Top Things To Do In Macau

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MACAU MAP (image source from http://geography.about.com)

Macau (also spelled. Macao, 澳門, Ou3 Mun4 in Cantonese, Àoménin Mandarin) [1] is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China.The name of the city is derived from the word Magao (A-Ma Temple), which was the shrine dedicated to Mazu, a sacred sea goddess respected by the local people.

 The Portuguese settled in Macau in the 16th century and the island was handed back to China in 1999, in exchange for clearing the area of pirates under strict Chinese administration.

Aside from the main city, Macau includes the islands of Taipa and Coloane, which are connected to Macau by bridges and to each other by a causeway, now built up into the Cotai Strip.

It is consider as “The World’s Most Densely Populated Place”. Macau is a small place, where on a good day you can drive from one end to the other in 30 minutes. This makes walking the ideal way to explore winding city streets, nature trails, and long stretches of beach.

While gambling is the main reason for the vast majority of tourist’s who have come to Macau, but there’s more to Macau than it’s colorful casino’s and top caliber hotels. From colonial houses and buildings, diverse fusion of Chinese and Portuguese cuisine, scenic harbor view to the many of UNESCO’s World Heritage site are just some of the things you can enjoy if you’ve come to visit Macau.Most of Macau’s best sightseeing is free and while the list below may seem short keep in mind that Macau is a small city.

1) Walk like a Roman in Macau Fisherman’s Wharf.

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KALA NIYO COLOSSEUM NG ROME NUH!

This 100,000-square meter waterfront entertainment complex includes over 150 stores and restaurants, each displaying an architecture style of different world seaports such as Cape Town, Amsterdam and Venice. It is  the first theme park in Macau and is located in the Macau Peninsula. Though there numerous shops lurking around the area it is suggested not to but anything as the prices can triple from it’s original price.

This attraction is on top my list when I created the final draft of my day trip in Macau. I have always been wanting to visit Rome for the Gladiator/Romanic adventure. The place is best to see during day time and perfect at night when the spotlights are on.

HOW TO GET HERE: take a free shuttle bus from the Macau ferry terminal, it is a short walk from Macau ferry terminal just across the The Sands Macau.

Take bus no. 1A,3,3A,8,10,10A,10B,17,28A,28B,28BX,28C,32

HOURS OF OPERATION:  depending on ride/attraction, but Fisherman’s Wharf area is open 24hrs.

ADMISSION FEE: Free of charge

2) Shoot and fire in Fortaleza do Monte.

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This is so Spanic/Portuegese

Situated on a hill overlooking the Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Fortaleza do Monte (大砲臺), also known simply as Monte Forte, was built by the Jesuits at the same time as the Cathedral in order to protect the churchmen of St. Paul’s from pirates.

The fort is quadrilateral with bastions at each corner and about 100 meters (328 feet) in circumference. Barracks, cisterns and storehouses were the main buildings of the fort. An ancient tower situated here was one of the sites of the Society of Jesus. With cannons on the four sides, the fort was strongly fortified. Though the cannons have lost their military function, they still remain.The landscape surrounding the fort is quite charming. Standing on the platform, visitors have an excellent view across Macau, making the Monte Fort a very popular attraction for both tourists and natives alike.

I saw some lover’s whining around cuddling each other which provides the romantic feel. From here you also have the view of the Macanese Houses standing close to each other on the narrow streets. Overlooking the sea from the uphill is one of the best free things to do in Macau.

HOW TO GET THERE: quick walk and hike from the Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral  and just around the Macau Museum area

Bus No.8A, 17, 18, 19, 26

HOURS OF OPERATION: 6am-7pm (May to Sept) ; 7am-6pm (Oct to April)

ADMISSION FEE: Free of charge

3) Light up some in incense in Na Tcha Temple.

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The humble Na Tcha Temple (哪吒廟), built in 1888, is a small two-room structure with an entrance hall that leads directly into the main hall.

Ever smelling of burning incense, the temple is dedicated to the popular Chinese folk deity Nezha (哪吒). Nothing so spectacular about this temple but if you are within the historic area of Macau then you can give a quick look. Temple is just on the left side of the Ruins of St. Paul Church

HOW TO GET HERE: The temple sits beside a remaining Section of the Old City Walls in the historic center of Macau behind the Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

HOURS OF OPERATION: 24 hours

ADMISSION FEE: Free of charge

4) Learn how it all started in Macau Museum.

