When speaking to Macau, “Casino City” comes to mind. Macau is known as the Las Vegas of Asia. Although always compared with Hong Kong, Macau has its own irreplaceable urban charm and profound historical precipitation.
Macau is situated in the Guangdong Province, on the western bank of the Pearl River Delta, connecting to the Gongbei District of Zhuhai. Macau is divided into the Macao Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane.
Its sense of history and modern is naturally connected by Sai Van Bridge, Macau-Taipa Bridge Friendship Bridge. The Macau Peninsula is home to a number of cultural attractions, such as Ruins of St. Paul, Monte Fort, St.Dominic's Church. Walking up the long Steps and looking up the zigzags cucoloris of Ruins of St. Paul from the sky; climbing onto the Monte Fort and looking over the beautiful view of Macau from different angles; and the narrow, gravel road, the interlocked roots and branches banyan trees, mottled walls, baroque carved decorations, etc., those which tell the story of Macau.
l Best time to visit Macau:
The best time to visit Macau is from October to February next month. Macao is located in the coastal area, the temperature of four seasons in Macau changes smaller. From spring to summer (March to September), it’s hot and rainy, but it will be the best occasion to visit the Hac Sa (Black Sand) Beach and enjoy swimming and treading waves. When come to autumn and winter (October to February), it’s winter but warm and comfortable for northern tourists. It’s also the shopping season in Macau with best discount.
l Must-See Tourist Attractions in Macau:
The most famous scenic spot on the Macao Peninsula is the historical district of Macao, which is the oldest, largest, most well-preserved and most concentrated coexistence of eastern and western styles architectural complexes in China.
1. Ruins of St. Paul's:
Ruins of St. Paul’s is the front wall of St. Paul's church, with a history of more than 350 years. It’s one of the landmark buildings in Macau and one of the "eight sights of Macau". Ruins of St. Paul's was listed in UN World Culture Heritage in 2005. The Ruins of St. Paul’s combines the style of European Renaissance and Oriental architecture, which reflects the integration of eastern and western art, it’s exquisite in carvings, majestic and spectacular.
Macau Fisherman's Wharf is the first theme park in Macau and a shopping center modeled after Europe and America. It’s built on the coast of the new reclamation area of the Outer Harbour, adjacent to the Macau Ferry Terminal. Covering an area of more than 133000 square meters, it’s beautiful European architectural complex equipped with Babylon casino, convention and exhibition center, the Legend Palace Hotel, the Harbourview Hotel, the Rocks Hotel, marinas and eating, shopping as well as entertainment facilities, offering visitors a multicultural and unique experience.
3. Senado Square:
Being one of four main square in Macau, Senado Square is the square in front of Leal Senado Building. It’s long and narrow triangle in shape. The square is surrounded by a number of century-old Portuguese buildings with black and white wavy floors and fountains in center, which present the the southern Europe style. Prosperous commercial streets attract tourists head to here for the souvenirs and local products. When coming to June every year, the famous and spectacular “Macau Lotus Festival” will be held here.
4. Macau Tower:
Macau Tower is well-known as the new landmark of Macau, it is one of the top ten sightseeing towers in the world, integrating sightseeing, conference and entertainment. Skywalk and bungee jumping is situated on the 66th Floor, and from the View Restaurant of the top floor, where there overlook the panorama of Macau and Zhuhai, even Hong Kong Lantau Island when weather permitting.
Different from the hustle and bustle atmosphere in Taipa and Macao Peninsula, coloane still retains its original natural scenery, with birds and flowers everywhere, beaches, walking paths, barbecue areas, etc., making it an ideal leisure and holiday resort for people. There are also popular attractions around: Matsu Statue and Matsu Cultural Village, Shek Pai Wan Park, Cheoc Van Bay, St. Francis of Assisi Church and Hac Sa Beach.
