The Chinese people love gambling and Macau is their Las Vegas. Macau attracts more than 30 million visitors every year. From mainland day-trippers to the vacationer, Macau attracts visitors from near and far. Like Vegas, most are here for the same reason, gambling and entertainment. It is a destination where families on a vacation, 2000 delegates at a corporate event, high rollers looking for a million dollar hand and the person playing dollar slots, all peacefully co-exist. It's that kind of a place. What's more there's something of interest for everyone.
Macau is a Chinese city, but it has a distinctive European flavor. Macau was a Portuguese territory till 1999, when it was handed over to the Chinese. Today it exists as a special region under Chinese governance. Its European heritage is evident in roads, buildings and the homes in the city center. The historic city center is a UNESCO protected heritage site. Some of the best views of the city are seen from the Macau Tower. The Senado Square with its festival of lanterns is a unique sight. Macau also has two 18-hole golf courses that often host Asian PGA tournaments. The courses are open to the public on non-match days. April to September is the best time to visit Macau.
Of course, Macau is also famous for its Monte Carlo and Vegas style resort properties that offer both entertainment and gaming. The Wynn Macau, Grand Lisboa and the Venetian Macau are three of the most visited resorts. Stephen A Wynn is the man credited with sanitizing Las Vegas and making it a family destination, as much as one for gaming and entertainment. Wynn has been the inspiration behind properties such as Mirage, Venetian and Bellagio. He sold Mirage Resorts for $6.6 billion and the Wynn Las Vegas was his comeback vehicle. His focus on philanthropy and charity is an understated part of his personality. Wynn and his wife are rightly considered the uncrowned King and Queen of Las Vegas.
Most tourists to Macau are either from mainland China or nearby Hong Kong. But a significant number also come from places like Japan and India. Macau is a melting pot of European, Chinese and Asian cultures and sensibilities. Like Las Vegas it offers its visitors a wide range of activities and entertainment avenues. A trip to Macau is a treat to all five senses. It is after all, rightly called the Oriental Las Vegas.