Visit Macau - Best of Macau

A bustling and burgeoning haven of Epicurean excesses, Macau can occasionally be more impressive than its European namesake. Five major elements set it apart form the rest and they are (drumroll please):

  • History: It has been a happening place for over four hundred years, ever since the Portuguese took an interest and the Dutch challenged them on it. The rest of it’s story is just as colourful; from playing a major role in the Opium War to triad controlled gambling and prostitution.
  • Gambling: Gambling is been around in Macau since the 1850’s but now its earning a well deserved reputation as the new gambling Eden of the World. Macau is home to about thirty beautiful casinos (most of which run around the clock), horse racing and Asia’s only dog racing stadium. The casinos, which like to mix and match their attractions, generate six times more revenue than their counterparts in Las Vegas!
  • It’s culturally exotic: The Macanese do their very best to accentuate their mixed Portuguese-Chinese heritage, bestowing a unique cultural blend to everything from architecture to cuisine. Stop by at Lord Stow’s bakery for their famous egg tarts, or the Tai Lei Loi Kei for a crisp and juicy pork bun. Do Not, under any circumstances miss out on Chan Kong Kei’s roast-duck-in-homemade-black-pepper-sauce. Visit the museums to trace the origins of these influences.
  • Pure Fun: There are plenty of outdoor activities to be enjoyed. Take your kids Go Karting at the Motor Sports Club; sky jump from the 338 metre high Macau Tower; enjoy a Grand Prix. City action getting to you? Retreat to the lovely islands of Coloan and Taipa for some leisurely swimming, trekking, golfing and maybe some water sports.
  • Shopping: Compulsive shoppers note: Macau is a free port. No duty whatsoever. The jewellery is cheap. The fabric is cheap. The tobacco is cheap. The wine is cheap.  Look for the tiny shops in the streets surrounding the Avenida Horta e Costa for bargains on assorted collectibles. Buy gold on the Rua dos Mercadores. Browse the pawnshops that thrive on the misfortune of gamblers. Keep the warranty cards and receipts. Pick up some Chinese antiques and keep a calendar on the weekly markets. Macau will cater to shoppers and experience seekers of all tastes, so save up for some guilt-free extravagance.

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Facts and Stats for Macau*

  • Pollution Statistics in Macau

    Know the pollution level of Macau before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 36.11 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 65 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 81.25 (Very High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 55 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 45 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 80 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 39.29 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 60 (High)
  • Macau: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Macau for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Macau.

    • Burglary and Theft 31.25 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 29.17 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 29.17 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 20.83 (Low)
    • Attacks 29.17 (Low)
    • Drug offense 33.33 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 85.42 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 72.92 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 29.17 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 22.92 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 27.08 (Low)
  • Living in Macau - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Macau is 143.9 (High)

    • Safety Index 70.55 (High)
    • Climate Index 81.7 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 57.08 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 16.75 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 58.54 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 39.12 (Low)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 25.15 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 107.93 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Macau

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Macau

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.07 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12.43 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 34.19 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 89.1 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 74.59 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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