Mecca of Gambling and A Seamless Blend of Foreign and Local Culture

When you hear the word “gambling,” the name of Las Vegas—or the “Sin City”—would easily come to mind. But while this city may be a hub to anything which society regard as vile, Las Vegas is not the biggest in terms of gambling.

As somewhere in the southeast region of China, there lies an independent region that, while little,it is big in gambling which makes Las Vegas’ looked smaller in comparison—Macau. Interestingly, many people dubbed this place as the “Vegas of China.”

At the north, this special piece of land is bordered by China’s Guangdong province while the southwestern part is bordered by Hong Kong. But, for a tiny piece of land, Macau has a large concentration of people whose gambling habits outmatches that of Las Vegas’ “The Strip” in terms of revenue, seven-fold.

Of course, it would take a real gambler and risk-taker to find delight in a place like Macau, but this former Portuguese colony—until only on December 20, 1999—is also a magnet for many tourists across the globe.

As once a colony of Portugal and the last one to be relinquished from colonial rule, Macau is a vestige of its former colonizer in most aspects of its visual design. In fact, remove the local Chinese from the place and you shall easily be mistaken this small region in China as that from Europe. The influence is simply so entrenched, Macau is practically a piece of a foreign country even if that is no longer the case.

While many of Macau’s design, architecture, and naming of places resound Portuguese, the native Chinese people are not without their influence towards the land they had called their home. For example, it is not that hard to find archaic Chinese temples dotting various spots in Macau but only to see traditional Portuguese tiles laying around them.

But if you want to sightsee something that is purely Portuguese in hallmark, there are always the enduring debris of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Monte Fort, or the city-center of Macau, Senado Square.
Yet, unlike most of China which predominantly speaks Mandarin, the natives of Macau are the Canton people which speak their own dialect. And when you think that the influence of the Portuguese to the land remains exclusive to architecture and designs, a bit of their culture was also left in the place. This is perhaps somewhat apparent if you are a foodie who likes to venture into Macau dishes.

While foods like congee or noodles are very reminiscent of the Chinese people, others such as the bacalhau fritters or Caldo Verde soup is as originally foreign to Chinese people by makeup as they sound. But, of course, given the mixture between two unique cultures, hybrid dishes also exist which is basically a blend between different palates, like the Minchi.

So, you may probably like gambling to set your eyes towards Macau. But even the non-gamblers have worthwhile experience in the place if only they have some specific goals for their visit.


List of Countries which can Enter Macau, China Visa-Free 

Free of Visa, Stay Period of up to 30 days;

Australia, Brazil, Chile, Canada, Indonesia, India, Kiribati, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Monaco, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Philippines, Samoa, Seychelles, South Africa, Singapore, Switzerland, Turkey, Thailand, the United States of America and Uruguay.

Free of Visa, Stay Period of up to 6 month

Tanzania and the United Kingdom can stay in Macau Visa Free for up to 6 months

China Nationals with valid Macau entry/depart documents, including residents of Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan and overseas Chinese

Free of Visa, Stay Period of up to 90 days

Austria,Andorra, Bulgaria,Belgium, Croatia, Cape Verde, Czech, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia,Egypt, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mali,Mongolia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal,Poland, Romania, Slovak, South Korea, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden

Free of Visa, Stay period of up to 1 year

The holder of ‘Hong Kong Identity Card’, ‘Hong Kong Reentry Permit’, ‘Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card’ can stay in Macau for a maximum period of one year.

Macau,China Tourist Attractions 

Macau is known as the  “Las Vegas of Asia.” A place where gambling is as lively as the people that are in it. But while lady luck might tickle your desire for some easy money making (or loss), let us not forget that Macau, too, is a place of many attractions to visit.

Ruins of St. Paul’s

While essentially only a façade of what was a 17th-century complex which housed a college and church of the same name, the remains of the Ruins of St. Paul is a now a landmark in Macau.

Mount Fortress and Macau Museum

From being a fort that once was defended Macau from invaders, the Mount Fortress is now only a shell of its glorious past. Instead of soldiers manning the fortress, it now becomes a garden full of lively plants.

