativity and development. From the Portuguese colonial beauty of Old Town to the international bling of the Cotai Strip, you’ll never run out of things to do. And this year, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and the 20th of the anniversary of the handover of Macao as a Special Administrative Region, brings celebratory events such as Art Macao. Held across a whopping 48 locations, the festival is a citywide aesthetic immersion—and, happily, you have through next month to dive in. 

Must-visits in Macao include A-Ma Temple, Senado Square and of course the historic landmark Ruins of St. Paul, but once you’ve seen the sights, reward yourself with another of the city’s major attractions: its diverse food. On the Cotai Strip, we’re crazy for MGM’s Grill 58 by Mauro Colagreco, whose Mirazur in France has three Michelin stars and was just named No. 1 in the World’s 50 Best restaurants. You also need a booking at Wynn Palace’s Wing Lei Palace, and follow it up with dessert across the street at Morpheus in the Pierre Hermé Lounge.

To get a real feel for the culture, visit Taipa Village, an old fishing hamlet where life moves slow and the food is second to none: sit down and savor at Goa Nights, La Famiglia and Tapas de Portugal, or grab baos at Tiger Bite or lobster buns at Tim & Daf’s to take to the beach. It might be a cliché to call this unesco Creative City of Gastronomy a melting pot, but when the chef’s hat fits...




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