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HISTORY TIME! TURN TO PAGE 103

The Museum of Macau is the biggest museum in Macau. It is located in the famous Monte Fortress, in the heart of the city and where the Portuguese first set foot. Spend an hour or so trying to understand Macau’s Heritage and Culture, several artifacts and mini exhibits can be found inside. Since I am out of time I kinda rushed and missed out some relevant facts about the history Macau. If you went outside of the museum you will be welcomed by the canons in Monte Forte.

The exhibition is classified into different groups:

Original Civilization, 1st floor:

The origin of this region and its prosperity from the Neolithic period to the mid 17th century, which is known as the ‘Golden Period’ of Macau is introduced here.

Popular Art and Traditional Culture, 2nd floor

Different cultural themes which make Macau’s culture rich and unique are showcased here. These themes usually derive from the existing culture, such as traditional festivals, daily customs, traditional handicraft and typical professions.

Contemporary Macau, 3rd floor:

Here one sees the panorama of modern Macau. It also exhibits some works whose writers have been closely linked with Macau. The final part is an exhibition of the city’s prospects and opportunities.

HOW TO GET HERE: From St.Paul Ruins it is just a short walk or take the stairs up.

Take bus 2, 3, 3A, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8A, 10, 10A, 11, 18, 19, 21A, 26A, 33 and get off at Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro. Then walk through Senado Square to Ruins of St. Paul’s Church for ten minutes. The museum is just next to the ruins.

HOURS OF OPERATION: 10:00 to 18:00 (admission stops at 17:30) Closed every Monday

ADMISSION FEE: 15 PATACAS

5) Visit one of the iconic landmark known as the Macau Tower.

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Reaching the Sky

Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre, also known as Macau Tower, an important landmark of the city. It was designed by Gordon Moller, a famous architect of New Zealand. The construction was finished in December, 2001, at the 2nd year anniversary of Macau’s return. It was the eighth highest tower in Asia and the tenth in the world by the year of its completion.Macau Tower is host to a spectacular array of extreme activities which draw adrenalin junkies from around the world.

It is one’s featured in one of the episodes of the Americas Next Top Model and Amazing Race. I remember that episode in ANTM where the model is posing on the edge of the with the wind blowing on her and she loses her balance every now and then (SCARY). You have an opportunity to shop and dine in to a revolving 360 cafe/resto, the 360°whirling Café provides you authentic Chinese and western style food, such as, fresh sea food, Portuguese and Indian flavors, spaghetti and sweets of Italy. You will enjoy yourself about the buffet dinner no matter by the environment of the café or the delicious food it offered.

The highest observation level is the Outdoor Observation Deck on Level 61, with a height of 223 meters (about 732 feet). Walking around the Observation Deck, You can have a panoramic view of the Peal River Delta, Macau Peninsula and Taipa, Coloane islands.

HOW TO GET HERE: Free shuttle bus offered by City of Dreams passes by the Tower

Taxi Catch a taxi at the airport, the ferry terminal or hotels or simply flag one down on a nearby road. Taxis are metered and charge MOP13 flagfall. There may also be a surcharge when traveling between islands.
Bus 9A, 18, 21, 23, 32

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Tower Opening Hours : 10am – 9pm (weekdays)
9am – 9pm (weekends and public holidays)

360 CAFE

Lunch Buffet High Tea Set Dinner Buffet
Monday to Sunday 11:30am  – 1:00pm
1:30pm – 3:00pm
3:30pm – 5:00pm 6:30pm – 10:00pm

ADMISSION FEE:

Tower observation deck ticket

Adults MOP 135
Senior Citizens (Age 65 or above) MOP 70
Children (Age 11 or under) MOP 70
Infants (Under Age 3) Free of charge

Price per head 360 CAFE

Lunch Buffet High Tea Set Dinner Buffet
Monday to Sunday MOP 238 Adult
MOP 188 Child
MOP 168 Adult
MOP 138 Child
MOP 338 Adult
MOP 238 Child

6) Explore one the oldest Chinese Temple at A-Ma Temple.

