Situated at the eastern end of Taipa Island, Macau International Airport made it easier to fly to the area from Taiwan to other parts of China. Now, it handles around five million passengers and 200,000 tonnes of cargo every year. Travellers can now connect from over 20 locations to Macau and enjoy a wide range of attractions, from the cultural to the financial.
When looked for on the map, one will find Macau Airport between 22.1495991 (latitude) and 113.5920029 (longitude). It also has a concrete runway measuring about 11,220 ft, from where passengers can go down and then enter the terminal. Various concessionaires and fast food outlets can be found here, allowing tourists to refresh themselves before going to Macau proper to start their vacation.
What to see & do
Macau is unlike a city anywhere else, due to its unique combination of cultures. It also has gambling houses and casinos, but is different from Las Vegas with all its flashy lights and permissive ways. One can go around here to check out the old architecture, such as the Ruins of the Church of St Paul. This treasured icon only has the facade and the stairways which were the only remnants left of this early 17th-century structure. Its statues, portals and engravings, as well as a Biblia pauperum (Bible of the poor) serve as one of the greatest Christian monuments in Asia. From here, you can turn to the Guia Fort and Chapel, which are located at the highest point of the peninsula. One will find panoramic views of the city from the fort, and even across the islands and China if the day is clear. The Chapel of Our Lady of Guia, built in 1622, has a valuable fresco that tourists can check out. There is also an old, yet modern lighthouse on the Chinese coast to find here.
Sir Robert Ho Tung Library can also become part of the itinerary. It was built in the 19th century and then became the country retreat of the late tycoon Robert Ho Tung when he bought it in 1918. The house features a dome and an arcaded facade, Ionic-style columns and Chinese-style gardens. There is also a four-storey structure in glass and steel that has Piranesi-designed bridges connecting to the old house. Tourists can then visit the Macau Museum of Art, an outstanding five-storey building with well-curated displays of art created in Macau and China. Some paintings by Western artists who lived in the enclave can also be seen here. Other highlights to find are the ceramics and stoneware, as well as Guangdong calligraphy dating from the Ming and Qing dynasties, and many more.
There is also the Macao Tea Culture House, adjacent to the Lou Lim leoc Garden, which is a museum that introduces tea-drinking culture with exhibits of teapots and tea paintings. The building itself is a charming edifice, as it is a colonial mansion with southern European features and a Chinese tiled roof. After browsing the displays, one can then venture to the Luís de Camões Garden & Grotto, a garden with meandering paths dedicated to the namesake of the park who was a poet. A bust of the man can be seen here, with the wooden garden attracting a crowd of chess players, bird owners, and shuttlecock kickers, as well as visitors of the Sr Wong leng Kuan Library.
How to get around within Macau
Public transport is mainly reliable in Macau, where the public buses and minibuses operate from 6 am until shortly after midnight. Expect the buses to be crowded, though, but one can get by with the Macau Tourist Map from the Macau Government Tourist Office. It has a list of bus routes, which one can consult for trips around the city. Taxis are also available, which are generally preferable over the car rentals, as the traffic is often congested in Macau.
How to get there
Various airlines around the eastern and southeastern parts of Asia connect to Macau International Airport. Airlines serving here include AirAsia, AirAsia Zest, Air Busan, Air China, Air Macau, Bassaka Air, Cebu Pacific, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, EVA Air, Jetstar Pacific Airlines, Jin Air, Juneyao Airlines, Mega Maldives, Philippine Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Spring Airlines, Thai AirAsia, Thai Smile, Tigerair, Tigerair Taiwan, TransAsia Airways, V Air, and Xiamen Airlines.
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