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Macau on the southeast coast of China is an unusual blend of Chinese culture and Portuguese architecture. One of the most densely populated cities in the world, Macau is China’s casino city, generating more income from gambling than anywhere else in the world, and seven times more than the strip in Vegas. It’s a city of color, a city of blended cultures and a fascinating place to visit on your next trip to China.

Tours and activities in Macau

There are tonnes to keep you occupied in Macau, and you won’t want to miss any of it! Consider taking an organised tour or getting a local guide who can show you around, help you to purchase tickets to attractions and give you lots of historical background.

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At night, Macau turns into the “Oriental Las Vegas”, the entire city lighting up in neon as the many casinos, restaurants and bars open up for the evening. There is also a variety of sports to take part in, including golf, karting and horse racing, as well as a bungee jump from Macau Tower.

Best time to visit

Macau has distinctive wet and dry seasons, with a hot, rainy summer and generally warm all-year-round, although it’s colder in winter. May is the wettest month with typhoons between July and September, your best bet for visiting would be mid-October to December.

Top Attractions in Macau

Start your tour from any spot in the city, you will surely enjoy every moment in Macau. From random streets to fancy attractions restaurants to street vendors, casinos to shopping centers and all the things n between are exclusive and worth watching. The city will meet your expectations in all ways.

 

Historic centre
1. Historic centre
Landmarks and icons

The most central and important landmark in Macau is its historic centre. The Portuguese settled here in the 16th Century and only relinquished the city as recently as 1999, leaving quite a mark on the architecture and atmosphere you see today. The centre of Macau is an array of contrasts, with traditional Chinese architecture sitting side by side with colonial-era buildings and streets paved with Portuguese tiles. Simply wandering the narrow streets is an entirely satisfying way to spend a day in this unique city.

The Museum of Macau
2. The Museum of Macau
Museums, galleries and exhibitions

The Museum of Macau is located in the Monte Fortress built where the Portuguese first landed. Unlike other museums in the city, the Museum of Macau was built to celebrate the diverse cultures and nationalities living side-by-side there and as such, you’ll see a bewildering and inspiring array of traditions, relics, popular art and contemporary Macau.

Maritime Museum
3. Maritime Museum
Museums, galleries and exhibitions

You can also visit the local Maritime Museum, the Grand Prix Museum, and the Wine Museum, as well as the fantastic Museum of Art which halls five galleries and two exhibition halls containing an endless variety of cultural arts and artifacts.

The Ruins of St. Paul’s
4. The Ruins of St. Paul’s
Nature, parks and outdoors

The Ruins of St. Paul’s is a preserved façade next to the Monte Fort and is a site worth visiting if you are interested in historical architecture. Covered in bas-reliefs and statues in the Christian tradition, this relic was restored in the early 1990s, and the Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt was built then also.

Lou Lim lok Garden
5. Lou Lim lok Garden
Nature, parks and outdoors

Lou Lim Iok Garden is a peaceful Chinese garden with traditional archway and paths flowing through the area. Kun Iam and Lin Fung Temples are traditional holy sites that are incredible complexes with much to see.

Macau Fisherman’s Wharf
6. Macau Fisherman’s Wharf
Leisure and shopping

Macau Fisherman’s Wharf is a truly fabulous leisure and shopping centre. Covering over 111,500 sq. miles, it includes a massive casino complex built by a Las Vegas magnate with over 740 table games and over 600 slot machines. There are shopping, dining, and entertainment aplenty, all couched in magnificent luxury.

Rua da Tercena
7. Rua da Tercena
Leisure and shopping

For souvenirs, head down to Rua da Tercena, which hosts the most popular antiques, art and flea market in the city. Macau is also a free port which makes it an excellent place for a high-end shopping experience, including gold jewelry, branded clothing and more.

Casinos
8. Casinos
Sports and leisure

Casino wins can be everyone’s cup of tea, so if you love to try your luck, there is no better place in China to do it, than here in Macau. The biggest providers today are the Casino Lisboa, which for years was the highlight of the casino scene until in 2004 it was eclipsed by the behemoth Sands Casino. Most casinos are around the southern side of the peninsula, nestled along the waterfront, although the newly reclaimed land between Coloane and Taipa, known as the Cotai Strip, will soon overtake this as the spot for evening fun. The world’s largest casino, the Venetian Macao, opened its doors a few years ago and is fast being joined by more enormous gambling houses.

 

Getting here and getting around

Macau International Airport has flights running from many cities in mainland China, as well as international flights from Asia, Europe, and America. Airport transport buses will take you directly to the city when you disembark. It has separate visa requirements from Hong Kong and the rest of China, so be sure you have your paperwork done, before hopping on a plane.

While Macau does not have a railway station, you can use nearby Zhuhai Railway Station if you are arriving or leaving the city by train. It connects with cities like Guilin, Beijing, and Guangzhou.

The peninsula of Macau is often arrived at by sea and has three ferry terminals which allow easy transfers between here and Hong Kong. The new Turbo-Jet Sea Express project has also been completed, which is a new time-saving mode of transport.

Getting around the city itself is easy, with many visitors opting to walk the small compact, safe streets rather than ride. If you’re looking for transport, you can take one of many public buses which arrive at many of the major attractions in the city. Buses are air-conditioned but remember they are also self-service, so make sure you have the right change ready before boarding.

You can also take one of around 1,100 taxis in the city, with flag-down fares starting from 17MOP$, or you can opt for a cycle rickshaw which, while certainly a pleasant way to see the city, can also be somewhat expensive.

Eating and drinking

With its rich and varied cultural history, Macau is a paradise for gastronomes. You can try everything here from Chinese, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Viet and American cuisines. Macau cuisine is heavily influenced by its former Portuguese settlers and the spices, and other items they brought with them from Africa, intermingled with local foods to create utterly unique dishes you won’t find anywhere else.

Popular dishes include Bacalhau (dried codfish), African Chicken, Paella and Clam Stir-fried with Garlic and Galinha Portuguesa, which is chicken baked with potatoes, egg, onions, saffron, and curry.

Western diners flock to Platão, with its traditional Portuguese antipasti and African Chicken, while Solmar is the oldest Portuguese restaurant in Macau and an ideal choice for traditional flavor. You can also get local snacks and street foods in the shopping and casino areas, including Dim Sum and Cashew cookies.

Getting a good night's sleep

One of the most opulent 5-star hotels in Macau is the Sheraton Grand in Cotai Central. With three outdoor pools, luxurious spa treatments and absolutely stunning rooms, you’ll spend your visit to Macau in blissful indulgence here.

You don’t always have shell out for luxury, though, and a tremendous mid-priced hotel in the city is Grand Lapa Macau. With wonderful views of the skyline and the Grand Prix Race Track, this stylish hotel also offers a spa and a beautiful heated outdoor pool.

For a great budget hotel, you can’t go wrong with the Best Western Hotel Sun Sun. It has a restaurant and a bar, with air-conditioned rooms and ensuite bathrooms. It has a great location, close to all kinds of restaurants and street food vendors. It gets great reviews for its friendly staff too.