To celebrate 50 years of Independence, Singapore announced an additional public holiday which gave us the chance to escape for another long weekend - this time to Macau, a special region of China. In 1557, Macau was rented to Portugal as a trading port. The Portuguese administered the city under Chinese authority until 1887, when Macau became a colony. Macau transferred back to China in 1999. 

After a quick trip up the hill to the lighthouse, our first day was spent walking around the Historic Centre of Macau, a collection of over twenty locations that witness the unique co-existence of Chinese and Portuguese cultures in Macau, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

After a full day of walking, it was time for some good Portuguese food, and a rest in one of the many casinos.  Yes, I did walk through multiple casinos in Macau and no, I didn’t gamble!  We had decided we were going to have one go each in a big slot machine that could win millions – but couldn’t work out even how to put the money in, so gave up!

One of the highlights of the trip to Macau for me was to see the ‘House of Dancing Water’ show at the City of Dreams resort. This show’s theatre transforms from a very deep pool for high diving, to a stage that stunt motorcyclists use – and is like no other show I have ever seen.  We also got to see the Musical, Ghost, as it passed through Macau – so the final pics are from our nights out!

Hope you enjoyed the report – next trip is Viet Nam in October!  Take care,  Trevor, Shanhong, Ted xx