Portuguese heritage, in Macau, became World Heritage for Unesco.
Many buildings are classified, but, for a Portuguese citizen, Portugal is present everywhere, even in the common buildings, pavements or small details.
I think, those are the most difficult things to preserve.
Eastern Vegas, they say!
However, there's a small difference - while Las Vegas grew in the desert from nothing, Chinese Vegas is growing in a small and very populated city, with a personality and history to preserve.
Where will gambling lead Macao to? What will last in the end?
Macau is a small Islands-City, so it is easy to explore by foot, or city buses. In Macau Peninsular, it is fully developed with buildings, parks, streets, and walkways. You will see more attractions on foot, because they are nearby each other between beautiful small alley. You can always stop by a local cafe or restaurant for a drink or meal. Plan your trip in advance with Macau map will be helpful, so you will not get lost or go back to the same streets.
If you wish to visit Taipa or Coloane Islands, check out those local buses. They are pretty good in term of frequency. You can always get a taxi anywhere in these Islands.
Fondest memory: I really miss those small local cafes or restaurants for Portuguese egg tarts, local coffees, and Ice tea with milk.
Favorite thing: It's nice to see the understanding and friendship behind the transition of Macao to Chinese administration, present in the respect that the new administration shows to the colonial period. As usual, in the old colonies Portuguese images and names were swept and replaced by local ones, but that didn't happen in Macao. Portuguese and Chinese names, side by side, are a healthy sign of preservation of local identity, naturally modelled by all the influences present along its history.
I don't see any reason why they won't allow you. Most tourists go to HK thru Macau without any hassle.
As already said earlier, there are no documents needed other than your passport. But, because macau and HK are treated like separate countries (they're both SARs), you'll need to fill out some forms. That's it. You may want to visit my blog (quite lengthy to put in here) at http://www.pinas-et-al.blogspot.com. there are many travel pages in HK here and you'll just have to be patient to search for what you need. But most of your questions are already tackled by our members.
Have a safe trip. :)
Hi. I wrote about most of the questions you had during our trip to Macau last year. You may want to visit my blog at http://pinas-et-al.blogspot.com.
I found out that the best time is really during the months of March to June. There might be a little drizzle but you wouldn't get all that wet from it.
Have a safe trip.
We stayed at East Asia Hotel, cheap, clean big room and located near places of interest like the ruins of st paul, cathedral, san senado square and where you can buy souveniers and gifts. Hotels in Macau have higher rates during weekends as to people go to casinos at that time.
Macau World Heritage
-St. Lawrence Church
-St. Joseph's Seminary and Church
-St. Augustine's Square
-Dom Pedro V Theatre
-Sir Robert Ho Tung Library
-Leal Senado Building
-Sam Kai Vui Kun Temple
-Holy House of Mercy
-Lou Kau Mansion
-St. Dominic's Church
-Ruins of St. Paul
-Na Tcha Temple
-Section of the Old City Walls
-St. Anthony Church
Try the egg tart and almond cookies in Macau. Best place to taste it are the shops around St. Paul Ruins.
Yes it is possible to see Macao in 2 days. I was there for the first time last month and was chasing the typhoon but it bypassed Macao and only hit Hong Kong. Macao is very safe and because the casinos are open 24 hours you can find people throughout the night and day. Taxi travel is convenient and reasonably priced and they will use the meter. You can also travel by bus once you know the routes - just ask the people or pop into any casino/hotel and ask the concierge. Most casinos have shuttle buses from the pier to Hong Kong and you can catch those buses to most casinos, I didnt ask but they are free, I guess. You can catch a bus to the largest casino/hotel the Venetian there too. It is only a small place...walk around ..it is a safe place. There are lots of Filipinos who speak English...but you'll eventually find someone who speaks English and you should pop into the Tourist Office to get some maps advice etc.
There is a map which lists all the popular tourist sites and you can cover them by foot..get that map, all the maps are free. You can change money anytime and there are lots of moneychangers 24/11...The Rio Casion/Hotel has a spectacular ceiling that opens and a chandelier comes down and a tree pops up from the ground..it is a free show at the foyer..and there is the Tang architecture site near the ferry you may like...and try Macanese food..not expensive.
