Macao Favorites

  • Macau, China
    Macau, China
    by cal6060
  • Macau, China
    Macau, China
    by cal6060
  • Macau, China
    Macau, China
    by cal6060

Macao Favorites

  • Gambling

    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?

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  • Portuguese Heritage

    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.

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  • Peaceful Independence

    The transition from Portuguese to Chinese sovereignty was a model of cooperation. The national Chinese symbol, in a modern square, is a fair complement to the well preserved Portuguese heritage.

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  • Getting Around in Macau

    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...

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  • Portuguese names

    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,...

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  • FAQ: What Document To Bring for my...

    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...

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  • FAQ: When's The Best Time to Go To...

    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.

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  • Around Macao

    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-Ama Temple-Moorish Barracks-Lilau...

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  • Taxi and sightseeing in Macau

    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...

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  • Hong Kong Dollars welcome

    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,...

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  • Learning more about Chinese people (1)

    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...

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  • Learning more about Chinese people (2)

    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...

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  • Currency

    The petaca is the currency of Macau, Hong Kong dollars are accepted by most places BUT not on public transport. There is a currency exchange office at the airport and harbour.

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  • Asia, when to come?

    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....

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  • Macau - Visa?

    As a Malaysian, no visa required.Per http://www.macautourism.gov.mo/english/getting_to_macau_en.phtmlVisas 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,...

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  • walking, Eating and Gambling.

    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...

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  • Lou Lim Ieoc Gardens

    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.

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  • Architecture

    The Portuguese architecture is noticeable all over the town. Some buildings are in such a good shape like the one in the picture, but some others need urgently renovation works.

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  • Hong Kong currency

    Macau accepts Hong Kong currency readily. So there is no need to exchange your money to Macau patacas. The locals offer the exchange rate of 1:1. However, in reality HK$1 = MOP1.03. So, if you are spending a lot in Macau, it is worthwhile to exchange them into Patacas.Please note:Macau does not accept HK$10, be it the coin or the paper bill. Many...

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  • Scooter Nation!

    If China is the empire of bicyles, Vietnam the haven of the moterbikes, then Macau is surely the land of the scooters. I did not realise it till my second trip when I realised that virtually every "bike" parked along the lots are actually scooters.Scooter lovers would love Macau.Simply amazing! Scooters, scooters everywhere.

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  • Currencies (Yes, plural) used in Macau

    The official currency in Macau is the Patacas (and the coins Centavos). The Patacas is not available on the open market, but you can certainly use the Hong Kong Dollar in Macau. The rate is almost 1:1 so virtually every tourist is using the Hong Kong Dollar for transactions. It is possibly one (if not, the only) place on Earth where an external...

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  • Best time to visit Macau

    You should visit Macau from October to May. It does get a little colder in Macau during the winter months of December-January (with temperature going as low as 0C but generally hovering around 10C-15C). The months of June -September is not favourable due to the many hurricanes and cyclones that are forming in the South China Sea and Macau usually...

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  • Flag of Macau (Special Administrative...

    Macao adopted a flag upon its re-integration into China on 20 December 1999. The flag is light green with a white lotus above a stylized bridge and water and beneath an arc of five stars: one large and four smaller as on the flag of China.

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  • always feels like Mediterranean summer

    Macao is the perfect getaway from Hong Kong.Such experts as China Travel Services propose week-end package deals (ferry + hotel) at interesting rates (starting 500 HKD pax).Hotels include Hyatt hotel, Lisboa hotel, Ritz and many more prestigious places ! Macao is definitely the place to go in Asia if you want to have some typical european...

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  • Macau Entertainment Tourist Card (MET...

    MET Card is a bonus point loyalty program. To accompany spending paid by credit card or cash at participating merchants, MET Card is used as a medium to register bonus points earned and redeemed. You can apply for the card at Hong Kong's Shun Tak Centre and Macau's Maritime Ferry Terminal.http://www.metcard.com.mo

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  • Money in Macau

    Money in Macau is similar to Money in Hong Kong for multiple reasons. First, despite the fact that Macau (and Hong Kong) has been reunited with mainland China, they maintain their own unique currency. Second, the Macau currency is valued at almost exactly the same rate as the Hong Kong Dollar (1 Macau Pataca = 1 Hong Kong Dollar). And finally,...

