Crowds dodged firecrackers at the A-Ma Temple before heading off to feast on Macanese salted cod balls in cosy European-style taverns.
It was merry mayhem, unpredictable, absurd, absorbing, languorous, and fun.
Suddenly, the limelight shifted from this UNESCO World Heritage Site to spinning roulette wheels, Italian gondolas and hallucinogenic neon, while one survivor, Lord Stow's Bakery (that made Macau famous for its egg tarts), determinedly hung on, even expanding from its Coloane base to The Venetian hotel and elsewhere. The showy extravagance of this flamboyant Special Administrative Region (SAR) didn’t stop there.
Bets are definitely still on for this fun-filled Asian holiday destination.
Before we leap into our Macau fun guide and Macau casino hotels review, a quick geography lesson to help you get your bearings.
After a stubborn start, this begun to change as Macau is forced to consider new markets, and family travel becomes an important target.
Enter Kungfu Panda and other Dreamworks characters at Sheraton Grand, a waterslide fun park and vintage carousel at The Parisian and the first-ever 4D Batman flight simulation ride at Studio City Macau, plus countless family themed packages and child-friendly guestrooms luring Chinese extended families which, aside from Hainan Island, have few choices when it comes to world-class integrated resort destinations in China.