Macau, also commonly spelled as Macao, is a high-rolling destination — the only place in China where gambling is legal. In 2006, it became the biggest gambling spot in the world — at least in terms of revenue — leaving Las Vegas behind. The former Portuguese colony, which neighbors Hong Kong, has a fascinating blend of Asian and Western culture. The enclave is also making strides in the art world, with the Photo Macau art fair, opening March 24-26 at the Venetian Macau, being part of its scene.
Blouinartinfo.com spoke with Cecilia Ho, founder and executive director of Photo Macau, to get her recommendations on how to make the most of a visit to the enclave.
One of many things that I would recommend visitors coming to Macau is to go out strolling in Macau’s historic district, collectively known as “The Historic Centre of Macao” as inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2005, and the old town of Taipa. It would surely be worth going for.
What restaurants, bars, and cafes would you recommend in Macau and why?
Well, Macau Petisqueira for Portuguese food, Wing Lei for the best dim sum, Passion, a French café, are some of the places that come to my mind where I feel one could really have a great time.
Where would you go and what would you do if you had a free morning or afternoon in Macau?
Without a doubt, the Macau Museum of Art is one such place where I would love to go anytime.
Where would you head to in Macau for the best shopping?
Walking the small lanes of Rua dos Ervanarios which is full of vintage and antiques stores will surely help you unwind.
Where would you recommend people stay when they visit Macau?
The Parisian Hotel in Cotai is one of many hotels that visitors could choose to stay once here in Macau.
Which are the best places to see and buy art in Macau?
Come visit Photo Macau Art Fair opening this weekend!
What about the best places to see live bands or musicians in Macau and why?
Macau Soul is a great place to experience jazz music while having cheese and wine. All this could really help you chill out.
Could you please share the best spots for experiencing Macau’s nightlife after spending the day at an art fair?
Rua da Cunha, located right in the heart of old town of Taipa, offers good beer and atmosphere.
What other projects are you currently working on?
In addition to Photo Macau, I’m also working on “China & Portuguese Art Exchange 2019,” and “Focus Istanbul.”
What are some interesting works that we can look forward to at Macau?
At Photo Macau - Global Photography and Digital Art fair, I’m particularly excited about the Horst P Horst photography exhibition and the video installation ‘Confucian Rites’ by New Media Artist, Jeffrey Shaw. That’s not all, there’s a lot for visitors and photo aficionados at the fair which will open on March 24 and will continue till March 26.
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek.