As your plane lifts off the hot desert tarmac of Las Vegas, your hungover head pressed back into a musty headrest, it's easy to think that the cultural maelstrom (nadir?) you've just experienced surely has no equal anywhere else in this world. But as a Westerner, it's important to remember that today, things are often bigger in China. In this case, we're talking about Macau. Having surpassed Las Vegas in total annual gambling receipts somewhere around 2007, Macau is to Sin City what Beijing is to New York: bigger, dirtier, and with more Pai Gow. All with a colonial backdrop—Portugal set up shop in the 16th century, and stuck around in some form until as recently as 1999.