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Old 06-15-2015, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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I'm headed to Macau for my visa trip tomorrow and will be there until the following night. any ideas for things to do and see while I'm there? I don't gamble... so that's out. Great food is a must, and anywhere to go for some great pictures would be awesome too.

I was going to go to HK as usual but the Mrs. said she wanted to go to Macau instead... haven't been yet, so I haven't had time to plan.
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Old 06-15-2015, 02:14 AM
 
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Only been to Macau once, and since I am also not into gambling, probably not going back soon. Macau is tiny and the only places worth taking some pictures in are the Ruins of St. Paul's and Senado Square.

Quite happy with the food at the three restaurants I have been to: IFT Educational Restaurant, Bambu buffet at the Venetian, and Margaret's Cafe e Nata. The service at Margaret's kind of sucks, but their hot egg tarts are good. But better not order them to go, as they don't taste good once cold.
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Old 06-15-2015, 02:40 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Senado Square up to St. Pauls Ruins is a popular area. I also like Guia Hill Lighthouse a lot - it overlooks Macau, the highest point; plus the lighthouse is just cool. Take the cable car up.

Good idea to avoid the casinos. They have a ton of things going on in them. Very appealing to Asians, so your Mrs. might like it a lot. But very little to appeal to foreigners. If you absolutely must go to a Casino, I'd recommend the Venetian - only because your Mrs. would like the shows, entertainers, and Gondola rides.

An odd unusual place that was very much built for tourists, but lacking tourists, is Fisherman's Wharf. It might be somewhat interesting, just because of how out of place it seems. Basically they built a spot for tourists complete with Roman Ruins, a Little Amsterdam theme, a little New Orleans feel, and an African Bar (complete with huts that have pool tables and dart playing and karaoke depending on the hut). In short, an unusual AND completely FREE and OPEN area. I wouldn't go there to be awed, but I'd go to be perplexed.

Tourist speaking, I'd definitely make a point of hitting Senado Square; and just wandering. Macau is a great place to see a ton of unusual Portuguese architecture hidden all over the place among an overlapping Chinese one; with some unusual modernistic stuff; plus unusual Art Deco surprises. Senado Square is a good spot to start; then meander, and pretty much anywhere in any direction; you'll be sure to stumble upon unexpected little stuff here and there.

Also, Macau is a peninsula with connecting islands. Meaning, you'll never REALLY get lost. Just wander and explore, and eventually you hit water and hop on almost any bus, and most likely it'll take you back to something you saw earlier. If not, get off, and get on another bus; until you do. Buses are cheap, you'll need bus cards though, as they'll ask for exact change. With a bus card, each bus ride is about equivalent to 40 cents. You can also take casino buses which are free, but they only connect to other casinos, the ferry terminals, the airport, or to the China border.

Assuming your wife is Asian; she might like a little bit of walking around the casinos, as they often have a lot of shopping mall areas throughout. If so, two areas: 1) Macau side with Lisboa (very unusual designs and strange to see lit up at night, in a good way) and Wynn/MGM - which have light shows, fountain shows, and even a Money Tree show. And an aquarium, all kinds of stuff you'll stumble upon, most likely. They are all right in the same area, so hit one, and you'll easily see the others. 2) Taipa Side - COTAI STRIP to be exact, which includes Venetian and all the others around there. More shows, events, surprises, etc. If you go to Taipa's Cotai Strip; definitely try to angle your way into TAIPA VILLAGE - it's an older Portuguese-influenced area that has a lot of interesting stuff all around that you'll stumble past. Plus Taipa Village takes you out of the casinos again, its very international, and you'll get to see what the locals and expats do.

(For the record, the casinos are pretty void of the locals; but the city is quite large and built-up, so definitely try to get away from the casinos, so you can see what life in Macau is actually like for the locals and expats).
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Old 06-15-2015, 05:57 AM
 
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I enjoyed Macau. Don't care for gambling or casinos, but I like the old Portuguese part, the old churches, buildings, cobblestone streets, eating Portuguese egg tarts, Macanese culture (sadly didn't try the cuisine). I actually think there's a lot to recommend it. A lot of it is quite quaint and people are friendlier than in Hong Kong.
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Old 06-15-2015, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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Cool, thanks for the tips...

any western grocery stores around worth checking out? I usually stock up on some western snacks, spices, beer, etc while in HK.
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Old 06-15-2015, 12:03 PM
 
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Cool, thanks for the tips...

any western grocery stores around worth checking out? I usually stock up on some western snacks, spices, beer, etc while in HK.
Yep! Macau Expat

I like US MART in Taipa...but Park-n-Shops which are everywhere, also have a lot of western things. Flower City, does as well. New Yeohan Dept Store. Actually, almost any grocery store you go into in Macau, you'll find some western stuff, some Japanese stuff, some Korean stuff, some Portuguese stuff, some American stuff, and other random stuff - German, Swiss, Indonesian, etc.

I think since Macau doesn't really produce or manufacture groceries themselves, they just basically take them from everywhere. Also, stuff from Mainland China has a very very very poor reputation; so people tend have a preference for anything but Chinese products - but that being said, there are plenty of Mainlanders who live in Macau and/or shop in Macau; so you'll find Chinese groceries too.

One unusual thing is there a TON of Portuguese wines, Portos, beers, etc....in many grocery stores. If you are a wine person, Macau will have you browsing in the aisles for hours upon hours. It's a bit overwhelming for someone like me, who doesn't traditionally drink much wine. But, I'm learning...

Beer is very international as well. Portuguese beers, Philippines beers, Japanese beers, unusual beers you don't expect from who knows where, etc. The other day I had my first beer from Israel. Another time I bought one from Kenya.

It's not quite to the same level of Hong Kong - which is quite upscale even with all the various organic brands coming out of the U.S. But, Macau offers way more than mainland China, for sure.

Check that website for ideas ----> Macau Expat
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Old 06-17-2015, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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Thanks for the tips! We ended up doing most of the tourist stuff... wandered around the casinos on Taipa for awhile, took a bus across to the peninsula, then walked from the southern tip to the border, passing the church ruins ("the broken church," as I heard people describe it ), the fort, etc. Had a nice time.

We didn't get a chance to visit any specific import shops but I did get a couple liters of Portugese beer for only 10mop, which was great because it was hotter than hell, and got a couple bottles of wine to bring back. We ate at a place called 7 Burger near the ruins, which was forgettable... the Mrs. was hungry and wanted something right then. I was hoping to get something a bit more interesting, but maybe next time...

Here are a few pics:











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Old 06-17-2015, 11:02 PM
 
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Old 06-17-2015, 11:07 PM
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Thanks for posting the pics.
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Old 06-17-2015, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Taipei
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Wow those apartment buildings look about as awful as their Taiwanese counterparts.
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