Located on the southeast coast of China, Macau, a former Portuguese colony, is one of the richest cities in the world. The Portuguese handed control back to the Chinese in 1999; however, Macau still retains a high degree of autonomy. It consists of a peninsula and small two islands in the Pearl River Delta. Its colonial past coupled with its Oriental charisma make it a fascinating place to visit.
These days, Macau is world famous for its casinos, some huge ‘Vegas style’ buildings and some attached to hotels. Millions of visitors flock to Macau to gamble each year. However, Macau has a lot more to offer. Leal Senado Square is probably the busiest place in Macau and is most certainly not a place to be missed. The square features a traditional Portuguese pavement and is a World Heritage site. The Macau City Museum gives you a fantastic insight into the history of the city and explains the uniqueness of the Macanese culture.
The Ruinas de Sao Paolo, a 17th century cathedral, remain beautifully preserved and are a stunning sight. The Statue of Guan Yin, which blends the traditional images of goddess Guan Yin with that of the Virgin Mary, goes some way to showing the uniqueness of the culture in the city. One of the biggest events of the year in Macau is the Macau Grand Prix in November. The main streets of Macau get turned into a course reminiscent of the Monaco Grand Prix.
Hotels in Macau
Macau isn’t really the place to go if you are on a tight budget as quality hotels are quite pricey, with anything below mid-range usually not offering good value for money. The Venetian Macao Resort-Hotel is the city’s most luxurious hotel. Macanese cuisine is a beautifully blended mixture of Southern Chinese and Portuguese cuisines and it is well worth savouring. The most famous restaurants of Macau include the Restaurante Porto Interior, Restaurante Litoral, and Restaurante Espao.
Macau International Airport can be found on Taipa Island, which is connected to the peninsula via a new bridge and bus service. The airport primarily serves mainland China; however, a small number of international services are available. Mainland China is also accessible by road. You can take a helicopter directly to Hong Kong, which takes around 20 minutes, or, alternatively, a high-speed jetfoil; these run every 15 minutes.