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  • Macau People

    Of Macau's 450,000 residents today, only 20,000 are Macanese (Portuguese/Chinese mix) and a minuscule 1,000 are full-blooded Portuguese. Macau was a Portuguese colony from 1513 until 1999, so the influence of Portugal here is still very strong. The food has an interesting blend of eastern and Portuguese, and there are still two official languages:...

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  • Macao

    Situated on the South coast of China, Macao really is something special, since it has a heritage of Chinese and Portuguese influences. The current population of Macao is estimated at around 450,000 inhabitants, mostly Chinese (93%) followed by the Portuguese community (5%) and other residents of different origins like Filipino’s and Thai’s. It is...

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  • Guided Tour or Not

    Probably if you have limited time in Macau ? as in a one day trip from Hong Kong, then it would be better to take a tour to really get around the Island. If you just want to go and shop, then it is easy enough to do on your own. Museums are generally closed Mondays or Tuesdays. Its very easy to loose your bearings in the shopping area of Macau so...

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  • Barrier Gate (Portas Do Cerco)

    This is the main border overland route into nearby mainland China (Gongbei district). Apparently you can get a Chinese visa at the customs desk if you intend to visit only Zhuhai. However, I got my visa ahead of time, so I don't know if it is true or not. Many local Macanese go into Gongbei to buy their groceries as the costs are even cheaper! The...

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  • My first trip

    This is a picture that I believe was taken by my dad up at Penha Hill. My dad's secretary, Sylvia is on the left and then there's my sister, my mom (looking like a hippy!) and me showing off my six pack abs on the right.

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  • A great trip from HK

    Most people who visit Macao visit from Hong Kong. While there is an airport in Macao, you'll most likely come by boat. Here's a shot from the mid-70s from the Hydrofoil as we approached Macao.

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  • Macao streets 2

    The central area of the peninsula is hilly, but it's worth to walk up and down to forts, temples and churches. As I was walking down from Fort Monte on this street (Caminho dos Artilheiros), it was very hot, I was thirsty and hungry, and at the end of the street, I found the THS cafe, a nice place with air conditioning and good coffee! It was very...

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  • Macao streets

    The Portuguese heritage is also reflected in the city's architecture. This narrow street starts from the Senate's Square.

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  • Incense burning

    Incense originates from the tropical areas of South-East Asia and is used to purify the air, to calm the mind, to strengthen one's health. The scent of burning incense sticks and coils fills all the temples in Macau (it reminds me of lighting candles and the smell of frankincense in Catholic churches).

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  • Macao view 1

    What I loved most about Macao is the remains of Portuguese culture in a Chinese environment. It's special and surprising. I didn't have much time in the city and it was far too hot for a comfortable walk around, but that's what I did anyway, and I'm happy that I managed to see quite a lot . The view from Monte Hill is great. On the bottom right of...

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  • Macao view 2

    An other view of the city from Monte Hill. In the background, one can see the top of the Macao Tower, an other great observation point.

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  • St Paul's Cathedral Facade

    This is one of the streets leading up to the St Paul's Cathedral Facade... What a great view!! It was nice to see the facade appear before us when we were walking down this street...

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  • Leal Senardo Square

    Here's another view of the many gorgeous buildings in Leal Senardo Square... It is a must see for visitors to Macau...

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  • Avenida da Amizade

    Avenida da Amizade is a fairly main street in Macau...from memory it runs along the edge of the water and isn't far from the Jet Cat docks...

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  • Buildings

    More nice buildings in Macau...this photo was also taken at Leal Senardo Square... I loved it there! Everywhere you looked there were brightly coloured buildings...

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  • Kun Lam Temple

    Kun Lam means the Goddess of Mercy. This temple dates back to the 1600's. It wasn't much to look at from the outside but the inside was nice...

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  • St Pauls Cathedral Facade

    This view of the St Pauls Cathedral Facade is from the Monte Fort... The edge of China can be seen in the background past the water...

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  • St Augustines Church...

    The St Augustines Church was originally built in 1586 but the current building was built in 1814. It's a really nice looking church at the Leal Senado Square...

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  • Rua de Francisco Xavier Pereira

    A nice building on Rua de Francisco Xavier Pereira...I thought this building was something of importance but forgot to write down what it is...sorry!

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