On 20 December 1999, Macau joined China
. Macau or Gambling Hell: this cliche has long been the reputation of this enclave, formerly a den of vice and debauchery. Today, though the frenzy has piped down and excess are clearly more veiled, casinos
continue to lure big-time gamblers. But do not ignore the melancholic charm of this old colony, with its splendid glazed-tiled houses (azulejos) and streets in which baroque churches cohabit with Chinese pagodas and temples
. Although relatively few tourists travel to Macau, it is a charming destination with a lot to offer.