Macau “The City of Dreams”

I’m always fascinated at this little city of China. Amidst the glitz and glamour,  this place can be your source of authentic Chinese culture.

This was once occupied by Portuguese that’s why there are numerous remnants of Portuguese colony. From churches, streets, building and facades.

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How to get here?

From the Airport: If coming from the Philippines, there are several budget airlines to choose from, so try to browse their website for offers & promotions such as seat sale.

a. Cebu Pacific Air: http://www.cebupacificair.com

b. Tiger Air: http://www.tigerairways.com

c. Air Asia: http://www.airasia.com

d. Philippine Airlines: http://www.philippineairlines.com

e. Jetstar: http://www.jetstar.com

From Hong Kong: Two ways to get there
a. Take MTR to Sheung Wan Station exit D (Turbojet ferry terminal is located inside Shuntak Centre 3rd floor)

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Website: http://www.turbojet.com.hk

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http://www.cotaiwaterjet.com

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b. Take MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui station exit A1. Walk your way towards Canton Road near Harbour City

Website: http://www.cksp.com.hk

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What to see and do?

Upon Arrival

From the Airport: From here, you may take Bus #26 to Macau Tower or Bus #N2 to Fisherman’s Wharf

From the Ferry Terminal: Head first at Macau Tourist Center and simply get a map.

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Upon exiting the terminal, cross the road towards the hotel shuttle buses terminal. Use the pedestrian tunnel. You can also take bus #3 or 3a to Senado Square. (Tip: Shuttle buses are FREE, better than taking the bus)

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Sights:

Senado Square – Also known as Leal Senado Square. A street famous for its European structure. Located at the heart of Macau, it serves as the base of your City Tour. Several shopping stores, souvenir shops and their famous bakeries that sells tarts, sweets and dried meats.

  • To get here, simply ride bus #3 or 3a from the ferry terminal or ride the free shuttle bus going to the Grand Lisboa or Wynn Hotel. Then walk your way through.

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Macau Tower – From the airport, you may take Bus# 26

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Tower Climb Price list (per person)
Tower Climb (include exclusive Tower Climb T-Shirt, Certificate, Membership Card, Video & Photo on USB) $1,888
2nd Climb $999
Tower Climb Express (include exclusive Tower Climb T-Shirt & Photo CD) $688
Bungy Jump Price list (per person)
Bungy Jump (includes certificate, membership card & exclusive Bungy Jump T-shirt) $2,888
2nd Jump $888
Video in USB $599
Video + Photo in USB $799
Photo CD $299
Full Package (Bungy Jump + T-shirt + Video + Photo in USB) $3,588
SkyJump Price list (per person)
SkyJump (includes certificate, membership card & exclusive T-shirt) $1,888
2nd Jump $888
Tandem SkyJump $3,488
Souvenir of your Skyjump
Video in USB $499
Video + Photo in USB $699
Full Package (includes Skyjump + t-shirt + Video + Photo in USB) $2,488
Skywalk X Price list (per person)
Package
Skywalk X (includes certificate, membership card, CD and exclusive T-shirt)

Fisherman’s Wharf – The first theme park in Macau.

Mount Fortress – Take Bus# 8a, 17, 18, 18a, 19, 26

Guia Fortress – Take Bus#2, 2a,  6, 9, 9a, 12, 17, 18, 18a, 19, 22, 23, 28c, 32, h1

Lou Lim Leoc Garden – Take Bus# 5, 6, 9, 9a, 12, 22, 23, 25, 25x, 28c, 32, n2

Fortress de Mong Ha – Take Bus# 5, 5x, 23, 25, 25x

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Churches & Temples: There’s a lot of Churches and Temples in Macau since it was colonized by Portuguese. I listed some of them, for first timers you may opt to visit them first.

  • St. Paul’s Ruins – Walking distance from Senado Square. Upon reaching St. Donimic’s Church, the yellow church located at the far end of the street, simply follow the street signs directions to the church. Beside the church is another tourist destination, the Macau Tourism and Cultural Activities Center.

