Macao, just across the bay from Hong Kong, was a Portuguese colony until 1999. And in just 20-some years, it’s come into its own identity with a vengeance. Grander than Vegas — don’t let that distract you — Macao is also a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, with a complex, colorful past best displayed in its Portuguese-esque streets and Chinese temples.
Start at Taipa Food Street, where you can find everything from a hot egg tart to a Michelin-starred experience. Then wander to A-Ma Temple, Camões Garden, or shop at the world-class resorts and ride the world’s first figure-eight Ferris Wheel. There’s also black-sand beaches, hiking trails, and plenty of views over the water. Rest up — you’ll need energy for this one.