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Top 10 Attractions in Macau, Top 10 Things to Do in Macao

Sunday, January 30th, 2011
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Macau (Macao) is one of the two special administrative regions of the People’s Republic of China. It lies on the western side of the Pearl River Delta, bordering Guangdong province to the north and facing the South China Sea to the east and south.

Macau is a hot tourist destination in China. It has a rich heritage from both its Chinese and Portuguese past that includes many outstanding examples of western and oriental art and culture.

No. 01: A-Ma Temple
A-Ma Temple, which is situated on the southwest tip of the Macau Peninsula, is one of the oldest and most famous Taoist temples in Macau (Macao).

Built in 1488, A-Ma Temple is one of the sites designated “Historic Centre of Macau”. The name Macau is thought to be derived from the name of the temple. The temple was well described in ancient Chinese texts, as well as represented in paintings. Entering the temple and going across a gateway, you will reach the Hongren Hall by a winding path.It is also one of the first scenes photographed in China.

Entrance Fee: free|
Opening Hours: 07:00-18:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 6, 8, 9 or 28B to A-Ma Temple

A-Ma Temple

A-Ma Temple

No. 02: Macau Tower
Macau Tower, also known as Macau Sky Tower, is a tower located in the former Portuguese colony of Macau (Macao), China. The tower measures 338 meters in height from ground level to the highest point. An observation deck with panoramic views, restaurants, theaters, shopping malls and the Skywalk X, a thrilling walking tour around the outer rim.

At 233 meters, the Macau Tower’s tethered “skyjump” and Bungee jump by world renowned AJ Hackett from the tower’s outer rim, is the second highest commercial bungee jump in the world, after Vegas’ Stratosphere skyjump at 260 meters.

Entrance Fee: MOP 100
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Monday to Friday); 09:00-21:00 (Saturday and Sunday)
How to get there: take Buses No. 9A, 18, 23 or 32 to Macau Tower

Macau Tower

Macau Tower

No. 03: Ruins of St. Paul’s
Ruins of St. Pau’s refers to the ruins of a 16th century complex in Macau including of what was originally St. Paul’s College and the Cathedral of St. Paul also known as “Mater Dei”, a 17th century Portuguese cathedral dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle.

The church was built from 1602 to 1637. In 1835, a fire burned it to the ground, leaving only the façade, the staircase and portions of a wall. It remained unchanged until a restoration was undertaken and completed in the summer of 1991. That façade is crowned by the cross of Jerusalem, below which are three tiers with niches containing statues that were cast from bronze, at a local cannon and bell factory.

Entrance Fee: MOP 3.5

Opening Hours: 09:00-18:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 10, 10A, 11, 21A, 2, 3, 3A, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8A, 26A, 33, 17, 18, 8A or 26 to get there

 No. 04: Kun Iam Temple
Kun Iam Temple, or Kun Iam Tong, located at Avenida do Coronel Mesquita of Macau, is one of the Three Ancient Temples of Macao. The temple has a colossal entrance. The temple roofs are bunched with porcelain statues. Divided by the open courtyards, the luxuriantly decorated halls are dedicated to the worth Buddha, the Buddha of Longevity and Kun Iam.

The later is dressed in finest silk with a fringed cap. The top is changed every year. Kun Iam or goddess of Mercy is attended by 36 Buddhas on both side of the altar. Neighboring rooms house funeral chapels and tubes honoring Kun Iam in paintings and calligraphy.

Entrance Fee: MOP 3
Opening Hours: 10:00-16:00 ( Monday to Friday); 10:00-13:00 (Saturday); closed on Sunday
How to get there: take Buses No. 12, 17, 18, 19 or 22 to Kun Iam Temple

Kun Iam Temple

Kun Iam Temple

No. 05: Macao Maritime Museum
The Macao Maritime Museum, located near the Mage Temple on Mage Street in Macao, was established and opened to the public in 1990 and is a specialized museum focusing on maritime relations.

The Museum currently has around 2,000 objects in its collection. These introduce the boats in which Portuguese came to Macao in the early period, as well as traditional Chinese ships and equipment. Included are also navigation tools used in Macao today. Exhibitions are divided into the fishing industry, Portuguese and Chinese discoveries, technology, and transport.

Entrance Fee: MOP 5 (Monday to Saturday); MOP 3 (Sunday)
Opening Hours: 10:00-17:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 1, 1A, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 10A, 11, 18, 21, 21A, 28B or 34 to get there

Macao Maritime Museum

Macao Maritime Museum

 No. 06: Macau Wine Museum

Macau Wine Museum

Macau Wine Museum

Macau Wine Museum is a wine museum in Macau, China which is located next to the Grand Prix Museum. The Macau Wine Museum is a special and serene place because of the wines that are stored and exhibited inside. When you enter the Macau Wine Museum, you’ll have a weird and interesting feeling.

The Macau Wine Museum occupies approximately 1,400 square-meters of space. It has different areas or divisions which have been sorted according to category. These areas are the Historical Information, Wine Cellar, and Museum and Exhibitions.

Entrance Fee: MOP 15
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (closed on Tuesday)
How to get there: take Buses No. 1A, 3, 3A, 10, 10A, 10B, 12, 17, 23, 28A, 28C, 32 or AP1 to the Macau Wine Museum

No. 07: The Grand Prix Museum
The Grand Prix Museum is a motor racing museum in Macau (Macao).The museum was inaugurated at the 14th Macau Grand Prix in November 1993.

