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MACAO is one of Asia’s must see destinations. Whether you are seeking to be pampered at one of the luxurious spas or stay in a ritzy yet affordable resort or hotel, be entertained by world-class performers, or even explore the rich culture and history of this former Portuguese enclave whilst engaged in high adventure activities. Macao has something for everyone.

 

MACAO is a city on the move, but it never loses its unique blend of Chinese and European cultures. Macanese food, which is a fusion of Portuguese, African, Southeast Asian and Chinese, cooking, has gained international recognition after being enjoyed by travellers for decades. In recent years, Macao has become firmly planted on the map as one of the world’s culinary destinations – following an influx of internationally renowned restaurant brands from around the world and celebrity chefs that take Macao’s gastronomic scene to new heights.

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Varied shopping districts in Macao range from multi-brand shopping centres to fashion boutiques, from Chinese antique shops to popular daily flea markets can surely fulfil the shoppers ‘desire. Visitors can also enjoy “The House of Dancing Water”, the world’s largest and most spectacular water-based show directed by Franco Dragone, at the City of Dreams. For a thrilling adventure, why not try the Sky Jump or Skywalk at the 338 metres high Macao Tower or add health and wellness to their list at the largest integrated wellness centre of its kind in the world, the Malo Clinic Spa, all these exciting attractions can be found here in Macao.

 

Getting there

Macao is just a 55minutes Ferry ride from down town Hong Kong and Kowloon or 50minutes from Hong Kong International Airport with frequent services available. Macao is also Visa FREE for most nationalities including Australian and New Zealand Passport holders.

The most direct route to Macao is through Hong Kong International Airport. From here, you can catch the SeaExpress or CotaiJet Ferry services to Macao which operate from 10am to 10pm daily. You can also transfer by ferry service from Hong Kong Island or Kowloon to Macao. These services operate every 15-30minutes and only take around 60 minutes. Alternatively, you can fly into Macao International Airport when flying through many other Asian hubs.

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Celebrations all year round

Macao is a city that never sleeps and has some of the most colourful events in the world, only be found in the former Portuguese enclave. With its full year’s calendar of events and festivals, why not travel and join in on the action and the exciting experiences that can be had in Macao. 

 

28th Macao International Fireworks Display Contest
Dates: 3rd, 10th 15th, 24th September & 1st October, 2016

The annual Macao International Fireworks Display Contest - universally acclaimed as one of the best of its kind - takes place on the Macao Tower Shorefront on all the weekends in September, the ultimate showing on the 1st October every year. Over the years, more than 100 international teams from China, the Philippines, Thailand, Chinese Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Australia, the UK, Switzerland, France, Germany, Portugal and Spain have participated in this world-class pyrotechnic shoot-out. Many visitors choose this time of year to come to Macao to enjoy a holiday illuminated by spectacular displays in the night, to be viewed from many vantage points on the Macao Peninsula and adjacent Taipa Island.

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63rd Macau Grand Prix
Dates: 17th to 20th November, 2016

Recognised as the most internationally prestigious event on the local calendar, the legendary Macao Grand Prix - now edging into its sixth decade - pits the best motorcycle, WTCC and Formula 3 racers in the world against each other and the clock in dedicated competitions along the narrow, twisting Guia street circuit. The high-pitched whines of racing engines, the roar of the crowd, and the adrenalin-charged atmosphere make for a colourful four days of non-stop, head-turning excitement in the streets of Macao.

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Parade through Macao, Latin City
Dates: December 2016

Created in 2011, this cultural event is held annually to mark the anniversary of Macao’s Handover to China and focuses on a colourful procession through the streets of Macao. Every year, several foreign performing groups as well as hundreds of talented local artists are invited to be creative. They lead the locals and tourists on an adventure through Macao’s streets and alleyways with plenty of song and dance in the city’s historical quarters. The parade, which highlights Macao’s unique cultural features and the City’s multicultural atmosphere, culminates in a grand joint performance in which the artists present dazzlingly colourful performances, bringing the celebration to a vivid climax.

The Macau Marathon
Dates: 4th December, 2016

This international marathon, first hosted by Macao in 1981, continues to attract large numbers of local and international long distance runners. The full course Marathon includes the Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane, while the Half-Marathon and Mini-Marathon have been created to attract not only professional athletes but budding amateurs seeking to test their endurance on the course.

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Chinese New Year Parade in Macao
Dates: January, 2017

The “Parade for Celebration” features a fabulous float parade along with more than 1000 performers and spectacular fireworks. This event is joined by 14 floats, 28 local groups as well as a total of nine performance groups from different parts of the globe, including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Portugal, Spain and the USA.
A multimedia opening show will kick off the parade, promising an extravaganza of light and 3D effects.

 

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