I visited Macau for a day trip as part of my Hong Kong itinerary. I took the 8AM ferry from the China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui when I went to Macau. There is another ferry terminal in Sheung Wan in Central Hong Kong. Travel time is roughly more than 1 hour. There is an immigration and customs clearance both in Hong Kong and Macau boarders.
At the Macau Ferry Terminal, there are lots of free rides courtesy of the many casinos and hotels here. These free bus rides are available 24/7. One can take any bus going to the hotel and from there; Macau can be best seen by foot or just take any of the free buses available.
Macau’s main attraction is its casino hotels – a lot of them. Perhaps a day is not enough to visit all these grand buildings.
I also visited some of Macau’s more famous lands marks. The Fisherman’s Wharf is the first theme park in Macau and entrance is free. Macau Fisherman’s Wharf 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.
St. Paul’s Church – the great ruined façade and staircase to the church of the Mother of God – is the most famous landmark of Macau. 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.
Leal Senado Square is paved with a wave-patterned mosaic of colored stones, created by Portuguese experts.
Institute of Civic & Municipal Affairs, situated in Leal Senado Square, was built in 1784 and remains the most outstanding example of traditional Portuguese architecture in Macau.
Macau Tower measures 1,109 ft 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. It offers the best view of Macau and in recent years has been used for a variety of adventurous activities. At 233 meters, the Macau Tower’s tethered “skyjump” and Bungee jump by AJ Hackett from the tower’s outer rim, is the second highest commercial skyjump in the world, after Vegas’ Stratosphere skyjump at 260 meters.
Other places of interest are the following:
And of course, Venetian Hotel.
At 10PM, I went back to Hong Kong. Ferry service is 24/7.