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For non-gamblers like me, a daytrip to Macau is a perfect length of time to take in the former Portuguese colony at the mouth of China’s Pearl River. Hailed as the next Vegas (it’s even surpassed Sin City in yearly gambling revenue), Macau offers a day’s worth of lovingly preserved colonial sites to visit across the tiny Special Administrative Region of China.
High-rollers headed to the futuristic casinos may get to the island by helicopter, but the turbojet hydrofoils departing from Hong Kong are inexpensive and about an hour each way. Most tour groups depart from the ferry terminal, a space jammed with free shuttles to the flourishing downtown casinos, both locally and U.S. owned. But on the outskirts of the city lie modern streets alongside European ruins, historic homes and waterfront stretches worth leaving the casino for.
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