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10 things YOU need to know before you go to Macau. A comprehensive travel guide to bring you up to speed on the Language, Food, Casinos, and more! First, some basic knowledge on Macau: Macau was a Colony of Portugal from 1557-1999, and now it’s a Special Administrative Region of China just like Hong Kong. Macau is small -- 30 sq km, or 11 sq miles. 640,000 people live there. In 2017 Macau had 30 million visitors… lots of people for such a tiny place. 64km (40 miles) west of Hong Kong. A great day trip from Hong Kong, but easily worth 2 nights
Macau is best known as a gambling and shopping mecca, but it also has a really neat historic portuguese center
Macau is the only place in China where you can gamble legally. It generates more revenue from gambling than anywhere else on the earth including more than about seven times the revenue generated by “The Strip” in La Vegas
4 main parts…
the main part of Macau with the historic Portuguese core. This is called the Macau Peninsula
2. Getting In
Ferry from Hong Kong
Takes 40-60 Minutes
2 different operators
Turbojet: The Red One
Cotai Water Jet: The Blue One
4 Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong
2 Ferry Terminals in Macau -
If you’re going to the Cotai Strip, most convenient to take Cotai Water Jet
Going to the Historic Portuguese section, take Turbojet
Macau does have it’s own airport, but not many flights
There’s a new bridge from HKG to Macau, you can take a bus on it
Or cross the border by land from China.
This number omitted because it’s unlucky. 4 in Chinese sounds like the word for “Death.” Most buildings typically omit this floor.
5. Getting Around
Free Shuttle Service
Macau’s hotels offer free shuttle service from the airport, ferry terminals, and border gates.
· The Venetian Macao Free Shuttle Schedule
· The Parisian Macao Free Shuttle Schedule
· Sands Cotai Central Free Shuttle Schedule
Public buses operate frequently throughout Macau, Taipa, and Coloane. Buses have onboard stop notifications in Mandarin, Cantonese, Portuguese and English.
· Price: Within Macau or Taipa: MOP3.2, Macau-Taipa: MOP4.2, Macau-Coloane: MOP5, Airport service: MOP4.2.
Macau’s taxis come in two color schemes: one is yellow, the other is black and cream. Both color taxis charge the same fees. Taxis stands are located near hotel lobbies.
·Base price (first 1.6 km): MOP17, additional MOP2 for each 260 m afterwards.
Extra fees: Taxi waiting fee is MOP2 for every minute. Taxis have a MOP3 luggage storing fee. There is a MOP2 fee from Taipa to Coloane, and a MOP5 fee from Macau to Coloane. There is an MOP5 fee for taxi trips to and from the airport.
Uber operates in Macau
Macanese Pataca (MOP)
Most shops and restaurants will accept HKG to pay, with a 1:1 exchange rate to MOP
The exchange rate is fixed at HK$1 = MOP$1.03
But you’ll typically get change back in MOP
Portuguese (but its own dialect)
And Chinese (Cantonese)
A little less english than Hong Kong, but enough to get by
In every hotel on the Cotai Strip
9. The rest of Macau outside the Casinos and Historic Districts
Macanese cuisine’ is a mix of southern Chinese and Portuguese ingredients and cooking techniques. With a history dating back over 400 years, the cuisine is often regarded as the world’s first fusion cuisine.
Egg Tart that is so popular in Dim Sum restaurants originated here.. Lord Stows cafe is the original located in Taipa. Most convenient location is the one in the Venetian
Bifanas - Thin breaded pork Sandwich
Really good high end Chinese food cheaper than Hong Kong. The Wynn hotel has some really good options.
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Things to do in Macau Travel Guide
Today's feature travel video from Asia is of the top attractions worth considering while visiting in Macau, China including checking out Senado Square and the Ruins of Saint Paul's Cathedral. Feeling well rested after going to bed several hours earlier than normal, we felt a jolt of adrenaline about exploring the historic areas of Macau located on another island from the hotel we were staying at. Fortunately, our hotel offered 'free' transfer service from Cotai to the Macau Peninsula. We literally went from an island filled with nothing but luxury casinos to a more historic area that featured historic Portuguese inspired architecture, cobbled walkways and a plethora of people.
