Even though Macau has a reputation for gambling and extravagance that is closely reached by boat from Hong Kong, I would like to present another aspect that Macau has to offer tourists. When I took the boat from Hong Kong to visit Macau in 2011 after I had been living in Asia for one year, I was elated to see some traces of European influence.
While I confess that I did pull one or two slots throughout my day trip to Macau, I also marveled at the remains of the Portuguese colonization from centuries past. Additionally, I was able to find my first affordable high quality red wine in one year, which I greatly enjoyed while eating delicious authentic Portuguese cuisine.
The aspect of Macau that greatly amazed me was the mix between the Portuguese roots and Chinese culture. In addition to the Iberian traces that the tourist could explore around the city, there were also impressive temples and shrines to visit as well.
Thus, while the gambling experience is always enjoyable, I encourage tourists visiting Hong Kong to absolutely take the time to travel by boat to Macau. The superior Portuguese cuisine, Chinese temples, and Iberian architecture is a fascinating mixture of cultures for the tourist to explore and enjoy.