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“Macau magic”

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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“Macau magic”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

1 hour by ferry from the China ferry terminal( remember to bring your passport ). When we got off the ferry there were plenty of people offering expensive tours. If you just want to see the old Portugese area of Macau, get a map at the tourisim booth and they will tell you to take the #3 bus which drops you off at the main square of the old town. From there we simply followed the street signs which will guide you to the various tourist attractions, particularly the old Ruins of St. Paul and the nearby fort. Make sure have a taste of the Portuguese egg tarts as you walk around (yum).
For lunch we happened onto a delightful little cafe (puffin cafe) serving some good fresh food (on Rua de Santo Antonio). The waitress there suggested a few other old streets for us to see and also how to visit the casinos on Taipa.So we headed back to ferry terminal and boarded a free bus to the Venetian casino (all of the casinos will pick you up and drop you back at the ferry terminal for free). Wow what mind boggling sight. Hugh casino, replica of St Marks Square was brilliant. Plenty of boutique shopping. A replica of the grand canal Venice is on the third floor, where you can take a ride on a Gondola, steered by a Chinese-Venetian. There is a 3d light show at dusk at " St Marks Square" Other casinos nearby also impressive.
All in all well worth the trip to both old Macau and the casinos on Taipa

Visited March 2013
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Quezon City, Philippines
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“Macau Escapade”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

We really enjoyed our one day trip to Macau. We walked around the Senado Square, visited St. Dominic Church and the St.Paul's ruins. We also went hotel hopping like the Emperor Hotel, Grand Lisboa, Wynn Hotel, Galaxy Hotel and Venetian Hotel to watch free shows like a dancing fountain, Dragon Show and Prosperity Tree Show in Wynn Hotel. There is also a 3D show outside the Venetian Hotel. We bought some goodies like their yummy egg tart, peanut and meat delicacies. The trip was worth it.

Visited March 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Visit Macau Island!”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

We decided to take our own day trip to Macau Island. It was a great experience and enjoyed particularly walking around the older area with it's Portuguese history visiting St Dominic's Church, Senado Square and the St Paul's ruins which is a World Heritage site. Great photo opportunities. Casino's aren't my thing but you must visit a couple, I recommend the Venetian, for a touch of Venice, gondolas included quite incredible. Free buses run between the casino's so it's easy to fit a couple of visits in. The ferries and the Island get very busy so an early morning arrival is recommended returning later in the day, don't forget your passport. If you have time to spare in Hong Kong I thinks it's a must!

Visited January 2013
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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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“Change of pace from Hong Kong”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

We decided to take a day trip to Macau from Hong Kong and thought it was very worthwhile. The Turbojet ferry company runs ferries every fifteen minutes from the Hong Kong-Macau terminal which is easily accessible from the Sheung Wan MTR station. There seemed to be no need to purchase advance tickets. The economy class seats on the quick hour-long trip were comfortable and relatively inexpensive-- weekdays cost about 140 HKD and weekends about 160 HKD (about 20 USD).
The city itself was very interesting-- a mix of Portuguese and Chinese culture, giving it both a more European and grittier feel than Hong Kong. The architecture had a definite Portuguese flavor, with expansive city squares and several lush parks breaking up the dense streets.
Upon arrival in Macau, a trishaw guide approached us offering an hour-long (which ended up closer to two hour) tour and we decided to go for it. He took us around the wharf, to A-Ma Temple, and to the Ruins of St. Paul's stopping for photos along the way. It was a fantastic way to see the city highlights and completely worth the (negotiable) 300 HKD for the two of us together. We wandered the city for a bit, grabbed lunch (the deep fried pork chop buns are a local specialty), walked through the impressive casinos (not my thing, but if you're into it, they're world-class), and hopped the ferry back to Hong Kong for dinner.
A must-do if you have an extra day in Hong Kong!

Visited March 2013
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West Hollywood, California
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“An interesting city !!”
Reviewed March 5, 2013

Since Macau has been on the news as an up and coming casino and entreatment hub of the Far East we have been looking forward to visiting this city. We tried to book a hotel during valentine's day week and we were not able find any availability therefor we decided to take a day trip from Hong Kong since we were going to be in Hk for a few days. We took the Jet Ferry from Hong Kong. The ride was very smooth and organized. Upon arrival we hired a tour guide for 2000 HKD ( a bit high but we did not have time to shop around for a better deal) we managed to see all the tourist spots and the historical areas . I guess I found the center of Macau a bit dark and run down... The historic center of Macau is very interesting. Macau being a former Portuguese colony it represents the architectural legacy of Portugal. The tour guide dropped us off at the Ruins of St Paul's for an hour of walk tour . The place was super packed it was very hard to walk down the steps with out bumping in to other ppl. We managed to see the St Paul ruin, St Dominic's Church, Senado square etc . It was beautiful. Took a lot of beautiful pics there. In the afternoon we headed to the other side Macau where Venetian and City of dreams were. Apparently this part of the city is built on a reclaimed land 12 yeas a go. Very Impressive !! We pretty much managed to see most of the casino hotels. Venetian is exactly like the one in Vegas but probably a little bigger. You can get lost there it is a small city on its own and it was packed! The casino halls were very crowded and surprisingly smoking is allowed in some section and not in the section right next to it but there is no barrier there for the whole place smells like cigaret. The other thing was the whole place is catered for chinese speaking customers not so much for english speaking. We were told over 400,000 ppl visit Macau everyday and majority of them are Chinese, so naturally it makes business sense to cater the majority of customers. None the less we had a great day in this amazing city. we took the ferry back at 10 pm. it was a bit of a chaos due to language barrier but we managed to find our ferry gate that was changed several times and headed back to HK.
Very important - Take your passport with you. You will have to go through immigration as you arrive and depart.
If you are going on your own and need a tour guide in Macau shop around online and book ahead of time.
If you want to see shows like ' The House of dancing water ' book a few days ahead of time.
Have a great time

Visited February 2013
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