It's up to you if you believe.
According to some travel guide fengshui tips,if your destination is to win at casino,avoid the shuttle bus provide by the casino and instead,take a bus or taxi.
But no doubt, the shuttle bus is a great convenience in getting around the casino in Macau.
Favorite thing: It was fun to just walk around Macau. Along the waterfront from the ferry terminal to the MGM hotel, then through the main tourist section up to the fantastic historical museum, Macau is a great place for a stroll.
The friendliness of the people and the ease and frequency of their public transport.
Fondest memory: The prices of similar products is relatively cheaper in Macau than Hong Kong. The whole atmosphere of old meets new and east meets west in Macau is very attractive.
The ability to walk from one place to another with so much to see in Macau city is very interesting, however always remember to wear a good pair of walking shoes.
However during my visit, the place is always foggy and my friends and i was joking that the song "Smoke gets in my eyes" is repeatedly played in our head. Not a very good experience for people who have sensitive eyes or dry eyes.
We've got quite a few different maps for Macau, e.g. the Macau Tourist Map, Macau City Map etc. The best (in our opinion) is the "Macau Shopping Discovery Map" (I think we obtained a copy of it from our hotel lobby).
The map's best feature is that it indicates all the bus-stops in Macau (plus the bus service numbers), and it really makes it easy for tourists like us who travel by bus. It also includes hotel information, brand shop information, shopping map, Macau World Heritage sites etc.
Do try the Portuguese egg tarts from the "Kun Kee" bakeries, 6HKD each (approx. 45p). Although I have been informed that Portuguese do not actually bake or eat these in Portugal. but these taste so heavenlly, you must get one when you see them.
Crispiest tart base, sweet and smooth egg custard fillings that smells gorgeous!
During our short stay in Macau, we are fortunate to experience the 13th Teochew International Convention - Gastronimia e Cultura da Regiao Chio Chao em Macau held at the Senado Square.
We got to try the many delicious foods from Macau and the different provinces of the Mainland China.
Favorite thing: You cn convineintly pay with HKD in Macao. But be aware that the return money will be in Patacas. So unless you pla to do big shopping in Macao, dont pay in too big HKD bills to avoid any reconverting.
My brother is treated like one of the family in Macau, knows his way like his pocket and loves to show special and hot items in Macau. Always on the way he became an expert for visitors to show Macau, even he doesnot like it at all. Though when once on his way showing the best part of Macau ... just follow him!
Fondest memory: Working in the nigth-cabaret of the Lisboa Casino as choreographer he does know the best spots, where is the finest food and what are the greatest trends ... and always surrounded by beautiful ladies (the Lisboa Dancing Girls) he makes you following, it is! Well, what guide can be more desirable ???
There are many many casinos in Macau. The famous one being Sands - built by Las Vegas Sands, and it is really huge there - multi levels of gambling. To enter Sands you will be subjected to going through x rays, and no large bags allowed. There are buses to Sands, all complimentary. These buses can be seen at The TurboJet station - you have to ask people where the bus to Sands - known in Chinese as Kam Sar - which means golden sands!!!
We had an enjoyable buffet at the restaurant - cost us 214HKD each.
Another popular casino is Lisbon - in Chinese they call it Poh King - it was one of the first to be built - ornate - full of gold and also tons of mosaic art!!! This place however is smaller - looks like Shanghai days!!! and smokey. At there are several eateries just outside the exit of the casinos...in the wee wee hours, there are lots of young Chinese social escorts to be seen talking loudly and can be rather rude....they love puffing cigarettes. There is a nice restaurant - which we had a nice buffet breakfast for 76 HKD.
There are many many others smaller casinos - the smaller ones are not so sardine pack - and the bets are smaller - so less interesting to watch!!!
At the famous Senado Square, there is the Tourist Office. You can get lots of maps from them, but I also recommend asking for a map with walks.
Everyone tell me that I could see Macau in a day or so, but there were some 4-5 walks that took me about 2 hours each. I did one or 2 walks a day, and did not see 100 pct of Macau in my 5 days stay. Nevertheless I did see as much as I could and thoroughly enjoyed the walks.
So armed with the walks pamphlet, and also a booklet from the hotel, I enjoyed myself to the T. All the walks have description of what to see, and when to stop for a drink etc. It was like what I could print out from the Frommer's Walking Tour website...which I found none for Macau :(
One walk took me to the Guia Hill and the surrounding., and then we took the cable car down, and visited the Sun Yat Sen Memorial house, and to another beautiful park. It was simply amazing how green Macau can be. At the park we also ran into some oldies practicing Chinese opera singing!!!
Another walk took us to many churches and old Portugese buildings which led us to the A Ma temple, and we ended up with a Portugese lunch!!!
And another walk took us to more churches and the famous St Paul Ruins and the museum.
Is Macau invaded by the Philippines? :0) Here, you can see Filipinos everywhere...from shops, hotels, churches, banks, you name it and they are there.
The first encounter that we had is at the Macau Tower. We asked a Chinese-looking security guard and he answered us back in Tagalog. We were so surprised and he told us how happy he is to see fellow-kababayans visiting the place. With few encounters more, in other different places, we learned that about 80% of all security guards working in Macau came from the Philippines. The reason is that Filipinos speak English and do not demand big salaries.
Please take a good look at the photo...you can see an advert there saying "Lipat Bahay" (house movers) ^0^.
In Macau, the official currency is "Pataca" or what is known as "MOP". It is available in 20, 50 and 100 denominations. It is easy to change your money here as there are many banks and money changers around town...especially in Senado Square.
If you're coming from HK, you may opt to use your HK dollars as it is widely accepted in Macau. 1MOP = HKD 1.03
To get to mainland China (Gongbei,Zhuhai) from Macau is so simple. Board bus No. 3 or any other bus that says Portas De Cerco (meaning Barrier Gate). Fare is MOP2.50. and the ride is about 15minutes from Central Macau. Portas De Cerco or the Barrier Gate (gateway to China) is the last stop. If you arrive via Bus No. 3, get down at the last stop and go up the escalator to arrive at the way to checkpoint of Macau (don't worry, just follow the stream of people and you will get there). After immigration check, go down another escalator to the walkway of "no-man's land" between Macau and China to arrive at the Immigration hall to China. The foreigner queque at the Immigration into China is usually very short compared to the queques for Macau residents and mainland Chinese residents. Clearance to get into China takes approximately 1hour. After the China checkpoint, walk along to the exit of the immigration (it is actually a shopping mall ) and Now you are in China! This place is Gongbei in Zhuhai, China.
Fondest memory: Great way to get to China - easy and quick. Can see lots of Macau residents moving in and out of China daily.
You can see so many "art pieces" as you walk along the roads in Macau. Patterns which are in graphics, geometrics and shells and crabs - all of which are beautifully and painstakingly laid on the "mosaiced road". Roads are clean and the patterns are distinctive. You can have a collection of all these road patterns as an album. To enjoy more beautiful designs on roads, see attached pics and my travelogue
Fondest memory: Art on road ... unique!
You are right to say that Macau is full of casinos - there are so many. Big ones like Sands, Lisboa and many smaller ones. Go to one which is big to see some actions. Maybe you could get lucky, who knows...
Fondest memory: Glittering lights, exciting games and great place to watch people.