Macau (/məˈkaʊ/ (About this sound listen)), also spelled Macao and officially the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, is an autonomous territory on the western side of the Pearl River estuary in East Asia. Macau is bordered by the city of Zhuhai in Mainland China to the north and the Pearl River Delta to the east and south. Hong Kong lies about 64 kilometres (40 mi) to its east across the Delta. With a population of 650,900 living in an area of 30.5 km2 (11.8 sq mi), it is the most densely populated region in the world. A former Portuguese colony, it was returned to Chinese sovereignty on 20 December 1999.
Getting around in Macau is relatively easy and inexpensive. Taxis and buses are plentiful. Check out what Macau attractions you would like to visit and their locations on this map and decide on a plan.
From the Ferry terminal getting into town is easy with Bus #3, which will bring you to the main square in the center of town. From there, the Ruins of St. Paul are within walking distance and just around in the area there are many alleys and lanes worth checking out for trinkets and some great local food.
And of course there are the free shuttles that run from the different hotels and casinos and the Ferry Terminals. You can't miss them as you exit the station.
Shuttles for the Grand Lisboa bring you close to the center of town. For the Cotai Strip, take the Venetian or the Galaxy Shuttles.
THE HOP ON HOP OFF OPEN TOP BUS
This is a wonderful way to see all that Macau offers, conveniently departing from the Macau Ferry Terminal, so you can hop-on as soon as you arrive and start exploring.
There are 16 stops which will cover Macau's best sights as you hop-off at your leisure. To go the entire loop non-stop takes approximately 70 minutes and buses depart every 45 minutes.
The bus route covers both the historical center as well as the glitzy Cotai strip. All of the above highlights are covered in the loop: Kun Iam Statue, Grand Lisboa, Largo do Senado, Ruins of St Paul, Macau Tower, A-ma Temple, and the Casinos at the Cotai Strip.
When? Daily 9:20
am - 4:05 pm
Where? Departs and ends at the Macau Ferry Terminal
How Much? One Day Sightseeing Pass Adults (12+) HK$125 US$16, Children (2-11) HK$84 US$11
Here we recommend some sightseeings to you:
City center and Ruins of St.
Paul Kun Iam Temple
A-Ma Temple Casinos
Official Currency: Money changing services can be found not only at the Macau International Airport but also most shopping centres and hotels around the island. The official currency is Macau Pataca(MOP$).
Climate: Macau is a subtropical monsoon climate, but also with tropical climate characteristics, the annual average temperature is about 22.3°C, the annual temperature difference in the 11 ~ 14°C. Spring and summer wet and rainy, autumn and winter relatively low relative humidity and less rainfall. Typhoon season is from May to October, with the most frequent from July to September.