Macau Fisherman's Wharf, on Avenida de Amizade, is the starting point of our sightseeing tour. Getting here by bus is easy: Just click on our "Macau Bus-Routes Guide" and it will show you how to travel here from every point across Macau.
The Fisherman's Wharf is one of Macau's best known tourist attractions and although It is not nearly as successful as it was meant to be, it is still very much worth a visit.
Opened in 2005 after five years of construction and a total investment of roughly two billion patacas, the Wharf's complex occupies an area of more than 110,000 m2 and boasts more than 150 shops and restaurants, various family rides, a slots hall, a boutique hotel and a casino.
Generally speaking, Macau Fisherman's Wharf is divided into three main themed sections:
1) TheTang Dynasty, in the northernmost end, facing Macau's Ferry Terminal, is a replica of a giant Tang-era fortress (it was not open to the public at the time of writing ).
2)The Underground Amusement Centre is the current largest amusement arena in Macau, featuring a total area of almost 1,000 square meters, packed with video games. The F1 Simulator seems to be the main draw here.
The Amusement Centre is open daily, from 12 noon until fairly late
3)TheLegend Boulevardis Fisherman's Wharf largest and nicest section, with a collection of European and coastal town architectures, replicating streets and suburbs from cities all over the world... From the open-air Roman Amphitheatre (designed like the Colosseum in Rome), enter through the impressive Rome-style gate into the "boulevard", where you can have a cup of coffee at a French Riviera café , eat seafood in Cape Town or New Orleans and have your dessert in Amsterdam or Lisbon... There is a fairly good choice of restaurants, cafés and shops around this area, and the architectural replicas are actually quite nice...
At the end of the boulevard there is a luxurious colonial-style boutique hotel (The Rocks - where the stylish rooftop Sky Lounge is) and a "boutique casino" (Babylon). Our recommended wine & dine venues include Camoes(Portuguese restaurant), Afrikana (an African themed buffet restaurant, specializing in BBQs) and Hero Chinese Restaurant (a slightly upclass restaurant, specializing in szechuan and Cantonese food).
The complex is open 24 hours a day / 7 days a week and entrance is free
For more info about the Fisherman's Wharf, including current events and promos, visit their website.
The Fisherman's Wharf operates its own shuttle bus service that picks passengers from the Ferry Terminal, as well as from one or two other points in town. Click here for the schedule.
From here, cross Avenida de Amizade and you will soon see the Lotus Flower Statue standing in the middle of a large square,on the other side of the road. Featuring a lotus flower in full bloom, the 6 meters tall statue was presented to the city by the state council of China in 1999 to mark the return of sovereignty of Macau, and it symbolizes the everlasting prosperity of the territory.
Just behind the statue, on Rua de Luis Gonzaga Gomes, is the Tourism activities centre where you can visit two particularly interesting museums: the Grand Prix Museum and the Wine Museum.
The Grand Prix Museum, one of Macau's best attractions, takes the visitor through more than 50 years of Grand Prix history in Macau, including a collection of the machines that actually raced and won the world famous Guia Circuit. Special focus is given to former winners like Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Ralph Schumacher, among others.
Recommended to both adults and kids, the museum open daily (except Tuesday), 10 am - 6 pm. Admission fees are MOP$ 10 for adults, MOP$ 5 for teenagers (11-18 years old) and free for kids (under 10) and elders (above 60)
Visiting the Wine Museum is also a nice experience. Being colonized for hundreds of years by a distinctive wine producing country, Macau developed its own wine culture... The museum emphasizes on Portugal's wine industry and takes the visitor through the history of wine production, techniques and technology, culture and celebration rituals related to wine, and more... The whole place is designed like a rustic Portuguese cellar and the exhibits include an impressive collection of historic bottles. Wine tasting is also included.
The wine museum open daily (except Tuesday), 10 am - 6 pm. Admission fees are MOP$ 15 for adults (including wine tasting), MOP$ 5 for teenagers (11-18 years old) and free for kids (under 10) and elders (above 60).
A combined ticket (to both museums) can be purchased for MOP$ 20 (adult).
Want to experience Hong Kong and Macau like a local ?
Continue walking down along Avenida de Amizade (away from the ferry terminal). The Macau Grand Prix actually passes through this avenue every year... Pass the Mandarin Oriental and turn left and then left again, into Rua de Berlim. At the end of Rua de Berlim, turn right to Avenida Xian Xing Hai.
On the corner of Rua de Berlim and Avenida Xian Xing Hai you can see the statue of Xian Xinghai. The contemporary bronze statue commemorates the world-famous Macau born compositor, best known for his Yellow River Cantata.
