Keep a Close Eye to Macau and its Unfathomable Greatness
One of the things observable now is the prevalence of once timid cities now being heralded as one of the most sought-after due to its ceaseless attempts in innovating and development.
These cities are sometimes regarded as ‘tiger economies’ and they all have proven their standpoint to be tagged as such—the plethora of skyscrapers, the interesting mix of modernized facilities, the business sprouting everywhere, the improved tourism indexes, the positive jolt in the quality of life, the countless feats of engineering and so much more.
Cities like Astana in Kazakhstan, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Aklan in the Philippines and the illustrious Macau in China are some of the cities that have made a resounding mark in the tourism industry for the last couple of years.
Macau, specifically, have put forth several amusement sights and points of interest giving its new title as the Vegas of the East. Furthermore, this whimsical city has never let go of its roots and still in strict preservation of its majestic temples and historical shrines.
Truly a city that would give you the best of both worlds, Macau is a place that should have a heavy weight on your travel bucket list.
Known to be China’s Special Administrative Region, Macau is carving a very deep etch on the tourism industry despite its minuscule land area of 30.3 square kilometers.
Currently home to almost 645,000 residents, it’s quite not a surprise that more and more foreigners have dwelled on the city far bit longer due to the innate fun and happiness that Macau offers.
Specifically in the map, Macau can be found 37 miles southwest of Hong Kong and estimated 90 miles away from Guangzhou. Macau is comprised of three parts, one of which is mainland and two branched out islands namely Taipa and Coloane. Macau is surrounded by two main bodies of water, which are Xi Jiang on its western side and Zhu Jiang on its eastern edge.
Regarded as following the same climate concept as that of South China, Macau has been experiencing a humid subtropical climate as according to Koppen Climate Classification.
The general climate can be as humid as 75-90% in an annual scale and the drops and highs of temperatures are brought about by monsoons coming from the sea. In a yearly basis, Macau’s median temperature is at 22.7-degree Celsius with July as the most arid month averaging at 28.9-degree Celsius.
Due to the fact that Macau is perched on China’s southern coastal area, rainfall is more of like a natural weather occurrence in the city. With almost 130 days of rain, the city of Macau has an accumulated rainfall of amounting to 81.02 inches.
One of the things that Macau is proud about is its sophisticated and unified transportation system, which interconnects the three main areas of the city, which are the Macau Peninsula, Cotai and Tapai Island.
The major companies who hold transportation shares in the whole of Macau are Transportas Companhia de Macau, Transmac and Macau Nova de Autocarros Publicos, which is responsible for bus lines.
With the main purpose of pleasing tourists, Macau is also dotted with the so-called trishaw, which is more of like a hybrid of the conventional tricycle, and rickshaw that can also serve as a transport vehicle for short distances.
It is no surprise that the enterprises and hotels saturating mainland Macau offers a wide and continuous options for its clients such as private shuttles and limousines that would transport to airport, public casinos and back to their place of accommodation.
If you wish to get to nearby areas such as Hong Kong, you need to subscribe to the Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal and the Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal. This harbor can offer scheduled and paid rides to Mainland China towns such as Shekou and Shenzhen.
For aviation transports, tourists would have to go through the newly opened Macau International Airport with Air Macau as the official air carrier.
What to See
Street of Happiness
After the series of hotels and gambling halls now prevalent in Mainland Macau, there lies what locals call as the Street of Happiness which perched on the far western part of the town.
This used to be where life and parties happen, and it’s still thriving to lift the spirit that once housed within its avenues. It’s one of the still most visited parts of Macau due to its tourism value and the iconic red painted houses dotted the whole vicinity.
One trivia that the Street of Happiness owns is that it’s the venue of one of the scenes in the iconic movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Pak Tai Temple
As part of their preservation of its culture and history, locals have very well maintained the original look of the Pak Tai Temple. This wondrous place of worship is Macau’s homage to the Taoist God Tai, which is just vital to the locals’ profound religious nature.
There are also scheduled operas to be played here and if you’re lucky to be in Macau on the third day of the third lunar month each year, you can witness well-rehearsed performance to take place within its grounds.
One of the best feats of architecture that Macau has aside from the posh and well-lighted hotels is the might Macau Tower. Located west of the isthmus’ Avenida de Republica, the Macau Tower is an observation deck with a height of 338 meters.
Many adventurers love the Macau Tower for the sweeping view that it offers, together with plenty of activities that can be done with places of height such as extreme sports like bungee jumping.
Macau Tourism Website