Having enjoyed a decade of unparalleled growth to leapfrog Las Vegas and become the world's gambling centre, Macau now faces both an economic downturn and a crackdown from mainland China, where gambling is banned.
So what does the future hold for the next generation of aircraft hangar-size casinos opening this year? As other territories attempt to tap into the lucrative market of outbound Chinese tourists, Claire Bolderson explores what Macau must do to keep both its VIP and mass-market visitors satisfied.
Producer: Nick Minter
An Unusual production for BBC Radio 4.