MACAU
National Geographic Traveller (UK)|October 2021
The sometimes elegant, often elusive city on China’s Pearl River Estuary has long been a gateway between east and west, land and sea, past and present. Today, Macau is best known for its glittery casinos, card sharps and high rollers — but the hustle and bustle of the streets tells a different story
MARK PARREN TAYLOR

Macau’s tight-knit streets safeguard 22 UNESCO World Heritage List sites, many dating back to its early days as a Portuguese colony in the 16th century. The city’s historic heart is dotted with temples, cathedrals and shrines; places where its 660,000 residents — mostly Buddhists — find solace. The area is also the place to seek out extra cash, via an ancient network of pawnbrokers. These dockets (top left) are on display at Tak Seng On Pawnshop Museum, set in a preserved former pawnshop dating back to 1917.

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