Macau or Macao is a small territory only 30 square km in size. It is the emerging entertainment capital of Asia with its world class casinos, shopping centers and hotels. The people of Macau speak Cantonese and English, there are many Portuguese influenced beautiful buildings and gardens. A fusion of Western and Eastern culture, architecture and lifestyle, Macau has many museums, sites and buildings of historic significance. The casinos are the backbone of the Macau economy, a unique thing about Macau and some Asian cities is that tipping is not cherished in the hotels and restaurants here, it is considered rude. This small gambling city is easy to travel and has so much to see and do.
Location: Special Administrative Region, China
Climate: Humid subtropical climate, Spring in March-April is mild with pleasant sunshine. Pack light clothes like sweat shirts, jackets and something for the rains. Summers from May-September are hot, humid with rainstorms. Pack light clothes with rain gear. Autumn from October-December is comfortable requiring jackets and sweaters. Winters in January-February are cold requiring heavy woolens and overcoats etc.
How to reach:
Macau International Airport is located on the eastern end of the Taipa Island connected to it by two bridges. There are ferry services also available from the airport.
There is no railway station or rail network in Macau but it is easily approachable from the Zhuhai Railway Station which is located nearby across the Gongbei Port. Visitors can reach this station from cities of mainland China and cross the border to reach Macau.
There are three ferry services available that connect Macau to other cities.
Points of Interest:
Ruins of St. Paul's
Tuesday: 9 am to 2 pm
Wednesday to Monday: 9 am to 6 pm
How to reach:
This world heritage site is referred as the ruins of 17th century Catholic Church and college of St. Paul which was destroyed in a 18th century fire. Its historic evidence could be seen in the various painting and books from the past. Standing adjacent to the Macau Museum and the Mount Fortress, it is built from granite with rich ornamentation on the baroque façade. This front façade and the stone stairs are the only features left of the great church. You can see the mythological Chinese Japanese characters and images of Jesus.
Location: 10 Tv. de Antonio da Silva, Macau
10 am to 6 pm All Days
How to reach: Bus
This UNESCO world heritage site was the home of Zheng Guanying and family. This unique residential complex is a mix of local Cantonese and western architecture. Admission is free, the old place has traditional furniture and old vibe to it which shows a glimpse of the wealth and royalty of the Chinese. This architectural legacy has been converted into a museum where Chinese tradition has been well preserved with multiple restorations.
Location: Sé, Macau
Timings: All days
How to reach: Bus, car
Located near the Pearl River, this 338 m high tower stands out as the face of Macau. It has an observation deck which gives a 360 degree panoramic view of the city and in the night it looks absolutely stunning with the lightings. If you are adventurous, you can try bungee jumping or sky walk on the edge of the tower. Macau tower has whole range of world class restaurants to give you a unique dining experience apart from movie theatres and shopping complexes that make it worth a visit.
Grand Prix Museum
Location: 431 R. de Luis Gonzaga Gomes, Macau
Wednesday to Monday: 10 am to 8 pm
How to reach: Bus
This museum dedicated to motor sports was build to promote the love of racing among the people of China. It honors the legendary drivers and behind the scene staff of the sport. This museum showcases various trophies, memorabilia, bike and cars, practically anything related to racing. This is the ultimate paradise for race and car loving people and the best thing about is that admission is completely free.
Location: Estrada da Baia de NossaSenhora da Esperanca, Macau
Timings: All days 24 hours
How to reach:Bus
If Macau is the paradise of gambling and casinos, this casino is the king of the paradise. Probably the biggest attraction of Macau, this casino themed resort has world class hotels, casinos, and restaurants, shopping centers, live entertainment shows attracting the rich and famous from around the world. David Beckham and the Rolling Stones are some of the names associated with this epic entertainment hub.