Down Avenida Xian Xing Hai, towards the waterfront, the modern buildings on your left hand side are housing two very interesting museums, which you might want to visit:
Located at the spot where the handover ceremony took place on December 20th, 1999, The Handover Gifts Museum of Macau was opened on the 5th anniversary of the handover and it displays all those gifts that were given to the city and its people by the government of the People's Republic of China, as well as by the various counties, municipalities and autonomous regions of China (including Hong Kong).
Most of those gifts are fascinating Chinese pieces of art, representing the artistic skills of China's various regions. Highly recommended
The handover gifts museum is open daily (except Monday), 10 am - 7 pm and the entrance is free.
Next to the Handover Gifts Museum is the Macau Museum of Art. Located in a massive modern building, part of the Cultural centre of Macau, this excellent museum showcases hundreds (if not thousands) of art exhibits in its five floors and seven galleries.
The Museum doesn't have any permanent exhibitions, so new things keep on coming up... Most exhibitions, however, do focus on Macanese and Chinese art, including ancient stuff like the prehistoric ceramics and stoneware of Macau's Coloane Island (dating 6,000 years back) and the splendid ceramic human statues from Shiwan area in Guangdong, China (one of the world's most prestigious collections), as well as antique Chinese calligraphy, seal cuttings and other unique arts...
Otherwise, there are splendid collections of early Western paintings, contemporary Macanese art, poster designs and photographic works...
The museum of Art is open daily (except Monday), 10 am - 7 pm. Admission fees are MOP$ 5 for adults, MOP$ 2 for students and free for kids (under 12) and elders (over 65). Entrance is free on Sundays.
At the end of Avenida Xian Xing Hai (by the waterside), turn right to Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen, which runs parallel to the sea.
Next in line, housed in a massive high-tech looking conical spiral, is the Macao Science Center - Macau's latest attraction. This fantastic science museum boasts twelve interactive galleries (including three that are "kids friendly"), where you can learn about every aspect of science in an enjoyable way.
A few minutes walk will bring you from here to the Statue of Kun Iam, one of Macau's most recognized sightseeing spots. The statue is located on a small manmade island opposite the junction of Avenida Xian Xing Hai and Alameda Dr. Carlos de Assumpção.
Dedicated to the Chinese goddess of mercy, Kun Iam, this magnificent 20 meters tall bronze statue towers above a lotus shaped dome that houses the Kun Iam Ecumenical Centre. At the centre, you can visit the small exhibition and get some information on Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism
The centre is open daily (except Friday), 10 am - 6 pm. Entrance is free.
A culinary tip from 'Metropolasia-Man' :
Almost opposite the big statue of Kun Iam, on the corner of Avenida Sir Anders Ljungsted and Avenida dr. Sun Yat Sen, there is a stretch of restaurants and bars that is popularly nicknamed "Macau's Lan Kwai Fong" (after Hong Kong's famous nightlife area), or "The Docks" (Docas). This area is alive until fairly late at night and boasts some fairly good restaurants and cafés.
From the statue, walk up Alameda Dr. Carlos de Assumpção (away from the sea). The extremely wide boulevard features a fine example of modern Macanese architecture. The well groomed Dr. Carlos de Assumpção Park stretches along the boulevard's central corridor and contains lines of palm trees, fountains and ornamental ponds... It's a nice place to rest a bit, before proceeding.
From Alameda Dr. Carlos de Assumpção, turn left to Avenida de Amizade (You'll also have to cross it at a certain stage) and walk along it till you reach the famous Lisboa, with its gigantic neon sign.
While around the Lisboa, you should also make a point to see the Wynn Fountain-Show, one of Macau's unmissable attractions.
Turn right to Avenida de Lopo Sarmento de Carvalho (the street just before the Lisboa) and walk along it, pass the old walls of St. Francisco Barracks and the Clube Militar's(Military club's) pink and white façade, and onto the lovely St. Francisco Garden.
From the garden, you can simply proceed on Avenida da Praia Grande. Macau's most famous avenue runs along the shore of Nam Van Lake and offers an enjoyable seaside stroll, as well as a number of shops, cafés and entertainment venues (mainly around the corners of Rua do Campo and Avenida Ribeiro).
Take a seat, facing the Nam Van Lake and watch the Cybernetic Fountain in action. Located in the middle of the lake and equipped with 86 spouts and 288 colored spotlights, the fountain provides spectacular performances, combining water, music and laser lights. The tallest water jet can reach 80 meters in height (unfortunately, the performances nowadays are not always as imprssive as they used to be... Although some of them still are imposing).
Laser Performance Saturday to Sunday: 20:30-21:00, 21:30-22:00 Additional performances will be held in New Year's Day, Chinese New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival, Christmas Holidays etc.
