Interesting Places to visit in Macau
Macau is another Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China, located 60 kilometres across the Pearl River estuary from Hong Kong. It is made up of a peninsula and the two islands of Taipa and Coloane and borders on the Zhuhai Special Economic Zone in Guangdong with two crossings joined between Macau and China. The main crossing is Portas do Cerco gateway (Barrier Gate) – Gongbei and second is Lotus Bridge that links Cotai to Hengqin Island in Zhuhai.
Looking back the history, Macau had became a settlement place of Portuguese since 16th Century. Though Portuguese had ended their administration in 1999, over 400 year of settlement they had left many visible colonial history there. If you wandering around the old city, you can feel that you are in Europe.
Macau is best known as the largest destination for gambling in Asia. So, its tourism attractions in Macau more or less are focused on gambling. If gambling is not your taste, don’t worry, there are many interesting places you can visit such as museums, churches and other heritage places. Let me point out few of the interesting places to visit in Macau.
|Area||23.8 sq km|
|Language||Chinese, Portuguese, English|
|Currency||Pataca, HK Dollar|
|Best Time||November and December|
|Electricity||220 V, 50Hz, UK|
- Macau International Airport is located on Taipa Island, 15 minutes away from the Macau Ferry Terminal, 20 minutes from the Barrier Gate and 10 minutes away from the COTAI Frontier Post. Tourists can travelling to several destinations in the region or catching flights to different ports of Asia, Europe or America. You may also catch the special buses (marked as AP1,MT1,MT2,N2,21,25 & 26) serving the airport to the major hotels of the city.
- Sky Shuttle Helicopters Limited (Helicopter) is a speedy option from Hong Kong or ShenZhen. It operates aircraft between the helipads on the Macau – Hong Kong Ferry terminals and takes approximately 16 minutes. If between Macau Ferry Terminal -Shenzhen Baoan International Airport, PRC takes about 15 minutes at day and approximately 25 minutes at night. One way may cost about $2600 plus additional on weekends and public holidays.
- Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal serves 3 terminals from HongKong, Shenzhen and Wanchai / JiangMen:
Terminals Services Companies Shun Tak Centre, Hong Kong Island TurboJET, The Cotai Strip CotaiJet™, Macao Dragon Company Limited China Ferry Terminal, the Tsimshatsui, Kowloon 23.8 sq km Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal, Tuen Mun, New Territories Hong Kong North West Express Limited She Kou, Shenzhen Yuet Tung Shipping Co. , TurboJET Wanchai – Zhuhai and JiangMen Yuet Tung Shipping Co.
Interesting Places to visit in Macau
Venetian Macao Casino & Resort Hotel
Venetian Macao Casino & Resort is the largest casino complex in the world with the combination of facilities, attractions and amenities. The casino itself is divided into four themed gaming areas: Golden Fish, Imperial House, Red Dragon and Phoenix. Besides gambling, there is a “Venice themed” shopping area called The Grand Canal shoppes where you can enjoy over 350 international shops shopping, wandering around some great restaurants, bars and cafes and take a beautifully crafted Venetian gondola ride. To get Venetian Macao, there are Venetian Shuttle Bus available from Macau International Airport, Gongbei border gate and Ferry terminal.
Ruins of St Paul’s
Ruins of St Paul’s is one of the must-visit places in Macau. Compare to all other interesting places, this place is considered the symbolic of Macau. As its name, it is the ruins of a 16th century built Catholic church. In 1835, a fire burned it to the ground, leaving only the façade, the staircase and portions of a wall. Behind the facade, there is a small museum where you can see objects of the catholic missions related historical and artistic value. Tourists can get there by taking any buses No.10, 10A, 11, 21A, 2, 3, 3A, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8A, 26A, 33, 17, 18, 8A or 26.
Senate Square (Largo do Senado)
Senate Square or Largo do Senado is the urban center of Macau for centuries which is also one of the famous tourist attractions in Macau. Walking around the Senado square, you’ll find that the whole area is paved with a wave-patterned mosaic of colored stones. There are many heritage buildings surround the square including the ancient Post Office, the Holy House of Mercy, St Dominic’s Church, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro fountain and Leal Senado. In 2005, Largo do Senado was inscribed by Unesco as a World Heritage Site among the places in the Historic Centre of Macao. Getting here: Take bus 2, 5, 10, 18, 19 or 26A.
