Paulo Barbosa

Correspondent

  • Macau, China, Asia

Paulo Barbosa is a correspondent who lives in Macau and covers the area for Forbes Travel Guide. Interested in news since he was an infant, Barbosa earned a journalism degree at the University of Coimbra before he started working as a professional journalist in 1998. He has contributed to numerous Portuguese newspapers and magazines, writing extensively about travel and lifestyle topics. Before coming to Macau, he was press secretary for the Portuguese ombudsman, a high-level government position. He arrived in Macau in 2008 and found a new passion in a region that has been linking West and East for centuries. He now serves as managing editor of the English daily Macau Daily Times.

  • On June 5, 2013
    Paulo Barbosa answered the question: Paulo Barbosa

    What are the best rooftop bars in Macau?

    Macau is known to have many rooftops, but unfortunately most of them are located in residential buildings. My pick for best rooftop bar is the sophisticated Sky 21. The name derives from the location on the 21st floor of the AIA tower building.
    The panoramic balcony offers excellent views of Taipa Island and the Nam Van area. Another pick would be the Hard Rock Hotel pool bar, called Wave. Some of the seats are partially immersed in water, which makes Wave a perfect place to enjoy a cocktail during the Summer months.
  • On May 29, 2013
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    What are the five best things to see and do with kids in Macau?

    Macau’s sea water quality is muddy due to the Pearl River influence, so the favorite pastime for the local youth is not to hang around the beach but instead to visit one of the recreational pools operated by the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau. Every year they are visited by over 200,000 persons. These pools are safe for children, since each of them has at least four lifeguards. They include small pools adapted to the little ones. The scenic Cheoc Van pool, located close to the sea and the beach, is perhaps the best option. Nearby, at the Hac Sa beach, there’s a park with recreational sport facilities. It’s the best place in Macau to do a barbeque with all the family.
    Regarding educational activities, the Macau Science Center (designed by the famous architect I.M. Pei) includes a Planetarium and Space Theatre that generates impressing high definition 3D effects. The museum has activities specially tailored for children. For the kids fascinated with the car racing world, the best option is the Grand Prix Museum, which displays a collection of machines that were raced on the Guia circuit. The museum also includes a BD presentation and two racing car simulators.
  • On May 29, 2013
    Paulo Barbosa answered the question: Paulo Barbosa

    What is Macau’s cultural scene like?

    Despite some independent art productions, centered around places like the Ox Warehouse and the gallery of the Association Art for All, the Cultural Affairs Bureau continues to be the dynamo of the local cultural scene. The bureau is responsible for events like the Macau Arts Festival and the International Music Festival. The first is held during the month of May and features many local acts. The International Music Festival, scheduled for the months of October and November, will celebrate the 27th edition and it is characterized by the variety of musical genres. New cultural  facilities are expected to open soon, like a classic movie house.
  • On May 29, 2013
    Paulo Barbosa answered the question: Paulo Barbosa

    What should be packed for a trip to Macau?

    Many of the city attractions are within walking distance and it’s sometimes difficult to get taxis. The best way to see the Unesco world heritage sites is to walk and visitors should expect to walk a lot. Hence, an obvious advice is to bring comfortable walking shoes. A camera is also useful to explore the picturesque streets and alleys.
    Reading fans should bring their books because it’s difficult to find a bookshop with many English titles. Visitors that intend to walk extensively in green areas like the Coloane island trails should include in his backpack refreshments and light snacks. There are no shops nearby and the trails are one of Macau’s only places where it’s possible to be alone and even to get lost.
  • On May 29, 2013
    Paulo Barbosa answered the question: Paulo Barbosa

    What are the five best things to see and do in Macau?

    The mix of heritage sites and casinos makes Macau unique. An afternoon spent in the Senado Square area is like a history lesson. The unusual number of churches reminds of the period when the small peninsula was the center of the Roman Catholic Church in the Far East.  Monuments of Chinese and Portuguese origin are a living proof of the melting pot that happened here.
    Another thing to do besides sightseeing is gambling.The gaming industry gained such a dimension that it is hard to avoid the casinos and their promises of instant wealth.
    The Macanese cuisine is well known and visitors should taste it. There are many restaurants that will leave the costumers satisfied, or even asking for more. Shopping antiques in the old quarter and spending time in one of the luxurious spas located inside the casino-resorts are also good options
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  • On May 24, 2013
    Paulo Barbosa answered the question: Paulo Barbosa

    What is the best time to visit Macau?

    March and April can be good months to visit Macau. After the frenzy during the Chinese New Year, the city gets a bit more quiet and the weather is moderate (by local standards).
    During the following months temperatures and humidity rise up to a point where air-conditioning deprivation is almost unbearable. August is perhaps the hardest month to walk around town and some visitors may find themselves suffering from heat exhaustion. 
    The heat and humidity get lower in September and milder temperatures remain until mid-November, when the Macau Grand Prix is held. From December to March it can get cold, but it is nothing that a good coat won't fix.
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