Popularly known as the Vegas of China, Macau is an autonomous region governed by the People’s Republic of China. Nestled across the Pearl River Estuary from Hong Kong, it is the world’s most densely populated territory. Macau generates the most revenue from gambling, which is legal here. It comprises varied regions – Cotai is home to mega casinos, Taipa has magnificently conserved Macanese architecture, and Coloane is dotted with picturesque villages and beaches.
Best time to visit Macau
Macau has a hot and rainy summer, cold and sunny winter, foggy spring, and cool and clear autumn. The best time to visit is during autumn (October to December). The Macau International Music Festival, the Chung Yeung Festival (Festival of Ancestors), Macau Grand Prix, and the Feast of Immaculate Conception, also take place during autumn.
How to get to Macau
The Macau International Airport, located on Taipa Island, is the only airport in Macau. Air Macau is the home carrier, while the other connecting flights from India to Macau are operated by Air India, All Nippon Airways
, Cathay Pacific
, Jet Airways,Malaysia Airlines
, Vistara, Singapore Airlines
, etc. The airfares are moderately priced. For cheap air tickets, click on the Lowest Fare Finder
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Staying in Macau
A bulk of mid-range hotels can be found in Cotai and Macau Peninsula (starting at INR 7,000 approx. per night), although the high-end ones are mostly found on Taipa (starting at INR 11,000 approx. per night). Coloane offers peaceful accommodation, ranging from beachside youth hostels to the famous hotel, Pousada de Coloane. In the inner harbor area, many pension houses and two-star hotels can be found. Tariffs go up on Fridays and Saturdays due to gambling crowd descending over in the weekends.
Things to see and do in Macau
Macau is rich in attractions, with temples, churches, fortresses, and old buildings, noteworthy mention - Ruins of St. Paul, which was destroyed by a fire in 1835 and now houses the St. Paul’s College and the church façade. Remember to visit the A-Ma Temple, dedicated to the Chinese Sea Goddess.
Senado Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the most popular venue for celebrations and public events. Also, make a trip to the Camoes Garden, Macau’s oldest and largest park.
Macau is famous for its gambling industry and is flocked by thousands every day. Head to Venetian Macau, Asia’s most exciting entertainment hotel, housing the world’s biggest casino. You can also watch Greyhound races in Canidrome, where people bet on racing dogs.
Go bungee jumping on the 338-meter high Macau Tower, the 10th highest tower in the world. There is a revolving tower restaurant here with a seating capacity of 250.
‘City of Dreams’, a unique resort, combines spectacular dining and electrifying entertainment. With The Boulevard, a stylish lifestyle zone offering restaurants, boutiques, entertainment, and The Bubble, a remarkable multi-media attraction, this place is a must-visit.
For a fun-filled day, visit the Macau Fisherman’s Wharf. It combines shopping, dining, accommodation, entertainment, and convention, in a single location. Other interesting sites are Macau Museum, Dom Pedro V Theatre, Guia Fortress, St. Lawrence Church, Wine Museum, Grand Prix Museum, and the Kun Iam Statue.
Eating in Macau
Macau is famous for mellow bars, excellent restaurants, and unique Macanese cuisine. With a strong Chinese and Portuguese influence, the local favorites include Bacalhau (Portuguese salt cod), Galinha à Africana (African style chicken), Galinha à Portuguesa (Portuguese style chicken), Pato de cabidela (rabbit cooked in its own blood), and stir-fried curry crab. Known for its street food, the must-tries are Portuguese Egg Tarts, Pork Chop Bun, Portuguese Seafood Rice, Serradura (dessert), Almond Cookies, and Sweet Pork Jerky.
Shopping in Macau
The popular buys in Macau are branded clothing, jewelry (particularly gold), porcelain, Chinese antiques, as well as wine, knit-wear, camera, and electric gadgets. Rua da Tercena is the most popular flea market street where you can buy art and antiques.
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