ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Macau China: Tourist Information and Travel Guide

Updated on September 12, 2016
Macau China
Macau China | Source

Why do Chinese people go to Macau? That’s easy - to gamble! It is the only city in China where gambling is legal. Americans and Europeans go to Macau to experience the crazy combination of East and West.

Traveling from Hong Kong to Macau by ferry takes only one hour, but it feels like travelling by plane. With its busy assembly of gates, customs and passport control, the sea port resembles a metropolitan airport. Conveniently, visas can be easily obtained, but it is important to carry at least 700 Hong Kong dollars – in cash – which is the minimum requirement.

By Chinese standards, Macau is a little town of only half a million people, yet it attracts more than 35 million tourists each year. Most are Chinese coming from the mainland to gamble. In fact, Macau has the most casinos of any Asian city, with gambling profits that exceed Las Vegas. However, Macau offers more than just gambling.

After 400 years of colonial European rule, Macau was given to China by Portugal in 1999. Because of its Portuguese influence it looks like a Mediterranean town (though a bit worn out) with ancient houses, wooden shutters and European architecture.

Interestingly, the names of the streets in Macau are written in three languages: Portuguese, Chinese and English. While official paperwork in Macau is still written in Portuguese and court hearings are also conducted in that language, less than one percent of the population is Portuguese and the language among the people is almost dead.

There are many Catholics and Protestants in Macau and the city has been dubbed the “Vatican of the East.” St. Dominic’s church which is a replica of a European cathedral is a mere few blocks from an ancient temple built for the Goddess A-Ma, the patron saint of sailors and fishermen. In fact, the city was named for A-Ma.

Christmas is celebrated in Macau with the decoration of trees, but it is more of a social holiday than a religious one. Therefore, due to many money-saving sales, Christmas is the ideal time to shop in Macau.

Casinos and other luxurious tourist areas contrast with extreme poverty in certain neighborhoods of Macau. One of the most popular attractions for tourists is the ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral, which was the largest Christian temple in Asia. It was built by Japanese Christians and was ravaged by fire in the 19th century. Not far from the temple are slums that consist of old Chinese houses with no running water or sewage.

Whether gambling or just seeing the sites, Macau is worth a visit. With its unusual combination of Portuguese influence, enthusiastic Chinese gamblers and tourists from all over the world, the best motto for Macau is “East Meets West.”

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)