If you’ve been to Hong Kong, you might have heard of the kind of nightlife Hong Kong has to offer. However, many may not notice, in just about an hour ferry ride away from Hong Kong, there is another city that never sleeps presenting you with an overwhelming number of choices for entertainment all night long.
For those of you who don’t know much about Macau, here is a brief introduction. It is a Special Administrative Region located in the Southern part of China. Together with Hong Kong and Guangdong, the three form the Pearl River Delta. It can be reached by taking a ferry from either Shenzhen or Hong Kong, or by taking a plane to the Macau International Airport. Similar to Hong Kong, it has a very rich East-Meets-West culture due to its history as a Portuguese colony. It has their architect features, unique Portuguese fusion food and international population. Each year it attracts tens of millions of visitors for its infamous entertainment offering.
Majority of people know Macau as the Asian Gambling City, much like Las Vegas. Nonetheless, its reputation in entertainment does not rest at Casinos. As such, I’d like to introduce to you some of the most distinctive night time activities you can find in Macau.
1. CasinosCredit: Photo by cohdra at Morguefile.com - http://mrg.bz/574212
Credit: Photo by cohdra at Morguefile.com - http://mrg.bz/574212
Casinos in Macau are built with glittery and astonishing decorations. They are open 24/7 inside most of the glorious and magnificent hotels. Some of the biggest and most well-known ones are Sands, Galaxy and Wynn Hotel. But in recent years, more and more innovative hotels are constructed to attract the new Chinese wealth. Due to the competitiveness, every hotel strives to offer facilities and entertainment with attention seeking and extravagant design. Some of these examples are Venetian, Studio City, and the up and coming Parisian. All of which are worth visiting just for the sake of the effort put in. For example, Parisian recreated a half scale Eiffel Tower next to it as its iconic landmark.
Venetian renovated the entire mall into a replica of the Italian Venice. Credit: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons ReadCredit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Venetian-Waterfront.jpg
Once you enter the inside of these hotel casinos, I can assure you the number of gambling tables there are definitely comparable to those in Vegas. It is also amazing how they incorporate both the western games and the Chinese games into one room. The variety of games that you can find is undoubtedly wider than any one you walk into in Vegas.
Another major venue for night time entertainment (although slightly more favoring to the teenage population) is the nightclubs in Macau. A few years ago the clubbing scene in Macau might not catch your eyes as much. But ever since the opening of Club Cubic and now Pacha, they have become the most apparent choices for all party-goers. The two clubs host events every week while bringing in major DJs every now and then. Just weeks ago, Paris Hilton was the DJ for a summer party event in Pacha.
Being in Asia, one cannot miss out on the infamous culture of Karaoke. Most hotels offer karaoke facilities. However, if you’d like to get a taste of some of the more local people’s choice who loves staying out all night singing and drinking, Cash Box in Fisherman’s Wharf can be a place worth visiting. They provide large private rooms with considerable amount of English tracks. Also popular among the younger generation is the “Lan Kwai Fong” of Macau. It is essentially the Macau Karaoke Zone. A drawback for foreigners, though, is the lack of English tracks in Karaoke around this area.
4. Night time walk around the Sai Van Lake
For those who enjoy a quieter night, a walk along the Avenue da Republica can be a rather peaceful choice. The area is primarily occupied by the affluent families in Macau. It is recognized by the locals as the Beverly Hills of LA, Chelsea of London, or the Mid-levels of Hong Kong. If you are a runner, you can run alongside the Sai Van Lake overlooking the iconic Macau Tower and Sai Van Bridge. However, you must beware of any fast vehicles on the road as numerous accidents have occurred in the past.
5. Performance ShowCredit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AWongwt_%E6%B0%B4%E8%88%9E%E9%96%93_(16666480773).jpg
Credit: Wei-Te Wong [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
In order to draw tourists’ attention, every hotel in Macau tries their best to come up with new ideas all the time. In response to this, dozens of breathtaking shows are arranged to amaze them. One of the most talked about shows has to be the House of Dancing Water. I, myself, have never watched the show. But from the countless feedback that my family and friends have given so far, I have my expectation built up pretty high. The show was designed by Franco Dragone and was spent USD 250 million in development over 5 years. The “Wow” factor created certainly is jaw-dropping for anyone who enjoys stun shows. Besides this, Venetian Hotel constantly holds concerts performed by many of the A-list superstars from all around the world. Top singers like Rhianna, Beyonce have all held concerts there. So if you are a big fan of concerts, be sure to keep an eye out for their schedule and get your tickets ready in advance.
Visiting Macau could be quite an eye opener. Whether or not you are a gambler, there are obviously still tons of options for you. So if you have the time, do arrange a trip to Macau for a few days and explore this unique part of China.