Macau has been a gambling Mecca for well over a century now. The former Portuguese colony has seen sustained growth in tourism, especially from mainland China, and is now home to some of the world’s most luxurious casinos. The gaming, tourism and hospitality industries make up 50% of Macau’s economy and the region has surpassed Las Vegas as the world’s top casino market. Needless to say, it’s a gambler’s paradise, but there are plenty of other activities on offer. So what should you do if you’ve only got 24 hours?
Let The Hotel Do The Hard Work
If you’ve only got a day in Macau, you don’t want to be faffing around sorting out an itinerary. The Venetian hotel offers its customers a “discover Macau” package, starting at a very reasonable £140, for one night in a suite including breakfast, airport ferry tickets and a half-day tour of Macau. That way you can see the sights, absorb a little culture and then hit the bars and casinos in the evening. All that time you save can be spent brushing up on your gambling skills at sites like Betsson (https://www.betsson.com/en/).
Go For A Stroll
The best way to see the city is to go on a walking tour. Start off at the A-Ma Temple which opens at 7am daily then head north past the arches of the Moorish Barracks, which formerly housed Goan soldiers in the 1870s. Then pop in to the Mandarin’s House, the erstwhile residence of social reformist ZhengGuanying, before going over to the north-east of the city to visit the Jesuit churches, St Lawrence’s and St Joseph’s. Finish off with the Dom Pedro V Theatre and Senado Square.
A Quick Bite
If you’re planning on getting a lot done during the day, you’ll want to take lunch on the run. Sample some of the famous sweet egg tarts, a favorite of the Macanese, and grab some cured beef or fish balls at the various snack shops near St Paul’s. There are more traditionally Asian dishes such as roast duck and noodle dishes on offer at places like Chan Kong Kei and Hung Pun Kei respectively.
Take in The View
For £7 you can go up to the top of the 338-metre high Macau on the southernmost tip of the peninsula and get an amazing view of Macau. If you’re feeling especially brave you can also fork out the £200 fee for the world’s highest bungee jump while you’re there.
Bungee Jumping at Macau
A prospering tourism industry means there are plenty of malls to check out. Many of them are attached to some of the swankier casinos, so for something more Macanese, visit the Rua da Felicidade and peruse the restored 19th century shops. From jewellery and food, to curios and snakes, there’s plenty to distract you.
Macau at Night
A Cocktail or Two
After a day’s activity, you’ll likely be in need of a good watering hole. Try the delightful 38 Lounge, located on the 38th floor of the Altira hotel, which offers an impressive array of cocktails, cognacs, single malts and wines, as well as an amazing view.