Just 40 miles from Hong Kong, Macao has a unique Portuguese-Chinese heritage and is one of the Far East’s most exciting destinations. Highlights include the UNESCO World Heritage listed “Historic Centre of Macao”, the 338m Macau Tower, vibrant nightlife and world class shopping. Macao’s food is legendary – from Michelin-starred restaurants to local cafes.
MACAO AT A GLANCE
Macao has its own international airport with links to regional destinations such as Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and many cities in China, but most UK visitors fly to Hong Kong and take the fast ferry ride direct from the airport, or from central Hong Kong. The journey time is approximately one hour.
Only 11 square miles in size, Macao is made up of the Macao peninsular, connected to Mainland China, and the islands of Taipa and Coloane.
Chinese and Portuguese are the official languages, though English is also spoken.
The Macao Pataca - but the Hong Kong dollar is also accepted and has almost the same value.
Like Hong Kong, Macao has a moderate to hot climate, with average annual temperature of around 20˚. Humidity is generally high and typhoons are possible between May and September. October to December is a particularly pleasant time to visit.
TIME ZONE: GMT +8hrs
HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO
Among its greatest treasures is the UNESCO World Heritage listed “Historic Centre of Macao”, made up of 30 buildings and monuments of both Portuguese and Chinese origin – including Taoist temples, baroque churches, a theatre, fortress and even a lighthouse. Taking pride of place are the iconic Ruins of St Paul’s and elegant Senado Square.
At 338-metres high, the Macau Tower offers tremendous views across the Pearl River Delta - those with the nerve can take a Skywalk around the outside of the tower, do a mast climb or bungy jump!
A variety of museums, celebrate everything from history to art, while the Macao Science Center offers a range of interactive exhibits and the world’s highest resolution 3D planetarium.
MACAO BY DAY
Macao’s southern countryside of picturesque hills and rural villages, valleys and beaches offers a slower pace and opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, visit the Giant Panda Pavilion, or simply to relax and recharge. Or for another way to relax, visitors can enjoy a treatment at one of Macao’s elegant spas or “shop ‘til they drop” at one of the bustling markets or glitzy malls packed with designer brands.
MACAO BY NIGHT
Few Asian destinations can beat Macao for sheer entertainment value with a dizzying number of bars and nightclubs, as well as glitzy casinos and shows including the spectacular House of Dancing Water, a breath-taking water-based show at the City of Dreams resort.
Macao’s food is legendary and incredibly diverse – Portuguese, Chinese and all kinds of international cuisines are available here. The local Macanese food combines influences from both China and Portugal as well as South America, Africa and India. Speciality dishes include African Chicken and pasteis de nata (Portuguese egg tarts).
One of the region’s fastest growing and most exciting destinations, Macao makes a perfect two or three-night addition to a Far East holiday or stopover en route “Down Under”.