Fun things to do in Concelho de Macau

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    The City Of Dreams

    by IreneMcKay Updated Mar 31, 2014

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    The City of Dream is located opposite the Venetian Hotel. It was built by the Melco Crown Entertainment Group. Inside there are three hotels: The Crown Towers Hotel, the Grand Hyatt Hotel and the Hard Rock Hotel. There are also many restaurants including Chinese, Japanese and Western. In addition there are many, many shops.

    The City of Dreams is also an entertainment complex which contains a theatre currently showing The House of the Dancing Water and Taboo. Another show housed in The Bubble Theatre is called the Dragon's Treasure.

    It is also possible to visit Vquarium a virtual reality screen designed to look like a huge aquarium with fish, jelly-fish, penguins and even mermaids. Everytime a mermaid appears people go crazy trying to photograph her.

    I liked the reception of the Hard Rock Hotel with its huge inscription on the wall "Hello, I love you, won't you tell me your name." It also had lots of guitars and rock star memorobilia on display behind a glass wall. I also liked the superhero store and the gift shop of the house of the dancing water theatre.

    We had a tasty meal in the restaurant in the Hard Rock Hotel.

    The City of Dreams. The City of Dreams. The City of Dreams. The City of Dreams. The City of Dreams.
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    The Venetian continued.

    by IreneMcKay Updated Mar 31, 2014

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    The Venetian Macau is owned by the Las Vegas Sands Group and has a sister hotel in Las Vegas - The Venetian, Las Vegas. The Venetian has the largest casino in the world. The Venetian first opened for business in August 2007. It has four swimming pools. The Venetian cost around 2.4 billion US dollars to build.

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    The Venetian

    by IreneMcKay Written Mar 31, 2014

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    The Venetian Hotel is located on the Cotai Strip, Taipa. It is currently the most expensive place to stay in Macau and one of the most popular. I have not stayed there and this was my first visit.

    The outside of the hotel is designed to look like Venice complete with the Bridge of Sighs, gondolas and all the other sights of Venice. It is a fun place to look around and photograph.

    I personally did not like the inside of the hotel. It was garishly painted, crowded and noisy. Like most new Macau hotels it has a large casino.

    During our visit the hotel was decorated for carnival.

    Me outside the Venetian. The Venetian. The Venetian. The Venetian. The Venetian.
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    The Maritime Museum

    by IreneMcKay Written Feb 1, 2014

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    I am not really a museum person, but this museum is interesting and all the more so because of Macau's strong links with the sea. This time we did not visit. We just had a drink in the peaceful little cafe located just outside. We used to enjoy doing boat trips from here, but now with the construction of a new road I'm no longer sure they run. The museum i,s as you would expect, near the A Ma Temple - a temple to the goddess of the sea from whom Macau takes its name.

    There are stalls selling windmills and incense for the temple nearby. The museum was originally housed in the lovely old colonial building in the adjacent square.

    Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    The Museum closes on Tuesdays

    Admission:
    10 to 17 years old: MOP$5.00 (Mon. to Sat.); $3.00 (Sun.)
    18 to 64 years old: MOP$10.00 - standard ticket (Mon. to Sat.); $5.00 (Sun.)
    Free admission - children under 10 or senior of 65 years old or over.
    Address: 1, Largo do Pagode da Barra, Macau

    The Maritime Museum. The Maritime Museum. Decorations near the Maritime Museum.
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    Throw yourself off a tall building.

    by IreneMcKay Written Feb 1, 2014

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    The Macau Tower has a viewing area, a revolving restaurant, a shopping centre with cafes and restaurants. It also has, what it advertises as, the highest bungee jump in the world. I am no sensation seeker. This is not for me, but as we wandered around looking at the horse displays and wind-mills below, we were occasionally disturbed by the terrified screams of the mad people who had just leapt from the tower.

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    The Mandarin's House.

    by IreneMcKay Updated Feb 1, 2014

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    The Mandarin's House was a new sight for us. I believe it had not been renovated during our previous visits. This beautiful house was built around 1869. It was once the ancestral home of Zheng Guanying. The building of the house was started by Zheng Wenrui, who was the father of Zheng Guanying,

    Entry to this house is free and visitors can wander around the many rooms and courtyards of the complex. The buildings many circular doorways make an excellent frame for any photos you may take. There were seats in the main courtyard, a well and a beautiful tree festooned with red lanterns.