Inside this fortress also is the Macau Museum which essentially holds the rich history of Macau, depicting two unique cultures.

 Old City Walls

Not too far from the Ruins of St. Paul’s, this yet another ruin called the Old City Walls is a showcase of Macau’s aged military defensive network.

A-Ma Temple

As a land flourishing with Taoist practitioners, Macau is a place for many temples. A-Ma Temple is amongst the oldest Taoist temples in the area and is something worthy of a visit if you’re looking for something new.

Senado Square

Want a feel of Europe while in Macau? Then visit the heavily Portuguese-developed area called the Senado Square. This is the perfect spot to visit if you want a chill place with people and a panoramic view of Western architecture.

Macau Tower

If you are a thrill-seeker who’s in the lookout for a place to enjoy in Macau, no better place provides the same adrenaline experience as having to bungee jump a 233-meter height from the top of the tower.

Casino Lisboa

You may have a thing about gambling to be attracted to Casino Lisboa. But even merely onlookers will find benefit in walking around, seeing the building first-hand, and appreciating its beautiful construct from the outside.

Venetian Macao Casino

As presently the biggest casino in existence from across the globe, the Venetian Macao Casino is hard to miss. While that alone is saying how big this place is, it also speaks as the largest building in all of Asia.

Should you choose to enter this casino, expect to be overwhelmed by a large selection of gambling tables and slot machines based on 4 uniquely-themed gaming sections.

Nam Van Lake Cybernetic Fountain Show

Yet another biggest across Asia to be found only in Macau is this man-made water fountain. It is in here where light and water spectacles give wonder to the people around Nam Van Lake.

You cannot always get to see this amazing spectacle to be running every night, however. But you will most likely during celebratory occasions that are happening in Macau.

Fisherman’s Wharf

Very close to the Macau Maritime terminal you will find the Fisherman’s Wharf Complex. This attraction has 3 primary sections:   Dynasty Wharf, East Meets West and Legend Wharf.


How to Get to Macau,China from Hongkong by Ferry

Please take note that tickets on ferries are higher during night schedules, weekends and holidays.Please take note that the prices listed below may change without notice.

China Ferry Terminal

From Hongkong, proceed to the China Ferry Terminal which is located in Tsim Sha Tsui. Prices of their tickets may range from 16.87  to 21.99 USD  one way/person. The terminal is about 1 kilometer north of the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry. You can reach the terminal by foot from  Harbour City Mall, or you can take a taxi to 33 Canton Road.

Hongkong Macau Ferry Terminal

Another terminal that you can use in Hongkong is the  Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal. The terminal is near the IFC Towers in the Shun Tak Center on Hong Kong Island. The price range of their tickets is also similar to that of the China ferry.

List of Budget Hotels in Macau,China

5 Footway Inn
No. 8 Rua de Constantino Brito, Macau City, Macau, Macau

Grand Harbour Hotel
No.8 Travessa De Lam Mau, Macau City, Macau, Macau

Hou Kong Hotel
Travessa das Virtudes No.1 Macau, Macau City, Macau, Macau

Ka Meng VillaRecently Renovated
Rua Madeira, Edf, Kam Hou, No 7, 2 e 3 andar, Macau City, Macau, Macau

Macau Masters Hotel
162 Rua das lorchas, Macau City, Macau, Macau

Ole London Hotel
Praca de Ponte E Horta No 4-6, Macau City, Macau, Macau

Towns Well Hotel
No 6-6A Calcada das Verdades, Macau City, Macau, Macau

Fu Hua Hotel
Rua Francisco Xavier Pereira 98-102, Macau City, Macau, Macau


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  1. Yay, I enjoyed my Macau trip recently. thank you for your travel guides. We visited your suggested points of Interests 🙂

    • I am happy to hear that Loraine. I will be adding more information to this guide as I go along. I am also to set to travel again to Macau , I hope I can share more information to others who would be needing help, especially those who are first timers 🙂

  2. Hi, just want to let you know that I used your Hongkong and Macau Travel on my last trip to Hongkong. We did enjoy the trip. Thank you for your recommendations 🙂

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