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So many travelers, particularly those on business, pass through fantastic East Asian destinations without stopping to experience the fantastic varieties of cuisine, the vibrant nightlife and the historical and cultural aspects. It’s a shame, although it’s understandable given the number of cities that are transport hubs in the region.

Today I’ll look at three amazing cities that – if at all possible – you should make time to stop in if you’re passing through. They’re close enough to be strung together into a Coastal China tour with not too much trouble.


Our first port of call is the ex-Portuguese colony of Macau, now a special region of China. There are two main reasons for visiting; the 24-hour party vibes, embodied in the city’s thriving casino scene, and the wonderful food, a blend of the two historically important cultures.

If you’re planning on hitting the card tables, make sure you practice first! Euro Palace Online Casino Games will brush up your skills to the required level; when you’re ready, The Grand Lisboa is the place to be in Macau for poker fans. If you’re hungry, be sure to try the Portuguese Egg Tarts, available everywhere in Macau. A snack of pork jerky and almond cookies is also highly recommended.

Hong Kong

It’s a shortish ferry ride from Macau to Hong Kong. As the boat chugs towards the city, the Portuguese feel fades, replaced by a century and a half of British influence. For a bar with a good mix of clientele, try the Beer Bay by the ferry terminal. It’s an unlikely-looking stop, but the range of drinks, including British real ales, and the low prices draw people from all over the city.

When you get hungry, search out Pork Floss in one of the local bakeries. It’s weird but delicious! Make time for the Temple Street Night Market if you can. Everything from jade carvings to iPads is available, and it’s a fantastic place to wander through even if you’re not buying.


Shanghai is just 2 hours by air from Hong Kong, and it’s without doubt one of the most exciting cities in East Asia. Its skyscrapers bristle at the mouth of the Yangtze, advertising Shanghai’s reputation as one of the fastest-growing cities on Earth.

The City God Temple (and the area around it) is a must-see, with a history that stretches back six centuries. It’s a central part of the old Shanghai, some of which has been swallowed up by modern development. The China Art Museum is easily worth a whole day, and has its own Metro station for easy access.

If there’s anywhere you’d add, please let me know in the comments section!

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