Macau is touted as one of the most loved tourist destinations. Culture and nature enthusiasts, entertainment lovers, gastronomes or nightlife buffs – Macau has something for everyone. It is also one of the ideal destinations for any of your shoot requirements. Additionally, travel to Macau is easy as visa is on arrival, making it a convenient and hassle free.
Recently selected by Lonely Planet as one of the 10 Best Travel Regions of 2015, Macau has all the ingredients of an off-beat and picturesque destination. Macau is located on the western bank of the Pearl River Delta in the southern Guangdong Province in China. It adjoins the mainland city of Zhuhai and is about 60 kilometers to the west of Hong Kong. It is a modern city with a unique old-world charm and a rich heritage of Chinese and Portuguese culture that would cater to varied needs of the Indian Traveller. It’s time to meet the new Macau, Asia’s entertainment center and resort destination.
Macau has some truly unique and exciting experiences to offer. It is the ideal destination if you want to soak in some rich culture and festivities that make a county what it is. Some of popular attractions one can witness include the grey hound races, Ruins of St. Paul’s, Fisherman wharf, Macau Grand Prix, the wine museum and a lot more. If one is planning to visit Macau, your stay would be made much convenient with user friendly apps like ‘What’s On’ and ‘Experience Macau’ which is available on both android and iPhone versions.
Some of the main highlights and things to do in Macau are:
1) Walking Tours
If you fancy long, leisurely strolls along scenic and historic routes, then the various walking tours on offer is something you must consider. The walking tour around St. Paul’s is a must do. The tour begins from Senado Square, the Historic Centre of Macao that celebrates Macau’s dual heritage with architectural treasures ranging from temples and Chinese mansions to churches and plazas. With their narrow, hilly streets, diminutive squares shaded by ancient banyan trees, family-owned shops, and unique buildings, the slopes and neighborhoods below the ruins of St. Paul’s offer colorful snapshots of Macau’s long past.
If you think that Hong Kong or Macau is all about temples and historical sites, think again. You can have a beach getaway at Hac Sa which is a black sand beach, is Macau’s largest natural beach and is on the southeast side of Coloane Island. Another option is the Cheoc Van or the bamboo bay beach.
Nothing’s more romantic for newlyweds than strolling in the park, and Fisherman’s Wharf is the perfect place to do just that. This is a relatively new attraction in Macau, and it is a theme park divided into different port towns. You can take your pick from Cape Town, the Italian Riviera, Amsterdam or the Dynasty Wharf.
Guia Fortress & Lighthouse
The oldest lighthouse on the coast of China — the Guia Fortress and Lighthouse. It has sentry posts, watchtowers and ammunition depots which combine history with romance.
To cap off a night of touring the sights, grab a dinner at 360 CafÃ©, Macau Tower’s revolving restaurant. Macau Tower also boasts of amenities such as an observation deck and even a cinema. The adrenaline junkie couple can also try the world’s second highest bungee jump at 233 meters.
One of Macau’s two main islands, Coloane, was originally a dot of land supporting a few small fishing villages. Now, however due to the rapidly developing strip of reclaimed land, Coloane has become part of a new entertainment district. Despite this, it retains quiet pockets of colonial architecture where you can just about imagine yourself in some European village, with large forested hills and breathtaking a beaches.
Katy Perry – In action, thunderous performance, audience going berserk, must watch!
Prismatic World Tour– International superstar, Katy Perry, brought THE PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR to Macao on May 1-2. Katy did touring the world on the Prismatic World Tour. The state-of-the art stage, specifically designed by Katy for THE PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR, allowed her to get closer to her fans than ever before. The one-of-a-kind set design will provide concert-goers with a truly magical experience from every angle in the arena.
The House of Dancing Water
Created and directed by Franco Dragone, the USD250 million production ‘The House of Dancing Water’ is a breathtaking water-based show that brilliantly expresses the Asian culture on stage. This popular show – rooted in the ‘seven emotions’ of Chinese Confucian belief – features fantastic stage effects for the most extravagant live production ever staged in Asia.
The Performance Lake
Located in the open area in front of Wynn Macau – features lofty plumes of water and shimmering fire which dance through the air to the strains of classical and popular music plus hit show tunes from Broadway. To present this enchanting cornucopia of water, light, colour and fire, the Lake houses over 200 water nozzles and shooters capable of projecting 800,000 gallons of water into the air. This vibrant performance expresses a symphony of moods, rhythms and emotions for joyous, fascinating entertainment.
On the East Promenade of Galaxy Macau stands an immense collection of Wishing Crystals. Designed by Jeremy Railton, these numerous coloured shards reach into the air to bestow multiple blessings upon visitors. Wave your hands by the crystals – and watch them pulse with light and music!
Make a wish for Macau, & it will be granted!
Talk or visit website to Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO):
In accordance with Macau Special Administrative Region (Macau SAR) Government’s strategy of positioning and developing Macau as a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure, Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) serves as the public entity responsible for implementing, analyzing and assisting in formulating the tourism policies of the Macau SAR to enhance Macau’s reputation as a quality destination. Together with local trade, MGTO promotes Macau’s tourism products and services not only in the leading and emerging tourism markets but also evaluates and seeks to develop potential markets to attract diverse visitor sources for Macau. To achieve this effectively, there are 14 MGTO Representatives and 3 MSAR Delegations around the world that tailor make promotion schemes and activities for each market’s needs. The Office works hard to strengthen its connections with overseas travel trade as well as regional and international tourism organizations to achieve Macau tourism development. For more information about MGTO and Macau, please visit www.macautourism.gov.mo