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The A-Ma Temple, located in the southeast of the Macau Peninsula, is the oldest temple here.It is the longest surviving building in Macau — is situated at the bottom of Barra Hill at the entrance to the Inner Harbour, across from the Maritime Museum. Parts of this temple, dedicated to A-Ma, goddess of seafarers, date back more than 600 years. According to legend, a poor village girl sought free passage on a boat but was refused until a small fishing boat came along and took her onboard. Once the boat was at sea, a typhoon blew in, destroying all boats except hers. Upon landing at what is now Barra Hill, the young girl revealed herself as A-Ma, and the fishermen repaid their gratitude by building this temple on the spot where they came ashore.

Unluckily I didn’t get to explore this hundred year old temple but I heard it is worth to visit only if you are still not so over with Chinese temples specially if your point of origin is HK. The location is pretty much out of the way from most attractions so for a day trip it will be mot advisable not unless you started so early or you plan to spend 1 night in Macau.

HOW TO GET HERE: Bus: 2, 5, 9, 10, 10A, 11, 18, 21A, or 28B

HOURS OF OPERATION:10:00-16:00(Mon-Fri) 10:00-13:00(Sat,closed on Sunday)

ADMISSION FEE: Free of charge

7) Conquer your fear in Macau Tower Bungy Jump.

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The World’s Highest Bungee Jump at Macau Tower

Guinness Book of World Records, the 233m jump from the Macau Tower is the highest bungee jump in the world. I honestly didnt even think about doing it cause I have fear in heights. Hell NO! but if you are adventurous, physical capable, doesn’t suffer from heart ailment then go ahead and try this out. It can be a life changing experience to jump but I tell you the price of the 4-5 sec free fall is also exhilarating and expensive. But dont worry cause after your free fall jump you have the chance to watch yourself  jumping as the package includes a video tape of your bungee jump experience.

HOW TO GET THERE: Free shuttle bus offered by City of Dreams passes the Tower

Taxi Catch a taxi at the airport, the ferry terminal or hotels or simply flag one down on a nearby road. Taxis are metered and charge MOP13 flagfall. There may also be a surcharge when traveling between islands.
Bus 9A, 18, 21, 23, 32

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Opening Hours
Monday – Thursday 11:00am – 7:30pm
Friday 10:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 9:00pm

ADMISSION FEE:

                                                    Price List (per person)             HKD=MOP
Bungy Jump Bungy Jump including certificate, membership card & exclusive Bungy Jump T-shirt:  MOP2,688
2nd Jump: MOP888
Souvenirs: MOP299 for photo CD; MOP 599 for video in USB; MOP 799 for video + Photo in USB;
Full Package (Bungy Jump+T-shirt+Video+Photo in USB): MOP3,388
SkyJump SkyJump including certificate, membership card & exclusive T-shirt:  MOP1,888
2nd Jump: MOP888
Tandem SkyJump: MOP3,488
Souvenirs: MOP499 for video in USB; Full Package (SkyJump+T-shirt+video+photo in USB): MOP2,488
Skywalk X Package Skywalk X including certificate, membership card, CD & exclusive T-shirt:  MOP688
Tower Climb Tower Climb (include exclusive Tower Climb T-Shirt, Certificate, Membership Card, Video & Photo on USB): MOP1,888
2nd Climb: MOP999
Tower Climb Express (include exclusive Tower Climb T-Shirt & Photo CD): MOP688

8) Kun Iam Temple (The Temple of the Goddess of Mercy).

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It is located at Avenida do Coronel Mesquita of Macau, is one of the Three Ancient Temples of Macau. Politically important as well, it is known as the site of the first Sino-American treaty, the Treaty of Wanghia, which was signed in 1844. Kun Iam Temple has 3 main shrines situated one behind the other, with several small shrines around them. It primarily consists of the Hall of Sakyamuni (Gautama Buddha), the Buddha of Longevity Hall, and Kun Iam Hall. At the back of the temple are beautiful terraced gardens where guests may take a stroll.

HOW TO GET HERE:  take Buses No. 12, 17, 18, 19 or 22 to Kun Iam Temple OR 20 minutes walk from MGM Hotel.

HOURS OF OPERATION:  10:00-16:00 ( Monday to Friday); 10:00-13:00 (Saturday); closed on Sunday

ADMISSION FEE: 3MOP

9) Grand Prix Museum & Wine Museum.

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You need a ride?!

 It has the most valuable possessions of one of the major sporting and social events of Macau to be better preserved and displayed to the general public. In addition, two state-of-art technology car racing simulators were installed to offer visitors thrilling experience of racing.

