5 ways Macao will surprise you
by Kelly Felstead / 2019-04-26 11:14:43
Want a unique yet exciting stopover destination? Macao, located on the south coast of China, could be just what you’re looking for.
This characterful destination is full of surprises around every corner, making it the ideal add-on to an Asian holiday or trip to Australia. And with the opening of the new Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge – the longest sea-crossing bridge in the world – there’s never been a better time to visit.
Here’s why you should travel to this up-and-coming destination...
1 East meets west
Macao was a Portuguese territory from the 16th century until 1999, when it became a Special Administrative Region of China. You’ll encounter its intoxicating blend of Chinese colour and Portuguese heritage during a visit. Both influences are very much evident in all corners of the destination – where else can you walk down a lane fizzing with the bustle of Chinese street life before calling into a Portuguese restaurant?
2 Thrilling entertainment
After dark, Macao comes alive with a buzzing array of entertainment, from fantastic rooftop terraces where you can watch the sunset to glamorous cocktail bars. Don’t miss the spectacular House of Dancing Water show, a breath-taking production of high-dive acrobatics at the City of Dreams resort.
3 Legendary food scene
Macao has a well-earned reputation as one of Asia’s best foodie destinations. With its unique history, it’s no surprise that this is the place to dine out on superb Chinese and Portuguese dishes, along with the local Macanese fusion cuisine. Every taste and budget is catered for, from fine dining in luxury hotels to traditional neighbourhood eateries. Even the most dedicated foodie will be impressed.
4 Easy reach from Hong Kong
Lying just 40 miles from Hong Kong, Macao makes a perfect twin-centre. Hop on the one-hour fast ferry or across the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and you’ll soon be on the shores of Macao, ready to explore its fascinating history, UNESCO World Heritage site and so much more. Flying back home from Hong Kong? Check-in for your international flight at the Macao ferry terminal and collect your luggage in the UK, as well as the chance to claim back air passenger departure tax in Hong Kong to spend at the airport!
5 Hidden gem
The enchanting former fishing hamlet of Taipa Village is one of the best places to discover Macao’s blend of Chinese and European values. Pastel-coloured houses, quiet backstreets and traditional restaurants greet you on arrival. While away a few hours by wandering through cobbled alleyways and browsing the gift boutiques.