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Tour around the island of Macau

Zhuhai, China
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David H wrote a review Jun 2019
Melbourne, Australia24 contributions11 helpful votes
We took a day trip to Macau from Hong Kong. First, Macau is a separate country. You need your passport , you pass through immigration in both directions, and the money is different. We took the ferry from neat Central Pier in Hong Kong. There is one every 15 minutes. There is a discount for those over 65. The ferry takes about an hour so you get a bonus harbour cruise! A salesman approached us in the Macau terminal for a day trip, which we took. We might have had a better deal if we had researched in advance, but the cost of 2000 local dollars seemed ok. We saw the only lady Budda in the world, the outside of many casinos, went up the Macau tower and watched people bunch jump, and were taken to a nice cafe run by an Aussie expat.plus other places. Macau seems quieter than Hong Kong. No one approached us with offers of fine tailoring! Came back by bus along the longest bridge in the world followed by the A21 bus into the center of HK. Slower than the ferry but a bit cheaper. An interesting day.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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helenjJ7823NA wrote a review Oct 2018
Brisbane, Australia20 contributions1 helpful vote
Had a great day learning the history of Macau. So much to take in. Loved learning about the early days of Portuguese influence. The town area has some beautiful architecture. The ruins of St Paul’s amazing. Loved the bakeries and their famous cookies and baking. Visited some major casino’s briefly, visited the tower and watched the bungy jumping - tallest in the world. One day very rushed and plan to go back and spend more time immersing in the local culture. Great city.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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gurufvg wrote a review Aug 2017
Cebu City, Philippines895 contributions79 helpful votes
This tour which started with a ferry ride from Hong Kong to Macau is interesting. Our Hong Kong guide, Winnie, picked us up directly from our hotel and brought us directly to the Hong Kong Ferry terminal with the other guests in the tour. We then proceeded to Macau where we visited some of their UNESCO Heritage sites like the old fortress, the ruins of St. Paul's church, the old Senado square, and the A-Ma temple in Macau which according to our Macau guide, Sheryl, is the oldest temple and was the first thing the Portugese colonizers saw when they landed in Macau.Of course, the tour would not be complete without going to at least one of the casinos in Macau. In this tour, we went to the Grand Lisboa. The collection you would find at the main lobby of this place is quite impressive. Just be ready for anything. There will be a lot of walking for sure and make sure to bring an umbrella with you. The only negative I could point out here as the food served to us at the Amigo restaurant of the Riviera Hotel. The food was already cold when we got there and most of the dishes were already bland. The tour ended with another ferry ride back to Hong Kong where our Hong Kong guide, Winnie, met up with us and brought us back to our hotel.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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Jeffrey F wrote a review Oct 2016
60 contributions13 helpful votes
Me and my wife went on this tour and were greatly disappointed. For what we got it was dramatically overpriced . Our guide Mario was terrible. He was always rushing us and often it was hard to follow him in the crowds. We had to pay more attention to following him then looking at the sights. Instead of taking time in the casino and other sights he took us to a Portugese cookie shop and a overpriced souvenir store. He really ruined this trip for us and i would not recommend it.
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Date of experience: October 2016
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BradJill wrote a review Jan 2016
Hong Kong, China139031 contributions24494 helpful votes
For those visiting Macau on a day trip from Zhuhai who want to see the best of the World Heritage attractions, here are those which I would recommend researching and potentially visiting first: Ruins of St. Paul's The Ruins of St. Paul is the former Church of Mater Dei (built between 1602 and 1640). The church stood alongside St. Paul’s College that was destroyed by fire in 1835. The church was never rebuilt so we only have the facade to look at today. This iconic attraction is the face of Macau and the most popular spot for tourists' photos in Macau. Note: If visiting during Chinese New Year, the staircase in front of the Ruins of St. Paul’s is where the famous dragon parade begins. This is a great spot to watch the kick-off of the CNY events. St. Dominic’s Church This is the most famous church in Macau and can be found at the far end of Senado Square. Built by the Dominicans (early 17th century), you can take stunningly beautiful pictures of St. Dominic's pastel coloured facade with waved-patterned pavements in your frame. Visit early in the morning before the crowds settle in for best pictures Also, take a look inside of St. Dominic’s. The interior is nice so is the attached three-storey building which hosts the Treasure of Sacred Art Museum. Over 300 religious artefacts and artworks are on display here, making this a nice add-on for museum buffs. St. Dominic’s Church and Treasure of Sacred Art Museum are open daily from 10am to 6pm. A-Ma Temple A-Ma Temple is one of Macau's most important Chinese buildings, situated on the southwest tip of the Macau Peninsula. It is believed that local fisherman built the first shrine here around 1490 to worship Matsu (locally referred to as A-Ma), after the goddess was seen here in