Chinese tourists flock to gambling hub Macau for Labor Day holiday

Chinese tourists flock to gambling hub Macau for Labor Day holiday

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Local media, citing government figures, reported that the former Portuguese city had more than 100,000 daily visitors on Saturday and Sunday, up from the 60,000 recorded the previous day.

In the pastel-colored streets surrounding the historic sites of Senado Square and the Ruins of St. Paul, hundreds of visitors flock to Cheeks to snap photos and try Macanese delicacies, including egg tarts and dried meat.

Macau is the top destination for Chinese travelers within Asia from April 17 to May 7, with bookings down 11 percent from pre-pandemic levels in 2019, with bookings down 32 percent from nearby Hong Kong, according to travel data firm ForwardKeys.

Coco Li, a 42-year-old woman from Hubei province who was traveling with her husband, said she decided to come to Macau because travel rules had been eased.

Li said she was planning to buy cosmetics, handbags and clothes and “of course go to the casino and gamble for fun, because we still need to control ourselves.”

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