did you ever been to macau?
July 30, 2008 7:22am CST
i havent also. i wanna see old places and historical. macau is one of the place that i have in my mind to visit someday. near in my country and its part of asian country too. cause i really want to visit first asia before going on to more far countries if given a chance.
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22 Jan 09
I really wanted to go to Macau since last year and finally we are going this March. We already have a booking for the plane and my mother's friend will be the one to look and book the hotel for us once they have returned from Macau cause they are there right now. I'm really excited!
20 Mar 09
We've finally been to Macau! It is beautiful and clean. The shuttle buses are also free. We went there a week ago. We thought the weather will be hot and we didn't bother to check and we were surprised to found out it is winter there. We've stayed in Taipa City but also had a tour in Macau Peninsula. We've been in Ruins of St. Paul, Fisherman's Wharf, Venetian Hotel and many more.
21 Nov 08
Well; I have not been to Macau . However ,going through information on Macau on the Wikitravel Site;I too have got interested: " Macau (also spelt: Macao) (??, Ou3mun5 in Cantonese, Àomén in Mandarin ; is a territory located in southeast China, and was until 1999 administered by Portugal as an overseas province. Like its formerly British neighbour Hong Kong, Macau is a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. It has the highest population density among all the countries/ regions in the world. For many years, the usual way to get to Macau was to fly into Hong Kong and take the ferry across to Macau. Today, Macau is becoming a low-cost airline hub, so one might fly to Macau to reach Hong Kong. _________ Visa _________ For many passports including those of most Western countries, a Macau visa in advance is not needed. Depending on your nationality, a 30 or 90 day entry permit is usually issued for free on entry. See the Macau Tourism Office web-site for the details. For those requiring a visa, they have to be obtained from a Chinese embassy or consulate, and applied for separately from the mainland Chinese one. Please note that Macau has a separate immigration regime from mainland China and anyone going to Macau from the mainland would be deemed as leaving China. If you want to re-enter China from Macau, you'll have to apply for another Chinese visa unless your earlier one is a multiple entry visa. __________ By boat ___________ This is still the main way in which most visitors get to Macau. The main ferry terminal in Macau is the Macau Ferry Terminal (Terminal Maritimo) at the Outer Harbour (Porto Exterior). This is a busy terminal handling most of the sea traffic between Macau and Hong Kong as well as the Chinese ports of Shekou and Shenzhen International Airport. Getting there/away: Buses 1A, 3, 3A, 10, 10A, 10B, 12, 28A, 28B, 28BX, 32 and AP1 run from the ferry terminal. The bus stop is on the main road to the right as you walk out of the building. Pick up a free bus schedule in the tourist information centre in the building. If you are heading straight to a casino or hotel, most of these establishments provide free shuttle buses. They gather to the left of the terminal building; step out of the arrival-level of the building and turn left. There is a lesser known ferry terminal in Macau, located at Pier No. 14 at the Inner Harbour just south of where Av Almeida Ribeiro intersects with Rua das Lorchas. It is very near to Macau city centre and can be easily walked. This terminal mostly services boats to Shenzhen and Wanzai across the Inner Harbour in Zhuhai, China. ------------------------------------------ From Hong Kong ------------------------------------------ Ferries to Macau operate from several points in Hong Kong, including the Hong Kong International Airport where you can bypass Hong Kong Immigration and transfer directly into a ferry to Macau. * Macau-Hong Kong Island: Ferries from Hong Kong's Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan on Hong Kong Island operate 24 hours a day at frequencies of every 15-30 minutes by day and every hour at night. In Macau, they dock at the Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal. The cheapest one-way ticket from Hong Kong is HK$134 (HK$20 extra per bag for luggage) and the trip takes one hour. You can buy tickets online in advance to ensure you secure the sailing you want at busy times. Weekend fares are more expensive. Ferries are operated by TurboJet  (Tel: +853-7907039 in Macau, +852-28593333 in Hong Kong). Another ferry service is run by Cotai Jet , directly to Taipa from Hong Kong, and there are free shuttle buses to The Venetian from the Ferry Terminal, for quick and easy access to Taipa & Coloane. * Macau-Kowloon: You can also get ferries from the China (HK) Ferry Terminal on Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Ferries are less frequent compared with from Hong Kong Island. Fares start at HK$133 and the trip takes about 90 minutes. The ferry operator is New World First Ferries  (Tel: +852-21318181). * Macau-Hong Kong International Airport: There are also ferries from Hong Kong International Airport to Macau. These are less frequent but they allow you to bypass Hong Kong immigration and customs by transferring directly to the ferry in the airport's transfers hall. If purchasing a ticket online in advance, your airline may be able to check your luggage all the way to Macau for you. You board the ferry at the airport SkyPier. Fares start at HK$180 and services are operated by TurboJet Sea Express . The price of the ferry tickets differ based on the time and day of the week of the ride. Ferry departures after 6pm and before 6am and on weekends