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Fly Direct to Macau
Macau International airport is served by most major airlines in the region. With an average of 2, 0000 passengers per hour will land you straight into the action. Situated in Taipa, a smaller island that makes part of Macau, it’s just a 15 minute bus ride away from the main tourist district. The Macau International Airport was just recently hailed as the 10th Best Regional Airports in Asia.
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Here’s a fun fact, Macau can serve up to 10,000 meals per day.
The bus routes in Macau are not only extensive they are also strictly on time and operate from 6am - 12MN. Learning the bus routes will greatly ease your travel through the city.
Bus Nos. 11, 22, 28A, 33 and 34 routes are around Macau Peninsular and island of Taipa.
Bus Nos. 21, 21A, 25, 26 and 26A routes are around southern side of the Peninsula and islands of Taipa and Coloane
API is a special line plying between the airport on the island of Taipa and the Peninsular
Macau has a humid subtropical climate, and can get warm quickly through the day. Summer is around May to September where Macau is at its sunniest and also its warmest. December to February are the coldest followed by spring which brings occasional rains.
Gathered from previous travels of Living Asia Channel correspondents and fellow explorers, with cooperation of local tour guides, is a collection of information on various Asian countries and its provinces to make traveling easier for the common tourist.
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Macau shines bright against other East Asian cities, with its glitzy casinos and illuminating historical landmarks . Brick by brick, Macau has been building on a singular brand distinct in the region. A brand that speaks of its sudden rise back into the limelight. The City of Culture, the Las Vegas of Asia, the Europe of the East, the home of dreams, they give it their all here in Macau.
Ferry from Hong-kong
Hong Kong is one of the major transit point to Southeast Asia. Some travelers opt to make the Hong Kong part of their itinerary before or after their visit to Macau. From the airport head to the MRT and take the one that will bring you to Sheung Wan station. At the Sheung Wan Station take exit D and head Hong Kong-Macau Ferry terminal in the Shun Tak Centre. Buy your ticket if you have yet to reserve one. The best dock at would be in Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal, which is also nearer to the cultural sites. The ride will take only about 55 mins. These terminals are primarily serviced by TurboJet and CotaiJet.
WHERE TO STAY
There are a host of options to stay at while in Macau. From high-end casino suites to business hotels that offer the right amount of comfort. If you’re not staying at a casino which offers tours and possibly free shuttle services, the best areas to drop your bags are at the hotels along the bus line or near the Maritime Museum.
WHAT TO DO
• Hit the casinos and test your luck. The casinos themselves offer up international entertainment
• Leal Senado is Macau’s central tourist spot. Its wave patterns a delight to see, it also has a
heritage corridor that connects the main esplanade to St. Dominic’s Square.
-Leal Senado Building and Santa Casa Da Misericordia are edifices that remark on the lasting magnificence of western design.
-St. Dominic's Square is where the first catholic church in China was constructed. Erected under the Dominicans in 1587, St. Dominic's Church was the dawn of the catholic faith in Macau.
-The Church of Mater Dei or Mother of God, also known as the St. Paul's Cathedral was completed under the Jesuits in 1602. It was the largest stone church ever constructed in Asia at the time. Brought to rubble by a blaze in 1835, all that’s left for people to visit is the facade and its 66 stone steps. But from the ruins alone, one can admire and imagine the elegance of the Cathedral.
• The Moorish Barracks, designed by Italian architect Cassuto in 1874,
incorporates Islamic influences in its overall design.
• Visit the Maritime Museum along Barra Square, showing the history
Macau and its sea trade’s vital role in establishing the city.
• A-ma Gao or A-ma Temple near along Barra Square, erected in
honor of Mazu (Maa-zu), the Goddess of Seafarers.
• A-Ma Cultural Village in Coloane was completed in 2001, a huge
complex that houses the largest marble statue of A-Ma as it looks
over Macau. At a towering height of 19.99 meters, its size signifies the year 1999.
• Visit the small temples in Taipa for quiet reflection or to take photographs.
OTHER NOTABLE SITES
Local Customs and Culture
Although Macau is a busy tourist center, it is also one of the most densely populated places in the world. Predominantly chinese, there is a less than 8% of chinese -portuguese descent, but the influences of as an old Portuguese colony remain one of its vital point of pride. Visited by many local chinese tourists, expect peak tourist season during Chinese Holidays.
What to Eat?
Macanese Food is top notch, a variable mix of east and west, but all possessing a flavor of their own.
Check out our special on Macau Cuisine on Window: Mc Macanese
• New Year’s Day (Jan 1)
Expect parties and count downs in every casino and club.
Watch the fireworks display at mid-night usually at the Nam Van
Lake to welcome the New Year.
• Chinese New Year (Late Jan to Mid Feb)
An important celebration in the Macau, it is a colorful festival with a majority of the local shops closing for the day. It is a traditional holiday with long dragon and lion dances along the streets, temple ceremonies, as parties rage on the for the eve of the Chinese New Year on the major squares of the peninsula. Don’t forget to practice your "Kung Hei Fat Choi" or Happy New Year greeting.
• Macau celebrates both eastern traditions like the Mid Autumn
Festival and the Dragon Boat Festival, and international events like the
Macau International Kart Grand Prix and its own international
film festival. Plus a slew of local and international artists head there
regularly. Make sure to check for concerts and international
music festivals happening when you visit.
What to bring home?
• Bakkwa, the salty-sweet jerky that’s considered a Hokkien delicacy. It’s hard to miss the stalls selling these square cut delights as these are along the main tourist spots of Macau.
• Clothes and Cosmetics are sold right along Senada Square together with a host of tourist souvenirs like ornate pipes, traditional fans, and the like.
• Pastries, dried fruit and candies are also a popular things to bring home and can come in gift boxes or packaged for you to easily carry when you travel. Try the Ko Kei Bakery where they have over 300 pastries to choose from like the Portuguese style pineapple pastry, Chinese pastry, cookies with walnut, and nougat bars.