Macau Travel Guide
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- 98%Nightlife Lovers
- 88%Local Culture
- 81%Family Travelers
- 75%Luxury Travelers
- 70%History Buffs
- 70%Adventure Travelers
- 61%Art & Design Lovers
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- MacauMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Jul 25, 2014
Las Vegas of China, a lot of casinos of all shape and size. It is the most population density area in the world, nearly all the space is been use. Public Transportation is terrible and not great to live here, but good to visit.
- MacauMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 2Jan 01, 2014
Macau is like a version of Vegas where limited English is spoken. You'll see The Venetian, MGM, and Wynn, to name a few. Of course a Vegas-inspired city wouldn't be complete without the casinos. It gets more interesting: you'll see Chinese characters and Portuguese words/names in the signage, and Portuguese influence amidst all the Asian settings. Even in December, the cold weather is mild; unless you're from a hot climate, a light jacket (and maybe a scarf on a windy day) should suffice.Recommended for:
- MacauOct 25, 2013
Macau is like the Vegas of the East - casinos galore, not to mention all of the elaborate hotels (including the MGM and the Venetian). Despite all this, there are still enough temples and museums to make it a cultural trip as well. Though my M.O. when visiting was eating 24/7, which is not hard to do in Macau - the food is wonderful.Recommended for:
- MacauMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Oct 17, 2013
Macau is a former Portuguese colony and is filled with bright, colonial-style buildings, casinos, and delicious Chinese-Portuguese fusion food. Make sure you try the egg tart. It's also a popular day/weekend trip from Hong Kong and is only an hour away by ferry.Recommended for:
- MacauMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Oct 16, 2013
Macau is more than just casino. Because of its unique historic background, parts of Europe is breathing alive in this small country. Great looking churches around the city, old Chinese style back streets, Portuguese food, and the egg tarts... Only an hour away from Hong Kong by Ferry, Macau is certainly a unique place.Recommended for:
- MacauCommunity ManagerAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Oct 12, 2013
I absolutely LOVE Macau. The Portuguese influence in culture, architecture and cuisine really make it for me. The local cuisine is fantastic, much like euro-comfort food mixed with traditional Chinese influences. You must try the egg tarts here. They are much like dim sum egg tarts, but they are burnt up on the top much like creme brulee. The historical buildings are gorgeous as well.
Then there are the huge casinos, but that's an entirely different part of Macau. They're cool, but I don't think you need me to explain them to you.Recommended for:
- MacauJul 06, 2013
Although best known for gambling, Macau is extremely rich in attractions and oozing with atmosphere, thanks to hundreds of years of fusion between European and Chinese cultures.
Macau is a fascinating place to just walk around as the place is packed with churches, temples, fortresses and other old buildings bearing an interesting mix of Portuguese and Chinese characteristics. Besides buildings, there are also hundreds of narrow alleyways forming a maze in the old part of Macau where the people of Macau carry out businesses and work. If the sheer density of humans get to you, take a break and enjoy several pretty gardens or head to the island.
One of the interesting things to see in Macau is a statue of the Bodhisatta Avalokitesvara (known as 觀音 kwoon yam in Cantonese) located next to the sea near the Sands Casino and MGM Grand. Despite being a Chinese deity, the statue is distinctly European in design and resembles the statues of the Virgin Mary you can find in Europe.
And if history is not your thing, there is the Macau Tower of awesome views and adventure sports, or Fisherman's Wharf to enjoy some theme-park activities and shopping.
You'll find most of the attractions in Macau Peninsula, but Taipa and Coloane, each with a pretty village, also draw hordes of visitors. Visit the Cotai reclaimed land area to see its transformation into the "Las Vegas Strip of the East". The Venetian is the most famous with its Venice-styled shopping mall with rivers running through, and is also currently the largest casino in the world.