    Inside the building there was an exhibit about the renovation of the house, flower displays and examples of traditional Chinese dark wood furniture.

    The site also had free, clean toilets and a gift shop.

    I loved this building and could have spent hours here.

    Opening Hours:
    10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    (No admission after 5.30 p.m. closed on Wednesdays, except public holidays)

    Address:
    No 10, Travessa de António da Silva, Macau

    Bus 18 or 28b to Lilau Square.

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    The Mandarin's House Two.

    by IreneMcKay Updated Feb 1, 2014

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    Once again I got carried away on the photo front, but who can blame me it was so pretty.

    Opening Hours:
    10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    (No admission after 5.30 p.m. closed on Wednesdays, except public holidays)

    Address:
    No 10, Travessa de António da Silva, Macau

    Bus 18 or 28b to Lilau Square.

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    Casinos

    by IreneMcKay Updated Feb 1, 2014

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    I am so not into gambling and you would never find me in a casino. In fact, two American guys stopped me and my husband in the street during our last Macau visit and asked where they could find some cheap tables. We both started talking about furniture much to their amusement. When we all realised we were talking at cross purposes, we explained that we did not gamble and they looked amazed and asked "Why are you here then?" I could answer that with food, history etc but even I have to admit the casinos can look attractive lit up at night and the new Grand Lisboa adds an interesting shape to Macau's skyline.

    The old Lisboa at night. The distinctive shape of the Grand Lisboa. The distinctive shape of the Grand Lisboa. Macau skyline. Lion statue outside MGM building.
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    Leal Senado - Loyal Senate Building.

    by IreneMcKay Written Feb 1, 2014

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    The Leal Senado building faces onto the beautiful Largo de Senado - Senado Square. The Leal Senado was built in 1784. It is Macao’s municipal chamber.

    Leal Senado means Loyal Senate. This name comes from the fact that Macau remained loyal to Portugal even during the sixty years from 1580 to 1640 when Portugal was occupied by Spain and the Portuguese king was exiled in Brazil.

    I have never been inside the building, but its courtyards are beautiful with seating areas, statues, fountains, plants.

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    Mercado do Patane, 1

    by Avieira67 Updated Jan 2, 2014

    O Mercado do Patane - The Patane Market, also called O Mercado Flutuante - The Floating Market, due to its proximity to one of the ponte-cais - bridge pier of Porto Interior. It is one of the biggest municipal markets of Macau.
    From the other side of the river one can see Wan Chai, a locality close to Zhuhai.
    In February 2010, The Instituto para os Assuntos Cívicos e Municipais - IACM announced that it is starting a public consultation on the new Patane Market project. (página / page 2)

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    Museu de Macau

    by Avieira67 Updated Aug 16, 2013

    The Museu de Macau – Macau Museum, located on the hill of the Fortaleza do Monte - Mount Fortress, and inaugurated in 1998, is a space dedicated to the history and culture of the city and territory of Macau. It possesses a vast number of objects of historical and cultural value, which demonstrate the way of life of the various communities that have inhabited the city for centuries.
    This museum consists of two underground levels and a third located on the topmost level of the Fortress, where the former Meteorological Service was housed.
    Primeiro andar - First floor – Presents the way western and Chinese civilizations were developed before the arrival of the Portuguese in the Pearl River Delta in the 16th century;
    Segundo andar – 2nd floor - Presents different aspects of the popular art and traditions of Macau;
    Terceiro andar – 3rd floor – Presents contemporary Macau, including the characteristic aspects of city life.
    The architectural character of the site and its particular configuration have been retained and preserved. Its total size is about 2,800 m², with around 2,100 m² of exhibition space.
    During my stay in Macau, besides visiting this museum, I had the opportunity to see the exhibition A Rota Marítima da Porcelana - Relíquias dos Museus de Guangdong, Hong Kong e Macau no Museu de Macau – Maritime Porcelain Road – Relics from Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Museums at the Macau Museum.

