A Special Administrative Region of China just 40 miles from Hong Kong, Macau is one of the Far East’s most exciting destinations. The Portuguese arrived in Macau in the 16th century and their influence can still be seen today in everything from the architecture and customs to the food. Modern Macau is an energetic city of bustling nightlife and entertainment, world class hotels, sports and adventure activities, festivals and events. This year sees the 60th anniversary (Diamond Jubilee) of the high-octane Macau Grand Prix. To celebrate, the 2013 Macau Grand Prix will be held over two weekends in November - from the 9th-10th and from the 14th-17th – on the street circuit that is recognised as one of the most demanding in the world. Previous winners of the Formula 3 race include the likes of Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher. The Diamond Jubilee Macau Grand Prix will feature an impressive combination of exciting young talent, established stars and the world’s most famous names in automotive excellence. Other Macau highlights include:
Sports and Activities
Located on the southern tip of the peninsula, the Macau Tower stands over 330-metres high. Apart from amazing views across the Pearl River Delta, those with the nerve can take a Skywalk around the outside at the top of the tower, do a mast climb or even bungy jump off the tower – it is the tallest bungy jump in the world! Macau’s southern countryside offers a variety of sporting options including golf, canoeing, windsurfing, hiking and cycling.
Few Asian destinations can beat Macau for sheer entertainment value with a dizzying number of bars and nightclubs, glitzy casinos and the spectacular House of Dancing Water show at the City of Dreams, with its high dive acrobatics and somersaulting motorbikes! Night owls can enjoy a cocktail and take in the views of Macau’s dramatic skyline from one of the city’s stylish rooftop bars or head for one of the clubs with DJ’s of international acclaim and live music performances.
Macau has a rich and unique culture heritage - its Historic Centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site comprising over 20 buildings and monuments from Taoist Temples and 17th century fortresses to baroque churches and traditional Chinese homes.
Macau is one of the region’s great food destinations – the city’s restaurants earned 14 stars in the latest Michelin Red Guide. Portuguese, Chinese and all kinds of international cuisines are available here. But unique to Macau is Macanese food, which takes its influences from not just Portugal and China, but also from South America, Africa, India and Malaysia as a result of the Portuguese explorers’ trading routes.