Macau is similar to Hong Kong. It is a special administrative region (SAR) of China. The territory comprises the Macau Peninsula, Taipa Island, Coloane and the Cotai landfill. It is a mix of Europe, Asia and “Las Vegas” in an unique and small place.
We took the ferryboat, from Honk Kong to Macau. It took us about one hour to get there.
The city is full of Portuguese architecture, museums and some Buddhist temples. You can easily explore it by foot.
What to do in Macau?
Visit the History Center: The historic center is considered the “cultural exchange” between East and West, because of its 400 years of Portuguese colonization. It is currently the oldest, complete and consolidated, intact architectural center, with European roots on Chinese soil. Here you will find monuments, temples and museums.
There are a lot of stores, restaurants and bars near to The Ruins of St. Paul. Do not miss the chance to eat Egg Tarts and Dried Meats typical local food.
Check out the Casinos: Macau is the only place in China, where casinos are legal. If you like gambling, there are several casinos, and free shuttles to them, around the town. It is easy to visit more than one casino.
Visit Macau Tower: Here you can see stunning views of the city. There is a revolving restaurant on the top, called 360° Café There is a variety of food such as Portuguese, Indian and Chinese dishes.
If you like adrenaline, you can try the Skywalking or Bungy Jump. This is the World’s Tallest Bungy Jumping at 233 meters (about 764 feet) from the 61st story of the tower.
Thais Jumped while Keith was watching, more scared than her as always!
It was insane!
How to get to Macau from Hong Kong?
From Hong Kong to Macau: the TurboJet ferries depart from the ferry terminal in Shun Tak Centre, Sheung Wan subway station. They leave all day, every 15 minutes. During the night, the hours are more spaced.
The impression we had about Macau is, it looks like Las Vegas, and has a touch of Brazil and Portugal. The streets look like the streets of Copacabana, and culinary influence from Portugal dominates. However, most of the population is Chinese. Macau is a very different, and unique place to visit.
Tips: Make sure you have your passport. You will be going through passport control when you arrive in Macau, and when you go back to Hong Kong. Macau has its own Currency but Hong Honk Dollars are accepted. Avoid holidays and weekends.
Currency: Macanese Pataca
Official Language: Cantonese/ Portuguese