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As soon as we got outside of the transfer bus, Audrey marveled, I feel as though I'm back visiting more relatives in Brazil or wandering around in Portugal.
The first place we visited was the Senada Square (Portuguese: Largo do Senado; Chinese: 議事亭前地). With pastel colored buildings, Portuguese white & black pavement and a series of red lanterns, this place was a collision between East meets West.
Prior to Macau becoming the 'Las Vegas' of Asia with its plethora of casinos, Senate Square was the epicenter of the former Portuguese Colony of Macau.
As the Historic Centre of Macao (Chinese: 澳門歷史城區; Portuguese: O Centro Histórico de Macau) it is one of twenty locations featuring the melting pot of Chinese and Portuguese cultures in Macau.
Even though Macau has been a Special Administrative Region of China since 1999, it has still retained its Portuguese influence from several centuries of colonial rule.
As we walked past the main square we started to branch off into a narrower alley where we were inundated by the exotic smells of Macanese delights being peddled by shop owners and hawkers alike.
Some of the most popular Macanese foods we sampled included Egg Tarts, Almond Cookies and Porkchops in buns.
Macanese cuisine is a mix of Portuguese, Chinese and SE Asian ingredients forming one of the more distinct fusion style cuisines in all of Asia.
After taking the time to gormandize on Macanese treats, we continued our ascent towards the imposing Ruins of Saint Paul's Cathedral ((Portuguese: Ruínas de São Paulo, Chinese: 大三巴牌坊).
Considered as one of the most famous landmarks in all of Macau.
The heat and humidity of Macau in late August was on par with the weather we had been experiencing in SE Asia for several months.
This was distinctly different from the time I first visited back in February, 2008 when I could walk for kilometers on end without breaking a sweat.
Built from 1852 to 1602 by the Jesuits, Saint Paul's Cathedral was one of the grandest churches in all of Asia.
Destroyed by a fire during a typhoon in 1835, the southern stone faced features intricate carvings.
Finally we legged it up to Mount Fortress (Portuguese: Fortaleza do Monte; Chinese: 大炮台) for impressive 360 degree panoramic views of the city.
Fortaleza do Monte (Portuguese for Mount Fortress, also Monte Forte, officially Fortaleza de Nossa Senhora do Monte de São Paulo, in English: Fortress of Our Lady of the Mount of St. Paul; Chinese: 大炮台)
Cannons remain, some pointing directly at some of Macau's most monumental casinos, including the Grand Lisboa.
Overall, our late morning and early afternoon excursion was a fascinating glimpse into Macau's past with hints of modernity and riches flashing in all directions from the peak of Fortaleza do Monte:
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30 Secrets & Things to do in Macau
This is my ultimate travel guide for Macau - the gambling capital of Asia including 30 secrets and best places to visit which I carefully selected, things to do in Macau like world's highest urban bungee jump, Eduardo Marques Square, best Portuguese egg tarts, pork chop buns, historical villages of Taipa and Coloane, quality Portuguese cuisine at Dragon & Porto, Venetian Macau (World's biggest casino) and the fun Macau bars & nightclubs. Subscribe to my channel ► for new videos!
Macau is perhaps one of the most unique nations I've ever visited. Who would have thought that Portugal had an entire colony for almost 500 years in China. What makes Macau even more authentic is how well preserved the colonial buildings are, given you a real authentic experience of how life must have been like in the past centuries.
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The easiest way to reach Macau is by TurboJET ferry from Hong Kong for just $171 HK dollars or $22 US dollars for a one-way. Do bring your passport because you will have to go through immigration! Once in Macau jump into a taxi towards your hotel or Airbnb ($47 USD OFF) but keep in mind that most taxi's in Macau do not have seat-belts.
