Ask any American what the gambling capital of the world is and chances are they’ll tell you Las Vegas.
They would be wrong (stupid Americans).
No, Las Vegas is bush league compared to Macau where in 2015 they brought in $28.92 billion in gambling revenue? Las Vegas? A mere $6.35 billion.
Turns out Chinese people love to gamble.
Macau. Hong Kong’s Portuguese step-brother is quite an interesting place. Known officially as the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, it was administered by the Portuguese from the mid-16th century until nearly 2000 (claiming the title of “Last European Colony in Asia”).
I’ve always been interested in Macau because apparently, they speak Portuguese (my second language) there (spoiler alert: nobody I will meet speaks Portuguese – despite it being an official language).
The ferry ride over is plagued by fog, but it appears promising. There were signs and announcements in Portuguese and the boat was only about a quarter filled – more slot machines for me.