Macau is a small island located about an hour’s ferry ride from the main ferry terminal in Hong Kong (or about 16 minutes via Helicopter from the same ferry terminal). Macau has its own immigration and you will need your passport to enter and exit the country. Typically both Hong Kong dollars and the Pataca (local currency) are accepted. Macau was controlled by Portugal for 400+ years and the Portuguese have certainly left their mark on the island. Signs are still in Portuguese and there are a number of colonial European looking buildings in the old town (great place for walking by the way). There are a number of other sites worth visiting including The Macau Tower which is among the tallest of the world’s “space towers”; it stands 338 This is also home to the tallest bungee jump in the world.
For those less adventurous a “sky walk” is also offered in which you are tethered to the building by you walk around outside the top of the tower while leaning over to look down 61 stories below. If you visit Macau the first thing you will notice besides the normal tall buildings are the casino’s, mostly located near the waterfront. Macau has been called the “Monte Carlo” of the east, or as we say, a “mini Vegas”. Several of the casinos that you might be familiar with are Wynn and MGM Grand. For more information about Macau please visit the official tourism site: www.macautourism.gov.mo