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Macau Travel Guide

ruins of st paul cathedral The ruins of the Church of St. Paul

Macau is a tiny Chinese territory that is about 30 km2 (12 sq. mi.) in size. There is a fusion of East and West in lifestyles, architecture and food. Known for huge casinos and the world's top gambling city, there are other popular attractions for tourists to visit.

Tourism Features

Variety of architecture: You can see both old architecture of Asian and European origin and sophisticated modern luxury and resort buildings. The Portuguese influence is everywhere, with cobbled small streets, churches, fortresses, gardens, and pastel colors.

Historical importance: In 2005, about 30 places were designated as UNESCO World Heritage, such as Monte Forte and St Paul Cathedral

Local Walks and Cycling

Taipa Grande and Taipa Pequena in the north and Alto de Coloane in the south are little hills that have hiking trails. 

Coloane in the southern part of the main island has an extensive network of well-maintained hiking trails. The trails are accessible from Seac Pai Van Park and from Cheoc Van and Hac Sa beaches. The main Coloane Trail goes up Alto de Coloane.

Alto de Coloane is the highest hill in Macau and is 170 meters (560 ft) tall. You can see good views of the island and sea, and on the northern hills you can see all of Macau. 

Bicycles for touring the island are available at a rental kiosk near the bus stop adjacent to the Museum of Taipa and Coloane History.

See Top Things To Do in Macau.

Visa Free City and China Gateway City

To promote tourism, the territory has some liberal visa-free entry policies for citizens of many countries.

Interesting Macau Facts

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Until recently, this little territory grew faster economically than any other country or territory. But the recent downturn in the Chinese economy has decreased growth significantly.

Casino Resorts

In 2011, Macau became the largest international gambling city with gambling revenues bigger than the Las Vegas Strip!

It is one of the top 20 tourist destinations in the world with five of the world's 10 largest casino resorts. Major Las Vegas casino companies built casinos and hotels here.

The largest new casinos cost billions of US dollars to build and are among the biggest such resort/casinos in the world. For example, the Venetian Macao cost 2.4 billion USD. It is one of the largest buildings in the world measured by floor space. There is a 15,000 seat arena for sports and entertainment events in it.

A Small Area

Macau is composed of a main island, a small peninsula and an airport island with a total area of 30 square kilometers. The island was once two small islands named Ilha de Taipa and Ilha de Coloane, but they were connected by a strip of landfill where the biggest new casinos were built.

Airport: The Macau International Airport (MFM) is only about 7 minutes from the big casino area and makes travel to there easy. The airport was built about 2 kilometers or a mile and a half east on landfill. It is a straight and narrow artificial island with an airstrip.

A Good Location

Macau is 60 kilometers (37 miles) southwest of Hong Kong. This is about an hour ride on a regular ferry, and there are also faster ferries. The Macao Peninsula is between the Pearl River and the Xijiang River on the southern border of Guangdong Province. It borders the Special Economic Zone of Zhuhai.

Densest-Living and Oldest-Living Population

Macau has interesting demographics...

Most densely populated region: Macau is the most densely populated region in the world. Its 567,000 people are packed with about 19,000 people living in each square kilometer. However, it doesn't seem crowded at all paradoxically when you are there.

Record longevity: You would think that this would make for a poor living environment, but according to some estimates, the population has an average life expectancy of 84 years. This is first in the world. Maybe if you live there, you’ll live longer.

Ethnicity and language: In this former colony of Portugal, only a half a percent of the people speak Portuguese at home. About 95 percent of the people are of Chinese descent. About 95 percent of the people speak a Chinese language as their native language.

Macau and Hong Kong Tours

Macau TowerMacau Tower is the tallest structure in Macau

Our tour company specializes in private and personalized tours. We can help you tour the area and other parts of China as well.

Hong Kong and Macau are only an hour away by fast ferry, so trips for Hong Kong sightseeing are easy.

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