Macau, once a dull mid-16th century Portuguese-administered settlement, is one of China's two special administrative regions. Its main form of economy comes from its gambling and tourism trade but the country offers so much more beyond the neon-lit gaming dens. In a nutshell it is a glamorous city offering two distinctively different facades – on one hand, ... More>it is a modern, glamorous, Vegas-like city with towering (and sometimes tacky) buildings. Then you round a street corner and find avenues lined with atmospheric buildings in a fusion of Chinese and Portuguese style – it all contributes to Macau's bizarre vibe. Its Vegas-like resemblance is unsurprising considering the fact that Asia's largest gambling destination generates more revenue than Sin City but Macau is also home to vast, untapped stretches of greenery (including pristine beaches) and more than 30 UNESCO heritage sights. Packed with churches, temples and fortresses bearing an interesting mix of Chinese-Mediterranean style check out Central Macau Peninsula's Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro for the perfect example of this. Alternatively, you can look through stunning artwork of ecclesiastical art and liturgical plates at the three-storey Treasury of Sacred Art at the Church of St Dominic. Other must-visit sights include the Monte Fort, Leal Senado, Pawnshop Heritage Exhibition, Ruins Of The Church Of St Paul, St Lazarus District and Street Of Happiness.