Macao is one of Asia’s must see destinations and now known as being a new and exciting destination for all styles of travellers when cruising through Hong Kong.
Macao is Visa FREE for most nationalities including Australian and New Zealand Passport holders and is just 60 kilometres from Hong Kong. Macao is a simple 55minute ferry ride with services operating every 15-30minutes from Hong Kong Island and Kowloon to Macao and reverse. Frequent services also operate daily from the Hong Kong International Airport to Macao between 11am to 10pm, meaning travel between both destinations is seamless and easy.
So whether you are seeking to be pampered at one of the luxurious spas or stay in a ritzy yet affordable resort or hotel, be entertained by world-class performers, or even explore the rich culture and history of this former Portuguese enclave whilst engaged in high adventure activities. Macao truly has something for everyone.
Fun with the Family
Whilst on the Cotai Strip, you will find giant precincts like the City of Dreams, Sands Cotai Central, Galaxy Mega Resort and Studio City which include leading family style attractions such as the world’s largest wave pool and rapid ride, Universals Batman Dark Flight, the world’s highest Ferris Wheel the Golden Reel or have breakfast with Shrek and the gang at the largest DreamWorks production outside the US.
Exploring Macao on foot
There is no better way to see Macao and that’s by foot. Download your FREE versions of the “Step Out” Experience Macao Self-Guided Walking Tours and really experience the off the beaten track areas and true heart of Macao.
These are just a handful of words used to describe Macao’s ever-expanding landscape of hotels and resorts that cater to the Asian centres demands of today’s guests. Not all is new, large and ritzy, as Macao has its share of boutique style accommodation of heritage significance, some establishments taking guests back to the colourful bygone days through their charming colonial features.
Varied shopping districts in Macao range from multi-brand shopping centres to fashion boutiques, from Chinese antique shops to popular daily flea markets can surely fulfil the shoppers ‘desire. Visitors can also enjoy “The House of Dancing Water”, the world’s largest and most spectacular water-based show directed by Franco Dragone, at the City of Dreams. For a thrilling adventure, why not try the Sky Jump or Skywalk at the 338 metres high Macau Tower or add health and wellness to their list at the largest integrated wellness centre of its kind in the world, the Malo Clinic Spa, all these exciting attractions can be found here in Macao.
Centuries old History and Cuisine
MACAO has never lost its unique blend of Chinese and European cultures. From the bygone days when Portuguese traders established Macao as a gateway to the Orient, this famous centre has charmed the world with its east-meets-west attractions and cultural values.
Take a stroll along the narrow streets and through the colourful squares of old Macao and you will see beautiful Portuguese architecture alongside centuries-old Chinese temples and gardens. Today, Macao thrives on its old-meets-new characteristics and recent contemporary additions complementing the peninsula’s historic legacies, many of which are protected by UNESCO World Heritage status.
Macanese food, which is a fusion of Portuguese, African, Southeast Asian and Chinese, cooking, has gained international recognition after being enjoyed by travellers for decades. In recent years, Macao has become firmly planted on the map as one of the world’s culinary destinations – following an influx of internationally renowned restaurant brands from around the world and celebrity chefs that take Macao’s gastronomic scene to new heights.
Experience Macao – Your Own Style as you are truly spoilt for choice.
URL: For the latest specials or to know more about Macao, check out www.visitmacao.com.au or contact Macao Government Tourism Office (Australia and New Zealand) on (02) 9264 1488.
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