You’ll see them long before you approach the front door. Towering overhead, Macau’s casinos and hotels make up the skyline of this peninsula just off the coast of Hong Kong. Known as the Vegas of the East, Macau has built a reputation for its excesses and larger-than-life design.
The most notable difference between this gambling town and its Nevada counterpart? With China just an hour-long ferry ride away, and a whopping 80 percent of their clientele Chinese, these Macanese hotels are catering to both Western and Chinese guests. Though gambling aficionados will recognize a few notable details from Sin City—the Venetian’s gondola-dotted canals, the copper-colored sway of the Wynn’s exterior—this crop of casinos is no Vegas strip.