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A Portuguese influenced trading post and fishing region that is now back under the control of China, Macau remains a special economic zone that is connected to the land via a sandbar. With no forests or pastures or woodland, most visitors of Macau come instead for its food – an interesting blend of southern Chinese and Portuguese cuisine, for the gambling and for various landmarks and temples. Macau is home to the largest casino in the world by its number of table games, and recently surpassed Las Vegas in gambling revenues. Shoppers will be delighted to know that Macau is a tax free haven. The Fisherman’s Wharf is a must-visit destination, filled with hundreds of stores and restaurants styled after different seaports of the world. In terms of sites, the A-Ma temple is one of the oldest major temples in the region. The Fortaleza do Monte is a historical military center built in defense of Macau and the Macau Tower offers a panoramic view of the entire city. A quick 40 minute ride from Hong Kong, Macau is an interesting stopover for visitors in the South China region, or as a destination in itself for those wanting to try their luck at a game of poker.
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Macau is a part of China, but a Special Administrativ Region like Hong Kong. The peninsula has a lovely little city and the people are very friendly there. Holding the title as number 1. casino (revenue) location in the world there are a lot of new, astonishing buildings (mainly hotels) to take a look at while there. Maybe you fancy placing a bet or two? Remember to bring closed shoes for that.
Macau offers some very interesting and also very delicious and tasty food, which partially relates to it's history as a former Portuguese colony. Try the restaurant in the stairs where "Av de Almeida Ribeiro" meets with "Rue de Central" http://bit.ly/czofHP (one block south of the Senado Square). Of course you can get your everyday Starbucks kick, but why go for that when there's so many other exciting things to chose from. The town is good for shopping and differs broadly enough to cover most needs. So weather the card you're swinging doesn't really withdraw from your own account, or if you're traveling on a budget, there will surely be exclusive and/or affordable stuff up for grabs.
There are attractions, like old cathedrals, churches and also a fort. You can watch a movie or try the highest commercial bungee in the world over at the Macau Tower (I did and it was some awesome 233 meters) . Especially one of the gardens is really lovely. Also you can visit the old fort and learn some of the history. A personal tip would be walking a bit north and actually experience some of the housing and life of the locals here. They have not really won the big lottery, even if the casino's are expanding and growing - at least not yet.
After visiting the island and the city two times, walking around all day, visiting the neighboring island of Taipe, not experiencing any crimes (there's a fair amount of police around), it's my general impression that SAR Macau is a safe place to be. The HOTEL MAN VA http://bit.ly/czofHP you'll find at 40 Rua da Caldeira (continuing of Rua da Felicidad) is actually a quite decent hotel. Not the cheapest one, but rooms are nice, clean and tidy, you feel secure and they are service minded (even if some may think they have some strange stuff going on with a bit to many young girls running around in the staircase).They don't speak a lot of English either, which is the case with many locals, but the younger generation do understand and speak some. In the casinos and their attached hotels English is understood and spoken without a problem. Prices are simmilar, but maybe slightly cheaper, than they are in Hong Kong. Hong Kong dollars are accepted and there are all the ATM's needed.
Macau A cidade fica a 1 hora de Hong Kong conectada por aerobarcos cerca de 35 reais a passagem. Pouco menor que Hong Kong foi colonizada pelos nossos patrícios. As placas de sinalização estão em cantones e português. Porém quase ninguém fa la português, tentei varias vezes e nada. Mas como Deus é brasileiro nosso guia falava. Mas devido ao não uso ele já tinha esquecido um pouco. O cantones é o mais usado, falam inglês porém menos do que em Hong Kong.
A moeda é a pataca e tem o mesmo valor que o dólar de Hong Kong. A principal atividade da cidade são os cassinos, e como só tinha um dia para visitar a cidade foram excluídos do nosso roteiro.
O centro da cidade lembra um pouco as cidades caribenhas, prédios de cinco andares com bastante roupas penduradas e uma sacada feita de ferro tipo balcão.
Segundo nosso guia a vida é tranqüila pois há bastante dinheiro dos cassinos revertido para a população que possui uma renda mínima, através do governo.
Os locais interessante são: o templo Al Ma, o centro, o forte de Macau, a igreja de São Paulo( somente existe a fachada de pedra, já o restante era madeira que não combina com vela né?). O mais interessante foi uma estátua do Buda a beira mar feita pelos portuguesa que tinha feições ocidentais lembrando a Virgem Maria. Tem também uma torre enorme, tipo Seatle nos EUA, onde se pode até pular de bung jump, a Gabriela logo se assanhou.
Não tenho informações sobre transporte já que desci e logo contratei o guia, pois o tempo era pouco. Violência zero.
Macau vale como um bom passeio, talvez não para ficar na cidade. A não ser os aficionados por cassino.
So you’re on a short trip or a holiday in Macau. You need to get around and see the sights, feel the atmosphere, experience the local culture. How do you see this magnificent place and make the most of your holiday in a hassle-free, fun and safe way?
The answer’s easy. Its Macau Scooter Hire (http://www.macauscooters.com).
Scooters are a very economical and fun way to see the sites of Macau - it's certainly the best way to get around the Macau's narrow streets and experience all you’ve wished for.
Macau Scooter Hire offer a range of 50cc road scooters, mopeds, 125cc Scooters and electric scooters for hire. You can book online for a few hours' session, full day or long term hire. Group bookings and tours are also available. Minimum rental is 3 hours and a driving licence that cover mopeds / motorbikes is required.
You’ll have a fantastic selection of modern, safe, and well maintained vehicles in Macau. The bike can even be delivered to you - to your hotel, ferry terminal or airport (if you arrived by plane).
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