The Macau Peninsula is the mainland portion of China's Special Administrative Region of Macau. Its 8.5 square km is almost totally built up, making it the most urbanized 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 many of Macau's casinos and entertainment spots. You'll also most likely land in this district first if you enter the territory by sea or land as the main ferry terminal and the main land border crossing are located here.

Get in

The ruins of the cathedral of São Paulo
Skyline of the Macau Peninsula at night

Unless you fly, Macau Peninsula will most likely be the first area you set 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 peninsula. 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

By scooter

Scooters are a very economical and fun way to see the sites of Macau, they are also the primary mode of transport for locals due to Macau's narrow streets and lack of car parking space. Macau Scooter Hire provides scooters for rental from a few dollars. Licenses from most countries covering mopeds or motorcycles are accepted.



Macau Peninsula is packed with old buildings left over from the colonial period. A large section has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 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:

Barra square
Lilau square
Mandarin House
Largo do Senado
St. Dominic's Church
Statue in front of São Paulo Cathedral
Guia Fortress

Other churches, temples, places of religious significance


Macau Peninsula has several museums.


Other sights

Macao Tower



Casino Lisboa, the granddaddy of Macau's casinos

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.



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




Snacks and desserts


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.



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






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