Macao Travel Guide

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Macao Highlights

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     Interesting sights, laid back atmosphere, interesting mix of cultures. 

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     probably the crowds 

  • In a nutshell
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     China meets Portugal meets Monte Carlo! 

Macao Things to Do

  • Ruins of St Paul's

    The Ruins of St. Paul's consist of the façade of the Cathedral of St. Paul. The cathedral was built by the Portugese in the 17th century and it was dedicated to the apostle St. Paul. It is now the most famous landmark of Macau and was listed as World Heritage in 2005. The cathedral was built by the Jesuit monks from 1582 to 1602 and was the...

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  • Leal Senado

    historic center of Macau, a Unesco World Heritage Site! Leal Senade Square is the focal point and shopping center of Macau. The streets are paved with cobblestone in traditional Portuguese pattern and surrounded by colonial style buildings. Senado Square has always been the city centre. In the past, this was where the governors inspected...

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  • Fisherman's Wharf

    The Macau Fisherman's Wharf is the first theme park in Macau. It is located in the Macau Peninsula, near the Hong Kong- Macau Ferry Pier. it was the first place I've been to in Macau after I passed the customs. I don't recommend buying anything from the stores there as its way overprices but it's an interesting place, I really enjoyed my time there...

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  • Mount Fortress - Fortaleza do Monte

    The fort was built on the Mount of St. Paul and was the military centre of the then Portugese colony - Fortaleza do Monte (Mount Fortress). It was built in the 16th century to protect the colony of the Jesuits and later became the military defence of Macau. It is included in the UNESCO world heritage Site of the 'Historic Centre of Macau' The...

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  • Tower

    Macau Sky Tower is a telecommunication tower. It is 338m high and the observation deck is at 233m. The tower is known for its outdoor Skywalk - a walking tour around the outer rim. It is also the home of one of A J Hackett's bungee jump sites - the highest in the world. The observation deck also features areas of glass floor. The Macau Sky Tower...

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  • A-Ma Temple

    A-Ma Temple is located on the southwest tip of the Macau Peninsula. Built in 1488, it is one of the oldest and most famous temples in Macau. Tthe temple is dedicated to Matsu, the goddess of seafarers and fishermen. The first Portugese sailors landed on the coast near the temple and on asking the name of the peninnsula were told Maa Gao, the name...

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Macao Restaurants

  • VERY BAD!

    I don't know if I am the only one or not but I love to try Mcdonalds in other countries and also to try the Pepsi So I get to compare !Anyway, I've been to McDonald's in Sanado Square, but it wasn't only for the reason I've mentioned above but for the fact that I hate Asian food! The menu has very limited items, so I ordered Chicken burger sandwich...

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  • Macanese and Chinese Goodies

    one of the local bakeries that offer assorted macanese goods right in the heart of St. Paul Ruins area. Established in 1935, Choi Heong Yuen Bakery originally focus on the production of dainty traditional chinese pastries, bridal cakes and moon cakes. After all these years, it has became the most popular "Must Visit" souvenir shop in Macau. It also...

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  • Macanese and Chinese Goodies Galore

    more of the Macanese Food and Sweets and this is the most popular pastellaria in the wholeof macau. Tracing its roots back to a cart selling only crunchy peanut and ginger candy, Koi Kei established its first shop in 1997 and initiated the trend of making almond cake and egg roll immediately upon customer's request. Currently selling over 300...

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  • Macanese Resto in Holiday Inn

    buffett style macanese and portugese and international dishes. Buffet Specializing in Macanese and Cantonese Dishes! frascati cafe has built a reputation for serving excellent macanese and cantonese dishes in a buffett fashion and this is well earned as I have seen and eaten their sumptious dishes. Oxtail Ragout was a knockout as ox tails are my...

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  • Caravela

    Caravela is a Portuguese restaurant in Macau. Located at Mata e Oliveira n.7, this restaurant is a bit difficult to find (it is in a back alley) but if you ask around you should be able to get directions. Google maps pulls up an accurate location if you search "Mata e Oliveira n.7, macau". Caravela features great Portuguese dishes and amazing fresh...

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  • Don't Miss A Lorcha : great Portuguese...

    Located near A-Ma Temple, this is a cozy Portuguese restaurant offering great dishes. We did some extensive research on the best restaurants in Macau, and this topped the list. Their reputation is very well-deserved (and more) as everything that we ordered was delicious! The waiters were very efficient, courteous, and made very good recommendations...

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Macao Nightlife

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    I have to say that as beeing Lisboa's smaller brother, they also got the Liboa problem with a not that impressive nightlife. And the nightlife that is, you find in the Dochas, outside the city centre. The restaurants closed a little early, and we did not manage to find any bars or pubs to sit down and relax. You have always the casinos, but that is not a thing for everyone.

    As i Lisboa, you have to go to the Dochas, just outside of town to find anything. But even there is/was very little happening while we were there. It was all under construction, and the few places that were open, did not have so many customers. Not even on Halloween. Off course, we still got a little drunk, and had some good burgers, but it was not very pulsating. Not even when we walked trugh the city did we see any bars.

    Hopefully it was we that did not know where to go.

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Macao Transportation

  • Macao to Bangkok via Air Asia

    (date written: December 17,2011)Bangkok to Macao via Air Asiadeparture date: Dec. 22, 2011departure time: 14:10arrival time: 16:00Fare: 937 MOPAirport tax & fees: 134 MOPFuel Surcharge: 60 MOPTotal: 1,131 MOP (141.13 US dollars)

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  • Manila - Macao via Cebu Pacific Air

    Flight schedule:Manila-Macao via Cebu PacificDeparture date: December 18, 2011Departure time: 19:30 Arrival time: 21:30Flight 5J - 362Base fare: Pesos 488.00Taxes & fess: 652.50Web. Admin Fee; 80.00Total: P 1,220.50

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  • Scooters are a very economical and fun...

