Scooters are a very economical and fun way to see the sites of Macau - it's certainly the best way to get around the Macau's narrow streets!
You can book a scooter online and it can be delivered to your hotel / ferry terminal / airport.
one can see sweeping views of Macau from it. The Colina da Penha is otherwise known for Bishop Hill, because the magnificent Bishop's Residence is on the hill. By the side of the Bishop's Residence, there is a St. Mary Hall called Chapel of Our Lady of Penha which was built in 1622. The Chapel is simple, situated in the middle of winding hillpath. The then Colina da Penha was only a fort. Since the dismantlement of the fort in 1892 the Chapel was enlarged up to the grand scale of today. The Bell Tower of the Church is high to the cloud, solemn in silence. The surrounding is picturesque for path in the flowering shrubs and the thick growth of grass, shadowy woods and magnificent buildings. In front of the church there is a high terrace on which stands the statue of Virgin Mary of marble sculpture who folds her two hands, facing the sea with kindly face.
It is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm.
TurboJET is the name of the ferry service of the Hong Kong-based Shun Tak-China Travel Ship Management Limited. It was formed when Far East Jetfoil and Turbo Cat merged in 1999.
TurboJET has several routes over the Pearl River Delta including Hong Kong, Hong Kong International Airport, Shenzen, Guangzhou and Macau. The busiest service is the one between Hong Kong (Connaught Road, Central) and Macau (Maritime Ferry Terminal). The TurboJET vessels cover the 70km journey in about one hour.
The ferry departs every 15 minutes and costs from $134HK one way.
A large proportion of the economy of Macau is based on tourism and gambling. It is known as the 'Las Vegas of the East' or the 'Monte Carlo of the Orient'.
The Portugese legalised gambling in the colony in 1850s and since then has been a well known gambling destination. Only traditional Chinese games were played until the westernstyle games were introduced in the late 20th century. The liberalisation of the industry in 2001 has seen a boom in the building of new casinos.
The casinos are used mainly by tourists from Hong Kong and the mainland as well as foreigners - the local Macanese don't, in general, visit casinos.
Some of the buildings have the most amazing architecture - I particularly liked the 'Art Deco' style glass work of the Babylon Casino.
Whether you visit to play or just look the website below provides a good map for the older casinos - the newer ones like 'The Venetian' are on another island.
to be able to have a look and appreciate the native macanese houses and alleys filled with local stuffs, ask your tour guide to detour for a few minutes from the walk in St. paul ruins to Leal Senado Square to see the real native Macau. you will see what the ordinary macanese live and how the buy stuffs and do business. the detour will end you at leal senado square in front of Santo Domingo Church and is more worth viewing than the various tourist traps selling souvenirs and other kitchy items that you see while walking the main road from Saint Paul Ruins to the Leal Senado Square.
truly amazing and very deelicious, the famous portuguese egg tarts of macau has varied claims of origin. some say that lord stowe bakery made it while others say that It was created more than 200 years ago by Catholic Sisters at Jerónimos Monastery (Portuguese: Mosteiro dos Jerónimos) at Belém in Lisbon Portugal and exported the tart to it's prized colony which is Macau! whatever it's orgin, one cannot get enough of these famous egg tarts once you tasted it! it is available everywhere in macau and a piece costs 5 macau patacas! you can also buy them at assorted bakeries like in pastelaria koh kei or lord stowes or other bakeries aroun macau. try it!
the godess of Mercy in Chinese Buddhism , also known as kuan lam. The Statue is the most popular of all Buddhist deities. The statue stands atop a dome in the shape of a lotus flower, beneath which is an ecumenical centre for China's three predominant philosophies, Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. The statue is a 20-metre-high figure in bronze rises from an artificial island reached by a causeway Close to the new Cultural Centre. the dome-shaped lotus stands with sixteen petals which measures 7 metres high and 19 metres across. The statue consists of different castings that permit the variation of strong winds. The Centre is divided in 2 levels: the first level is the Polyvalent Room on which the souvenir counter is located. The second level is a basement where a contemplation Room and a small library are located. The contemplation Room has a capacity of 50 people and is dedicated to mini activities, such as conferences, exhibitions and films, etc
Souvenirs and Cultural Institute publications are available for sale.
Opening hours: from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Fridays. Opened on public holidays.
It may be one of your lucky days if you try your luck at the casino. There are huge casinos all over the city. If you're not ineterested in making a bet, there are some casinos which has ineteresting dance performance. And free drinks and food too! Oh, by the way, no photos inside the casino or else you'll be dragged out by the guards.
The Portas do Cerco is a stone arch now classified as a monument in Macau.
During the Portuguese rule, this was the international border gate that linked Macau to mainland China.
The new "Posto Fronteiriço das Portas do Cerco" (border gate border building) was opened on January 15, 2004.
The facade is all that's left of the Ruins of the 400 year old St. Paul Cathedral.
It's a beautiful ornate remnant of the days when Macao was a colony of Portugal.
When you get to the bottom of the steps, head towards the shops to your right where you'll find an authentic rendition of the Macanese egg tart. Look for the one with the line of people out the door.
Unlike the modest yellow custard you find at Chinese dim sum restaurants, this puppy's huge and golden brown in color thanks to all that caramelized sugar. Yum.
Established by the first Bishop of Macau in 1569, this institution was modelled after one of the most prominent and oldest charitable organizations in Portugal, and was responsible for founding in Macau the first western-style clinic and several other social welfare structures that still function to this day. The building is neo-classical in the overall architectural treatment, but also depicts traces of mannerist influence.
The “Macau Business Tourism Centre” of Macau Government Tourist Office is located at the Senado Square and was officially opened on April 2006.
The Macau Business Tourism Centre is an interactive unit that solicits the views of trade and civil associations to achieve common goals, and will conduct training courses and exchange activities as well as relevant studies and market analysis, industry support, research, training, bidding and event/special projects.
The Macau Business Tourism Centre includes an information counter and a gallery on the ground floor, a computer research centre on the first floor, marketing, industry support, research, training and bidding units on the second floor, an events/projects unit on the third floor, with video and slide archive on the fourth floor.
There are no records of the original date of construction but a solid brick structure was built in 1622, and repaired in 1743. During the restoration of 1780, the religious services of the Cathedral were temporarily transferred to the old chapel of the Holy House of Mercy. The facade is characterized by pilasters and the twin belfries that stand out on the street scape. The exterior is clad in Shanghai plaster, giving the church a monolithic subdued appearance.
First built of bamboo and wood before 1560, this is one of the oldest churches in Macau, also marking the site were the Jesuits set up their earliest headquarters in the city. The church was reconstructed in stone several times, while the present appearance and scale of the church dates back to 1930. Previously, members of the Portuguese community would hold wedding ceremonies there, so giving rise to the Chinese name of Fa Vong Tong (Church of Flowers).
recognize or not, notice or not ... but you already been in taipa, whenever you're landed at aeroporto internationale de macao [if you come to macau by air]. and taipa also have several sights and place for nice dining. it's about half-size of coloane.