Wow Macao

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If you look up field notes on Macao, most often you find the best casinos, grand hotels, and luxury shopping complexes. But as we discovered in our 5-day excursion, this little peninsula proved to be more charming than its high-rolling search engine results.
With just 11-square miles of land, Macao is an intersection of a handful of cultures. Along the southern coast of China, 40-minutes from Hong Kong, you can find Portuguese colonial architecture, African-spiced national dishes, and a wave of westernized contemporary businesses.
Photography by Zio & Sons | Words by Sheila Lam
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Shortly after landing from a transit flight in Taipei, we were shuttled to the Mandarin Oriental. With little more than two dozen locations around the world, the Mandarin Oriental Macao is one of a select destinations. Greeted at the entrance by their hospitable management staff, we were escorted to our rooms. From the madeleines on the desk to the welcome fruit plate, each touch point around the room made a completely unfamiliar landscape feel a little more like home.
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A ROOM WITH A VIEW
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A CULINARY ADVENTURE
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With a quick 10-minute drive to the St. Lazarus Quarter from the Mandarin Oriental, the landscape changed in an instance. From towering golden facades and wide city roads to narrow cobblestoned passageways, we had come across a sense of charm from a different era. Built around the 1550s the St. Lazarus church is one of the oldest in the city.
 

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line-accentIt’s difficult to put your finger on what exactly Macao is. With landmarks such as the Ruins of St. Paul and faded gems like Long Wa Teahouse, there is a strong sense of history. But a stones throw away, greeted with the comforts of luxury hotels and world-class cuisine, there is a perception of a foreigner’s city. At its surface, Macao is a place where tourism rules first. But with just bit of wandering and and open eyes, at its core, Macao is a city of cultures, its own and adoptive, making it an individually fascinating place.
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Special thanks to the Macao Tourism Office #WowMacao