the form of a lost young girl sitting upon the rocks. The temple buildings are built around the contours of the rocky hillside and is nice to visit year round. However, A-Ma Temple is a particularly interesting to visit during Chinese New Year, when it is packed with worshippers, seeking good luck and wanting to ward off bad luck. Watch and listen to them set off huge strings of firecrackers but be ready to cover your ears as well. It gets loud. A-Ma Temple is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Guia Lighthouse The most isolated of the World Heritage attractions but also another iconic image of Macau is the Guia Lighthouse situated upon Guia Hill. The lighthouse, which is actually inside a small fort here was built in 1865, this is an attractive building and a popular place to take close up pictures. Visitors can’t enter Guia Lighthouse at this time. However, you can get up close to the building. You can also enter the attached Guia Chapel, which contains peculiar Portuguese and Chinese religious frescos. There are great views of the city from this perched and elevated location as well. Guia Fort and Lighthouse are open daily from 9am to 6pm. Leal Senado (Municipal Council) Leal Senado was originally built in 1784. The building you can visit today is probably Macau’s best representation of Portuguese architecture. Here you find an elegant staircase and inner courtyard, both well decorated with flowers and Portuguese style blue-and-white murals that are such a delight to see. Visitors can enjoy small afternoon concerts, free art exhibitions and see Macau’s oldest library, an elaborately carved hidden gem in the city centre. There is also a decent gift shop at the Leal Senado building. If visiting during holiday periods, do plan on a quick stop here to see the decorations. Leal Senado is open daily from 9am to 9pm. Dom Pedro V Theatre The Dom Pedro V building was constructed in 1860, making this the first western theatre in China. The old theatre is located at St. Augustine Square and is a mint-green coloured building. You'll find a neo-classical facade and Ionic columns, which creates striking composition and stark contrast to mostly Chinese style buildings located in the area. Dom Pedro V is now open to the public. You can make a quick visit inside to view the lobby and the modern 300-seat auditorium. Performances are held here at various times of the year. Dom Pedro V Theatre is open Wednesdays to Mondays (10am to 6pm), closed on Tuesdays and national holidays. Mandarin House The Mandarin House is easily the finest representation of Chinese architecture you can see in the Historic Centre of Macau. Located at Lilau Square, this is a residential complex that was built (1869) for notable reformist and literary figure Zheng Guanying. Here, visitors can explore numerous rooms, hallways and courtyards and see a variety of Chinese building designs and furnishings. This is another place you should try to include if visiting during Chinese New Year. The compound is filled with festive flowers, mandarin bushes and cherry-blossoms and other holiday decorations. Mandarin House is open Thursdays to Tuesdays (10am to 6pm), closed on Wednesdays and national holidays. Lou Kau Mansion The Lou Kau Mansion is a smaller scale version of the Mandarin House which is conveniently located at Senado Square. Built around 1889 for a wealthy local merchant, this is another well preserved historic building that provides visitors a chance to see impressive Chinese architecture in the World Heritage area. Here you can explore the ground floor to see small courtyards, rooms and hallways. The building features grey-brick walls, decorative plasterworks, lovely wood-carved canopies and screens as well as traditional Chinese furniture. Lou Kau Mansion is open Tuesdays to Sundays (10am to 6pm), closed on Mondays and national holidays. St. Lawrence’s Church Interestingly, St. Lawrence is one of Macau’s oldest churches. It is also one of the most beautiful. Built by the Jesuits in the mid 16th century, St. Lawrence has a particularly delightful facade, set before an attractive staircase and surrounding garden. A bit tricky to take full pictures of the facade but fun to try. Best if you have a wide angle lens. The church interior features hints of Baroque design, particularly around the altar. The wooden ceiling, painted in soft blue colour is very nice as well. St. Lawrence’s Church is open daily from 7am to 9pm. St. Augustine’s Church Located at St. Augustine Square, just across from Dom Pedro V Theatre is a small church built in 1591 by Spanish Augustinians. The church features a Portuguese style facade, similar to St. Dominic's and St. Lawrence and possesses an important statue called ‘Bom Jesus dos Passos’ behind the altar. Note: St. Augustine Church receives very few visitors compared to the famous St. Dominic’s, making this a potentially relaxing church visit by comparison, something worth noting if you want to to avoid crowds. St. Augustine’s Church is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Macau Museum (Monte Forte) Arguably the best museum in the city, Macau Museum is perfect for those eager to learn about the history of Macau. The museum provides a good overview of Macau’s intertwined history of colonial Portuguese and local Chinese culture and heritage and can located at Monte Forte just next to the Ruins of St. Paul, making it a convenient stop if interested. The Macao Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays (10am to 6pm), closed on Mondays and national holidays. Note: MGTO offers a free audio guide service (MOP200 deposit) made available at the Macau Business Tourism Centre at Senado Square. Even for those visiting as a day trip, this is a good way to enjoy more thorough explorations of the Historic Centre of Macau.
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Date of experience: December 2015
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