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    Vertigo

    by solopes Updated Dec 19, 2013

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    Macao's TV tower is so high that it is used to radical sports.

    Well, we saw no one, without surprise, because it was raining, but that was good to Fernanda, who couldn't even look at her feet - the floor in the top area of the tower is in glass, and looking down may cause giddiness.

    Going up is expensive but if you may resisit to vertigo is the perfect place to see the size and distribution of the areas and islands in Macao

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    Long queue at immigration

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 10, 2008

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    When I got off the fast ferry from Hong Kong, the queues at immigration to get into Macau were huge. They had a good few dozen counters open but still each queue was about 30-40 deep. It took at least 30-40 minutes to get through so bear this in mind if you're entering Macau via boat.

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    From 1 Jan 2008 - Useful contacts 24-hour hotline

    by ntm2322 Updated Sep 22, 2008

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    Crime Report Hotline: 993

    Judiciary Police (Headquarters): 2855 7777

    Complaints Centre: 8800 1999 (nar@pj.gov.mo)
    Rua Central, Edifício da Polícia Judiciária, Bloco C, R/C, Macau

    Community Policing Unit: 8800 1111 (gerpp@pj.gov.mo)
    Rua Central, Edifício da Polícia Judiciária, Bloco C, R/C, Macau

    Administrative Support Centre: 8800 1367
    Rua Central, Edifício da Polícia Judiciária, Bloco C, R/C, Macau
    Estrada Flor de Lótus, Edifício da Delegação da PJ no COTAI, COTAI

    Juvenile Care Unit: 8800 5500 (nam@pj.gov.mo)
    Av. da Praia Grande, 517, Edifício Comercial Nam Tung, 14º andar, Macau

    Gaming-related and Economic Crime Department: 2833 0099 (dicje@pj.gov.mo)
    Rua Cidade de Braga, 414, Edifício Vista Magnifica Court, R/C BL, Macau

    Narcotics Division: 2883 3777 (dicte@pj.gov.mo)
    Rua do Minho, Edifício Hung Fat Garden, Bloco 2, 1º andar, Taipa

    Portuguese terminology concerning addresses:
    Rua = Street
    Edifício = Building
    Andar = Floor

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    The busy times

    by DSwede Updated Oct 17, 2007

    How is it possible that an island so small can support so many casinos of gigantic proportion?!

    Simply put... the average tourist here is going to walk the ruins of S. Paulo, and maybe a few other historic corners. But the rest of the time for the average foreigner will be spent in the casinos. The weekends are packed full of visitors from Hong Kong, China and Korea who run the casinos over.

    But if you have the patience to wade through the crowds, or the fortunate opportunity to visit during a quieter time, you will still enjoy the sites. If you are here on a weekend or holiday, the crowds multiply exponentially since Macau, Hong Kong and China mostly celebrate the same dates.

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    Drink plenty of water

    by ntm2322 Written Apr 24, 2007

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    Whenever you come to Asia (even in winter time) don’t forget to carry all the time a bottle of water with you.

    Unless you are one of those who like to spend all day drinking soft drinks. No matter what, you will be walking a lot, therefore, having a bottle of water at your side will help you to cope with the humidity.

    Besides, during those days you are in Asia, if you feel the humidity is too high, then you should drink more water than usual, sip it a little bit every 10, 15 minutes. Warning: even if you don’t feel thirsty, drink! (for your good sake).

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    Tour guide touts

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Sep 29, 2004

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    Upon arriving at the Macau Port, we were immediately accosted by a guy wanting to drive us around the town to show us the major sights for only US$80! We wisely said no and decided to show ourselves around the city.

    It turns out that the average cab ride between any two sites in the city is only about US$2. This guy may have shown us a few things we never would have seen on our own, but it was have cost us far, far more than we paid. Our total transportation bill was no more than US$15 for all of our cab fares combined.

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    Narrow Streets

    by keeweechic Written Jul 8, 2004

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    Macau central area was originally designed with narrow streets. While it was fine several hundred years ago, by the time it got to the late 1980’s and when Macau’s economy soared, the streets became too narrow with no way to expand. Therefore most of the streets have been turned into one way with no parking.

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    Crime

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 29, 2002

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    Violence relating to organised crime has increased in Macau. Police say the violence is linked to gang wars over gambling profits that have been shrinking because of the regional economic downturn. Everyone should exercise common sense and caution in visiting Macau especially wandering around at night.

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  • Macau seemed pretty safe to...

    by dzni Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Macau seemed pretty safe to me, of course just taking care for pick-pocketers, like anywhere. But, Macau is big, and I didn't wander everywhere. I have no doubt that there are some slummy parts of the city that you'd want to watch out for. I was told by a friend of mine from Hong Kong that there are a number of casinos here run by the mob, and thus the mob has a notorious business here in crime... apparently people getting fingers chopped off for not paying in the casinos. Anywho... I don't think you have to worry about that! Just don't go in any casinos! :=)

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    Macau is very safe, especially...

    by Bradmed Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Macau is very safe, especially since China took over and decreased gang related crimes. Since the bidding for gambling in Macau, no real triads can control it anymore. Just be careful at night in dark alleys or walking alone as usual, like near the chickens (street walker hangouts like near Lisboa, Fortuna and other hotels). You never know when someone would like to pickpocket you, even in crowded casinos, etc.

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    The casinos are very...

    by jnyvegas Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The casinos are very overrated. We visited two and they are nothing like Las Vegas. You must wear long pants to get into the casino. No bags allowed inside. Skip the casino and go see the A-Mah Temple.
    P.S. You will see a few working girls at the casinos.

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    CRIME AND SECURITY: O.K.,...

    by Krystynn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    CRIME AND SECURITY:

    O.K., I'm no Lara Croft... but do be careful when you're here in Macau. Petty street crimes occasionally occur in touristy areas including the vicinity of these infamous casinos.

    Violence relating to organized crime has been on the increase in Macau and it does pose potential security concerns for the general public and tourists like us.

    Just for your info - The U.S Navy allows its service members visiting Hongkong during port calls to enter Macau for private travel ONLY in groups and ONLY during daylight..... and of course, early evening hours.

    So.... what's the moral of the story?

    BE CAREFUL. Alternatively, you may wish to learn SOME martial arts from the likes of Jackie Chan OR Jet Li before you set foot on Macau soil. :-)

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    Book In Advance

    by keeweechic Written Jul 8, 2004

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    If you are planning on visiting Macau on a weekend, make sure you book your ferry tickets in advance as this is the most popular and busiest time. The major ferry operator is the Turbojet.

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