29 Juli 2011

Macau Tower – Adventure in Macau

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Macau is a special administrative region of China, and is located across Hong Kong's Pearl Estuary. It was an overseas territory of Portugal until 1999, after which it reverted back under Chinese control. However, it has almost complete autonomy, having its own passport, visa and currency. The city has is renowned as one of the world’s premier destinations for gambling, and has become a top vacation spot. The country still bears strong traces of its colonial history and first time visitors may be surprised to see how western the city looks.

The coexistence of European and Chinese cultures for hundreds of years is evident in the unique landscape of the island. The fusion can be breathtaking at times. Although the casinos are the primary attraction for many, there are a number of beautiful tourist spots that travellers can visit. The Macau Tower, sometimes called the Macau Sky Tower, completed in 2001 is a relatively new addition to the city. The tower is over 300 metres tall, and boasts the second highest sky jump in the world. The tower contains theatres, restaurants and shopping malls. It also has an observation deck from where visitors can catch beautiful panoramic vistas of the city.

For the adventure seekers there is the Skywalk X, an exciting walking tour conducted on the outer rim of the tower. If that is not enough to get the adrenaline glands pumping, visitors can also bungee jump off the side of the building. Visitors can also climb up to the mast, ride a 70 metre zip line and even try out the Macau Tower Long Ironwalk, which is a near vertical climb. The building is open from 10 am to 9 pm on weekdays, and opens an hour earlier on weekends. Most of the sports activities are only carried out on the weekends and public holidays.

The city has a fine public transport system and getting around is not a problem. Tourists looking for excellent good Macau hotels can try the Galaxy Macau Resort Hotel. With several luxury hotels, Macau's latest integrated resort offers an elegant and luxurious solution to the needs of the traveller.