Tours by local guides Canny Lau and Shermone Yan
For an exotic and informative addition to your Hong Kong visit, consider Macau — the Special Administrative Region of China, a Portuguese colony until 1999 and now one of the world’s largest gambling destinations, just an hour’s high-speed Turbojet ferry ride west of Hong Kong across the Pearl River estuary. There’s far more to Macau than gambling, though, and this full-day tour gives you highlights of all facets of this amazing city.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel, and you’ll proceed by Hong Kong’s MTR to the Macau Ferry Terminal for departure. Once through Macau Immigration formalities, you’ll go immediately by taxi to Portas do Cerco, the border gate with China, to see first-hand (but not cross) one of the world’s busiest frontier areas and the support village nearby.
Then on by taxi to an optional stop at the Red Market, Macau’s most atmospheric meat and produce facility; followed by one more taxi ride to Leal Senado Square, in the heart of Macau’s old urban area and the starting point for your walk through back lanes to the ruins of St. Paul’s Church – Macau’s iconic landmark – and the adjacent Fortaleza do Monte ruins, from which Macau defended itself over the years against successive waves of invaders.
We walk downhill for lunch at a small local bistro, with many options to try Macanese cuisine, a unique blend of Portuguese and Chinese fare. Afterwards, on foot along the main street of Avenida Almeida Ribeiro to see the new and old Lisboa Casinos. Though ours is not a gambling tour, some time is built in for you to try your luck as you wish.
Finally, by taxi back to the Turbojet terminal and return to Hong Kong and the short MTR journey back to your hotel. This trip, door-to-door, takes about 10-1/2 hours and can be adjusted according to your personal requirements based on prior agreement.