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- Address: Largo da Torre de Macau
- Hours: Open Mon - Fri, 10am - 9pm; Sat - Sun, 9am - 9pm
- Admission: MOP 120 for adults, MOP 40 for seniors and children
While visitors may disagree on what ranks as the overall best attraction in Macau, all are in agreement on which offers the best view. Reaching a neck-pinching height of 1,109 feet (338 meters), the Macau Tower dominates Macau’s skyline and offers sweeping views of the peninsula for over 1 million visitors per year. Constructed by billionaire casino mogul Stanley Ho Hung-Sun, it’s said that on a trip to New Zealand Hung-Sun was so inspired by Auckland’s Sky Tower he began formulating plans for a similar structure to be built at home in Macau. Hung-Sun quickly turned his dreams into reality as construction began on the Macau Tower in 1998 with the opening ceremony taking place only three years later on December 19, 2001—the second anniversary of Macau’s handover from Portuguese rule.
The tower is a shining complex which houses various shops, restaurants and even a movie theater. Visitors without a fear of heights can rapidly ascend the high-speed, glass-fronted lifts to the observation deck on the 58th floor. Views from the 735 foot (224 meter) perch can stretch for 33 miles (53.1 kilometers) with neighboring Hong Kong visible on the clearest of days, and glass-bottomed panels provide visitors with the illusion of walking on thin air. For the ultra-adventurous, head three stories higher to the 61st floor to take part in either the SkyWalk X or AJ Hackett SkyJump, the same death-defying promontory from which New Zealand daredevil AJ Hackett once set the record for world’s tallest bungy jump.