Macao was a Portuguese colony for hundreds of years, only given back to China in 1999. While the territory is not new, its transition from Portuguese to Chinese is happening quite rapidly. Cantonese is the main language spoken in Macao, with English and Portuguese coming in second and third.
The streets of Macao are akin to the cobblestones of Lisbon, with the Portuguese having brought their signature tiles over from their home country. The country is a contrast of old and new, Portuguese and Chinese, all effortlessly mixed into a beautiful amalgam of divine diversity.
Unlike Las Vegas or nearby Hong Kong, Macao works at a much slower pace, allowing for relaxation and exploration over the hustle and bustle of a big city. When it comes to touring and exploring, you’ll need one to two days in Macao. The absolute musts for exploration are the ruins of St. Paul, the Three Lamp Post district, and the St. Lazarus district. Also take a walk down the colorful street of “Lovers Lane.” With multi-colored houses, it’s an Instagrammers dream.