What is the best way to see Macau in one day?

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Begin a one-day visit to Macau at Fisherman's Wharf, a large-scale shopping and entertainment complex built to replicate the traditional districts of Europe and Asia. The multipurpose arena incorporates stores, restaurants, a convention and exhibition center, a casino and a hotel at Avenida da Amizade and Avenida Dr. Sun Yat-Se. Duck into a couple of shops and grab a quick bite in preparation for your next destination.

With shopping bags slung over your shoulder, head to the Coati Strip — a two-square-mile piece of reclaimed land that lies between Macau's two outlying islands of Coloane and Taipa with enough casinos to seriously rival Las Vegas. The biggest development of them all is Macao Studio City, 32.3-acre one-stop-lodging complex that includes The Ritz-Carlton Macao, W Macao, Marriott and the world's first Tang Hotel. The four hotels share an entertainment zone that includes a massive shopping mall, an arena, a theater and the casino centerpiece. Or check out City of Dreams, 28-acre structure with an underwater tropical marine life theme. The hotels' communal casino features 2,500 slot machines, 450 gaming tables and 50 high-stakes VIP tables in a private gambling salon to keep you busy.

If it's still light out, visit the Macau Tower and experience the glass floor 58 stories up called the Skywalk. Surely you'll be hungry for dinner after a day of gambling and shopping, and Aurora is sure to quell your appetite. This French restaurant offers the most bang for your buck in Macau. It's traditional French fare at its finest, and foodies consider Aurora's service the best in town, and the tableware is signed by Hermes.

It's up to you whether or not you have enough energy to hit the clubs after dinner. D2 in the AIA Tower promises some all-night dancing. Once you're inside, expect a busy dance floor, replete with male and female go-go dancers onstage (especially on the weekends). The décor exudes a modern, intimate and colorful vibe, and the music is downright loud.

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