Macau (China)

Macau (China) is famously known as the world's biggest gambling hub, and is one of two special administrative regions of China, the other being Hong Kong. It is often referred to as the 'Vegas of the East'. But Macau is much more than just a gambling haven, it's historic centre was added to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list in 2005. Overlooking the South China Sea, Macau consists of two small islands - Taipa and Coloane. You will find remnants of colonial Portuguese architecture within the urbanised centre, with street stalls and restaurants in the old town where you will find everything from Chinese, Portuguese, Brazilian and African food influences on offer.


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Destination Information

Getting around Macau is relatively easy, with many tourist sites accessible on foot. Walk through the twisty, winding streets up to the ruins of the cathedral, observing well-preserved colonial architecture via the cobbled streets. The entertainment areas and bigger hotels are clustered along the waterfront and on the island of Cotai. The 55-kilometer Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is the world’s longest, and you have the choice to drive or take a high-speed ferry to Macau from Hong Kong. Start your visit to Macau in its historic heart, Senado Square (Senate Square) – a delightful pedestrian area. The square is also a great spot for shopping, and dining in restaurants featuring both European and Chinese cuisine. Temples, Museums alongside modern architecture make Macau a fascinating destination.

Additional Travel Information for Macau

The typhoon season in Macao normally runs from April to October. Crime levels are low, and although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Macao, attacks cannot be ruled out. Macao, like other parts of China, does not recognise dual nationality. If you have both British and Chinese nationality you may be treated as a Chinese citizen by local authorities, even if you enter Macao on your British passport. Some vaccines are recommended or required for Macao. The National Travel Health Network and Centre and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Macao: COVID-19, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, Japanese encephalitis, rabies and tetanus.

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