Macau is a great place for new and unique selfies, my favorite place being this incredible shot taken from R. Nova a Guia street. It took me almost an hour to find this secret site for that magical selfie. It is a perfect blend of new and old, like a giant spaceship just crash landed into a tiny Portoguese village.
Macau does offer an incredible fusion cuisine of Chinese and Portuguese called Macanese! With popular dishes like African chicken, Pork chop buns, Pork Jerky, Portuguese egg tarts (Pastel de Nata and plenty of desserts including durian ice cream and steam milk pudding from Yee Shun Milk.
The most popular tourist attractions in Macau include the Ruins of St. Paul's of which only the front facade is still standing after 3x major fires and Senado Square for its beautiful Portuguese-style cobble stone roads. Do not miss visiting other gems like Monte Fort, Museum of Macau and the villages of Taipa and Coloane for an authentic Portuguese colonial experience.
Dragon Portuguese is considered by many to be the best local restaurant in Macau for its grilled pork chop, Portuguese-style fried rice and Sagres beers but also consider eating an authentic pork chop bun from Tai Lei Loi Kei, the most famous pork chop chain in town for over 50 years.
Macau's nightlife may be small but does have a few fantastic places for a night out, I recommend to start off the night at SKY 21, a gorgeous rooftop lounge on top of the AIA tower overlooking the Grand Lisboa and Macau Tower, they often have a live DJ, ping-pong and shisha's for a fun evening and is open until 4am.
If you rather prefer a big party, checkout Club Cubic at The City of Dreams casino, world's second biggest casino especially fun during halloween for its outrageous performance and creepy costumes, average entrance price is $200 MOP or $25 US dollars.
There is NO legal drinking age in Macau, this is perhaps the most hilarious fact of Macau, also you do not tip in Macau and try to receive your change in Hong Kong dollars instead of Macanese Pataca, since the MOP currency is useless in Hong Kong.
The main casino district of Macau is called Cotai, a combo of the words Coloane and Taipa and generates 80% of Macau's total government revenue, 5x times the revenue of what Las Vegas generates making Macau one of the richest nations on earth with a GDP of $82,000 US dollars and zero public debt. What makes macau even more attractive to gamblers is that there is a0% tax rate on winnings compared to the 30% tax rate in Las Vegas.
My favorite experience in Macau was the Macau Bungee, World's highest urban bungee jump at 233 meters or 764 feet with a 6 or 7 second free-fall with a speed of 120km/h, click here for my full Macau Bungee experience. The bungee jump is pricey, roughly $400 US dollars, they also offer a Sky Jump, Sky Walk and Tower Climb for the true thrillseekers.
In conclusion, Macau truly surprised me, especially after staying here for 6 days. Most tourists make a day trip from Hong Kong but that is simply too short to do this nation justice. I recommend visiting Macau for 2 days and 2 nights to truly take in this unique former Portuguese colony and all its beauty.
Things To Do In Macau - 10 Best Attractions in Macao
Macau is often touted as the Las Vegas of Asia but there are so many more things to do in Macau (see than getting stuck into marathon sessions of poker, baccarat or blackjack. After the eating – the city does fusion with finesse – and the shopping (where else has a mall with gondoliers paddling along an indoor canal?) there’s a whole raft of attractions and lots of fun things to do in Macau.
Here are 10 things to do in Macau
1- Celebrate Chinese New Year
2- Macau Tower Bungy Jump
3- Relax in the Chinese Gardens
4- Visit A-Ma Temple
5- Explore Senado Square
6- Walk the backstreets of Macau
7- Discover Cotai Strip
8- See the bright night lights
9- Enjoy Macanese food and Portuguese wine
10- Visit the Ruins of St Paul's
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Macau is an autonomous region on the south coast of China, across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong. A Portuguese territory until 1999, it reflects a mix of cultural influences. Its giant casinos and malls on the Cotai Strip, which joins the islands of Taipa and Coloane, have earned it the nickname, Las Vegas of Asia. One of its more striking landmarks is 338m-high Macau Tower, with sweeping city views.