The Macau Grand Prix now enjoys a history of over 50 years starting in 1954. The museum with its many items focusing on the competition has become a must-see place for F1 enthusiasts. More than twenty formula cars and motorcycles once driven by world-renowned drivers such as Eduarfo de Carvalho, Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard, are on exhibition.

Entrance Fee: MOP 10

Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (closed on Tuesday)

How to get there: take Buses No. 1A, 3, 3A, 10, 10A, 10B, 12, 17, 23, 28A, 28C, 32 or AP1 to the Grand Prix Museum

No. 08: Lin Fung Temple
Lin Fung Temple, recognized as Lin Fung Buddhist Temple, is one of Three Ancient Temples of Macao, which is also one of the biggest constructions of the territory.

The main hall of Lin Fung Temple is dedicated to Kun Iam, the Goddess of Mercy. The statue of Kun Iam stands on an ornate altar. The ceilings consist of massive black beams and exposed white tiles. Inside the temple hall is an altar to Tin Hau. Further inside, there is a courtyard with a frieze of writhing dragons. It stands behind a stone pond filled with lotus plants.Entrance Fee: MOP 5
Opening Hours: 06:30-18:00 (closed on Monday)
How to get there: Buses No. 1, 1A, 4, 8A, 9A, 10, 16, 23, 25, 26, 26A, 28B, 32, 33 or 34

Lin Fung Temple

Lin Fung Temple

No. 09: Monte Fort
Monte Fort is located at the east of the Ruins of St. Paul’s of Macau. It is the oldest fort in Macau(Macao). The fort didn’t see much action over its lifetime and the cannons were only fired twice in anger, once when, instead of rampaging pagans, a Dutch fleet arrived to invade the island. Seriously outmanned and outgunned, a Jesuit priest, apparently in retreat, fired one of the canons by mistake.

Fortuitously he struck the Dutch gunpowder ship, blowing it and half the fleet into the sky and saving the island at the same time. You can now stroll around the restored fort and its underground corridors cut into the rock face.Entrance Fee: MOP 15
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (closed on Monday)
How to get there: take Buses No. 8A, 17, 18, 19 or 26 to the Monte Fort

Monte Fort

Monte Fort

No. 10: Macau Fisherman’s Wharf
Macau Fisherman’s Wharf is the first theme park in Macau which is located in the Macau Peninsula, near the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Pier.
Macau Fisherman’s Wharf is Macau’s number one themed attraction with a total area of 111,500sq.m. The complex includes over 150 stores and restaurants in buildings built in the style of different world seaports such as Cape Town, Amsterdam and Venice, six rides, a slots hall, a 72-room hotel, and a casino.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: There are shuttle Buses between Macau Fisherman’s Wharf and the downtown area of Macau (Macao).Any questions, just drop a line.

Macao Taxi: Macau Taxi Fares, Macao Taxi Tips and Phones

Thursday, January 6th, 2011
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Macau Taxi Quantity
Taxis are most convenient vehicle to travel in Macao. At the time of my writing, there are more than 700 taxies traveling around Macau city, all of which have been painted in yellow and cream-black. The yellow taxi can be arranged through telephone booking without extra cost. The phone is (853) 519519.
Taxi Models in Macau
The mainly model of taxi in Macao is Corollar. Others are Cedric, Crown, Hiace, Corona, Townace, Hiace, Mazda, Vito, Trajet, Sonata, and Citroen..
Macao Taxi Fares:
• MOP$ 10 for the first 1,500 meters
•MOP$1 for each extra 180 meteSr
•MOP$1 for per 50 seconds waiting time
•MOP$3 for each item of luggage
Macau Taxi Company Bookings
If you need to book a taxi, please make the call as following which are the companies with the longest history in Macau:
•Macau Yellow Taxi Booking                   Tel:0853- 519519
•Macau Happy Mokes                           Tel:0853-439393
•Macau Avis Rent-a-car                       Tel: 0853-336789
Hailing a Macao City Taxi
•The best places to hail a taxi is at the taxi stand. There are taxis near the Station, the Airport, Bus stop, Scenic Spots, and Hotel
Macao Taxi rider’s rights
As a taxi rider, you have the rights below:
Direct drive to your destination and no compulsory car pooling
Go to any destination in and beyond Macau
Your car driver knows the streets in Macau and the way to major destinations in Macau;
Your driver should know and abide by all traffic laws;
Air-conditioning on demand;
A radio-free trip;
No Smoking
A clean passenger seat area;
A clean trunk
A driver uses the horn only when necessary to warn of danger;
No Tip
Macauo Taxi Stands
Taxi Stands started to run in Macau. People here used to hail the taxi at the taxi stand instead of on the street.
Macau Taxi Complaints
If you have any problem with a taxi in Macau, please contact the following:
•Macau Taxi Complaining No.: 0756-2261133
Macao Taxi Useful Information
• Local maps with information in Chinese, Portuguese and English are supplied to taxi drivers by the Macau Tourism Administration Bureau so that they can communicate with visitors about the places and routes in the city.
•Macau Airport-Coloane: MOP$5.
•Taipa –Coloane: MOP$2
•No surcharge from Macau to Taipa or from the islands return to the peninsula