1. Cheoc Van Beach, February 2018. Visitors to Macau’s pretty Coloane Island could easily set aside a full day for its many sights and delights. Seen the pandas at Seac Pai Van Park? Checked out the stilt houses in Coloane Village? Grabbed some sausage rolls and egg tarts at Lord Stow’s Bakery? Very well, then it’s probably time to take a leisurely walk to Cheoc Van Beach, about one and half kilometers from the village main street down Estrada de Cheoc Van.
1. Coloane Village, February 2018. It’s almost criminal to think that thousands of people come to Macau and see out the entirety of their visits in the neon bubble of Taipa Island’s towering hotel-casinos. Sure, Macau is world famous as a gambling mecca and shopper’s paradise, but it also boasts some gorgeous rural scenery. Most unforgivable of all, it’s just a fourteen-minute drive (ninety minutes if you’re walking) from The Venetian down to sleepy little Coloane Village.
1. Anima Macau, February 2018. Wonderboy and I were walking from Seac Pai Van Park to the main street of Coloane Village when we unexpectedly stumbled upon this Animal Protection Centre on Estrada do Altinho de Ka Ho. The iron gates at the main entrance were locked and after peeking through the bars I initially guessed it was closed. But then a dimunitive Portuguese woman appeared. “You want to come in?” she asked, rattling a ring of keys from the belt at her waist.
1. Seac Pai Van Park, February 2018. After five nights in the hustle and bustle of Macau Peninsula, I was definitely in need of a change of pace. Happily then, a day spent strolling around Coloane Island provides just that. Start your wanderings here at Macau’s largest natural green area, a beautiful, protected animal park converted from farmland.
1. The Grand Lisboa Hotel & Casino, February 2018. If there’s a definitive symbol of Macau, its’ got to be the ubiquitous form of The Grand Lisboa; the golden lotus-shaped tower sprouting dramatically from a fat geodesic dome. Wherever you go in Macau, chances are this iconic building is just a glance away. This shot was taken from the winding garden paths of Monte Fort.
1. The Parisian Hotel & Casino, February 2018. Gone shopping in The Venetian? Hung out with Batman at Studio City? Then why not take the short walk over to The Parisian, for more unnecessary lavishness. Don’t worry about not being able to find it, just look out for the 525-foot half scale replica of The Eiffel Tower outside the main lobby. You can climb it too for views from the 37 level observation deck if that takes your fancy. Tickets are priced at 100MP for adults (£7 €8 $10).
1. Studio City Hotel & Casino, February 2018. In the unlikely event I go back to Macau and stay at one of the monster hotels, my hard-earned money would definitely go to Studio City. This is Macau’s cinema themed complex, a palatial 1,600-room structure with a figure of 8 Ferris wheel called The Golden Reel built into the façade.