Macau – Asia’s Flashiest City

Author: , November 6th, 2013

Planning a trip to China’s gambling capital? With private, walled-in gardens, public beaches, and historic sites that reference the city’s strong Portugese influence, you’ll have plenty to do, whether you’re hitting the slots or not. The best part: We’re featuring a great deal this week that includes this destination, and saves more than $1000. Not bad. Now, what should you pack for your trip?

Pataca, or Hong Kong Dollars: Though the pataca is the official currency in Macau (1 pataca to $0.13 USD), most buses, restaurants, and shops accept the Hong Kong dollar (1 HKD to $0.13 USD). As many travelers have noted, if you are just visiting for the day, you will be perfectly fine just bringing along Hong Kong dollars. (In some casinos, even the Chinese renminbi is accepted as well.)

Comfortable walking shoes: Believe it or not, Macau is a great walking city. Similar to Singapore, whose multiplex shopping malls and towering hotels co-exist alongside historic neighborhoods best enjoyed on foot, a full day can be spent outside the casinos, walking around the Historic Centre (the ruins of St Paul in particular are worth a visit), snapping photos and stopping in at a cafe for an iced coffee.

Authored By Alex Schechter – See the Full Story at Shermans Travel

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Looking for Adventure

Author: , August 30th, 2013

Macau Tower - Apple Maps

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Looking for high adventure, unique architecture and dramatic views? EDGE Contributor Richard Frisbie traveled to four countries on three continents to find enough death-defying stunts to satisfy the most jaded thrill-seekers. For everyone else, the breath-taking views and award-winning architecture he discovers are worth the price of admission.

Macau Tower: Macau is a former Portuguese colony on the South China Sea that is now a special administrative region (SAR) of China, similar to Hong Kong. As one of the most visited gambling destinations in the world, some say Macau trumps Vegas! But money is not the only currency when gambling in Macau. You can also take a leap at the highest freefall in the world.

When it was built more than a decade ago, Macau Tower was one of the ten tallest freestanding buildings in the world. Rising from its needle base to the flying saucer-style, glass-enclosed observation deck at the top, the tower offers spectacular day and nighttime views of the surrounding city. On a clear day you can see all the way to Hong Kong — 50 miles away.

Authored By Richard Frisbie – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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