But the good thing is, Macau is a stone throw away from Hong-Kong, or walking distance from the city of Zhuhai (People Republic of China).
By boat it will take you 1hr (depending on the weather) to get there. If you are coming for far away they do have an international Airport.
For the ferry, I do like the company called TurboJet, but there is also Cotai Water Jet. Both are daily, reasonable price, the embarkation and disembarkation is standard for both; well ok sometimes some tourist from certain countries can be rude, pushed you here and there, but well nothing dramatic! And both customs (Macao and HK) are efficient. You will have to fill the disembarkation card but you’ll be in and out in few minutes…
All of this, to say that Macau can be a nice 1 or 2 days trip if you are in Hong Kong.
To simplify, Macao is separated in 2, on one side you have in the North, the “Historic Centre” classified by the UNESCO World Heritage, with old architectures, such as the Ruins of Saint Paul, and the South part you will have the “Cotai“, I mean, I will call that the Cotai Area, where you do have only Casinos…. All sorts of Casinos… But don’t get me wrong, as even in the North part, you also have Casinos…. But a little bit less….!
First interesting fact is; even if Macau used to be a Portuguese colony for more than 100years; and since they are “under” China, due to a strong influx in the immigration; lots of workers will speak Mandarin, at the difference of Hong Kong which use Cantonese. And yes, lots of streets name are still in Portuguese, so if you have to take a taxi, be patient as the driver might speak a really, really, really, basic english… But well, if you know where you are going, or at least have the name of where you are going, most of the taxi drivers will have maps written in Chinese and English and you will find your way.
But After saying that, you mostly don’t need to take a cab, as all the Hotels/Casinos will provide free shuttle, and you can figure it out, as you can take any shuttle, then discover by yourself on foot (Yes Macau is small).
Now, let’s be honest and realistic!
Macau is all about gambling. Nothing more and nothing less!
It is ALL about your money, making you believe, as all casinos around the world will do, that you will become rich….!!! Really? Of course not!!!
Macau’s casino generate 5 times more profit than Las Vegas. And you still think you can win….??? AHAHAH
Don’t forget, what will you find there? For the casino’s side, huge shopping mall, thousands of hotel’s rooms, and of course CASINO… Baccarat, roulette, slot machines, poker’s table…
In the other hand, there are some nice historical places to visit, and good places to eat too… Like the famous “Portuguese Egg Tart”, the street food “Pork Chop Bun” and other Portuguese/Chinese local delight…
So, don’t be lazy and explore… And as I said earlier, 1 or 2 days is enough… Stop thinking that you’re going to be rich there…!!!
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