In this post I will describe the attractions of Macau with a little comparison with Las Vegas but the main focus will be Macau.
Since this post is related to my previous post about Hong Kong I will explain how to reach Macau from Hong Kong so if you did not see that post please scroll down and you will find the post.
How to go to Macau by Ferry from Hong Kong and Vice-Versa
Ferry prices are higher in the evening and highest at night, and higher at weekends and holidays.(China Highlights All rights reserved)
Hong Kong Terminals
China Ferry Terminal
It is located in Tsim Sha Tsui. It is about a kilometer north of the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry. You could walk to it through Harbour City Mall, or just take a taxi to 33 Canton Road.
Ticket Price for economy class: 132 to 172 HKD
Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal
It is located near the IFC Towers in the Shun Tak Center on Hong Kong Island.It is near the Star Ferry, the IFC Mall, and the Shueng Wan MTR station.
Ticket Price for economy class: 132 to 172 HKD
It is located at the Hong Kong International Airport and is for transiting tourists only.
Ticket Price: 159 to 172 HKD during the day.
Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal
It is the main northern terminal closest to San Ma Lo, architectural attractions, and about 23 mainly smaller casinos. You can take Bus 3 from San Ma Lo to the Macau Ferry Terminal in about 10 minutes.
Ticket Price: 2.5 HKD.
It is located to the south, closest to the Cotai Strip area with the biggest casinos such as the Venetian, the City of Dreams across the street, and the Macau International Airport. To go to Cotai Terminal, take the Cotai Jet from any of the three Hong Kong terminals. There are late night returns (after 12 midnight) from the Cotai Terminal to the Hong Kong Macau Terminal.
Reminder: With about 245 seats, it takes about one hour by TurboJET to Macau. Its’ speed at 35-50 knots, If you are easy to get seasick, please take some medicine or use seasick band.
It is not today that Macau have been called has the Las Vegas of Asia.
In the last few years Macau has grown in such a way that in addition to multiplying the number of casinos and Hotels, gaming revenue in Macau has already surpassed the values of Las Vegas and has become the new big player of the gambling world.(Click here to see Video)
The gambling history of Macau started with the Hotel & Casino Lisboa in the sixties (1960s), in the Portuguese colonial era.
After the returning of Macau to China its popularity as a gambling destination has grown every year, attracting even more visitors and as a result it attracted the mega casinos.
The main difference between American and Chinese casinos
The main difference between both casinos is mainly their style, Las Vegas is much more than just gambling and casinos, it is also known because of its shopping malls, restaurants, shows, resuming it is a world of entertainment and best of all, it fit all ages, gambling is just the facade of the Sin city.
In the other hand the style of the Asiatic is very different from the western and American, the majority of people who go to Macau casinos to play only, another crucial difference is the absence of bars inside of the casinos.
Some casinos even have bars, but they are very discreet, and a little apart, in the games tables bottles of mineral water and tea at will, while Las Vegas Casinos spills alcoholic beverages.
Macau is divided into two Parts
The main island is Macau, the colonial "capital" and home to the first and most traditional casinos in the region, the Hotel & Casino Lisboa whose luminous façade is also one of the main postcards of the city.
Since new and modern casinos started to be part of Macau world the owner of casino Lisboa had to build a new casino ‘’ The Grand Lisboa’’ which is adjacent to the ‘’Hotel and casino Lisboa’’.(Click here to see video)
The Grand Lisboa is definitely more modern and more in the line of the modern casinos that we find in several parts of the world.
On the mezzanine above the casino there is an Asian restaurant and an American-style Deli, but with a Portuguese wine list to taste!
Exactly in front of the Lisbon hotel complex are the first wave of new flagged casinos such as Wynn, MGM,etc.
These two follow the model of their American predecessors in Las Vegas.
The casino in Wynn is huge, certainly among the largest in Macau, with separate areas for those who make high stakes bets.
In Macau Wynn takes care of the water and lights show in the artificial lake in front of the hotel like the Bellagio show in Las Vegas and to make it better it features the lights of Casino Lisboa as background cloth!
MGM is located close to Wynn, in the entrance there’s MGM's golden lion like the one in Sin City, inside it looks like a scenography studio, with secret entrances and camouflaged doors, and before you even get to the casino you have to pass through the Great Square.
Great Square (MGM)
The Great Square is a thematic square, reproducing the buildings of the colonial center of Macau and the Portuguese architecture, including the floor of Portuguese white and black stones.
In the other side of the bay of Macau is where the modern buildings are being built, in other words the future of Macau.In the center of Taipa was built the Cotai Strip, a direct competitor to the Las Vegas Boulevard also called as The Strip.
The main attraction of Cotai Strip is undoubtedly ‘’The Venetian’’ which is the biggest casino in the world!
It features 500 game tables and 3,400 slot machines. There's even the San Luca canal system inside the hotel resort that visitors can take gondola trips on, literally you can enjoy Las Vegas and Venice at the same time. (Click here to see the video).
In Macau the Venetian does not have the co-hotel Palazzo like the one in Las Vegas, but in compensation there is a Four Seasons and it includes luxurious shopping "The Shoppes". (Click here to see video)
Just opposite the Venetian on the Cotai Strip is the City of Dreams complex, which include the City of Dreams hotels and casinos and also the Hard Rock Café.
The Majority of people who play in the Hard Rock are foreigners, I can say that it is ‘’Westerner Friendly’ ’because there is a bar in the middle of the casino, the girls who serve drinks wear little clothes and are all westerners and you can also drink alcoholic beverages in while playing, as stated before in the ‘’local’’ casinos only tea and mineral water are served in the gaming tables.
City of Dreams
The City of Dreams is a mix of amusement park with hotel, casino, entertainment center and shopping which for what I could see is child friendly and it is located adjacent to the Hard Rock.
Macau tower was inaugurated in 2001, it is 338 metres in height. It is an elegant construction offering magnificent panoramic views of all over Macau and much of the Pearl River Delta from its observation deck and revolving restaurant, at the 223-metre level and it also features the Guinness World Record in the Sky of Macau! The AJ Hackett Macau Tower Bungy Jump is 233m / 764ft high, making this jump a Guinness World Record for the Highest Commercial Bungy Jump in the world.
Ticket for the Bungy Jump: (includes Certificate,
Membership Card, Exclusive T-Shirt and tower ticket): 3488 HKD approximately 450USD
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