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    Macau
    Macau is one of the two special administrative regions in China. Till December 1999, Macau was a Portuguese colony. Hong Kong - the other special administrative region - is closeby (60km). Population of Macau is 550.000 people. Size is 28.6 square kilometres.

    airport
    Macau airport is located on a small peninsula. The airport has flights to Thailand, Korea, Vietnam and the main cities in China. A shuttle bus- and taxi station is outside the arrival hall. A taxi from the airport to Macau city is between MOP 30-50. Coach companies offer direct bus services from Macau International Airport to major cities in Guangdong province. Fare of a single journey with the bus Macau - Guangzhou is HKD 150. Website of the airport is www.macau-airport.gov.mo (Chinese/English).

    Express Link Service
    Macau Airport has introduced the "Express Link" Service: this is a new check-in service. Air-to-sea and sea-to-air passengers are exempted from normal immigration procedures. They are allowed to board the plane or ferry directly. Luggage will be tagged to its final destination and passengers will be transfered by Express Link coaches. Passengers who want to use the Express Link Service should follow the directional signs at the airport/ferry station.

    ferry Macau - Hong Kong
    The Macau Ferry Terminal is nearby Macau International Airport. There are 150 departures every day with high-speed vessels. Tickets can be purchased at the airport or at the ferry terminal. Travel time to Hong Kong is 55 minutes. The ferry companies are:
  • Cotai Jet (http://cotaijet.com.mo)
  • First Ferry (www.nwff.com.hk)
  • Turbo Jet (www.turbojet.com.hk)
  • Turbo Jet has the most departures to Hong Kong: every 15 minutes and depatures every 5 minutes during peak hours. Night departures (Turbo Jet) Macau - Hong Kong: 00.30, 01.00, 01.30, 02.30, 03.00, 04.00, 06.00 and 06.30

    ferry Macau - Shenzhen (by Turbo Jet)
  • Macau to Shenzhen Airport Fu Yong Ferry Terminal: 12.15, 15.45 and 19.00: fare economy class HKD 196, super class HKD 296
  • Macau to Shekou: 09.45, 10.15, 12.00, 13.15, 15.00, 16.00, 17.00, 18.00, 20.00 and 20.45. Fare economy class is HKD 171

  • casino
    Macau is famous for its casinos. The city has 28 casinos: the biggest is the The Venetian Macau. The casino in The Venetian Macau is the largest in the world with 51.000 m2. The gambling industry generates over 40% of the GDP of Macau. Most visitors of Macau come from Hong Kong and mainland China. Most casinos are open 24 hours. Other hotels who have their own casinos are the Mandarin Oriental and Hotel Lisboa.

    Cotai Strip
    The Cotai Strip is the prime gaming destination in Macau. The area features 26 casinos and luxury hotels, entertainment, shopping and conventions.

    horse racing
    From Hotel Lisboa depart buses to the racetracks on Taipa Island. Website of the Macau racetracks is: www.macauhorse.com

    shopping
  • The best neighbourhoods to shop are around the Senado Square and the Red Market. (clothes,food,shoes, electronics, cameras)
  • Furniture, antiques, reproductions: neighbourhood of St Paul's
  • Art galleries and shops: Avenida Almeida Ribeiro near the Senado Square



    Macau hotel
    Venetian Macau Resort Hotel




    attractions
    - Grand Prix Museum (history of races in Macau: cars, simulation)
    - Lou Lim Iok Garden (Suzhou style garden)
    - The Guia Hill (with cable-car to top for panoramic view)
    - Macau Museum of Art
    - Macau Tower
    - Maritime Museum
    - Museum of Macau
    - Wine Museum (Portuguese wines)
    - Temple of A-Ma (Macau's oldest Chinese temple)
    - Temple of Kun Iam Tong

    luxury hotels
    Hotels at the Cotai Strip: The Venetian Macao, Four Seasons Hotel, The Phoenix, Shangri-La Hotel, Traders Hotel, Sheraton Macao Hotel, St. Regis Macao, Hilton Hotel, Conrad Hotel, Fairmont Hotel, Raffles Macau and Swissotel.

    Other luxury hotels: Hard Rock Hotel, Crown Hotel, Grand Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton, Marriott Studio City, MGM Mirage, Hotel Okura and Banyan Tree.
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