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Macau (also sometimes known as Macao, or Àomén in Chinese) is just 60 kilometers west of Hong Kong and was, until 1999, under Portuguese administration. Now a Special Administered Region of China and a popular tourist destination, the city takes its name from the Chinese A Ma Gao, meaning the Bay of A Ma, the Chinese water goddess and patroness of seafarers and fishermen. Blessed with a subtropical climate and a constantly blowing cool sea breeze, this small territory shows its Portuguese influences everywhere - hardly surprising since the area was first settled by traders from Portugal as far back as the 1550s. The city's rich past is seen everywhere, in its fine architecture and well-preserved colonial buildings, and is so important that the Historic Center of Macau has been included in the list of China's most significant World Heritage Sites
1. The Ruins of St. Paul's
2. The Senate and Senado Square
3. A-Ma Temple
4. Fortaleza do Monte: Home of the Macau Museum
5. Macau Tower
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10. Hac Sa Beach
Hac Sa is the largest natural beach located on the south-western side of Coloane Island and one of the serene and splendid places to visit in Macau. This is a black sand beach and offers immense natural beauty. The serene shoreline and splendid beachfront attract nature lovers, honeymoon couples and travelers who prefer peaceful surrounding.
09. Fortaleza do Monte
Located in close proximity to St Pauls Ruins, this Fortaleza do Monte has historical cannons, barracks, cisterns and storehouses, used in significant historical battles. Known as a military fort, this place attracts tourists, especially history buffs. Today, one side of this vintage fort is refurbished as the city office of Macau Meteorological Bureau.
08. Wine and Grand Prix Museum
Grand Prix and Wine Museum are among the most spellbinding places to see in Macau.The Grand Prix Museum is known for displays that are connected to Grand Prix globally, such as images, video clips, demonstrated write ups, victory cups, chronicles of champions and many celebratory items.
07. Macau Museum
Located in Monte Fortress, Macau Museum is a huge display area, exhibiting items and souvenirs of different communities and nationalities. The museum also exhibits how different sects of people had lived here in harmony, preserving their own culture and ethos. Offering an insight into history and culture, it has become one of the most visited Macau tourist attractions.
06. Fisherman’s Wharf
Located near Maritime Terminal, Fisherman’s Wharf is a themed shopping mall and park, designed following Euramerican fisherman’s wharfs. Spread over sprawling 28 acres, the Fisherman’s Wharf has three sections; namely, Dynasty Wharf, East Meets West and Legend Wharf and is definitely one of the best places to visit in Macau.
05. A-Ma Temple
A-Ma Temple dates back to 1488 and is devoted to the Chinese Goddess Matsu worshiped by seafarers and fishermen). It is believed that Macau’s name itself was inspired by this temple.
04. Macau Tower
Macau Tower is a significant landmark of the city, known for a lovely view from the top, a magnificent structure, and an incredible construction. Constructed by Gordon Moller, this beautiful structure (338 m long) is one of the amazing places to visit in Macau.
03. The Venetian
Venetian – the Vegas style and Venice-themed hotel is one of the stylish and best places to visit in Macau. It is known for ultra-luxurious expanses, spectacular décor, lavish facilities and amazing activities.
02. Senado Square
One of the most popular places to see in Macau, Senado Square is always bustling with tourists and locals. The Square isn’t just about shops, restaurants, and offices, this is an important World Heritage Site as announced by UNESCO since it well portrays the magical history of Macau.
01. Ruins of St. Paul’s
Popularly known as Sam Ba Sing Tzik, Ruins of St. Paul’s is situated near Mount Fortress and Macau Museum and is one of the most popular places to visit in Macau. This is the most important and age-old structure of Macau with a gigantic relic and a stairway that reflect the remains of the century-old Jesuit Church. This structure of the biggest catholic church of East Asia has five tiers, built in granite.
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