Entertainment in Macau

  • Entertainment in Cotai

    City of Dreams

    In addition to a sprawling gaming floor, this colossal hotel-casino-mall complex is home to four sleek hotels, several restaurants (that include award-winning kitchens), kilometres of malls, and theatres large enough to host regional video game competitions. The 1600-sq-metre Kids’ City is a sophisticated indoor climbing facility that evokes an enlarged futuristic Lego set.

  • Entertainment in Cotai

    Venetian

    Said to be one of the 10 largest buildings in the world, the Venetian is 980,000 sq metres of what might be described as Casino Gothic architecture, packed to the gills with busloads of goggle-eyed tourists. Features include some 3000 hotel suites, a full-sized arena, an on-site medical and plastic surgery clinic and more than 46,000 sq metres of gaming floor.

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    House of Dancing Water

    The House of Dancing Water, Macau’s most expensively made show, is a breathtaking melange of stunts, acrobatics and theatre designed by Franco Dragone, the former director of Cirque du Soleil. The magic revolves around a cobalt pool the size of several Olympic-sized swimming pools. Over, around, into and under this pool a cast of 80, dressed in glorious costumes, performs hair-raising stunts.

  • Entertainment in Cotai

    Galaxy Macau

    Towering over Cotai like a sci-fi palace out of Star Wars, the ginormous gold-and-white Galaxy is one of the most extravagant megacasinos in the city (and that's saying something). It contains six hotels, more than 100 restaurants and kilometres of upmarket shopping, as well as a movie theatre and a jaw-dropping rooftop wave pool and lazy river (for hotel guests only).

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    Wynn Macau Casino

    Despite the outdoor Performance Lake, which gives a fountain show every 15 minutes to the tune of 'Money Makes the World Go Round' or Chinese tunes, the Wynn is one of Macau's more tranquil casino complexes. The gaming floors are relatively hushed, as is the small posh shopping area.

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    Live Music Association

    The go-to place for indie music in Macau, this excellent dive inside an industrial building hosts live acts from Macau and overseas. There are two or three bands a week, with past performers including Cold Cave, Buddhistson, Mio Myo and Pet Conspiracy. See the Facebook page for what's on.

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    Cinematheque Passion

    An attractive yellow house shelters Macau's art-house cinema and film archive. There are regular screenings of Macanese movies and films about the city; most films come with English subtitles. Even if you're not here for the flicks, it's worth going through the lobby to the back to see the garden with the shapely trees and a view of the Ruins of the Church of St Paul.

  • Entertainment in Macau Peninsula

    MGM Grand Macau

    With softly lit casino floors and a bland upmarket shopping mall, you might think the MGM is less flashy than its brethren. But then you walk into the Grande Praça, a vast domed indoor plaza based on the streets of old Lisbon, centred on a ceiling-high tube-shaped aquarium of tropical fish.

  • Entertainment in Macau Peninsula

    Comuna de Pedra

    This edgy but elusive contemporary-dance company has performed everywhere – in parks, on rooftops, in factories, and on stage in Macau and overseas. See its website for updates.

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    Grand Lisboa Casino

    A golden lotus-shaped tower, the delightfully tacky Grand Lisboa has become the landmark by which people navigate the peninsula's streets. Its four gaming floors are always jam-packed with serious gamblers. Less populated is the free daily 'Crazy Paris' cabaret dance show at the bar.

  • Entertainment in Cotai

    Wynn Palace

    Wynn Palace has upped the game by having its own cable-car system take visitors around a huge fountain with dragon-topped pillars, dancing spouts and music. The free ride affords a bird's-eye view of the hotel pool and some of the 1700 luxury rooms. Wynn has relatively few shops and restaurants, but non-gamblers can still enjoy themselves taking pictures.

  • Entertainment in Cotai

    Parisian

    Family-friendly and reasonably priced (for Cotai), Parisian offers 3000 rooms ('famille' rooms have adorable children's furniture), and a huge play area for all ages from toddlers to tweens. The pool entertains with a pirate ship, tubular slides and cocktails for tired parents. The half-sized Eiffel Tower has two observation decks, a sprinkle of shops and a Chinese restaurant.

  • Entertainment in Cotai

    Monkey King - China Show

    This extravaganza of Chinese mythology, acrobatics, song and dance is based loosely on the Chinese classic Journey to the West whose central character was the mischievous Monkey King. The 70-minute, Běijīng-produced show is in Chinese with subtitles. Given the luscious backdrops, dazzling costumes and cutting-edge effects, you don't really need to understand the few lines of dialogue to appreciate the spectacles.

  • Entertainment in Cotai

    Studio City

    You can recognise Studio City from afar by the figure-eight-shaped 'Golden Reel' at its centre, a double Ferris wheel with views across Cotai. This Hollywood-themed complex is one of Macau's most family-friendly, with a Warner Brothers indoor kiddie amusement park and a 4D Batman flight-simulation ride.

  • Entertainment in Macau Peninsula

    Rui Cunha Foundation

    From its airy venue in the heart of the peninsula, this foundation promotes the Macau identity through a carefully curated series of art exhibitions, literary readings and recitals. These are held alongside thought-provoking seminars on Macau’s legal and social systems.

  • Entertainment in Macau Peninsula

    Sands Casino

    One of the peninsula's older international casinos, the Sands' gaming floors have a somewhat dated, midrange-hotel-lobby vibe. Within walking distance of the ferry dock, it has fewer entertainment and dining options than the Cotai casinos.

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    Sun Never Left – Public Art Performance

    Every weekend, artists at St Lazarus Church District set up shop on the picturesque Rua de Sao Roque, selling art and handicrafts. Buy coffee from a nearby cafe and sip it as you browse and enjoy the live music.