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Discover Macao

For such a compact territory, Macao has much more to offer than at first meets the eye. Its UNESCO World Heritage listing of east-meets-west sites complement the rise of a contemporary city with its giant integrated resorts.

Macao is truly a melting pot of features which extends to the restaurants and street side eateries. As a new member of the UNESCO Creative Cities – Gastronomy, Macao happily takes up the tag City of Gastronomy. The unique Macanese cuisine is one of the world’s earliest forms of fusion food – Portuguese inspired with spices from Africa and South-East Asia and ingredients from mainland China.

In 2019, Macao celebrates the 20th anniversary as a Special Administrative Region of China and once again host a number of vibrant and colourful festivals and events. Once a Portuguese territory, Macao – permanent population of 650,000 – attracted more than 35 million visitors in 2018. A figure that is sure to increase further with the opening of the longest over sea road bridge in the world linking neighbouring Hong Kong.

Who goes to Macao

Being such a diverse destination, Macao also attracts a range of travellers. Couples can find romance while families can discover fun. There is a market for groups and corporates for events.

How to get to Macao

You can access Macao by flight from Australia to Hong Kong with connecting high-speed ferry services from HKIA, Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Alternatively, catch the bus shuttle for the 35-minute transfer on the 55km long bridge-tunnel road link from Hong Kong. Also, fly to Macao International Airport via an Asian hub.

Top 10 things to do in Macao

  1. Explore the neighbourhoods and major historic sites on foot (Step Out visitors guide for eight suggested self-guided walking routes available).
  2. Climb the steps to the iconic Ruins of St Paul’s or visit the A Ma Temple
  3. Dine out on Macanese, Portuguese and Chinese cuisine
  4. Book a table at one of the Michelin quality restaurants
  5. Head to 338-metre high Macau Tower for a bird’s eye view or perhaps an AJ Hackett bungee jump from the 233-metre level
  6. Meet the residents of the Giant Panda Pavilion on Coloane Island.
  7. Visit during a major festival such as the month-long International Fireworks Display Contest, the annual Food Festival or the Macao International Parade
  8. Take a stroll in the quiet surrounds of one of the parks as well as the walking trails on Coloane Island.
  9. Spend time in quaint Taipa Village, famous for its eateries, shops and art galleries
  10. Go for a gondola ride in The Venetian or take the elevator to the top of The Parisian’s Eiffel Tower. 

For more visit www.visitmacao.com.au