Fondest memory: chasing the typhoon
Favorite thing: The currency used in Macau is called the Pataca (MOP$) and is divided into 100 avos. Hong Kong dollars (HK$) are accepted here. In fact the Pataca is pegged to the Hong Kong dollar at a rate of HK$1 = MPO$1.03. So, if you're arriving from Hong Kong and have Hong Kong currency, there's no need to change it. If you're going back to Hong Kong then, obviously, try and get back change in Hong Kong dollars as you won't be able to use Pataca in Hong Kong. Despite the Pataca being the legal tender of Macau, the Hong Kong dollar is preferred for most commerce. Some casinos go as far as rejecting bets from people equipped with the MOP currency. The Hong Kong dollar and Chinese Renminbi are generally accepted throughout Macau from casinos to restaurants.
If in your trips (either in a holiday trip or in a business trip) you need to have closer contacts with Chinese people, there are a few points you should keep in mind:
- Drinking is a demonstration of hospitality and sincerity. No matter what, you must drink, especially if you are doing business. The Chinese are very sensitive and pay a great deal to friendship, thus giving face is tremendous important.
- Don’t give your Chinese friend a clock or a pair of shoes as a present (gift).
- Eight is a good number in south of China and four is not a lucky number.
- Chinese don't like to open gifts or presents in front of you, they will do it in private.
- Children are treasured in China and a good topic to start a friendship. Start with your own kids or your friend's kids.
- A profound respect to the elders is a great Chinese virtue that doesn't mean the same in western countries.
You have learned some Mandarin or Cantonese and you are able to understand and hold some elementary conversation with the Chinese.
By the time you get acquainted with new Chinese friends or business people they will tell you that you speak Chinese very well. Actually, even if you only can pronounce a few sentences they will tell you exactly the same, they will tell you that you speak very, very well (they know, however, that your Mandarin (or Cantonese) is poor and at the same time they truly admire you because you are trying to speak a very difficult language).
In these situations don’t simply say ‘Thank you’. If you say ‘thank you’ it will give the Chinese the assumption that you really think you speak very well.
The best answer to give is ‘my Mandarin skills are poor’ or ‘no, no, I don’t speak well’.
If you are planning a trip to Asia but you aren’t sure when to come, avoid coming between May and August. It is not because it is hot, it is because it is indeed too humid.
When you arrive and get off the plane you will promptly feel the humidity and you will never forget that soft and warm puff of humidity on your face for the rest of your life.
Well, in Europe is also hot but bearable because there isn’t almost any humidity. The period between September and December is the best time to come to Asia, you will feel very comfortable, just like in Quebec, Canada, where part of this period, the so-called “Indian Summer” is the best time to visit.
As a Malaysian, no visa required.
Visas are required by all visitors except:
a) Residents of Macau;
b) Nationals of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Croatia, Czech, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominica, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mali, Malta, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania and the United Kingdom(6 months) for a stay up to 90 days;
c) Nationals of Australia, Canada, Chile, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Namibia, New Zealand, Philippines, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United States of America and Uruguay for a stay up to 30 days;
d) Nationals of China with valid Macau entry/depart documents, including residents of Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and overseas Chinese for a stay of up to 30 days;
e) The "Hong Kong Identity Card", "Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card" or "Hong Kong Reentry Permit" holders may stay in Macau for a maximum period of one year.
Myself and The Family has Recently Travel to Macau for a nice two days Trips Early this year.
First we walked to the ruin St. Paul's Church, Just for a quick Checking out since is the Famous Landmake in Macau. After it we Walking up to the Monte Fort (Fort Hill) for another Quick Tour and we have meet a DOG Called A FUK at the Monte Forte(Also Have Photo taken Of A FUk), then we Left to eat At Dumbo for Dinner. The Price of the Food in Macau is No longer as cheap as Couple of year Ago, Is Getting expensive. After Dinner, We Went to all the Famous Casino In Macau, just to get our Money back For the Trip From Mr Ho(King of Gamble). And We did! We Got 3x more of our Travel Money back from the Casino. Next morning we went to The New Fisherman's harbor(The New Theme Park) Basically you can Avoid going to The Fisher's man Harbor, Since Many Trill Ride is Out of Order, due to Many People who Suffer Broken Ribs after being on the ride. After that we Left Macau
Favorite thing: I loved the Lou Lim Ieoc Gardens...it was a really nice place to stop and relax for a while and we got to explore the wonderful surroundings... Everywhere we walked in the gardens we found cute little 'fairy' picnic holes...they had tiny seats & tables hidden away in the various plants/trees.
Rua do Visconde Paco de Arcos, Macau, Macau Region, China
Good for: Couples
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