Destination of the week: Macau
Macau is usually associated with blackjack and baccarat. The East Asian gambling mecca, made up of a small peninsula and two islands that are now connected by a strip of land known as Cotai, is usually grouped with Hong Kong (which sits to the northeast) in travel guides and package tour itineraries. This is because both of these southeastern Chinese regions were former colonies that reverted to Chinese rule at the end of the 1900s. Hong Kong and Macau still enjoy a degree of autonomy as SARs (special administrative regions) under Chinese law. Part of the agreement made between Portugal, Macau's former ruler, and China gives Macau autonomy for 50 years from the 1999 handover date. This makes it more accessible to tourists than the mainland.