Your Guide to Ma­cao

Let's Travel - - DESTINATION MACAO - Why Ma­cao?

Ex­pe­ri­ence Ma­cao in your own way. Whether you’re trav­el­ling for leisure, tak­ing that next fam­ily get­away, part of a small or large group, trav­el­ling for busi­ness, meet­ings or a con­fer­ence, Ma­cao is one of Asia’s most ex­cit­ing des­ti­na­tions and truly has some­thing for ev­ery­one.

Now known as one of the world’s most ex­cit­ing des­ti­na­tions for all styles of travel, Ma­cao boasts mind blow­ing land­scapes of cen­turies-old ar­chi­tec­ture and lo­cal cui­sine, newly built ho­tels and re­sorts that pro­vide world-class en­ter­tain­ment and shows plus world-firsts in fam­ily at­trac­tions that can­not be found in neigh­bour­ing ci­ties.

About Ma­cao:

The Ma­cao Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion is small and com­pact and is just 30 sq.kms in size. It is made up of three ar­eas…the Ma­cao Penin­sula and the is­lands of Taipa and Coloane.

Taipa and Coloane, over past years, have be­come con­nected by the recla­ma­tion of land for the devel­op­ment of new and ex­pe­ri­en­tial Travel and Tourism prod­ucts. This area called the Co­tai Strip is now home to some of the largest in­te­grated re­sorts in the world.

A Liv­ing Mu­seum of Cul­ture and His­tory:

Even to­day, Ma­cao of­fers its vis­i­tors 450 years of pre­served his­tory and has never lost its unique blend of Chi­nese and Euro­pean cultures.

From its by­gone days when Por­tuguese traders es­tab­lished Ma­cao as a gate­way to the Ori­ent, this fa­mous cen­tre has charmed the world with its east-meets-west at­trac­tions and cul­tural val­ues.

When you take a stroll along the nar­row streets and through the colour­ful squares of old Ma­cao, you will see a fu­sion of beau­ti­ful Por­tuguese ar­chi­tec­ture along­side cen­turies-old Chi­nese tem­ples and gar­dens.

To­day, Ma­cao thrives on its old-meets-new char­ac­ter­is­tics and re­cent con­tem­po­rary ad­di­tions com­ple­ment­ing the penin­sula’s his­toric lega­cies, many of which are pro­tected by UNESCO World Her­itage sta­tus. Ma­cao’s com­pact size makes it easy to move around.

Al­most all at­trac­tions or places of in­ter­est are no more than 15 min­utes from a vis­i­tor’s ho­tel or ar­rival point.

English is widely spo­ken and gen­er­ally used in trade and tourism. How­ever, Chi­nese and Por­tuguese are the of­fi­cial lan­guages, Can­tonese be­ing most widely spo­ken.

Ma­cao of­fers an ar­ray of UNESCO World Her­itage sites with over 450 years’ of his­tory – renowned as the orig­i­nal meet­ing place be­tween Euro­peans and Chi­nese.

Ma­cao’s ho­tels and re­sorts have some­thing to of­fer all tastes, bud­gets and needs. These now in­clude newly opened ho­tels such as the Wynn Palace and The Parisian Ma­cao, which join other Aus­tralian trav­eller favourites in­clud­ing (sin­gu­lar ho­tels)

Sofitel Ma­cau at Ponte 16, MGM Ma­cau, Stu­dio City Ma­cao, OR (multi-ho­tel op­tions) City of Dreams, Sands Co­tai Cen­tral and Galaxy Mega Re­sort, to name a few.

Ma­cao’s in­te­grated re­sorts and fa­cil­i­ties are de­signed to cater for mul­ti­ple ho­tels across a re­sort pro­vid­ing a va­ri­ety of ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions to fit a style or bud­get, dif­fer­ent din­ing op­tions from lo­cal cui­sine to the fine din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, tai­lored and unique world-class en­ter­tain­ment and shows.

This in­cludes the rapidly ex­pand­ing range of ac­tiv­i­ties and at­trac­tions that are ideal for leisure trav­ellers and fam­i­lies.

Ma­cao is a des­ti­na­tion that com­bines lo­cal her­itage and cultures with world-class an­nual events such as the Ma­cao In­ter­na­tional Fire­works Com­pe­ti­tion, the Ma­cau Grand Prix, The Latin Pa­rade, Ma­cao In­ter­na­tional Marathon and the Light Fes­ti­vals, which draw in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors by the num­bers.

Ma­cao is one of the few ci­ties in the world that can host a va­ri­ety of travel op­tions for leisure, small and large sized groups, meet­ings or con­fer­ence and an­nual themed events from film, fash­ion and sports.

Ma­cao’s nightlife is fa­mous for its va­ri­ety, its fran­tic pace and con­stant change.

For night owls this is a city that doesn’t sleep and show time is 24 hours a day – with at­trac­tions such as the dra­matic “The House of Danc­ing Wa­ter” and “The House of Magic” a must see when in town.

Get­ting There:

From New Zealand, fly­ing di­rectly to Hong Kong In­ter­na­tional Air­port pro­vides the most di­rect way to ac­cess Ma­cao. Trav­ellers have the fol­low­ing choice of air­lines to choose from - Cathay Pa­cific, Air New Zealand and Hong Kong Air­lines.

Al­ter­na­tively, and de­pend­ing on your travel plans, Ma­cao is ac­ces­si­ble via a large va­ri­ety of other pre­mium and low cost air­lines via other ma­jor Asian hubs. Pas­sen­gers can then ar­range their con­nect­ing flight that will have trav­ellers fly di­rectly into the Ma­cao In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Ferry In­for­ma­tion:

Ma­cao is lo­cated just 60 kilo­me­tres from Hong Kong and is a sim­ple 70 minute ferry ride with ser­vices op­er­at­ing ev­ery 15-30 min­utes. These ser­vices op­er­ate from: • The Hong Kong–Ma­cau Ferry Ter­mi­nal in She­ung Wan on Hong Kong Is­land • The China Ferry Ter­mi­nal in Tsim

Sha Tsui, Kowloon • And the Tuen Mun Ferry Ter­mi­nal in New Ter­ri­to­ries to Ma­cao and re­verse

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