are more expensive. From mainland China Several ferry companies run to Macau from Chinese mainland ports including, Shekou (in Shenzhen) and Fu Yong Ferry Terminal (next to Shenzhen Airport). * Macau-Fu Yong (Shenzhen Airport): TurboJet  (Tel: +853-7907039 in Macau, +86-755-27776818 in Shenzhen) runs several ferries daily between the Macau Ferry Terminal (Outer Harbour) and the Fu Yong Ferry Terminal. Journey time about one hour. Fares start at MOP$171. There are shuttle buses connecting the Fu Yong Ferry Terminal with Shenzhen Airport. * Macau-Shekou (Shenzhen): Yuet Tung Shipping Co (Tel: +853-28574478) runs a ferry service departing from the Macau Inner Harbour Terminal at Pier 14 on Rua das Lorchas (near intersection with Av Almeida Ribeiro) at 10:00, 14:00, 17:30 and 20:15. Tickets cost MOP$129 for adults and MOP$78 for children. From Shekou, boats leave at 08:15, 11:45, 15:45 and 18:30. Journey takes about one hour and twenty minutes. * Macau-Wanzai (Zhuhai): Yuet Tung Shipping Co runs boats between the Macau Inner Harbour Terminal at Pier 14 on Rua das Lorchas, and the Wanzai Customs Port in Wanzai, Zhuhai. Journey time is about 30 minutes and the fare is MOP$12.50. Boats start a 08:00 and end at about 16:00. You can catch connecting buses to Gongbei and other places in Zhuhai from Wanzai. A more frequent and cheaper option is to catch a ferry to/from Zhuhai's Jiuzhou Port, which is only a few kilometers from the Macau-Zhuhai border. Take a short taxi ride (10 RMB) or a No. 4 bus from the border crossing to the ferry terminal. The bus ride should be included in your ferry ticket. Ferries from Shenzhen Shekou port to Zhuhai run every 30 minutes and cost 80 RMB. "
21 Nov 08
More : " ------------------------------------------ By air :By plane ------------------------------------------ Macau International Airport (MFM) is off the shore of Taipa Island. It is has basic facilities, and a couple of aerobridges, but it is possible that you will park on the tarmac, and have a bus to the terminal. Because of its low fees, it has been able to attract several low-cost airlines to serve Macau. Currently available are: * AirAsia : has multiple flights daily from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Kota Kinabalu, as well as three weekly flights from Kuching. * Bangkok Airways : has flights from Bangkok. * Cebu Pacific Air  and Philippine Airlines: have daily flights from Manila. * Tiger Airways : has daily flights from Singapore and Manila (Clark). * Jetstar Asia : has daily flights from Singapore. * Viva Macau : has flights from Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City, Tokyo, Busan and Sydney Other airlines such as Air Macau and Shanghai Air also have flights to Macau. To reach Taiwan from mainland China, it is usual to fly via either Macau or Hong Kong, since the only direct flights are on weekends. To and from the airport. Bus AP1 plies a route between the airport and the Barrier Gate. Its route passes through several points on Taipa Island, and it stops at the ferry terminal on the peninsula on the way. It costs MOP3.30 per passenger, and MOP3.00 per bag. It has limited provision for baggage, and can be very crowded (you may not even get the first bus to arrive). Change at the ferry terminal for other destinations, the frequent number 3 bus runs from the ferry terminal and passes the Lisboa, Landmark Hotel, and Holiday Inn, or catch one of the hotel/casino shuttles which go the ferry terminal. The buses do not give change, but there is a currency exchange just inside the terminal that will change foreign currency into low denomination MOP. If you are bound for Zhuhai, there is a special bus you can take from Macau airport direct to the border, without going through Macau Customs or Immigration. See the Zhuhai article for details. For flights from mainland China, it is usually cheaper to fly to Zhuhai and cross the border by land as flights between Macau and the mainland are considered to be international flights. See also Discount airlines in Asia. By helicopter A helicopter service is available from the Terminal Maritimo to the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Pier in Hong Kong as well as Shenzhen airport . It is a lot faster than the ferry but it also costs a lot more. _________________________________ By car _________________________________ There are two vehicular entry points into Macau from China. They are the Portas do Cerco (?? Guan Chap in Cantonese, Guanzha in Mandarin) at the extreme north of Macau Peninsula which connects you to Gongbei in Zhuhai, and the Lotus Bridge (officially the Cotai Frontier Checkpoint) which links the Cotai Strip with the Wanzai district of Zhuhai. You can only enter if your vehicle (cars only, no motorcycles) has both Macau and mainland China number plates and the driver carries both Macau and China driver's licenses. Note that you have to switch sides of the road; mainland China drives on the right, Macau on the left. * Portas do Cerco: This is the usual entry point into Macau from Zhuhai and is very busy. It is open from 07:00 to 24:00. The crossing will bring you directly into Gongbei in Zhuhai. Getting there/away: The best way to approach the crossing from anywhere in Macau is to use Avenida Norte de Hipodromo which continues as Avenida da Ponte da Amizade, or Avenida Comendador Ho Yin from the western part of the peninsula. Please see Zhuhai section on details to get to the Chinese side of the border. * Lotus Bridge: Much quieter than the Portas do Cerco, this crossing involves you driving over the Lotus Bridge over the narrow channel between Cotai and Hengqin Island in China. The crossing is open from 09:00 to 20:00. Getting there/away: The Cotai frontier checkpoint can be accessed via the Taipa-Coloane