nightlife in Macau or hong kong??
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Feb 9, 2013 8:11 AM Last Post By: SoloHobo
Feb 2, 2013 3:58 AM
I heard that there is only sex industry and casino for macau's night life. is it true??
Which do you recommend me for nightclubs and international bars, in macau or hong kong??
If you can recommend me any place to go at weekday in macau or hong kong, please tell me!!
thank you for your advice!!
fumi from tokyo
Feb 2, 2013 6:36 AM
1Nightlife is better in Hong Kong. Much greater variety of clubs and bars.
Feb 2, 2013 8:59 AM
Feb 3, 2013 7:21 AM
3You heard wrong. The Macau I discovered had none that was obvious to me, and have travelled to many places in Asia. The casino area is pretty upscale, high end hotels, both Chinese brands/styles and also the big players from Vegas like the Mandarin, Wynn. All these properties overall are very nice for the family, couples or upscale gambler. Like any casino atmosphere, I am sure you can find ladies if you poke around enough, but its not like you are approached in the casinos, on sidewalks or in bars overall. Now I was only there 1 night, for a Visa run from Shnaghia where I was living at the time, and I travel to Las Vegas 4-6 times a year the last decade for work, so I know trouble when I see it.
I was pleasantly surprised about Macau, for one, its a nice atmosphere to relax, its also nice to see just regular Chinese having a holiday and being Chinese, and the ld world Cantonese portion if the old downtown, with many small jewelry stores, eateries, tourist shops and just businesses catering to the visitor was very cool. The historic district, which is mainly Portuguese in architecture and influence os gorgeous, all the sidewalks are similar to Brazils Plazas, tile mosaics on the walkways, and also the spanish/portuguese designs in the homes, buildings and even street signs. The foodie scene there is excellent, with so many influences from the region and Europe.
Hong Kong is another world compared to Macau, a major international city with everything from old to modern, business, finance and luxury at every turn, the former British Colony is a sight to behold for a few nights, and not cheap either. Taking the ferry between the two is worth the effort and the money times 10.
I found the Vegas style casinos identical to the real things back in Vegas, though the gaming areas are not nearly as loud, or active, as in Vegas, and all the big shots, are behind shuttered rooms as not be scene, as they launder millions of dollars a night. The Chinese casinos were more fun, and had a nice vibe, few foreigners in them, it was cool and I had drinks a few, and was only approached once by a young lady, and she worked for the casino and wanted to offer the Spa services to me...
On the street at night near my hotel the Metropark, a nice value, the usual suspects are around targeting a tourist for I dont know what, girls, drugs, spas who knows, I only saw a few and ignored them, it was after 11pm, so could only mean shennanigans at that hour...
Google Macau, and go to the Images Tab, the pictures sum up the city well, I would not discount it based on what you heard, base your visit on your interest. I wish I stayed another night, just for the cultural aspect of the offerings.
Feb 3, 2013 7:27 AM
4Also, Google "Historic Macau" great pics of the main areas to walk about and take in the Portuguese influences.
The Historic Centre of Macao, also known as the Historic Centre of Macau (Chinese: 澳門歷史城區; Portuguese: O Centro Histórico de Macau), is a collection of over twenty locations that witness the unique assimilation and co-existence of Chinese and Portuguese cultures in Macau, a former Portuguese colony. It represents the architectural legacies of the city's cultural heritage, including monuments such as urban squares, streetscapes, churches and temples.
In 2005 the Historic Centre of Macau was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, making it the 31st designated World Heritage site in China. It was described by UNESCO as: "with its historic street, residential, religious and public Portuguese and Chinese buildings, the historic centre of Macao provides a unique testimony to the meeting of aesthetic, cultural, architectural and technological influences from East and West," and "...it bears witness to one of the earliest and longest-lasting encounters between China and the West, based on the vibrancy of international trade."
Feb 3, 2013 11:08 PM
6The Original Poster was asking about night clubs and international bars. I've been to Macau many times and don't remember finding many of these, though I admit I wasn't looking.
Certainly agree, however, that Macau has lots of other things to offer as a travel destination.
Feb 4, 2013 3:56 AM
8Be careful #4 and #7 - the whole of thorntree will be closed again!
The 'shows' in Wanchai are as tame or exotic (as per your preference) as the ones in Macau. Elsewhere in Macau, there are some nice bars along the Outer Harbour - also known as Macau Lan Kwai Fong, and in Taipa Village. International? English is spoken and cocktails are served!
"Night clubs" have a collocation with prostitution in both Macau and Hong Kong, although probably their heyday has finished. Places like Club Bboss in East Tsim Sha Tsui are closing or have closed - they used to depend on Japanese big spenders and while there are lots of Mainland Chinese with cash now, they seem to spend on property only.
In Hong Kong there are lots of 'clubs' which are small and expensive, but with good music and without the triads on the door. Macau does not have so many of these types of clubs - it's a much smaller city.
Feb 9, 2013 8:11 AM
9Basing the posters inquiry on the fact its a female, with the sole interest of nightclubs, I would go for HK. If its a man, and he wants to avoid such surly atmosphere, either place would be fine, though HK is obviously a much more vibrant and international scene for partying.
I found Shanghai far more trendy and fun than Macau, and plenty of ladies on the prowl.
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