The City of Dreams is a giant casino with high end fashion shops, a free video 'bubble' show, three hotels and the world's most expensive theatre show. The 'House of Dancing Water' cost US$250 million and the stage holds five olympic swimming pools worth of water. Ushers give the front few rows of the audience towels. Free shuttles from the main ferry terminal leave constantly.Recommended for:
- MacauMar 10, 2013
Apesar da pequena dimensão, a grandiosidade dos edificios fazem de Macau uma cidade enormesca. Aqui é interessante o contraste entre a parte industrializada de macau e a vila de Coloane, uma vez que é em Coloane onde se encontra todo o tipo de tranquilidade que há muito nao se ve nas grandes cidades.
- MacauMar 08, 2013
For some reason, before I visited Macau, I was under the impression that it was like the Vegas of Asia. However, this was not the case at all. Macau is filled with casinos and definitely resembles Vegas in a way, but the crowd here is completely different. There are a lot of elderly people gambling in these casinos. I have nothing against elderly people, but this is not a place to go if you're expecting a Las Vegas experience. It is just laidback gambling. There were a few clubs, but they were really hard to find and too expensive to get in. I wouldn't recommend Macau to younger crowds. If you're expecting to have a crazy night of partying, this is not the place for you.
- MacauMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness TravelersFoodiesJan 02, 2013
Macau is essentially Vegas with an Asian flair to it. There is some Portuguese culture left over here in the form of ruins, but outside of that it's becoming a gambling paradise.
- MacauDec 23, 2012
My travel companion and I were spending a few days in Hong Kong and got a bit tired of constantly ending up in a shopping mall. We had an afternoon to kill so we decided to take the ferry over to Macau. The ferry ride was super easy, and we hit up a few of the casinos. It's like a smaller Vegas with resorts and big casions. It was interesting to see they actually don't drink while they gamble. We headed back on one of the last ferrys, which was a mistake because it was incredibly crowded. I highly recommend going over in the morning and heading back before the rush. Or, take the helicopter option. All in all, it wasn't too impressed and can check that off the list.
- MacauMember ofFoodiesBackpackersAdventure TravelersOct 12, 2012
Macau is the most European city I've seen in Asia. There are lots of cute little alley areas that I enjoyed exploring. It is small and walkable, but more polluted than Hong Kong. The massive casinos are impressive. However after just a day there I felt I had seen basically all it had to offer.
- MacauMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Sep 22, 2012
I am not a big gambler so...., however great Portuguese-China fusion food, and the historic center is very distinctive from the rest of China. The amount of money here is astounding. It seems very one is going from one designer shop to the next and gambling inbetween all day and night long.
- MacauMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Sep 11, 2012
The dirty stepbrother of Hong Kong. It seems like the Portugese didn't take as good care of Macau as the British did with Hong Kong. You have the opulent casino resorts, but then you have the dirty back alley streets with the nasty hour hotels where johns take their tricks.
- MacauMember ofFamily TravelersJul 28, 2012
Macau has certainly changed since the days that I used to frequent the place on a short ferry hop from Hong Kong to sample a bit of Portugal in the Orient. Macau used to be a quiet colonial outpost that was famous for its mansions, macanese food, cheap wine and, the Hotel Lisboa was the only casino that I can remember.
These days Macau has transformed itself into an incredibly sophisticated destination that offers international visitors a huge array of entertainment options and casinos that draw huge crowds to their palaces (in 2011, Macau topped $30 billion in revenue, triple the Las Vegas Strip and Atlantic City combined).
However, you can still find old Macau in pockets, especially over the bridges in parts of Taipa and the laid-back island of Coloane.
The food hasn't changed and is still an exotic mix of European/Africa/Asian which is simply stunning and washed down with some Portugese wine, life doesn't get any better!
- MacauMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Jul 23, 2012
Macau is a diamond in the rough. This little gem of a "city-state," was set up by the Portugese in the 16th century to build trade relations with China. It was recently returned to China (1999) and now Macau has reinvented itself as the mecca for those interested in gambling at the Macau casinoes. While visiting, I went into the Wynne Casino, and it was packed with ethnic Chinese.
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Aliases: 澳門, Macao