China with a Portuguese flair: Why it’s time you visited Macao

Published on Metro.co.uk on 17th April 2018

Known as the Vegas of the East, Macao has held the title of the biggest gaming destination of the world for over a decade.

And yet, this tiny special administrative region (SAR) of China, consisting of a peninsula and two islands, has so much more to offer.

For one thing, having been a Portuguese colony for more than four hundred years, its architecture and its food has taken on a distinctively Portuguese flair.

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A modern twist on ancient China

Published in The Mail on Sunday on 8th October 2017

Also published on MailOnline

Qin Xie Chengdu Mail on Sunday

Shuffling with the crowds along Kuan Zhai Alley, a network of lanes dating from the Qing dynasty, I breathe in deep.

A familiar blend of smoky chilli, toasted Sichuan peppercorns and crushed garlic invades my nostrils; it instantly feels like home.

This is my first visit to Chengdu in three years, and, like each of my previous visits, the city has taken on a new visage. But in a place like this, it doesn’t take long to get reacquainted.

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