A Ma Temple
A Ma Temple is among the oldest Chinese Temple in Macau. In fact, Macau’s name is derived from A-Ma-Gau meaning the Bay of A-Ma Temple. According to the locals, this temple is dedicated to the goddess Matsu of seafarers and fishermen, called A Ma. It is also one of the places within the Historic Centre of Macao that is inscribed by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. The place can be reached by bus 2, 5, 7, 10, 18 or 21.
Macau Tower is also known as Macau Sky Tower. With the height of 338 meters, the tower is the 10th highest freestanding tower in the world and the 8th tallest in Asia. On the observation deck, you can take a panoramic views of the cityscape, or you can wandering around the restaurants, theaters, shopping malls or elevate your adrenaline with Bungee Jump, Mast climbing, Skywalk or Skyjump. Bus 9A, 18, 21, 23 or 32 can reach this place.
Macau Fisherman’s Wharf
Macau Fisherman’s Wharf is a 111,500m² fun theme park and entertainment complex near to the HongKong-Macau Ferry Pier. It combines dining, shopping, entertainment, accommodation, convention and exhibition facilities in one single location, all built in the different style of European, coastal town and seaports such as Cape Town, Amsterdam and Venice. The Shuttle Bus of the Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal is available, alternatively you can take bus 3, 3A, 10, 12 or 32 to get here.
Wine & The Grand Prix Museum
Both Wine & The Grand Prix Museum are situated side by side, another interesting places to visit. In Wine Museum, you’ll contact with the social, economical and cultural importance of the wine in the Portuguese’s daily life. Pay a little, you can taste different types of wine (“Prova de vinhos”). The Grand Prix Museum is a motor racing museum, which is built up by the Macau Government for celebrating the grand prix activity. It gives you the opportunity to see all the legendary cars and bikes that made history on Macau’s Guia Circuit. To get here: Bus 1A, 3, 3A, 10, 10A, 10B, 12, 17, 23, 28A, 28C, 32 or AP1
City of Dreams
City of Dreams (新濠天地) is a property owned and managed by Melco Crown Entertainment which is just located opposite The Venetian Macao. It is a unique integrated resort that’s designed combining electrifying entertainment, an amazing array of accommodation, world class dining, and designer brand shopping. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the spectacular multi-media attraction theater, The Bubble and wandering around the shopping arena, The Boulevard. To get here: Macau International Airport, Maritime Ferry Terminal, Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal, Lotus Bridge Check Point, Barrier Gate Check Point
Macau Museumor Museu de Macau is located within the Mount Fortress. It provides a detailed explanation about the origin and development of Macau and and also preserves the cultural traditions, usages and habits of Macau itself. Take bus 8A, 17, 18, 19, or 26.
Macau Maritime Museum
Maritime Museum is one of the most famous museums in Macau. It provides a brief explanation about the earlier development of Macau has constantly been connected to the sea. It is located just beside the sea and the A-Ma Temple. The building is decorated into 4 themes: the Maritime Ethnology Exhibition, the Maritime History Exhibition, the Maritime Technology Exhibition, and the Aquarium Gallery. All the exhibits focus on Portuguese and Chinese maritime and display the traditions and techniques of the fishermen. Bus: 1, 1A, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 10A, 11, 18, 21, 21A, 28B or 34
Kun Iam Statue
Kun Iam Statue is a 20 meters tall bronze made statue, dedicated to Kun Iam, the Goddess of Mercy standing on the dome shape base like a lotus flower. The Kun Iam Ecumenical Centre is located on a man-made island that links to the Avenida de Sun Yat-sen in ZAPE by a causeway 60 metres long. Getting there by bus 8, 12, 17.
Guia Fortress is one of the major tourist attractions, located close to the Lou Lim Ioc Gardens atop Guia Hill, which is the highest point on peninsular Macau. It was initially designed to defend Macau from attacks from the sea as its position can overlooking the entire city. However in 1976, the 91 meters tall lighthouse was opened to public. You can go up by cable car ride and enjoy the stunning and panoramic views of the entire surrounding Macau. Buses: 2, 6, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 32.
Greyhound Racing is a kind of greyhounds racing sport. As many other countries, greyhound racing is part of the gambling business like house racing. The racing venue is located at the Canidrome on Avenida General Castelo Branco and it is only held on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and weekends from 7:45pm. For those who want to experience, you can go by bus No.1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 23, 25, 26, 32.