    You can hire a scooter. 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 need a license that covers motorcycles or mopeds, licenses from most countries are accepted.

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  • FANTASTIC!

    Senado Square (Largo do Senado) is a public square in Macau. it is located in the central area of the Macao.Take a stroll down the historic Senado Square. where you can discover inexpensive Macanese-made clothes, T-shirts, jeans and sportswear in markets around the area. you can also find well-known brand names like Levis, MANGO, ZARA AND...

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  • real export overruns and factory outlet

    macau is known for cheap labor so many foreign brands like nike, reebok, fred perry, ralph lauren, nautica, tommy hilfiger, dkny, kenneth cole, etc subcontract production of clothes and accessories here hence there is an abundance of overruns and factory rejects that they sale to people hence this factory outlet store. a lot. Macau, just like Hong...

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  • Coffee & light meals

    Café Ou Mun opened in November 2001 to serve Coffee and light meals.Ou Mun is the phonetic Chinese speaking for the Portuguese "Café Macau" (in English: "Coffee Macao").The owner is Fernando Marques, a young entrepreneur original from central Portugal that refers to his shop as the very first business that was opened by a foreigner in Macau after...

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Macao Local Customs

  • Pastéis de nata

    Pastéis de nata is an egg custard tart traditional in Portugal and area enjoyed today in countries that have Portugese immigrants. The tarts are a particular treat in Macau. The original pastries were was created before the 18th century by Catholic nuns at the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon.There is a great bakery near the A-Ma temple that sells...

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  • The Garden at "Portas do Cerco"

    Right after crossing the border from Zhuhai, China, to Macau, there's a pleasant small garden located in the "Portas do Cerco" area.

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  • The Immigration Department's "Arrival...

    Every visitor to Macau needs to fill out for the Immigration Department a small form entitled by "Arrival Card", that is given to each visitor before entering the territory.This "Arrival Card" is a 12 cm x 8 cm (4.7 inches x 3.1 inches) form, is written is three languages, Chinese - Portuguese - English, and as an equal page attached that directly...

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Macao Warnings and Dangers

  • Do not plan a quick trip through the...

    While traveling in S.E.Asia last fall, I decided to spend a few days in Macau, to see the new construction and visit the heritage sites. Under Macau, Orbitz listed a number of hotels on the bay, shown on their map as 1 mile from the center of town, in a neighborhood called Bihai. When I arrived, I went through customs, called the hotel, and was...

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  • Warning: Some locals might...

    I experienced this mostly on the Ferry Terminal as a lot of Mainland Chinese go through this place. They will cut into queue just because they're in a hurry. It felt like this was way to common for other people to care and tell them off. There was a guy who walked right into my trolley and bags which slipped off my hands and dropped to the floor...

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Macao Tourist Traps

  • No picture taking please...

    If your the kind who loves to take pictures anytime anywhere, well certain place here are off limits.. I've witnessed a couple of no pictures please zone.. (1.) the immigration.. I don't know if all immigration entries all over the world restricts this but I have tried to have a picture taken when entering the immigration booth and the police...

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  • The Macao Tower

    It's the worlds 10 talest building, and therefore you should go up there. And if you are tough enough, you should go for a Sky Walk. Exept from that, there is no reason why you should go there, at all. Unless you get a real kick if heights. But remember, 61st floor is the highest you can go. Do the Sky Walk or bungee jump

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Macao Off The Beaten Path

  • Forum China and the Portuguese-speaking...

    Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking CountriesMembers represented at the Forum:AngolaBrazilCape VerdeGuinea-BissauMozambiquePortugalEast Timorand (Macao) China.The Portuguese-speaking countries represent a total population of about 200 million people.

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  • A panoramic view from the "Macau Tower"

    I just got this web link today [August 15, 2007]. The email was sent to me by my good friend Nuno F that lives in Macau.Click here to see a really cool panoramic view of Macau from the "Macau Tower".url: http://61226.com/self/macau.htm

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  • Jorge Álvares - The first Portuguese...

    [quote from wikipedia]:Jorge Álvares (died July 8, 1521) is credited as the first Portuguese explorer to have reached China and Hong Kong.In May 1513 Álvares sailed under the Portuguese Malacca captain, Ruy de Buto Patalim / Ruí de Brito Patalim in a junk from Pegu. The expedition was accompanied by 5 other junks. Álvares himself was accompanied by...

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  • Paper Offerings for Use at Temples

    If you are a chinese buddhist, you would buy assorted paper stuff molded into different shapes and sizes and things like paper money, paper boat, paper airplanes, paper coffins, paper houses, paper yachts and a way lot more as offering to the chinese deities and ancestors for good luck. Then you will offer them at the temples to burn with incense...

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  • Sim Cards for International Roaming

    to get cheap mobile phone call rates while in Macau. This is for GSM and 3G phones, not for CDMA phones.

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  • Cotai Rewards

    If you're planning to stay/play at Venetian or Sands, you might want to apply for a Cotai Rewards card. This is free - just fill out the forms available at the Cotai booth in the hotel lobby and you're good to go. You can get 10-20 % discount in their restaurants and some shops. Also bring the card when playing at the casino, and earn points for...

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