6. Monte Fort:
Monte Fort is just near the Ruins of St. Paul’s, it is one of the oldest western-style forts in China and played an important role in resisting the Dutch invasion in 1622. Standing here and overlooking Macau City and the landmark building of Macao peninsula Grand Lisboa, it’s popular site for photographers
l Food Culture in Macau:
If you think the "Portuguese Egg Tart" is the representative of Macau cuisine, then it will be a pity that you may miss other excellent cuisines in Macau. The variety of Macau cuisine is far greater than that you can imagine.
Macau had been a former Portuguese colony, under the unprecedented collision and mutual absorption with Cantonese cuisine and Portuguese cuisine, creating the unique Macau-Portuguese cuisine, like African Chicken, Goa Chicken, Chilli Prawns, Portuguese Chicken, Burn ox tail, Portuguese sausage, Sardines, Vegetable Soup and so on. Besides, Macau snacks are also mouthwatering, in addition to the soft, sweet and evoking Portuguese Egg Tart, there’re also other popular snacks like Pork Chop Bun, Portuguese dessert, Macau Pudding, Almond Cake, Algal Jelly and Shrimp Cake, etc., those which you should not miss.
l Shopping in Macau:
When speaking of shopping, many tourists naturally associate Hong Kong nearby. In fact, shopping in Macau has advantages over Hong Kong. Not only the lower tax policy but also the abundant amount of goods, making it more attractive in price and quality, and the shopping environment would surprise you a lot. Local Macau snacks are the most popular and favorite souvenir among tourists. What’s more, the brand-name cosmetics and luxury handbags are also the best sellers in Macau.
l How to get to Macau:
With excellent geographical location, ground transportation, Macau is easily accessible by land transportation, ferry boat and air. Flights from all over the world land in Macau International Airport. Ferry boat would be the most convenient and efficient means for tourists from Hong Kong to Macau. And tourists from mainland China could also enter Macau via Zhuhai Port.
Located in Taipa Island, Macau International Airport is about 10 kilometers away from Macau city, it’s the second airport in the world and the first in China built entirely from reclaimed land. Unlike airports in mainland China, Macau International Airport offers transportation choices including airliner and helicopter. Airliners are connected flights from and to home and abroad, while helicopters are most convenient way to and from Hong Kong or Shenzhen to Macao. Usually the helicopter journey to Hong Kong or Shenzhen takes about 16 minutes and departs every 30 minutes everyday from morning till night.
There are shuttle buses running from Macau City and around districts to Airport, and most hotels in Macau offer free buses transportation services from Macau hotels from and to the Airport. Besides, Taxi, Airport Limousine and local bus services are also the convenient way for the transfers.
Ferry boat is also a major way to enter Macao, most of tourists from Hong Kong will choose the ferry way, within only 1 hour’s journey. There are two main ferry terminals connecting ferry routes from and to Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen: Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal and Taipa temporary ferry terminal. Find more details about the Ferry Cruise booking and time schedule here:
There are Cross Border Buses running from and to some cities of mainland China and Hong Kong.
Find more details about the Cross-Border Buses booking and time schedule here:
There is no railway station or rail lines in Macau. However, passengers could connect trains from Zhuhai Railway Station, and the immigration check at Gongbei Port is needed. There are also railways from Zhuhai to some cities like Guangzhou and Shenzhen and transit to some other cities in China.
l About the visa:
1. At present, citizens of 66 countries and regions, including the United States, Canada and Portugal, can visit the Macao Special Administrative Region without a visa.
2. Dated from July 1, 2010, citizens of Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam holding ordinary passports and some official passports must apply visas before entering the Macao SAR. Visas on arrival are no longer applicable. Except the diplomatic passport holders of the mentioned above 6 countries.
3. Citizens of other countries and regions may apply for visas in advance at the local embassies or consulates of the People's Republic of China or obtain entry permits upon entry into Macao.
4. Find more details about the Visa from website of Government of Macao S.A.R., Public Security Police Force:
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