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The Macau Peninsula is in mainland portion of China's Special Administrative Region of Macau. Its 8.5km square is almost totally built up, making it the most urbanised and populous district in the territory.

For the visitor, Macau Peninsula is also the most interesting district of the territory as it is packed with historical attractions and interesting streets, and is home to most of Macau's casinos and entertainment spots. You'll also most likely land in this district first if enter the territory by sea or land as the main ferry terminal and main land border crossing is located here.

Get in

Unless you fly, Macau Peninsula will most likely be the first area you step foot on when you arrive in the territory. Macau's main ferry terminal, the Macau International Ferry Terminal (Terminal Maritimo) and the main land crossing with mainland China, the Portas do Cerco Frontier Checkpoint as well as the Inner Harbour Ferry Terminal are all located on the peninsular. Please see the main Macau page for information on how to get to Macau.

Macau Peninsula is linked with Taipa Island to the south by three bridges - Sai Van Bridge, Governador Nobre de Carvalho (or Macau-Taipa) Bridge, and the Friendship Bridge (Ponte de Amizade). Taipa is linked to Coloane by the Taipa-Coloane Causeway, the main artery of the newly reclaimed Cotai area.

Please see the Taipa, Colane and Cotai page for bus routes linking the Peninsula with those districts.

Get around

By bus

Some useful bus routes

Heritage

Macau Peninsula is packed with old buildings left over from the colonial period. A large section has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. It site contains 25 locations or buildings of cultural and historic significance, and the best way to cover them is to do the Macau Heritage Walk circuit (see "Do" below). The 25 locations are:

Other churches, temples, places of religious significance

Museums

Macau Peninsula has several museums.

Gardens

Other sights

Do

Gambling

Most of Macau's casinos are located along the waterfront on the southern and southeastern side of Macau Peninsula. North of the Hotel Lisboa is a strip, called ZAPE, with many smaller casinos, a number of hotels and bars, and quite a few restaurants. This can be one of the more interesting areas of Macau; among other things it has quite a good Indian restaurant and several Portuguese ones. However, parts of it are also fairly sleazy, with lots of hookers and touts, so some caution is in order. In general the vast majority of the gaming tables are for baccarat. There are some slot machines but very few roulette wheels.

New casinos have also been established in the NAPE (Novos Aterros do Porto Exterior) area to the south of Avenida de Amizade, including Wynn Macau and Sands Macau.

The following casinos are on Macau Peninsula. For those in Cotai and on Taipa, please see the relevant pages.

Adventure Activities

At the Macau Tower, a 338.8m tall structure (3 and 8 are Cantonese lucky numbers!) with a revolving restaurant at its top and a convention and shopping center at its base, the visitor to Macau can savor a different kind of excitement: New Zealander AJ Hackett's company offers a set of adventure activities. There is a mast climb that takes you to the very top of the tower; a bungee jump off the side of the tower from 233m above ground (billed as the world's tallest bungee jump); a walk around the rim of the tower; as well as bouldering and sport climbing at the tower's base.

Buy

Eat

Macau Peninsula has the greatest concentration of restaurants in the territory, ranging from street stalls to world class hotel restaurants.

Chinese

Portuguese

Others

Snacks and desserts

Drink

There are surprisingly few bars. Around the central area the only place devoted to drinking is a small stand with a couple of tables in the main square which closes around 9pm. There's also a small strip of bars (~11pm onwards) along the Av. Dur. Sun Yat-Sen and DD3 club (~2am onwards) on the Fisherman's Wharf. Aside from this you can get a drink in a restaurant or a casino complex.

Sleep

Budget

Much of the low-end lodging in central Macau is aimed at the red-light industry and their clients.

Learn

Buy

Book stores

Enjoy shopping the fine book stores in Montpelier, all within close walking distance.

Eat

Drink

Sleep

Get out

Montpelier is an excellent place to stay and get out to see other area sites.

Related Information




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