Lying 65km to the west of Hong Kong, Macau is a city of duality. Its fortresses, churches and the food of its former Portuguese colonial masters speak to a uniquely Mediterranean style on the China coast, intermixed with alleys, temples and shrines. On the other hand, it’s also the ‘Vegas of the East’ – the Special Administrative Region of Macau is the only place in China where gambling is legal.
Taipa was once two islands that became joined together by silt from the Pearl River. Reclamation has succeeded in doing the same thing to Taipa and Coloane. Taipa has rapidly urbanised and it’s hard to imagine that just a few decades ago it was an island of duck farms and boat yards. The small island of Coloane was a haven for pirates until 1910. Today it retains Macau’s old way of life, though luxurious villas are finding their way onto the island.
Top things to do in Macau
Macau Day Trip from Hong Kong
Complete your visit to Hong Kong with a day trip to Macau, once the oldest European settlement in the Orient. Sit back and relax as you sail across the sea from Hong Kong to Macau on a jetfoil or catamaran.
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This city of soaring towers, ancient rituals and action movies has a vibrant cultural scene born from the eclectic influences of its Chinese roots, colonial connections, and home-grown talent.
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Macau City Sightseeing Tour
If you’ve wondered what’s unique about the former Portuguese colony of Macau, take a city sightseeing tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Visit historical attractions like A-Ma Temple and the Ruins of St Paul—both UNESCO World Heritage Sites—and see a few modern wonders as well.
Destination at a glance: Macau
The last outpost of the Portuguese empire, Macau only became part of China in 1999, two years after the British withdrawal from Hong Kong. Even today, the city state at the mouth of the Pearl River has a tangible Mediterranean feel, with baroque basilicas, cobblestone lanes, colonial mansions and grand civic squares...
See Macau Attractions Pass
Discover the sights and sample the flavors of Macau with the See Macau Pass, a stress-free way to get the most out of your stay! Get a bird’s eye view of Macau as you ascend 1,108 feet (338 meters) to the Macau Tower Observation Deck and enjoy a complimentary dessert and drink.
24 hours in Macau
Just an hour from Hong Kong by high-speed ferry lies the former Portuguese colony of Macau. Its colonial architecture sits easily alongside incense-scented temples and shrines, and the Portuguese spoken by some long-time residents intermingles with the Mandarin and Cantonese of the crowds from mainland China...
China travel guide
With tumble-down chunks of the Great Wall, mist-wreathed, temple-topped mountains, quaint villages, water towns and eye-catching ethnic borderlands, China is home to one of the world's oldest and most remarkable civilisations.