Music Performance Monday to Friday:13:00-14:00, 18:00-19:00, 20:00-21:00, 21:30-22:00. Saturday to Sunday:10:00-11:00, 13:00-14:00, 15:00-16:00, 18:00-19:00, 20:00-21:00, 21:30-22:00.
Down along Avenida da Praia Grande, the road connects with Avenida Doutor Stanley Ho and reaches up to Macau Tower, one of the city's most sensational tourist attractions.
The story of Macau Tower started when famous Macau casino billionaire, Stanley Ho, visited New Zealand. He was so impressed with Auckland's Sky-Tower that he commissioned a similar one (higher, though...) to be built in Macau.
Not wasting any time, the tycoon hired the services of New Zealand's Beca Group, the same company that designed Auckland's Sky-Tower, and construction begun.
After nearly four years of construction works, the tower was officially inaugurated on December 19th 2001. Rising to an impressive height of 338 meters, it is the world's 10th highest free-standing tower.
There are so many things you can do in and around the tower... Shops, cinema theatres, slot machines, restaurants and cafés, observation decks with breathtaking views, thrilling adventures... you name it.
1) Breathtaking views
Stunning views are, essentially, what you came here for... so let's start with them:
The outdoor observationdeck is the tower's highest deck, located on the 61st floor, at a height of 233 meters.
The main observation deck is located on the 58th floor, at a height of 223 meters. Some sections of its floor are made of glass so you can feel as if you are "walking on air"... definitely not for those who suffer from vertigo.
Both observation decks render some fantastic views of Macau and the Pearl River Delta and, on a clear day you can see as far as Hong Kong's outlying islands, more than 50 kilometers away...
There are also some food and beverages available on both decks, so you can actually catch a table and enjoy the view with a drink...
Glass fronted lifts shoot to the observation decks from the lobby below the convention centre.
The prices (per person - for both decks) are: MOP$ 100 for adults, MOP$ 50 for kids (3-11 years old) and elders (above 65 years old) and free for babies (below 3 years old).
The tower is no short of blood-freezing adventures. A strong heart and a pocket full of money is all you'll need in order to take your nerves to the extreme, through a series of crazy activities, invented by a particularly distorted mind...
The internationally known AJ Hackett Bungy Company, owned by Kiwi AJ Hackett, "the father of bungy", offers a whole range of adventurous activities that will fill your blood with adrenalin...
Macau Tower prides itself for being the location of the (current) world's highest bungy jump. Feel like throwing yourself from a height of 233 meters ??? You've got it mate... The pleasure will cost you MOP$ 1,688 (2nd jump goes for only MOP$ 588)
If enjoying the stunning views from the comfort of the observation deck is not good enough for you, the guys of AJ Hackett will be happy to take you for a mast climb, all the way to the very top of the tower (338 meters above ground, in case you forgot). You will probably shake and shiver by the time you'll finish climbing the 100 meters mast, but don't worry... If clumsy King Kong managed to do it than it can't be that hard (and besides, it is really an experience of a lifetime as this is the only tower on earth that allows this kind of activity to take place within its premises).
Price: MOP$ 1,688 per person and early booking is essential (apparently, you are not the only nut around... What a relief).
The Skywalk X is another mind-bogging experience... The world's highest skywalk allows you to walk around the outer rim of the tower with no handrails... You are well secured to the overhead rail so nothing series can happen (other than some fast heartbeats). Price: MOP$ 588 for adult ("package price" for which you get a CD, shirt, certificate and so on...)
Skyjump is the closest you can get to skydiving, without having to wonder whether your parachute is actually going to open... If you fill like throwing yourself from a height of 233 meters but not sure whether your nerves are strong enough for bungy, Skyjump might be the thing for you... Price: MOP$ 988 (2nd jump, on the same day, costs only MOP$ 388). Tandem jumps are also available.
For those of you who don't want to challenge their fear of heights, AJ Hackett also operates a base camp, full of exciting activities like a long flying fox, Bungy trampoline, Iron walk and what not...
The revolving 360° Café on the tower's 60th floor, just below the top observation deck, offers a very nice dinning experience. The rich buffet features a variety of Macanese and South Asian delicacies, alongside a selection of seafood specialties.
Open daily, 11:30 am - 10 pm
For reservations, call 8988 8622
The 180° Lounge and Grill on the towers 59th floor, just above the main observation deck, is a great place for a café style meal, grilled meats, steaks, seafood or simply for a romantic cocktail... The gorgeous sceneries are complemented by good live music and a decent selection of drinks
Open daily, 12 noon - 1 am
Phone: 8988 8659
The shopping mall at the base of the tower has anything from restaurants and cafés to shops, cinema theatres and slots machines (we are still in Macau... after all).
For more information (including upcoming events, promotions and special offers), visit theMacau Tower website