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City description  

A mere sixty kilometres separate Macau from its bustling neighbour, Hong Kong; yet the atmospheres on either side of the delta couldn’t be more different. Echoes of Portugal, who ruled the city for more than four centuries, live on in the laundry hanging from the windows, the narrow alleys of the Heritage listed old town, and the tempting flavours on the plate.

On Senado Square, or Largo do Senado, the colours of the buildings, colonial architecture and wavy lines of the paving stones take the traveller on a journey far far away from China. From here, on this huge pedestrianised area, you can marvel at the Leal Senado, the former government headquarters.

Macau is also characterised by its addiction to Lady Luck and neon lights, with a plethora of casinos, and as much to offer as the Strip in Las Vegas. A fantastic example of the decadence on display here is the Grand Lisboa, a building that looks like a lotus leaf, 47 floors tall, towering over the city. Macau is also more than happy to let nature run its course, with stretches of plants at the bottom of concrete and glass walls, in particular at the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park.
Sport, lifestyle, science… every aspect of life is represented in a museum in this vibrant, audacious city. Opened to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of the race that takes place here every autumn, the Grand Prix Museum houses some of the cars that have tackled the challenge of the legendary Macau Grand Prix. Right opposite is the Wine Museum. Over 1,400m2, this museum aims to decipher the mysteries of this precious nectar. With its futuristic lines, the Science Center, which combines 3D films, animations and games, is particularly popular with families. Youngsters will be more than happy to visit the Macau Fisherman's Wharf as well. With rollercoasters and other fairground rides, it’s also a shopping paradise with around a hundred shops and restaurants, housed in buildings epitomising the architecture of all the great port cities of the world. If you haven’t quite satisfied all of your shopping needs, head to the New Yaohan, the biggest shop in the region, where you’ll find a wide range of international brands. Behind its red brick façade, the Red Market is bound to win over tourists looking for more local products.
From the historic centre to steel skyscrapers, runners taking part in the Macau marathon in December will see all of the different aspects of this impressive city. When a new page is turned at the time of the Chinese New Year, the streets are decorated with red lanterns and the sky lights up with fireworks. In the spring, the Macau Arts Festival celebrates a culture inspired by a whole host of different influences, and the river comes to life with the superstitious Dragon Boat Festival, which marks the beginning of summer. A city with a thousand and one things to offer, Macau definitely has all of the ingredients for the ultimate Royal Flush!

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Pacha

Macao’s nightlife scene is bursting with excitement with the arrival of the world-famous nightclub group, Pasha, which has recently opened its latest venue in the brand new Studio City.

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Privé

Nestled within the stylish Sofitel Macau, Privé is a 24-seat jewel box which honors French culinary traditions and expertise. Talented chef Jean-François Nulli helms the kitchen.

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Robuchon au Dôme

Nestled underneath a bell made of gold and glass, Robuchon au Dôme is set within the Grand Lisboa Hotel and flourishes under the guidance of master French chef, Joël Robuchon and Executive Chef Francky Semblat.

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Jade Dragon

Located within the City of Dreams, Jade Dragon crafts refined Cantonese cuisine. With 2 Michelin stars, the restaurant infuses its menu with concepts and influences related to Chinese health and wellbeing.

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Tim’s Kitchen

Michelin honoured Tim’s Kitchen Macau, an exceptional table celebrating Cantonese cuisine, with a Michelin star. Don’t miss the fresh seafood which is celebrated throughout the city.

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Sky21

Relax, dance, drink a cocktail, enjoy commanding views, experience fine Asian cuisine and even shop at Sky21, which offers an experience for all occasions.

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Clube Militar de Macau

Fans of retro and "old world" charm love this restaurant. Clube Militar de Macau, set within an elegant colonial building. It serves Portuguese cuisine in all flavors and buffets.

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Blooom Coffee House

Completing a trio of addresses by the expert team behind Macau’s Single Origin Coffee, Blooom Coffee House is the pioneer of Macau’s booming coffee scene. Step through the welcoming open frontage and enjoy a single-origin espresso while watching the world passing by from the cosy wooden benches that line the cafés floor to ceiling windows. 

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Practical information

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Macau • China

Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16

Situated on Macau's picturesque waterfront, Sofitel Macau At Ponte 16 is located...

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When to go

With a subtropical climate, the best period to visit Macau is during spring and autumn, from October to December, when temperatures are mild and the humidity is low.
The monsoon season is during the summer, from June to September, where temperatures can exceed 35°C in July and August, with heavy rainfall in the afternoon.
During the winter from November to February it is generally colder and drier, with temperature that can drop to 13°C.

Macau annual calendar

  • Jan

    New Year’s Day Celebrations in Macau, 1 January 2016

  • Fev

    Chinese New Year Celebrations, 8 February 2016

  • Mar

    Easter Holidays, 25 - 26 March 2016

  • Apr

    A-Ma Festival, homage to the Goddess of Seafarers, 29 April 2016

  • May

    Macau Arts Festival - theatre, dance and music performances - 1 - 31 May 2016

  • Jun

    Macau International Dragon Boat Races, mid-June 2016

  • Jul

    Women Volleyball Grand Prix, 3 June - 10 July 2016

  • Aug

    Hungry Ghosts Macau Festival, August 2016

  • Sep

    Macau International Fireworks Display, all September 2016

  • Oct

    Macau International Music Festival, October 2016

  • Nov

    Macau Grand Prix, 17 - 20 November 2016

  • Dec

    Macau International Marathon and Christmas Celebrations, December 2016

Travel transportation

Transportation

Transportation in Macau is quite limited and includes the following options: local taxi, private ​car service, bus and ferry. However, the best way to get around Macau is by taxi which is very convenient and inexpensive.
Public buses are operated from 6am to midnight by two local bus companies, Transmac and TCM. The fare within Macau peninsula is MOP$ 3.2, MOP$5 to Coloane and MOP$6.40 to Hac Sa Beach. Make sure to have some cash with you since you will have to drop the exact money in the collection box next to the driver. Otherwise you can purchase a Macau Pass for MOP$ 130.
Bus number 3 is very convenient, it will take you from the ferry terminal to the city center. However, it’s best to avoid peak hours (morning and evening) when people go to and return from work.

Taxis

Taxi is the best option to get around Macau. There are approximately 1,200 taxis, black or yellow, operated by many taxi companies. You can hail them in the street, find them in one of the taxi ranks or book one through one of the Macau taxi firms.
The fare is MOP$15 for the first 1,6 km, then MOP$1,50 for each 230 m. Some additional charges may apply. A trip from Macau to Hac Sa Beach in Coloane should cost around MOP$ 80.
Keep in mind that the majority of taxi drivers do not speak English, so try to provide the address of your destination written in Chinese for the taxi driver.

getting to & from the airport

Most of international visitors arrive to Macau by ferry from Hong Kong International Airport. The ferry trip to Macau from Hong Kong International Airport takes 45 minutes.
All major hotels offer a pick-up service from the Macau International Airport. Otherwise taxis are available outside of the airport and will charge you around MOP$ 40 to Macau city centre. The journey takes approximately 20 minutes.
Another option is to use the bus lines from the airport to Macau’s city centre.

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