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Last month I had the pleasure of doing some budget travelling through most of the island countries in Southeast Asia. The travel started and ended with one day in the Pearl River delta. Upon the first arrival at Hong Kong International Airport, I had made sure to fly out from Macau to get a glimpse of this tiny old Portuguese outpost. You can take a ferry directly between the two airports, even without passing immigration. But as I wouldn't say no to some extra adventure and some dollars saved, I went through the city of Hong Kong. As I arrived Macau, I had a few hours to walk around.

Macau is the most densely populated territory in the world. Yes, it even beats Monaco. Then imagine the many "mainland" Chinese visitors on top of this. Macau is mostly known for its many casinos, 33 in total, that include a replica of the Eiffel Tower and the canals of Venice, among others. It's fair to say it lives up to its nickname as the Las Vegas of Asia. The territory was a colony of Portugal until it was handed over to China in 1999. The street signs are written both in Chinese and Portuguese, even though it seems like few people still understand Portuguese. However, the European architecture still stands out in the old quarters of the territory.

I had heard a lot about the casinos of Macau, but I was very positively surprised by how the old buildings still were an important piece of this unique territory. All in all it's a great mix of old and new, and it's a place well worth a day or two.

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