Located in the same building as the Grand Prix Museum , this is Asia’s first museum dedicated to wine. The Wine Museum offers visitors a wide range of experiences: wine history, wine making and wine tasting as well as sales of wines,it has 300 types of wines on display are available for tasting, which is included in the entry fee. The only musuem in Macau where beverages is OK.

HOW TO GET HERE: take bus 28B, 28C, 32 to Rua de Luís Gonzaga Gomes, New Reclaimation Area. The museum is also inside Macau Tourism Activities Center together with Grand Prix Museum.

HOURS OF OPERATION: 10:00-18:00 (Closed on Tuesday) for both

ADMISSION FEE: 10MOP for and for wine tasting 10MOP

NOTE: But by September 2 to December 31 this year the Macau Government Tourist Office will open to public for free to attract more tourist.

10) Senado Square and Leal Senado.

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I can sense Portugal here…

Senado Square (Largo do Senado) is a public square in Macau which stands infront of Leal Senado Building. The square is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Historic Centre of Macau“. It is located in the central area of the Macau Peninsula.It is well decorated and paved with a wave-patterned montage of colored stones. The square is surrounded by pastel coloured neo-classical buildings, creating a consistent and harmonious Mediterranean atmosphere. The square is lined with shops and restaurants and branched off to other smaller streets and alleys that offered even more shops and restaurants.

Walk forward further and you will reach the famous St. Paul Ruins.  At the end of the paved road, there is the St. Domingo’s Church. On the third floor of the church there is a museum of paintings, sculptures and liturgical ornaments that illustrate the history of the Roman Catholic Church in Asia. There are throng of tourist that will welcome you upon waking towards St. Paul Ruins so be wary of your child and belongings. The best thing about walking in Senado Square is the free taste of beef jerky and Macau tarts plus a bunch of stalls and stores selling souvenirs and cheap items.

HOW TO GET HERE: Take the No. 3, 3A, 4, 8A, 10, 10A, 11, 18, 19, 21A, 26A, 33 buses to the Av. De Almeida Ribeiro (San Ma Lo)

-short walk from Grand Lisboa Hotel

-take the free shuttle from Galaxy Hotel to San Malo and do 5 minutes walk

HOURS OF OPERATION: 24 hours

ADMISSION FEE: Free of charge

OTHER ATTRACTIONS NEARBY

-St. Domingo’s Church

-Macau Central Post Office

-Casa da Misericórdia or the Holy House of Mercy

-St. Paul’s Cathedral

-Leal Senado

11) Shop and try out Macau’s best food treats and delicacies while strolling in Senado Square.

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Excuse me!!

Satisfy your shopping appetite while wandering around Senado Square where you can discover inexpensive Macanese-made clothes, T-shirts, jeans and sportswear in markets around the area. Those interested in vintage items have a treat waiting for them in the former red-light district a few streets away. If you’ve come to Macau along with the rest of your bank savings then you can opt to shop in Hotel Shops and Casinos whereby offering higher prices of merchandise. Though Macau is not recognize as a renowned shopping destination like neighboring Hong Kong, Macau is just beginning to open up the mega-mall culture thanks to the unprecedented growth in hotels and casinos.

A unique fusion of Portuguese and Chinese influences, food aficionados are in for a flavorful experience.Don’t forget to grab the free taste of the Macau’s Egg Tart and Beef Jerky, if you are just doing a day tour in Macau with a limited budget then this will satisfy your cravings for Macau treats. It got me full actually trying out those free taste that eventually led me to buy 2 boxes of Macau Egg Tarts cause I cant get enough of it. On the narrow alleys you can find food stalls for cheap eats if you really intend to get a hang of the Macanese Cuisine. HKD is widely accepted in Macau so it is OK not to have you money exchange to PATACAS, but once you head back to HK your PATACAS is useless so you can keep it in your wallet as a memorabilia.

HOW TO GET HERE:  best to experience while you are walking from Senado Square on your way to St. Paul Ruins,

PRICE RANGE: Food ranging from 8MOP for a piece of Macau Egg Tart-70 MOP for a meal.

12) Hotel-Hopping.

