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Macau Travel Tips

Macau Travel Tips

story by: Inspire Hong Kong & China

There is no shortage of accommodation choices in Macau with multi-million dollar international 5 star luxury to Portuguese style inns and guesthouses. Many are masterpieces of design and architecture and contain fine restaurants, nightclubs, theatres and sophisticated health spas that provide guests with the ultimate holiday experience.

With a tropical climate, visitors can expect a moderate to hot climate with temperatures ranging from 16-25C and humidity between 75%-90%. The Autumn months of (Oct-Dec) is the favoured time to visit Macau when the days are sunny and warm and humidity levels are low. Winter time (Jan-Mar) is usually sunny and cold and from April-Sep the humidity keeps rising as temperatures are hot and humid with occasional tropical storms.

The pataca (written as MOP) is pegged to the Hong Kong dollar and freely circulates in Macau. Foreign currency and travellers cheques can be changed in hotels, banks and authorised exchange outlets which are located throughout the city. Most major credit cards are accepted in hotels, shops, banks and restaurants.

220V throughout Macau with major hotels providing adaptors if required.

Like Hong Kong, Macau is a free port and imported goods are generally taxed at a lower rate, so prices are cheaper. Garment manufacturing is popular with great bargains in factory seconds and overruns on designer like labels. Chinese antiques and reproductions, carved chests, traditional handicrafts, ceramic and silk embroidery are also popular buys. If time allows, another ‘shopping mecca’ is just across the border in Zhuhai which can be accessed from the Barrier Gate with your China visa issued on the spot in only a few minutes. Always busy, but you will certainly find bargains in designer clothes, toys, electronic gadgets, sporting goods, leather and fashion accessories.

If it is adrenalin rush entertainment you are looking for then Macau has this covered with a visit to the Macau Tower and Sky Jump. Eating out in Macau is a treat! From quaint tea houses to Portuguese style cafes and restaurants to the more upmarket venues scattered around the city, the cuisine of Macau certainly keeps visitors busy with variety. Outlying islands provide a more tranquil escape whilst the buzz of Fisherman’s Wharf is non-stop entertainment at its best. With live music, glitzy bars, five star hotels, casinos, local pubs and discos, the pace of Macau’s nightlife is seriously exhilarating.

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