Macau is a unique destination in the world, an intriguing mix of Chinese and Portuguese traditions and culture. Like Hong Kong, Macau is a Special Administrative Region of China, permitted its own internal government and economic system for another 50 years. As with Hong Kong, no advance visa is required.
Macau has beaches, churches, fortresses, temples, gardens, museums, and fascinating neighborhoods to explore, as well as restaurants serving wonderful Macanese cuisine. What’s more, Macau’s prices are cheaper than Hong Kong’s, including accommodations and dining.
Macau comprises a small peninsula and Taipa and Coloane, two islands that have merged due to land reclamation and are linked to the mainland by bridges. The peninsula — referred to simply as Macau and surrounded by an Inner and an Outer Harbour — is where you’ll find the city of Macau, as well as the ferry terminal and most of its hotels, shops, and attractions. Macau’s main road is Avenida Almeida Ribeiro; about halfway down its length is the attractive Largo do Senado (Senate Square), Macau’s main plaza.