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HOTEL CASINO OVERLOAD

Macau is arguably Asia’s very own version of Las Vegas, with its glamorous casinos, gargantuan hotels, top-scale restaurants and glitzy bars. Given a day to spend in Macau, one of the best way to kill time is exploring all the neighboring hotels and casinos. You don’t have gamble in order to see the famous strips of Hotel Casino’s. One way to do it is to HOP ON TO any of the FREE shuttle bus from the ferry terminal. You don’t have to be a hotel guest for you to be allowed to board on the shuttle bus, it is a way of Hotel and Casino’s to attract visitors to come and visit their Hotel’s. This is how you can save alot if you stay in Macau.

HOW: HOP ON TO to any free shuttle bus from the ferry terminal, airport.

PRICE:  Free of charge

13) Be serenaded by the gondolier in Venetian Hotel.

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SKY LOOKS REAL ISN’T?!

The Venetian Macau-Resort-Hotel is located on the Cotai Strip, it is the largest single block style hotel in Asia and the second largest building in the world. It has the function of performance, entertainment, shopping, exhibition, accommodation and large scale gaming. In Venetian Macau there are two main areas—the tourist area and the casino area. In the tourist area, there are the Venetian styled buildings, canals and plaza.It has one of the largest casinos in the world at 13 acres. Located on the first level of the building, the casino is divided into four areas – the Golden Fish, Imperial House, Red Dragon and Phoenix.

You don’t have to spent thousands of PESOS to see the and ride the famous gondola from Venice, Italy. In Venetian Macau you can experience a piece of Venice,while the whole thing may seem like a romantic adventure, it can be a fun family activity or a friendly one. The trip takes 15 minutes which is accompanied by songs from the gondoliers. The San Luca, Marco Polo and Grand Canals are all named after the famous Venetian canals.

If you run out of energy walking around then there are many restaurants with Chinese, Japanese, western food and snacks among which there is the largest restaurant in Asia with more than 1,000 tables.

HOW TO GET HERE: Take the free shuttle bus from ferry terminal or from the airport, take a taxi or do short walk from Galaxy Hotel and City of Dreams.

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Grand Canal Shoppes: Sunday-Thursday: 10:00-23:00
Friday-Saturday: 10:00-24:00

Daily Canal Opening Times

Grand Canal: 11:00 – 2200
Marco Polo: 11:00 – 1900
San Luca: 11:00 – 1900

PRICE: Adult (per ride): MOP118
Kids (per ride): MOP88
Private Gondola (per ride): MOP472

NOTE: Tickets are available at Boutique di Gondola (shop 2301) and Emporio di Gondola (shop 2660).

14) Pay tribute to of one the most RESPECTED pop singer of all time (MICHAEL JACKSON).

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ICON!

Micheal Jackson enthusiasts will be interested in seeing the nice little collection (free to visit) found at the Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16. On the 2nd floor, just above the MJ Cafe.Housed inside the the 5 star Sofitel Hotel Macau at PONTE 16 is the MJ GALLERY where you can see the wide collection of MJ’s iconic items during the peak of his career, including the  famed white rhinestone glove worn by MJ when he debuted the moonwalk during a performance of ‘Billie Jean’. If you are on a day tip to Macau then it is not advisable to visit this museum as the location of the hotel is distant from most of the famed attractions in Macau. Admission is free and there’s a small area selling MJ memorabilia as well.

HOW TO GET HERE: Rua das Lorchas e Rua do Visconde Paço de Arcos, Macau 2/F, Ponte 16 Macau

-take the free shuttle bus from ferry terminal, take a taxi or ride the bus 1,3,4,6,19,33,34

HOURS OF OPERATION: 11am to 9pm

ADMISSION FEE: Free of charge

16) Spend all you’ve got and gamble.

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PUSH MU YAN!

 “Gambling in Macau” has been legal since the 1850’s when the Portuguese government legalized the activity in the colony. Since then, Macau has become known worldwide as the “Monte Carlo of the Orient”, and gambling has become a significant part of the city’s economy. The casino’s contributes 40 of the GDP of Macau so just imagine how important it is to their economy and daily lives. I’ve read somewhere 1 out of every families in Macau is working in a casino.

Generally, gambling in Macau can be divided into three different categories: casino games (eg: VIP High Roller Casino, Roulette Casino), horse racing and greyhound racing. There is also sports betting and a number of lotteries. At the present time, Macau does not license online gaming operations.The largest gambling city in Macau is Macau with 34 gambling facilities, 3,165 tables games, 7,995 gaming, slot, and video poker machines.Macau has 33 casino and the largest casino in the entire country of Macau is Venetian Casino Resort Macao which is located in Cotai.

