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!

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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

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