Istmus Road (still known as the Taipa-Coloane Causeway) and turn off at the Flor de Lotus roundabout about halfway between Taipa and Coloane. By bus You can take the coach from Guangzhou. The trip takes you about 2 hours and costs around RMB70. There is a direct coach from Shenzhen airport and also Shenzhen long distance bus station. The journey time form Shenzhen is about 3 hours. There is also a direct coach from DongGuan city (in GuangDong province) to Macau Airport. The trip is around RMB100 and 3 hours. You can also get a bus from either place to Gongbei bus station in Zhuhai. That puts you right across the street from the border facilities so you can walk to Macau (see next section). This can save you a bit of money; the bus is about the same price either way, but food and hotels are cheaper in Zhuhai. On foot You can cross from mainland China to Macau on foot at the Portas do Cerco (Barrier Gate) crossings at the extreme north of Macau Peninsula. In fact, thousands of Macau and Chinese citizens do it daily, making it an horrendously busy crossing. Depending on the time and day of the week, expect long waits to get processed. The crossing on the Chinese side is called Gongbei in Zhuhai. Getting there/away: The massive underground Portas do Cerco bus terminal is beneath the pretty garden in front of the border checkpoint plaza. You'll be able to find buses to most parts of Macau, including Taipa, Coloane and the Cotai Strip from here. From downtown Macau by taxi, the border is about 10 minutes and MOP$30. See Zhuhai page for details to get to Gongbei crossing. As most people crossing the Barrier Gate are China or Macau residents, you may get a short queue at the China customs if you hold passport of another country as there are separate custom counters for non-China and Macau residents. However, the Macau customs only divide their custom counters into Macau residents and all vistors, thus the queue is usually alot longer for passport holders of other countries as they will be queuing with large numbers of China residents. There are money changers at the Barrier Gate that give very good rates so you can change your money into RMB before crossing the customs. You are not allowed to walk on the Lotus Bridge between Wanzai in Zhuhai and Cotai. However, there are buses which shuttle between the two checkpoints. Get around On foot This is arguably the best way to get around Macau Peninsular, which is small, compact and full of things to discover. Many roads are also one way so there is quite chance that it won't be slower than to take road transport which make need to make a long loop to reach the destination. Most streets have a pedestrian sidewalk making walking easy, although you will have to fight the crowds going in all directions. Macau is also hilly; be prepared to struggle up and down steep lanes and steps. The city streets do not seem to run in any particular pattern and you'll most likely get lost at some stage, which is part of the fun of exploring Macau. The street signage is often poor if not lacking altogether (the azulejos-tile street signs are pretty but not very obvious and clear) so you may find yourself walking a few extra blocks in order to figure out the street you're on. Don't bother trying to get around the Cotai area on foot though, as the huge long streets with nothing much on them except the outside edge of new hotels and giant building sites will eat up time you could better spend elsewhere in Macau. By bus Macau and its districts are served by two bus companies - Transportes Urbanos Macau (Transmac) and Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos de Macau (TCM). Thankfully, their route numbers do not overlap and with a bit of figuring out which direction they are heading, they can be quite easy to use. Bus drivers usually only speak Cantonese, very little English or Mandarin and certainly no Portuguese at all. All rides cost MOP$2.50 within Macau Peninsular, MOP$3.30 between the Peninsular and Taipa, MOP$4 between the Peninsular and Coloane village; and MOP$5 between the Peninsular and Hac Sa on Coloane. But like the buses in Hong Kong, your fare goes according to the bus stop you board the bus and not determined by the length of the journey. Fare are displayed next to the fare box, so get your destinations written in Chinese if you need to tell them where you're going. Please see the Macau Peninsula page for bus routes which serve the district, and the Taipa, Coloane and Cotai pages for routes connecting these districts with the Peninsula. Many casinos and hotels offer frequent and free shuttle buses to and from the Macau ferry terminal and Taipa ferry terminal, and it is possible to change between shuttles there. Some also offer shuttles to the airport, border gate and other destinations. Look for signs or ask around. These shuttle buses are a good way to get around if you plan your journey beforehand. By taxi Taxis are affordable. Starting from September 2008, taxi fares start at MOP$13. Largo do Senado to the border is about MOP$40. The longest possible taxi ride (from the Border Post at the extreme north of Macau to Coloane in the south) would be well under MOP$200. It is a good idea to have your destination written in Chinese as most taxi drivers do not speak anything but Cantonese. Some of them may speak a little Mandarin or English, though it is not wise to count on your luck, and almost none speak Portuguese. Like in Hong Kong, every bag placed in the boot of the taxi will have an additonal surcharge. Many taxi drivers are off duty at Sundays and use their cars privately. Those taxis have a red sign in the front window. Expect some waiting for a free taxi on Sundays. By car Car rental is not a popular option in Macau given the territory's small size