If you are willing to enough risk it all then feel free to sit in of the table and play the game. Mostly the riches people in town can afford it from the business tycoons, Chinese main lander and western’s. I don’t gamble and I don’t even know how to play poker so didn’t mind spending any centavo hence I was busy buzzing around the casino area getting for free goods and items available for all visitors like bottle of water, discount membership card even goodies. Taking photos within the casino area is strictly not allowed so don’t even attempt.

17) Watch the free dazzling show in Macau Casino’s.

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One of the best show.

There’s heavy competition among the Macau hotels and casinos. So most of them try to be unique in some way – either through a special decoration theme, through opulence, technical gizmos or sheer size. One way to attract people and money is to offer multimillion dollar shows that lasts within 30 minutes and can go on and on throughout the night.

CITY OF DREAMS

Dragon’s Treasure Show– (informally known as ‘The Bubble Show’)Dive into the world of Dragon’s Treasure in this completely immersive multimedia show at City of Dreams. This may not be free but for 50 MOP you will definitely enjoy the show.

Adult MOP50
Macau Resident MOP30
Child (3-12yrs) MOP25
Senior (60yrs & above) MOP30

SHOW TIMES
12:00noon – 8:00pm
(every 30 minutes)

Vquarium-Mermaids Swim Up to Perform a Water Dance and to Wish You Good Luck

-24 hours open and free of charge

WYNN HOTEL 

Dragon of Fortune Show-Dragon of Fortune is a lobby show in the Wynn located in the Rotunda at the entrance to the resort. An animatronic dragon, symbolizing health and good fortune (a good symbol at a casino), comes to life, snorting steam and roaring mightily.This show lasts about 10-15 minutes.

-The show is free and runs every half hour

Tree of Prosperity Show-This is a choreographed event of sculture and multimedia that entertains the passerbys with a show concerning Chinese and western astrology and the four seasons.

-The show is free and runs every half hour

Water Fountain Show-Every fifteen minutes, there’s a show at the artificial lake in front of the hotel. The fountains are synchronized to music that ranges from
classical symphonic favorites to Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Holding out for a Hero’.

– performing every 15 minutes throughout the day and night, starting from 11.00am running unitl 12.00am (midnight)

GALAXY HOTEL

Laser show– be amazed by what it claims to be one of the largest free laser shows on earth.presents a light show unmatched in the region. Its twin towers, each with a large central spire and smaller spires on each end, have six prominent features each housing a 50-watt yag laser and lit by LED fixtures.

Fountain Show-The Fortune Diamond is lobby performance at the Galaxy Resort Macau that is similar to mechanical/audio performances found in other major venues in Macau, like the City of Dreams and Wynn Hotel.  During this short performance, a massive diamond rises from a growing cascade of water, set to an interesting musical score and special lighting effects.

-5 minute show that runs every half an hour 

18) Visit another wonder’s of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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Awww.. How romantic..

The Ruins of St. Paul’s (also known as Sam Ba Sing Tzik) stands adjacent to the famous Mount Fortress and Macau Museum. The front façade and the grand stone stairs are the only remains of the greatest church. The Ruins of St. Paul’s has been restored during 1990 and 1995. The Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt was also built at that time.

It was officially listed in 2005 as part of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Historic Centre of Macau. Originally built in the 16th century, the complex of St. Paul’s College and the Cathedral of St. Paul burned down and was rebuilt multiple times before the third and final fire during a typhoon in 1835 left it beyond repair. All that remains are the iconic stone façade and the grand staircase leading up to it.

This is probably the most photographed landmark in Macau and the most famous landmark if we are talking about Macau as a tourist attraction. By the time you reached the facade you may already be full cause of the free taste of beef jerky and egg tarts along the pavement of Senado Square. Highly recommended to visit this attraction either if you are just on day trip or staying in Macau for a couple of days.

The Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt was built at the bottom of the ruins and houses many religious artifacts including Sino-Portuguese crucifixes, paintings and statues.Admission to the museum is free every day between the hours of 9 am and 6 pm

HOW TO GET HERE: short walk from Senado Square and Grand Lisboa Hotel

Bus No.8A, 17, 18, 19, 26

HOURS OF OPERATION: 09:00-18:00

ADMISSION FEE: Free of charge

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