    Horário - Timetable
    10:00 – 18:00 (17:30)
    Closed on Monday.
    Bilhete – Entrance fee
    Normal: 15 patacas

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    Edifício do Leal Senado

    by Avieira67 Updated Aug 16, 2013

    This building, erected in 1784, was the original municipal chamber of Macau. The name Leal Senado - Loyal Senate, derives from the title Cidade do Santo Nome de Deus de Macau, Não Há Outra Mais Leal - City of Our Name of God Macau, There is None More Loyal which was bestowed by Portuguese King D. John IV in 1654, after Portugal regained its independence following 60 years of rule by Spain (1580-1640). During this period, the people of Macau remained loyal to the Portuguese king, who at the time was exiled in Brazil.
    The main façade of this neo-classic building is 14.5 m high and 44 m wide and is divided into three sections by vertical granite projections; the floor plan is arranged in a U-shape, with the arms turning away from the main avenue, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro. On the ground floor there is a spacious lobby used for public exhibitions and as a reception area. Granite staircase leads up to the courtyard garden and to the public library, a good place to read local newspappers, and conference rooms on the first floor.
    The most distinctive feature, rarely found in other buildings in Macau, are the walls covered with blue and white Portuguese ceramic tiles that flank the granite staircase, the central axis of the building.
    The small garden has a simple design with decorative objects such as a bronze bust of the Portuguese poet Luís de Camões.
    In its history, this building was damaged several times by typhoons. The last one was in 1936.
    Nowadays, this building houses the offices of the Instituto para os Assuntos Cívicos e Municipais.

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    Largo do Leal Senado

    by Avieira67 Updated Aug 16, 2013

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    This square, surrounded by pastel-coloured neo-classical buildings, has been the centre of Macau for centuries, and is still the most popular place for public events and celebrations today. If you decide to visit Macau, this is a must see place!
    O Edifício do Antigo Leal Senado - Former Leal Senado Building - Originally built in 1784 was the original municipal chamber of Macau, a function it maintains to the present. The name Leal Senado - Loyal Senate, derives from the title Cidade do Santo Nome de Deus de Macau, Não Há Outra Mais Leal - City of Our Name of God Macau, There is None More Loyal which was bestowed by Portuguese King D. John IV in 1654, after Portugal regained its independence following 60 years of rule by Spain (1580-1640). During this period, the people of Macau remained loyal to the Portuguese king, who at the time was exiled in Brazil.
    The Santa Casa da Misericórdia was established by the first Bishop of Macau in 1569.

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    Mercado Vermelho

    by Avieira67 Updated Aug 16, 2013

    The name Mercado Vermelho - Red Market derives from the red bricks used in the construction of this building. It was established in 1936 according to the plans of the architect Júlio Alberto Basto, and is classified as an architectural heritage site. Personally, I have found this monument very ugly.
    The three-story building is symmetrical in layout and has a clock tower in the middle and a watchtower in each corner.
    Rés-do-chão / Ground Floor - Vegetables, fresh fruits, dried food, poultry and flowers;
    Primeiro andar - 1st Floor - Fish and Seafood;
    Segundo andar - 2nd Floor - Pork and Beef.
    Seafood is available twice daily from mainland China or locally. At the past, this market was located next to the waterfront from where the sellers bought its goods directly from the docks.
    This Red Building and the surrounding streets installed in the so called Three Lamps District, the track that part of the Rotunda Carlos da Maia, namely Rua Fernão Mendes Pinto, Rua Tomé Pires, Rua da Emenda, or Rua do Rebanho represent one of the most popular markets of Macau

    Horário - Timetable
    07:30 - 19:30

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    Jardim da Flora

    by Avieira67 Updated Aug 16, 2013

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    This European-style garden is located at the base of Colina da Guia - Guia Hill. It was formerly the grounds of the Palácio da Flora - Flora Palace, an aristocratic Portuguese mansion. The stone gateway at the entrance was once the palace guardhouse. A straight pedestrian avenue, lined with trees and flowers, leads to the former site of the palace, now occupied by an aviary, a small zoo, a tree-shaded refreshment patio and an Ecotheca. The garden also features formal flowerbeds and a stone pathway that winds upward, past small waterfalls and belvederes, to the top of Colina da Guia, the highest point in Macau.
    Horário - Timetable
    06:00 - 20:30

    Há um teleférico que vai para o topo da colina.
    A cable car is available to the top of the hill.
    Horário - Timetable
    08:00 - 18:00
    Preço do bilhete - Ticket Price
    Ida e volta - Return: 3.00 Patacas

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