5 for families in Macao
The perfect family side-trip from Hong Kong, Macao is a fascinating mix of Portuguese and Chinese history and culture, just one hour away by TurboJet ferry!
1 Meet Kai Kai and Xin Xin Giant Pandas
Macao’s celebrated of Coloane Island love nothing more than to entertain their adoring visitors with a bit of play – before or after a meal of bamboo. Giant Pandas are listed as an endangered species, with fewer than 2,000 left in the world. Kai Kai and Xin Xin, who were gifted to Macao by the People’s Republic of China, are indeed precious, and are part of the significant Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding program. Kai Kai and Xin Xin live comfortably in a huge air-conditioned domed pavilion, on a sloping bed of grass and logs, with their very own pool! Make sure you stop by and say ‘hi’ – free entry for kids under 12.
2 Take the world’s shortest cable car ride to the 17th Century!
The ride is short and sweet, but the reward at the top is the historic Guia
Fortress, and chapel, built between 1622 and 1638, and
Guia Lighthouse, theh fi first modernd l lighthousehh on theh Chineseh coast, dating from 1865. You’ll also be treated to a great panoramic view of the city from the park’s walking trails here.
3 Splash out in the Galaxy Macau
Get along to the integrated Galaxy resort in Macao’s Cotai District for unbeatable aquatic fun at the Grand Resort Deck, which houses the world’s longest Skytop Aquatic Adventure River Ride! Lie back and drift along the 500m Lazy River, ride the waves of the world’s largest Skytop Wave Pool, relax at the man-made white sand beach, and enjoy water attractions including exhilarating waterslides, beach lagoons, white water rapids, geysers, waterfalls and Macao’s largest kids aquatic zone. galaxymacau.com/en
4 Check out ‘showtime’ime at Studio City
Take the Studio City free shuttle bus, from a variety of handy locations, to see the latest dazzling show in neon-lit Macao – The
House of Magic. A new attraction at Studio City, this 90-minute experience is broken down into three separate magic shows, highlighted by a main performance by renowned illusionist Franz Harary. Studio City is also home to Warner Bros. Fun Zone, suitable for all ages and, for older kids, the exhilarating Batman Dark Flight, a 4D flight simulation ride with the hero of Gotham City. studiocity-macau.com
5 Get hands-on with science
One of the first buildings you will see on approach to Macao, by the TurboJet from Hong Kong, is the spaceage Science Center, which appears to loom over the water on the Macao Peninsula. Step inside, and you will be amazed by the 12 galleries packed with high-tech, hands-on exhibits covering everything from outer space to travel, food technology, robots and dinosaurs, plus a planetarium showing 3D documentaries about space exploration, and a gallery where you can test your sporting ability. msc.org.mo turbojet.com.hk/en