To discover another aspect to multifaceted China, take a day trip to Macau.
The former Portuguese colony mixes crumbling fortresses with glitzy casinos, baroque churches with cobbled backstreets, and spicy Macanese seafood with classic dim sum.
Macau’s exotic history and culture are evident at every turn, with eight squares and 22 historic buildings on the World Heritage List.
Take a walk down the main street to the baroque Church of St. Dominic, tour the Jesuit Monte Fort, with its exceptional Macau Museum, and don’t miss the evocative ruins of the Church of St. Paul, its free-standing baroque facade a Macau symbol.
A drive around the peninsula reveals yet more churches, beautiful colonial buildings, temples and gardens.
Macau is a formerly Portuguese outpost just minutes away from the Chinese border. With this location, it is now most influenced by the changes in the modern Chinese economy and culture. This tour explains the past, present and future of Macau. We spent a few minutes at a casino in the old part of town; if you want to see the spectacular Vegas-style Cotai Strip, plan on leaving the tour at the end and making your way back to Shanghai on your own -- easily done with complementary casino transport to and from the jet-ferry station.
Very informative trip. The places we visited were interesting and quite unique from Hong Kong. Our guide Cisco was very knowledgeable about Macau. I loved his sense of humour and he was great in keeping the group on time. Overall the trip was well organised and as described.
Thank You for a great experience,interesting Hong Kong and Macau.In two busy days I visited most possible important places.
Macau is 65 km (40 mi) west of Hong Kong, on the opposite shore of the Pearl River. Like Hong Kong, it is a special administrative region of China, and most travelers don’t require a visa to visit. Ferries run throughout the day and night, and the crossing takes around an hour.
Most of Macau’s sights surround the inner harbor on the small peninsula jutting down from the mainland. Three bridges lead across the water to tiny Taipa and Coloane islands.