Just like Hong Kong, Macao or Macau is another Special Administrative Region of China. The region has certainly a different feel from Hong Kong. Although it’s full of gigantic buildings, It is still a place that is undergoing development. As most probably know, it is the heaven for gamblers and people who like to spend tons of money for entertainment.
You can reach Macao through the airport or from a one-hour ferry ride from Hong Kong. And to my utter dismay, it’s a one bumpy ride I almost puked. There’s two ferry terminals in Hong Kong, one is near Canton road which is serviced by TurboJet and the other one in Sheung Wan which has both CotaiJet and TurboJet. Ferry price varies on the day and time you will go. You may refer to their site for more details or buy from Hotels/Guesthouses which sells on a relatively cheaper price. We got ours in Golden Crown for a roundtrip ticket of HKD 300 on a weekend. Once you arrive in Macao, take advantage of the free shuttle buses to/from Hotels.
Historical wise, the region has been occupied by the Portuguese so if you speak the language you won’t feel alienated.
Senado Square is packed with a lot of people like literally a lot of people. I didn’t much enjoy the place and they were still in the process of setting-up the Christmas decoration so it’s not a pretty sight to me.
Another mainstream destination in Macao is The Venetian which has the replica of the infamous Venice Grand Canal – as of this writing you can experience The Grand Canal in McKinley, Taguig.
Don’t be surprised though, everything inside The Venetian is expensive. The Lord Stow’s Egg tart sells for MOP 10 per piece wherein you can get one outside at around half the price cheaper (not Lord Stow’s though but almost same taste).
Overall, even if you are not fan of casinos and luxury things, it’s still worth seeing Macao with all its grandeur and Chinese-Portuguese fusion. A little tip though, it’s hard to find someone who speaks English from locals.