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Macau Tourism and Cultural Activities Center

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  • St. Lawrence Church
  • A-Ma Temple
  • Na Tcha Temple
  • St. Dominic’s Church – Located at the far end of Senado Square

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Hotels and Casinos:

There are several hotels and casinos in Macau, this list is worth visiting.

Grand Lisboa – Shuttle buses are located at Macau Ferry Terminal.

Location Daily Waiting Time
 Macau Border Gate 9:00 am – 11:30 pm Every 5 – 20 Minutes
Macau Outer Harbour  Ferry Terminal 9:00 am – 11:59 pm Every 5 – 30 Minutes
 Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal 10:30 am – 5:30 pm Every 60 Minutes

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Grand Emperor – Shuttle buses are located at Macau Ferry Terminal. Near Hotel Sintra


Venetian Hotel – Italian inspired casino-hotel with a magnificent facade, grand displays, beautiful murals and gondola with opera singer. It will give you a true italian experience. Shuttle buses are located at Macau Ferry Terminal & Airport.

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Shuttle Buses schedule: http://www.venetianmacao.com/files/venetian-shuttle-bus-service.pdf

         Ticketing:

  • Boutique di Gondola shop no. 904
  • Emporio di Gondola shop no. 905

          Pricing:

  • Mop118(per ride) for adults
  • Mop88(per ride) for kids
  • Mop472(per ride) private Gondola

City Of Dreams – Walking distance from The Venetian, at the opposite side of the road. It’s the home of the spectacular “House of the Dancing Waters”, Vquarium and Dragon’s Treasure.

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House of the Dancing Waters

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Getting here:

FROM SERVICE HOUR FREQUENCY
Macau Ferry Terminal 09:00 – 01:15 8-15 min, 30 min after 24:00
Border Gate (Gongbei Check Point) 09:00 – 24:00 5 – 10 min, 15 – 20 min after 23:00
Hotel Sintra Macau 11:00 – 24:00 12 – 20 min, 30 min after 23:00
Macau Tower 12:00 – 21:00 30 min
Taipa Ferry Terminal and Airport 08:45 – 00:15 10 – 15 min, 30 – 55 min after 23:00
Hengqin Check Point (Hengqi Check Point) 09:00 – 20:00 20 min
The Venetian Macao 10:00 – 23:00 6 – 12 min
Galaxy Macau 11:00 – 23:00 5 – 15 min

MGM Grand – Shuttle Buses Schedule:

Pick-up/drop-off location Daily operating hours Frequency
To and from MGM MACAU:
Macau Ferry Terminal 9:00am – 11:50pm Every 7 minutes
Border Gate 9:15am – 6:00pm Every 15 minutes
Border Gate Immigration 9:00am – 8:59pm Every 8 minutes
9:00pm – 11:30pm Every 14 minutes
Pac On Ferry Terminal 11:25am – 9:00pm Every 25 minutes
To MGM MACAU:
Macau Hengqin Border 9:00am – 4:35pm Every 25 minutes

– See more at: http://www.mgmmacau.com/services#transportation

Wynn Hotel & Casino – Shuttle Buses Schedule:

Route Operation Hours Frequency Time to Destination
Wynn Macau to and from Border Gate 9:00 am to 11:45 pm daily Every 15-20 minutes Approximately 15 minutes
Wynn Macau to and from Taipa Ferry Terminal 9:00 am to 11:30 pm daily Every 20-35 minutes Approximately 30 minutes
Wynn Macau to and from Macau Ferry Terminal 9:00 am to 11:45 pm daily Every 10-15 minutes Approximately 10 minutes
Wynn Macau to and from Macau International Airport 10:00 am to 10:15 pm daily Every 20-35 minutes Approximately 30 minutes

Sands – Shuttle Buses schedule  http://www.sandscotaicentral.com/assets/Schedules_of_SCC_Shuttle_Bus_Services.pdf

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 SAMPLE ITINERARY:

This place can be a side trip from your Hong Kong visit. I often do Macau in 1 day, from morning till night time. But to fully enjoy the place, you may opt to do a 3 Days- 2 Nights instead. My personal Itinerary was posted below.

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